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AFA Newsletter - April 2018

1. AMBITION FOR AGEING

 

Scaled programmes – new AFA web pages now live

Welcome to the latest issue of the AFA newsletter which contains all the latest news from Ambition for Ageing HQ as well as updates from our partners.

 

We have recently launched two new dedicated web pages for our two active scaled programmes – Festival of Ageing and Community Navigators. These tabs are under a new section called ‘Our projects’ on our homepage. Please be sure to check them regularly for progress updates. As our other scaled programmes go live, we will be creating individual web pages featuring regular news about these, too.

 

Festival of Ageing – key event dates confirmed

The Festival of Ageing is taking place from 2nd July to 15th July 2018. Individual main events in seven towns across the celebration fortnight are confirmed as follows:

  • Bolton: town centre – Tuesday 3rd July
  • Bury: town centre – Wednesday 4th July
  • Wigan: DW Stadium – Thursday 5th July
  • Rochdale: Friday 6th July
  • Salford: Quays - Saturday 7th July
  • Tameside: Ashton town centre – Tuesday 10th July
  • Oldham: Friday 13th July.

Follow the festival on facebook at FestivalOfAgeing or twitter on @FestivalAgeing. E-mail us to be added to our mailing list for email updates as the Festival gets nearer festival.ageing@gmail.com

 

AFA seminar in partnership with MICRA: Social isolation and older BAME communities – 18 April 2018

This session is now full, to register on the waiting list, please follow this link

 

2. MICRA

 

SEMINAR - Best Friends Forever?  Friendships in Older Age and Hidden Social Isolation

Date: Wednesday 16th May

Venue: St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North, Manchester, M12 6FZ

Time: 1.30pm to 3.30pm

 

This session will involving the sharing of ongoing research undertaken at the University of Manchester by Natalie Cotterell and Kingsley Purdam. It will look at how social isolation is measured and how we can better understand its impact on peoples' lives. This will include the role friends have played in our lives, how we make new friends and how we deal with the loss of friends as we get older. There will be a chance to share your memories, thoughts, ideas and tips about friendships and how to tackle social isolation in later life.

 

To book your free place, please click here

 

Overview

This session will involving the sharing of ongoing research undertaken at the University of Manchester by Natalie Cotterell and Kingsley Purdam. It will look at how social isolation is measured and how we can better understand its impact on peoples' lives. This will include the role friends have played in our lives, how we make new friends and how we deal with the loss of friends as we get older. There will be a chance to share your memories, thoughts, ideas and tips about friendships and how to tackle social isolation in later life.

 

Speakers' biographies

 

- Kingsley Purdham

Dr. Kingsley Purdam is an in expert research methods and in public consultation with a specific focus on civic society, citizen involvement and policy making. He has successfully completed a range of national research projects across social policy areas in both the public and private sector. He has held a number of senior roles including: Director of Postgraduate Teaching, Short Course Programme Director and Director of Academic Staff Training.

Kingsley's work is widely published in leading journals including: Current SociologyEuropean Sociological Review, European Societies, Environment and Planning, Policy Studies, Local Government Studies, Journal of Civil Society, Radical Statistics, Political Geography, Sociology and The British Journal of Politics and International Relations.

In his capacity as a lecturer at the University of Manchester, Kingsley currently teaches a number of one-day courses for practitioners and policy makers. He is also a cartoonist and his work is regularly published in a number of leading current affairs publications.

 

- Natalie Cotterell

Natalie completed a BSc (hons) in Psychology and International Study at the University of Manchester in 2014, spending a year at Complutense University of Madrid, a specialist public research institution. She then worked as a project officer for a third sector organisation specialising in understanding the needs, experiences and concerns of people who use health and social care services with a view to improving these services. After this, Natalie returned to the University of Manchester and gained an MSc in Health Psychology before beginning her PhD in September 2017. Under the working title of Growing old in the city: tackling social isolation in later life, Natalie’s PhD seeks to advance knowledge and help to develop policy recommendations to reduce social isolation among older people living in urban environments. Her work pro-actively involves the training of older people as co-researchers to identify examples of good practice in order to assist neighbourhood organisations in assessing the impact of social isolation in the over 50s.

 

CONFERENCE: Changing the Narrative: Older Women and the Cultural Sector

 

Date: Friday 18th May 2018

Venue: The Conference Room, The Graduate School, School of Arts and Cultures, Ellen Wilkinson Building, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL

Time: 9.45am to 4.15am

Cost: £30.00

Sponsored by MICRA, Changing the Narrative: Older Women and the Cultural Sector will be hosted by the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures.

The conference will present current academic research to a wide audience, informing and enriching a broader conversation about the role of older professional women and using examples from architecture and the arts as the context for the discussion

Book now

 

NEW dementia study launched – experts by experience required

MICRA is currently looking for help from individuals who have experiences of caring or living with dementia to help them with a new study, which is expected to be of relevance both locally and nationally.

The Offender Health Research Network is currently undertaking research which is seeking to identify what pathways of care and staff provision should be provided to support older prisoners with dementia and mild cognitive impairment.

To feed into this, MICRA is planning to run a workshop to discuss the type of care that should be provided for older prisoners with dementia. These discussions will inform the development of care pathways.

A discussion workshop is being held at the University of Manchester on Wednesday 11th April, 12.30 - 3.00pm. The time commitment would be in the order of one and a half to two hours maximum. Lunch will be provided and travel expenses will be covered

If you are interested in attending, or would like further information please contact Leanne.Heathcote@manchester.ac.uk.

 

3. MACC - GREATER MANCHESTER OLDER PEOPLE’S NETWORK (GMOPN)

 

Forthcoming GMOPN meeting

The next GMOPN meeting will take place on Thursday 24 May, from 10.30am to 4pm at Friends Meeting House in central Manchester, and the theme will be healthy ageing. 

During the event, we will hear from experts and those leading work across GM to better understand the challenges for our city region and the ways in which we are working to meet them. We will also be hearing from older people as experts by experience in order to identify their priorities and challenges in relation to health and wellbeing.  

The event is open to all organisational and individual members of the GMOPN, as well as to all older people living in Greater Manchester. Places are limited and we will be aiming to get the best possible representation across GM, ensuring that we prioritise places for older people themselves.

Attendance is free and lunch will be provided.

If you would like to attend, please register your interest by clicking here (Please note: places will not be confirmed at this stage in order to ensure full representation across Greater Manchester.)

In the run up to the event, MACC is developing a new focus group to discuss relevant issues and plan the themes and agendas ahead of GMOPN sessions. Meetings will take place in central Manchester. If you would like to be involved in the focus group or would like to offer your ideas or thoughts please contact Liz Jones: liz@macc.org.uk, or telephone 0161 834 9823.

 

4. LGBT – EQUALITIES BOARD

 

TRAINING: Making Meetings Accessible for People with Learning Disabilities

EB is running a free of charge training session on Tuesday 24th April, from 1pm to 4pm, on how to make meetings accessible for people with learning disabilities. It will be led by members of Manchester People First, a self-advocacy group for adults with a learning disability.

Anyone can apply to attend (with priority booking going to EB member organisations). Please note: there is an attendance limit of one person per organisation.

Full details of the session are as follows:

Date: Tuesday 24 April

Venue: LGBT Foundation, 5 Richmond St M1 3HF

Time: 1pm to 4pm

Topics to be covered include:

·Who needs accessible information and why we should provide it

·Why written information is important, even if you cannot read it

·Practical things you can do to make any document easier to understand.

·How we can make meetings and events more accessible

Please email hannah.berry@lgbt.foundation to book a place on this training

 

Have you found this newsletter useful?

 

If you would like to give us any feedback on this newsletter or suggest some subjects or themes you would like to see covered in future, please email: julia.battersby@gmcvo.org.uk

Date of next edition: Monday 12 May.

For regular Ambition for Ageing updates throughout the month, please see the news page on our website and follow us on Twitter @Afageing

 

Newsletter Date: 
Monday, April 9, 2018
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