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Tokyo, Margate and the House of Lords


Earlier this month I travelled to Tokyo to take part in a fascinating ‘Super-ageing’ event hosted by two global think tanks who work on the ageing agenda.  I was invited to set out how city-regions are developing plans for ageing populations, alongside Washington DC and Yokohama. There were some major players in the room, including the Japanese Finance Minister, Finnish and American government representatives and senior executives from a range of important corporate organisations. I made some useful connections including Japanese cities who indicated they are keen to maintain strategic and policy dialogue.

GM was also invited to share on the lived experience of ageing at the House of Lords this month. Representatives from the Greater Manchester Older People's Network are involved in a series of roundtables with the Select Committee on Intergenerational Fairness and Provision to discuss topics including housing, jobs, the workplace and communities.

Ageing Better 2018 Annual Conference in Margate this month brought together the 14 Ageing Better programmes funded by the Big Lottery Fund. John Hannen from Ambition for Ageing, the GM Ageing Better programme, talked on good connections and inequalities, whilst Elaine Unegbu, Chair of the GM Older People's Network, contributed to the session on artful ageing. It was great to see recognition at the conference of the important of cultural participation in reducing social isolation for older people, reflecting our own priorities in GM. 

Thanks for your support,

Paul McGarry
Head, Greater Manchester Ageing Hub

The deadline for the next newsletter is 10 December, please send your copy to jo.garsden@greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk 

News


GM Older People's reps speak at House of Lords

Two members of the Greater Manchester Older People's Network (GMOPN) along with other community groups from Greater Manchester were invited to the House of Lord's Select Committee on Intergenerational Fairness and Provision.

The older people's representatives shared their experiences of housing, jobs, the workplace, communities and taxation at the Committee's inquiry meeting looking at role of communities in reducing inequality between generations on 31 October. 

Representatives took part in roundtables involving members of the House of Lords and representatives of the British Youth Council, exploring how they think their experiences differ from that of their parents' and other generations, and generations to come. It's the first time that a Lord's committee has involved the lived experience in this way in an inquiry.

Representatives are discussing the topics raised back in their communities before returning to Westminster for a second meeting with the inquiry in December.

Further information: Intergenerational Fairness and Provision Committee


New report on resilience in ageing

Ambition for Ageing have published a new report titled looking at the needs of older people in resilience planning. 'Resilience in Ageing in Greater Manchester' suggests that whilst older adults can be particularly vulnerable during times of shock, they also possess assets that can contribute to preparedness.

The report found that older people with additional marginalising characteristics - such as ethnicity and class - often have high levels of bonding social capital but struggle to make connections outside of their own community which are beneficial during times of shock. The report recommends involving a range of marginalised groups in resilience planning to avoid further marginalising people. In order to carry this out effectively, one recommendation is for decision makers to recognise the value of community institutions and bridging organisations and people.

Kathy Oldham, Chief Resilience Officer for Greater Manchester said, “'Resilience is about the whole of society. We know that it takes everyone in the community to solve problems. As a result, we can only be resilient in the face of shocks and stresses if we listen to and involve older people”

Early 2019, Ambition for Ageing will be hosting a seminar looking at the report in further detail and asking what happens next. Join their mailing list to be the first to receive the date

Further information: Resilience in an Ageing Friendly GM briefing and full report


New age-friendly bus guide

Bolton’s Ambition for Ageing team has been working with local residents to co-design an ‘Age-Friendly Bus Guide’. This guide has been populated using feedback from older residents and aims to offer drivers insight into what our older community members feel makes an age-friendly bus journey.

  • When approaching a bus stop, slow down and be ready to stop if you see a passenger - they may not see or hear you approaching
  • Lower the step to the curb for easy access, offering to put out a ramp if needed
  • Give plenty of time for passengers to get on and take their seat
  • When boarding speak to passengers clearly, making eye contact
  • When the bell rings, don’t assume it was a mistake if nobody is standing to alight
  • Show courtesy and respect to all passengers
  • Avoid sharp turns and sharp brakes even if passengers are seated – in case of an emergency brake, take time to check your passengers are okay
  • If the bus has a ‘talking stop’ make sure it is in use, this is especially important for those with visual impairments
  • Keep the disabled seating area free from obstructions with clear signage for appropriate use

Further information: yasminholgeth@ageukbolton.org.uk


Funding


Age-friendly and inclusive volunteering fund  

The Centre for Ageing Better will award Government funding of up to £250,000 to pilot better ways to sustain lifelong involvement in voluntary and community activities and attract more diverse older volunteers.

Charities are invited to bid for funding to develop and document models of good practice which sustain lifelong contribution, keep people connected to voluntary opportunities and activities, or provide practical support for older people who are currently excluded. An age-friendly, inclusive approach to supporting volunteers would enable people to continue contributing to their community through major life changes like illness or bereavement.

The fund is launched off the back of a review of community contributions in later life, conducted by the Centre for Ageing Better which found that many older people face barriers to taking part or staying involved, which can worsen as people age and their circumstances change, leading to many being locked out of participating in activities that matter to them.

The funding will support up to five pilot projects to develop and document new approaches to addressing these challenges. Charities which are experienced in incorporating flexible working practices for volunteers, supporting community led action or tackling barriers that prevent people from taking part are encouraged to apply, with the funding being awarded in March 2019.

The Centre for Ageing Better will work with charities awarded the funding to document and evaluate their projects so that others can learn from and replicate successful approaches.

The deadline for applications is noon on 10 December 2018.

Further information: Age-friendly and inclusive volunteering fund

Ambition for Ageing: Ageing Equally? Programme

This programme aims to generate a deeper understanding of what supports wellbeing and what makes places age-friendly for a cross-section of communities of identity or experience within the population of Greater Manchester, in order to prevent social isolation. The focus is on what makes a good place in which to grow older for people who belong to minority communities.

As part of ‘Ageing Equally?’ GMCVO is seeking:
  • Proposals for research projects (up to £8,000 for maximum 9 months)
  • A support provider to assist organisations taking part in ‘Ageing Equally?’
 LGBT Foundation is also seeking:
  • Proposals from Equalities Board members for research projects (up to £2000 for a maximum of 6 months).
Deadline for expressions of interest: Wednesday 23 January 2019 

Further information: ‘Ageing Equally’ scaled programme
 

Bidder engagement event
GMCVO recommends that organisations interested in submitting a research project proposal attend the Ageing Equally in Greater Manchester Event 6 December 2018 12 – 4 at Manchester Art Gallery (full details below).
 

Spotlight


Salford Tech and Tea  

Tech and Tea is a low level digital skills programme delivered over 5 weeks across community venues in Salford.  The programme is funded by Salford City Council and Salford Clinical Commissioning Group and delivered through the Third Sector Consortium led by a local charity Inspiring Communities Together.

Over the past 3 years the programme has delivered over 170 courses in over 30 venues across Salford and just celebrated its 1,500 learning achieving their certificate of achievement. We have also run over 120 drop in sessions to over 350 people enabling them to access basic digital support after the five week course has finished.  The programme and the drop in sessions are supported by our amazing volunteers who have between them completed over 2,500 hours of volunteer time since the programme started.

The focus on Tech and Tea is about being a social experience as well as a learning one, over 45% of those attending report living alone. As part of the monitoring we use the campaign to end loneliness measurement tool to learn if the approach is having an impact on older people and loneliness. This year we have seen an average reduction in reported loneliness at the end of the course of 38%. Participants reported that by being in contact with others – especially if they were unwell and could not get out – using social media could allow them to have a laugh and a joke to raise their mood and improve their wellbeing.

Further information: bernadette@inspiringcommunitiestogether.co.uk


Events


Event: The impacts and benefits of treating hearing and vision problems for people living with dementia

Seminar from MICRA at The University of Manchester

Wednesday 22nd November 2018 1:00 - 4:00 pm

St Peters House - Oxford Road Manchester M13 9GH. The seminar is free to attend, please register here.

Speakers:
  • Professor Iracema Leroi
  • Emma Hooper
  • Nisha Chauhan

Hearing and vision impairments cause difficulties with daily living activities for people living with dementia and impact on communication.  The SENSE-cog sensory intervention is currently being tested as a therapeutic approach, comparing outcomes for those who undertake this new treatment versus those who receive care as usual.  


Event: Ageing Equally? Learning from minority experiences of ageing

Free public event from the Ambition for Ageing Equalities Board

Thursday 6 December 2018 12:00 - 4:00 pm (including free buffet lunch)

Manchester Art Gallery, Mosely Street, Manchester M2 3JL

 

At the event we will:

  • Share what we have learned from our research so far, about how older people from minority communities, and people who face particular forms of discrimination, experience their local neighbourhoods.
  • Explain and explore our different research approaches.
  • Reflect on the complexity and diversity within minority communities
  • Hear from you about the communities you know about, to inform our new research programme, ‘Ageing Equally?’
  • Hold a briefing session on how to apply for up to £8,000 for a community research project through ‘Ageing Equally?’ - more information on this will be available soon from Ambition for Ageing and from the Equalities Board.
 
Who should attend?
  • Any individual or organisation interested in equalities and ageing or community research.
  • Older people who live in Greater Manchester who understand marginalisation and what it means to be part of a minority community.
  • Members of organisations of any kind who would like to take part in the Ageing Equally? community research programme

 
Further information and registration: Ageing Equally? Learning from minority experience of ageing.

Please note that event registration closes on Wednesday 28 November.


Ambition for Ageing (AfA) is a Big Lottery-funded programme that aims to make communities more age-friendly and improve older people’s quality of life, through research and community development across Greater Manchester. The Equalities Board and its workers bring their focus on equalities to inform the AfA programme. 


Event: Age-friendly rural areas

Seminar from MICRA at The University of Manchester

Wednesday 19 December 2018, 2.00 - 4.00 pm

Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6FH Book your place online


Speaker:
  • Annie Harrison, Healthcare Sciences, University of Manchester

This seminar focuses on a research project which aimed to explore and document what people over 60 in the Upper Calder Valley think is important in creating age friendly rural communities. Participants were trained in photography and research methods and took photographs which represented aspects of their local surroundings that were, or were not, age friendly. Analysing the data, participants identifying 12 themes, which covered the ageing process, local characteristics of the Calder Valley, social connections, and services and amenities. Dissemination of the project to local people and local and regional policy-makers was through a series of photographic exhibitions and an illustrated report. This presentation will give an overview of the project and its findings with contributions from some of the participants who were involved.


About us


The Greater Manchester Ageing Hub brings together universities, public and private services, and GM citizens to improve the lives of residents as we age. Based at the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, we coordinate a strategic response to the opportunities and challenges of an ageing population. Our vision is that older people are able to contribute to and benefit from sustained prosperity and enjoy a good quality of life, and that Greater Manchester becomes the best place in the UK to grow older. Creating an age-friendly Greater Manchester is priority 10 of the Greater Manchester Strategy.

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Core team:
Paul McGarry, Head, GM Ageing Hub, GMCA
Jo Garsden, Programme Manager, GM Ageing Hub, GMCA
Dr Mark Hammond, Programme Manager, GM Ageing Hub, GMCA
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