Latest news from the Greater Manchester Ageing Hub
View this email in your browser

GM Age Friendly Conference 2019 and Mayoral Challenge

I'm pleased to announce that the Ageing Hub will be holding our second conference on 13 February 2019 at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester. The first conference in February 2017 was where we launched the Ageing Hub, and I hope you will be able to join us this time as we work together on the next phase of making age-friendly Greater Manchester a reality. Please hold the date in your diary, formal invites will follow.

This summer has brought significant opportunities to raise the profile of ageing and present GM as a global centre of excellence for research and practice around ageing. The first two weeks of July saw over twelve thousand people take part in 350 events rights across the city region as part of the Greater Manchester Festival of Ageing, and also the launch of the Mayor's Age-Friendly Challenge. The aim is to find practical examples of what age-friendly really means at the community and neighbourhood level, and is open to the voluntary and community sector, public services, and older people's groups (more details below).

With colleagues from Manchester City Council we hosted a two day Eurocities meeting with delegates from 32 cities with the aim of sharing learning and identifying joint working around age-friendly. I was privileged to be invited to open the British Society of Gerontology Annual Conference 2018 at The University of Manchester in July - a sell out event which attracted over 600 academics and practitioners. The Ageing Hub has also hosted fact finding visits from the University of Southern California/ Age-friendly Los Angeles, the International Longevity Centre Japan, Finland and Age-friendly Blackburn with Darwin!   

It's also been a summer of change here at the Ageing Hub. We welcomed Councillor Brenda Warrington, Leader of Tameside Council, as our new GM political lead for the renamed 'Age-friendly Greater Manchester and Equalities' portfolio. We've also been joined by Mark Hammond three days a week on secondment from Manchester School of Architecture for eighteen months. Mark is a researcher in architecture and will be working as programme manager be supporting our work around age-friendly housing and planning.

Thanks for your support,

Paul McGarry
Head, Greater Manchester Ageing Hub

The deadline for the next newsletter is 8 October, please send your copy to 


Mayor's Age-Friendly Challenge

The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, has issued an Age-Friendly Challenge to make Greater Manchester the best place in the UK to grow older. Greater Manchester is already the UK’s first age-friendly city-region according to the World Health Organization. Great news! But what does that look like in reality? Through the Mayor’s age-friendly challenge, we’ll find practical examples of what age-friendly really means and share best practice across the city region.

The challenge is open to the voluntary and community sector, public services, and older people's groups working together to make their community and neighbourhood more age-friendly. To apply you need to be able to demonstrate that you are actively working to make your neighbourhood age-friendly, involving older people in the development of your scheme, and committed to future age-friendly goals. Successful entries will be those places that have most improved the quality of life of older people in their communities, and which provide shining examples of age-friendly practice for others to learn from.

This award is for age-friendly communities and neighbourhoods, and we would encourage individual projects to work with partners to apply on behalf of their neighbourhood. If you do apply as a single project, we will work with you to identify other age-friendly projects in your area to achieve the age-friendly community status. Successful schemes will be awarded with accreditation until 2020 – official recognition from the Mayor and Combined Authority that your community or neighbourhood is age-friendly. Accredited schemes will be promoted by Ambition for Ageing as examples of best practice, including to external funders.

Applications should be submitted by midnight 1st December 2018. Accredited schemes will be announced at the Greater Manchester Age-Friendly Conference in February 2019.

Age-friendly training improves customer satisfaction

Case study from the Centre for Ageing Better with Age UK Isle of Wight

Age UK Isle of Wight have developed training to help service providers become more age-friendly. Targeted at staff who deal directly with customers, age-friendly training aims to improve services by raising awareness of some of the challenges and barriers that older people can face when using services in later life.

The Isle of Wight’s main bus operator, Southern Vectis, has incorporated this training into its compulsory programme for all drivers, using an age simulation suit and glasses to give participants an insight into common physical challenges in later life. Since introducing age-friendly training, Southern Vectis has seen a reduction in incidents involving slips, trips and falls. The company achieved a 96% overall customer satisfaction rate in the Autumn 2017 Bus Passengers Survey, one of the highest rates in the country. The training has also led to a range of steps being taken to improve bus services for older customers, including changes to timetables so drivers can allow passengers more time to board. Even a small change, for example an extra minute added to a route, can make a difference.

Age-friendly training has now been delivered to over 30 organisations on the island, including Tesco, Southern Water, Southern Housing, HMP Isle of Wight, the Isle of Wight Library Service and Isle of Wight Council. Around 450 bus drivers across all 14 companies within the Go South Coast group have also received the training.

Further information

Secondment opportunity: Project and Policy Manager - Housing 

An exciting opportunity for a full time Policy and Project Manager to support delivery of the Housing and Health programme across Greater Manchester with the GM Health and Social Care Partnership 

To ensure our population is healthier and supported to make the right life choices from early years to the end of life, the wider determinants of health and well-being need to be tackled. The home can have an impact on a broad range of health related issues and through early identification, the right housing can provide alternative, less costly solutions to hospital and residential care.
The role will primarily support the Housing and Health Programme and its component work streams; Homelessness and Health, Supported Housing and GM Home Improvement Agency. The post holder will also assist in develop the future scope of the programme and identifying opportunities for collaboration.

The secondment will be until March 2019 and will be based from the Partnership’s office in central Manchester. Applications are also welcome from candidates not working within the NHS.    

Further details                

Older volunteers wanted for 'Living Library' event on ageing

Researcher Dr Bram Vanhoutte is looking for older volunteers for a 'Living Library' public event at Manchester Central Library on Wednesday 7 November. The sociologist from MICRA at The University of Manchester is looking for people aged 55+ willing to be 'books' in the 'Living Library' which the public can 'borrow'.

Bram researches the changes and challenges that are involved in ageing and the 'Living Library' event will show both the data and the stories behind changes in life as part of the Economic and Social Research Council Festival of Social Science. Volunteers are be invited to share their life stories, particularly the before, during and after of key events that made you realise you were growing older.

If you are interested in being part of the Living Library, there will be an initial meeting on Tuesday 16 October at 2pm at Manchester Central Library. The main event will be on Wednesday 7 November 11am - 3pm (meeting the public won't start until 12.30pm). Light refreshments will be provided.

To get involved or for more information: or 0161 413 7510 or 07521 541350                

Netherlands UK Age-friendly Culture Exchange

Greater Manchester will be hosting the return leg of an age-friendly culture exchange with the Netherlands next month. On 11 October, the Dutch delegates will meet with colleagues from across Greater Manchester cultural groups and hear about best practice from across the city region, such as the Royal Exchange Elders programme, Gorton Visual Arts and the National Football Museum. They will also hear about research and learning such as the Baring Foundation pilot programme on emerging older artists, and witness a gallery take at The Whitworth by older artists.  


Bids invited: Community media scaled programmes, Ambition for Ageing 

Community media: Subculture

This programme seeks to fund the creation and development of media projects themed around older people’s specific hobbies, activities and/or experiences. It is vital that these projects combine diversity of outlook as well as diversity of experience and that the initiatives which this work creates should be sustainable by the older people who have developed them. AfA is particularly looking for areas of interest not necessarily representative of a larger audience, but for which there are high levels of involvement and interaction on the part of select enthusiasts, followers or supporters. Bids must be able to demonstrate:
  • Existing links and reach in local community and an interest in helping older people create new forms of media
  • The ability to think out of the box and find creative novel solutions to promoting bespoke, credible content to tightly targeted audiences
  • A passion for ensuring that marginalised voices get heard, allowing seldom seen groups to connect and communicate
Contract length and value: The contract period is December 2018 to March 2020. The two providers who achieve the highest scoring bids will be appointed, assuming there are no conflicts of interest. Each provider will receive £50,000 over the 16 months of the contract. Final deadline for submissions: 12 noon, Wednesday 10 October 2018

Further information
Community media: Greater Manchester through the eyes of older people

The aim of this programme is to document and disseminate the day to day experiences of older people living in Greater Manchester, what they have done to feel less socially isolated, the changes they are making to the places they live in and the types of challenges they have met along the way. The work must be delivered across the eight local authority districts in which Ambition for Ageing is operating: Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Tameside and Wigan (not Trafford or Stockport). Bids must be able to demonstrate:
  • The ability to engage and mobilise older people
  • The knowledge and networks to be able to work with people from marginalised communities with little historic opportunity to voice their experiences
  • The relevant production skills and technical knowledge
  • Established distribution mechanisms through which to deliver an imaginative and memorable multimedia campaign
  • A passion for co-creating activity which is produced not just for the local population, but with the local population, informed by their experiences of social isolation and how to mitigate it.
Contract length and value: the contract period is December 2018 to March 2020. The contract value is £100,000 over the 16 months of the contract. Final deadline for submissions: 12 noon, Wednesday 24 October 2018.
Further information

New Digital Inclusion Fund targets older people

A new funding stream has been launched by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport to support digital inclusions programmes with a focus on older people. The Digital Inclusion Fund is open to charities and not for profit organisations, including social enterprises, supporting older people with essential digital skills. Grants are available for between £50K- £200K and the deadline for applications is 1 October 2018.

While the number of digitally excluded people across the UK is falling, there are some demographics where the figures remain high such as older people. Funders are looking for new and creative approaches to support older people with digital skills, with potential to scale for wider impact and longer term sustainability. Projects are sought which aim to show impacts that are both life enhancing (e.g. a reduction in loneliness) for end users and cost reducing for service providers.

Further information


Event: Ambition for Ageing Community Media Seminar

Imagine a Greater Manchester where older people can make their own media on their own terms

Wednesday 3 October 2018, 1.30 - 4.00 pm

St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North, Manchester M1 6FZ  Book your place online

We know from our recent consultations with Greater Manchester residents that there is a strong desire on the part of older people to know more about what is going on around them, in which they can take part and feel a part of. Broadly defined, community media can be defined as any form of independent, non-profit media, owned and shaped by members of the local community. Examples include everything from parish newsletters and local radio to social media.

During this seminar, Social Spider will discuss the many faces of community media and the role it can play to alleviate social isolation in people over 50. The afternoon will combine presentations and round-table discussions so that everyone will get a chance to contribute their ideas and have their say. Please come along prepared to talk about what types of local media you know and like, and how you think it might be improved and expanded upon to give you exactly the right information at the right time about local activities, groups, meetings and social clubs etc. This event is for anyone age 50 and over who would like to know more about community media and how it works.

Event: Let's talk about the 's' word: supporting the sexuality and intimacy needs of care home residents

Seminar from MICRA at The University of Manchester

Thursday 4 October 2018, 2.00 - 4.00 pm

G306B Jean McFarlane Building, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL Book your place online

  • Dr Laura Brown, Psychology, University of Manchester
  • Beverley Page-Banks, Innovation Team, Alzheimer's Society
  • Neil Allen, Law, University of Manchester
  • Prof Christine Brown-Wilson, Nursing, Queen's University Belfast
In this seminar, we will be focusing on some of the issues that care homes face in trying to support residents with their sexuality and intimacy needs, and the innovative solutions that are being proposed. Dr Laura Brown will present recent work done by the Older People’s Understanding of Sexuality’ (OPUS) research team on skilling up care home staff to better support their residents’ sexuality and intimacy needs. Beverley Page-Banks will share the outputs of a recent Alzheimer’s Society Innovation project on meeting the sex and intimacy needs of people living with dementia. Neil Allen will talk about human rights and mental capacity around intimate relationships. The event will be chaired by Dr Christine Brown Wilson from the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Queen’s University in Belfast, who is a registered nurse with an international research profile in ageing and dementia.

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

  • Anne 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. | @GMAgeingHub | #AgeFriendlyGM
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
Copyright © 2017 Greater Manchester Ageing Hub, All rights reserved.
You're receiving this email because you've expressed an interest in information about
the Greater Manchester Ageing Hub

Our mailing address is:
Greater Manchester Ageing Hub
Greater Manchester Combined Authority
Churchgate House, 56 Oxford Street
Manchester M1 6EU
United Kingdom

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list


This email was sent to <<Email Address>>
why did I get this?    unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences
Greater Manchester Ageing Hub · GMCA, Churchgate House · 56 Oxford Street · Manchester, M1 6EU · United Kingdom

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp