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AFA newsletter - December 2017


AFA Newsletter – December 2017


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 four partners.


Plus we've included information about recent age aware publications, reports and surveys which we hope will be of interest.




Scaled programmes bid winners announced


  • Festival of Ageing

Ambition for Ageing has awarded the contract for the 2018 Festival of Ageing to Manchester-based community charity, 4CT. 

The festival will run from 2 to 15 July 2018 and will celebrate all the many diverse and positive aspects of getting older.  We appointed 4CT to undertake this work because we particularly liked their vision, energy and enthusiasm, as well as their innovative and creative ideas about what activities could be incorporated in the festival.

4CT has launched the project by producing a short survey to canvass local opinion on what people would like to see included in the festival. To take part in this research please download and complete the survey here.

Alternatively, upload a video saying what you would like to see on Instagram here

Follow the 2018 Festival of Ageing on Twitter @FestivalAgeing


  • Community media

We are pleased to announce that we have appointed Social Spider, a well-established social enterprise, to handle our new community media initiative. In addition to being impressed by their long-standing track record of success, we felt their team demonstrated the unswerving commitment we need in terms of identifying and exploring and establishing powerful new communication routes with and for our local communities.

Social Spider is currently scoping out what is already happening in both broadcast and online in greater Manchester and how more impact can be created.






13 December, 2pm - Ambition for Ageing Seminar: Listening to older lesbians: what can marginalised voices teach us about ageing?  13 December, 2pm


Older lesbians have frequently been described as the most invisible members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. This has been put down to a combination of society’s attitudes and their own unwillingness to be seen. As a result their voices are not heard as frequently as, for example, those of gay men.


In this seminar, Dr Jane Traies draws on findings from a research project she undertook as part of her PhD studies at the University of Sussex during which she interviewed 400 lesbians aged 60 plus about their lives, experiences and encounters with stigma.

Jane’s presentation will discuss the findings and insights of this project, particularly how ageing intersects with sexuality. As she describes the ways her interviewees’ past experiences has shaped their current lives, she will be drawing conclusions that are not only relevant to the LGBT community, but to the wider provision of services for older people.


  • Date: Wednesday 13th December 2017
  • Time: To presentation will start promptly at 2pm and run for approx 2 hours long.
  • Venue: St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North, M12 6FZ
  • Booking: To register, please follow this link or alternatively contact Juliette on 0161 277 1001 or

PLEASE NOTE: As these seminars are public events, we are unable to pay travel expenses.

This is the third and final seminar in the Autumn/ Winter series of MICRA seminars delivered as part of the Ambition for Ageing programme.



The Greater Manchester Older People's Network


The next meeting of the Greater Manchester Older People’s Network will take place on 17 January 2018. Entitled Are we getting there? Age friendly transport  across Greater Manchester. It will run from 10am to 2:30pm and takes place at St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North, Manchester M12 6FZ.


Confirmed speakers include the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham and a representative from Transport for Greater Manchester. 


If you would like to attend the event or have any thoughts about current transport issues affecting older people that you would like to see included in discussion,

please contact Liz Jones on 0161 834 9823 or email


We anticipate high demand for this event, so please book your place early to avoid disappointment.


The meeting will be recorded and a video of the session made available on Periscope shortly after the event.






This week the AFA Equalities Team at LGBT Foundation welcomes a new part time colleague, Paul Fairweather, as the Lead for Access and Inclusion. Paul

has a long work history in the field of equalities, including as an equalities officer at three different councils, and in local government as an elected representative. From now

on, Valeska will be the Lead for Research and Learning, while Hannah will lead on Equalities Board Development. 



Help needed with research project – understanding sight loss and visual impairment

Henshaws, the northern charity dedicated to improving life for people with sight loss, are delivering one of our five Equalities Board research projects.


One element of the project is to find out how Greater Manchester organisations working with older people understand sight loss and visual impairment.


We need your help for this. If you are an organisation working with older people,please complete this survey by 18 December 2017. It will only take five to ten minutes and you will then get the chance to attend a free half-day training session about

visual impairment in January. This is a session designed to introduce some simple, practical measures to improve accessibility for visually impaired older people and where to get for extra advice and support.

If you have any questions about this project or would like the survey in a different format, please contact Helen Doyle on 0161 872 1234 or 







For the past month or so, in conjunction with the Ageing Hub, our work has been focused on older workers, specifically how to address the challenges of unemployment and job insecurity in the over 50s. To this end, Greater Manchester recently hosted an invitation-only age friendly employers' summit. Organised by the Centre for Ageing Better, the summit considered how to maximise the opportunities of an ageing workforce on behalf of both businesses and employees. Key issues discussed including overcoming age bias during recruitment, promoting flexible working to support older workers’ changing needs and managing increasingly age-diverse workforces.

Latest partnership forum

The Ageing Hub’s latest partnership forum meeting took place on Friday 8  December 2017.  As well hearing updates from team members, a discussion took place on Greater Manchester’s proposed new age friendly strategy. 


A warm welcome to our new secondees

GMCA would also like to take this opportunity to welcome three more secondees

to our offices.  Sophie Black from Manchester City Council will be based with the team two days a week, looking at housing, planning and innovation. Ambition for Ageing’s

John Hannen and Kirsty Bagnall will also be co-locating with the Ageing Hub for

one day a week.





Centre for Better Ageing survey: Increasing voluntary and community activity in the over 50s

The Centre for Ageing Better has launched a call for evidence on how to increase voluntary and community activity amongst people aged 50 and has launched a survey to research public opinion. The survey is part of a wider review being

conducted in partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and with the support of the Big Lottery Fund, to encourage more people in later life to contribute to their communities and get involved in volunteering.

To download and complete the survey, click here:


Ageing Better report: Inequalities in later life

Following an in-depth review, Ageing Better has just released a new report called Inequalities in later life. Its findings reveal that older women are more vulnerable to financial difficulties than older men, with their employment history and family circumstances impacting on pension income and their ability to save.  The report also highlights the huge disparities in health, financial security, social connections, and housing, with negative impacts for those who are worse off that accumulate as they grow older. To read the report in full click here


Finally ... a seasonal message


At this time of year, we see many headlines about isolation and older people over the festive period. This is, of course, a critical issue to address – but at the same time we should bear in mind the findings of a paper issued in 2015 by Christina 

Victor et al. Called Dancing with Loneliness in Later Life: A Pilot Study Mapping Seasonal Variations,’ the paper reports that participants of an in-depth questionnaire-based survey conducted during 2012 to 2013 found respondents to be lonelier in

the evenings, weekends and the spring-summer period than during the festive season. In conclusion, the paper states: ‘In our study there is no compelling evidence to support the thesis that loneliness ratings increase in the winter months and, more

specifically, at Christmas time.’


This is a point reinforced by Age UK’s current television campaign. Directed by the award winning and highly acclaimed Philippe Andre, ‘Just another day’ shows the everyday monotony of a lonely widower. For him, as for millions of older people in

our  country, each day is much like the last – with Christmas Day no exception, but no different from much of the rest of the year.


This gives us much food for thought as we head into 2018.


To see the current Age UK television ad in, full click here

To read Dancing with Loneliness in Later Life’, click here.


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:

Date of next edition: Monday 15 January 2018

Wishing you all compliments of the season and a very happy new year.