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October newsletter

GM celebrates International Older People's Day

Celebrations are taking place across Greater Manchester to mark International Older People's Day on 1 October. It's been fantastic to see so many partner organisations and older people using this opportunity kick start new age-friendly activities, raise awareness of the great of work that's already taking place as well as challenging perceptions about ageing. 

Stockport Council are hosting their first Age Friendly Stockport week from 1-6 October to showcase what’s already on offer across Stockport, and to help gather input to developing their future plans; around 1 in 4 people who live in Stockport are over 60. In Tameside, local community groups and residents are putting of a range of events, including activities from Age UK Tameside and Tameside Council. On Friday 13 October in Bury the Pennine Acute Hospitals are holding their first ever older people's conference 'Active Ageing, Staying Well, Living Well' for people over 50, including a one-stop marketplace for advice, information and signposting to local services. Manchester have been celebrating Older People's Day with the launch of their new age friendly strategy Manchester: a great place to grow older at an event with council leader Sir Richard Leese and the Age Friendly Older People's Forum.

The Ageing Hub joined with Manchester Metropolitan University and MICRA at the University of Manchester to premier a new research film 'Sex, love and intimacy in later life' at a community event in Withington in partnership with Southway Housing. It would be great if you could spare 9 minutes to watch the film, and to share it through your networks to help normalise conversations around intimacy in later life. We have also been using International Older People's Day to remind people via social media of our ambition to make Greater Manchester the UK's first age friendly city region and a better place to grow older.

In the past month the Ageing Hub team has been bolstered by two new secondees - Louise Robbins from Greater Sport and Professor Stefan White from Manchester Metropolitan University. Louise is supporting the work on physical activity, whilst Stefan will be working on developing age friendly standards for the spatial framework. We've also been greatly encouraged by meeting the lead councillors for the ageing portfolio across the 10 local authority areas, with Andy Burnham joining us to explain more about his vision for an age friendly GM. We look forward to strengthening the age friendly GM work through all these working relationships.

Paul McGarry
Head, Greater Manchester Ageing Hub

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Event: GM Ageing Hub Partnership Forum

Tuesday 12 October 2017, 1 - 3pm

Board Room, GMCA, 1st Floor, Churchgate House, Manchester M1 6EU

Join us for this quarterly update on the Ageing Hub's activities. This event is aimed at the community of interest around ageing in Greater Manchester, all are welcome. As well as updates from the team, the Healthy Ageing Research Group at the University of Manchester (part of MICRA) will present their latest work around technology and they'll be an opportunity to help test their new app. 

As space is limited, please let us know if you are planning to come:

Call to normalise conversations around older people and sex

A new research film launched for International Older People's Day calls for conversations around older people and sex to be normalised. 'Sex, love and intimacy in later life’ has been produced by Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Manchester, and draws on their ground-breaking research which found over half of men and a third of women over the age of 70 are still sexually active. The report and video says that stereotypes around ageing ignore the importance of sexuality and how vital it is to older people’s health, happiness and wellbeing. Limited access to sexual health services for over 50s is leading to older people not seeking help around sex and intimacy, and there is “inadequate” recognition of the value of sex and intimacy in care settings.

Sex, Love and Intimacy in Later Life (8:56 min)

Older volunteers wanted for Wigan leisure programme redesign 
Inspiring healthy lifestyles in Wigan is looking to re-shape some of its leisure centre programmes and services to reflect the needs of adults aged 50 plus. The ‘Strong and balanced offer’ project will be looking to recruit the involvement of local adult volunteers (aged 50-65 years, and 65+) and to use engagement with science research to co-create and better inform the types of programmes on offer.

Working with top researchers at Manchester Metropolitan University and Glasgow Caledonian University, the key focus of service change will be around programmes to improve strength and balance training for middle aged and older adults. National guidance on being more physically active tends to focus on aerobic and cardiovascular activities, but there are significant health benefits for engagement in programmes that emphasise strength and balance too. This programme will be looking to diversify the activities on offer and make sure that they are age specific and age friendly, as well as being aligned to latest scientific research findings. 

The project has been funded by the Wellcome Trust’s public engagement programme and will be running over the next 12 months.  For further information about the programme contact Nick Colledge ( or Carol Southern (   

Event: Age of Creativity Festival, 1 - 14 October 2017

Various locations across Greater Manchester

The first Age of Creativity Festival for England is being held from 1-14th October. Event listings will be hosted on the Fantastic for Families website and include events across Greater Manchester

Event: Valuing Urban Nature 

From Manchester Metropolitan University and MICRA at the University of Manchester

Tuesday 7 November 2017, 12 - 4 pm
Cinema 2, HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester, M15 4FN

Book your place online

Communities, artists, activists, researchers, ecological organisations and policy makers are invited to join us for an afternoon exploring the values of urban nature, for wellbeing, ageing and biodiversity.
Free screening of the award winning  2015 social and environmental documentary ‘Tomorrow’ (Demain) by Cyril Dion and Melanie Laurent will be followed by an open discussion and sharing of ideas between community campaigners, ecological artists, designers and writers from Manchester School of Art, Manchester Met, MICRA and University of Manchester. 

We invite people to come and watch an uplifting documentary and share your local solutions for protecting and engaging with Manchester and Greater Manchester’s green and blue spaces.  

In association with the GHIA research project: Green Infrastructure and the Health and Wellbeing Influences on an Ageing Population

Event: 21st Century Man 

From Manchester Metropolitan University 

Wednesday 8 November 2017, 12 - 5 pm,

Lecture Theatre G35, MMU Business School Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6BH
Book your place online
This unique, one-day inter-disciplinary conference will explore the challenges and complexities facing men in the 21st century. The topics debated will cover a range of themes on everything from hidden male voices to male childlessness; from youth loneliness and belonging, to male victims of honour-based violence. Colleagues from across Manchester Metropolitan University will showcase their research and invite debate and discussion from a guest panel of experts and an audience of experts from across the fields of health, law, education and society as a whole.
For further information please contact:

Event: Good care giving in care homes for older people 

From MICRA at the University of Manchester

Thursday 9 November 2017, 2 - 4 pm, with free networking lunch from 1 pm
Jean McFarlane Building, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL

Book your place online


  • Chair Prof Deborah Sturdy OBE, Royal Hospital Chelsea (Chelsea Pensioners)
  • Prof Josie Tetley, Prof Alison Chambers & Dr Kirsten Jack Manchester Metropolitan University - impacting, inspiring and informing the education and learning of care home staff
  • Prof Paula Hyde University of Manchester - on organising and providing good quality care in residential settings
  • Prof David Holman & Dr Maurice Nagington University of Manchester - what it means to be gentle in care-giving

This event looks at what academic research can say about good care in residential and nursing care homes from different social science perspectives, covering organisational psychology, nursing and sociology. The purpose is to investigate and discuss:
1) the behaviours and practices that comprise good care-giving, and
2) how these behaviours and practices might be promoted and sustained in residential and nursing care homes for older people

'A Teaching Care Home' resources for care professionals
Researchers from Manchester Metropolitan University have co-authored a series of reports which aims to champion, empower and inspire the care sector and create a legacy of learning for future care homes and nursing in the sector.

Funded by the Department of Health, the Teaching Care Homes pilot was set up to ensure that people who are training to be the next generation of health and social care professionals, could learn from the experience of the care home sector, and would be better equipped to manage the health complexities and social care needs of an ageing population. The pilot was also set up to ensure that the staff in care homes had the confidence and time to be centres of learning, as well as care.

Read the 'A Teaching Care Home' pilot reports online

About us

The Greater Manchester Ageing Hub has been set up by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority so GM partners can coordinate a strategic response to the opportunities and challenges of an ageing population. Our three key goals are:
  • Greater Manchester will become the first age-friendly city region in the UK
  • Greater Manchester will be a global centre of excellence for ageing, pioneering new research, technology and solutions across the whole range of ageing issues
  • Greater Manchester will increase economic participation amongst the over 50s
Partners include:
  • Ten Greater Manchester councils
  • Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership
  • Age UKs in Greater Manchester
  • Public Health England
  • Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network
  • MICRA at the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University and University of Salford
  • Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation (GMCVO)
  • Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
  • Centre for Ageing Better
A series of working groups report into the Ageing Hub Steering Group which meets quarterly and is chaired by Steven Pleasant, Chief Executive of Tameside Council and Accountable Officer for NHS Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group.The Ageing Hub Partnership Forum meets quarterly as a wider community of interest around ageing. Working groups include:
  • Research Advisory Group
  • Economy and Skills Group
  • Culture Group
  • Housing Providers Group
  • EU Active and Healthy Ageing Reference Site Group
  • Greater Sport/ Physical Activity Group
  • GM Age Friendly Design Guide 
  • Ambition for Ageing
Ageing Hub team:

Paul McGarry, Head
Jo Garsden, Programme Manager
Gareth Williams, Greater Manchester Combined Authority
Dr Sophie Handler, The University of Manchester
Esme Ward, Culture Lead, The Whitworth and Manchester Museum
Prof Stefan White, Manchester Metropolitan University
Louise Robbins, Greater Sport
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