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AfA newsletter - July 2018



Growing Older with Learning Difficulties – winning bid announced


We are delighted to announce that we have awarded the Growing Older with Learning Disabilities (GOLD) contract to Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU).  To deliver this work MMU will be leading a partnership comprising Future Directions CIC, Manchester People First and Pathways Associate CIC.


GOLD aims to encourage of people with learning disabilities to become co-researchers in identifying what factors prevent older people with learning disabilities from taking part in social activities. The findings of the research will then be published and will form the basis of a campaign for future change.


We look forward to working with MMU, who already have strong connections with communities of older people living with learning disabilities. Additionally, thanks to the experience and expertise of their three partner organisations – with whom they already have an established track record of success – they can also provide extensive knowledge of setting up and managing co-research projects.


You can follow the progress of GOLD on Twitter #wearegmgold.


Regular updates will also be published on our website here



The Festival of Ageing


We are half way through Greater Manchester’s first Festival of Ageing and are happy to report that the first week has been a great success. We are lucky to have had some lovely weather for it attendance levels at event have been very high, with older people joining us the celebrations in all sorts of different ways including singing, dancing, tennis, football, theatre and even axe throwing!


Full details and dates for the festival's second week of activities can be found here



Mayoral age-friendy communities challenge launched - submit your schemes by 1 December


During the festival's opening celebrations, Manchester’s Mayor, Andy Burnham issued his age-friendly communities mayoral challenge. He is asking the voluntary and community sector, public services, and older people’s groups to submit their best age-friendly schemes with a view to helping to create even more age-friendly neighbourhoods across Greater Manchester.  The deadline for submissions in Saturday 1 December – please see full details about how to register your interest here


Submissions will be reviewed by an expert panel chaired by Professor Chris Phillipson from MICRA at The University of Manchester. Other panellists will include representatives from Greater Manchester Older People’s Network, Ambition for Ageing, and the Centre for Ageing Better. Successful applicants will also be offered support to further develop their plans by the Ambition for Ageing programme.



Age-friendly communities in practice – report launched


To coincide with the Festival of Ageing launch we published a portfolio of good practice of age-friendliness in practice. Produced in collaboration with GMCA, the report contains 30 examples of initiatives, large and small, that are making very real, and very positive, differences to GM residents’ day to day lives.


The report carries introductions by Andy Burnham – the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Pam Smith – Chief Executive of Stockport Council and Patsy Hodson – Chair of GMCVO.


Standard and mobile-friendly versions of the report are available here



REMINDER: Collective Effect scaled programme – deadline for bids 25 July

Via Collective Effect, we are looking to fund the exploration and development of new and transformational methods designed to increase the levels of active citizenship in communities. We particularly want to encourage organisations to support service users or beneficiaries to work collaboratively in the pursuit of mutually agreed goals. Further details and a full specification are available here





Interim local evaluation report published


GMCA’s interim local evaluation report is now available on our website here


The report mainly consists of a comparison across years, analysing changes in investment activity, demographic characteristics of those engaged, and variations in baseline measures of age-friendliness and social isolation in 2016 and 2017. Chapter 8 of the report then reports on preliminary analysis of follow-up questionnaire responses. These questionnaires are completed six months after programme entry (or at programme exit if this occurred earlier), to capture any changes in perceptions and behaviours of respondents since their involvement in AfA.


Overall, the report indicates much more progamme activity in 2017 than 2016, with an increase of 103% in the number of projects and an increase of 174% in monetary investment. There was an increase in investments in all Local Authority areas, and an increase in the number of older people involved in the planning and design of projects, as well as participating, volunteering, and attending events. This increased activity and engagement with older people is evidence of the programme working well towards its intended outcomes.




Next Greater Manchester Older People’s Network Meeting cancelled

Unfortunately, owing to circumstances beyond our control, the next meeting of GMOPN scheduled to take place on Thursday 12 July is now cancelled. We will be in touch to confirm an alternative meeting date as soon as possible.


Ideas for Action* guides published

Care & Repair and The Older People's Housing Champions' Group, working with local organisations from different parts of England, have published a series of Ideas for Action* guides.

These guides, in conjuntion with a linked 'Housing Voices' film, resource pack and report from the Elders Council of Newcastle, working with Skimstone Arts and Northumbria University, offer practical ideas for older people’s groups, forums and organisations who want to influence local housing policy, plans and action. In particular they highlight pioneering ways to engage with older people whose voices are less often heard, and offer practical ideas for local older people’s forums and groups who want to influence local housing policy, plans and actions.The guides, film and resources can all be accessed here.

If your organisation is currently taking any local action on housing and ageing, Care & Repair would love to hear from you. Please email:




Golden Years event

Date: Thursday 12 July, 6.30 to 8.30pm

Venue: LGBT Foundation, 5 Richmond St M1 3HF

LGBT Labour have organised this event to talk about life today in 21st century Britain for older LGBT people. The evening aims to explore the impact of being LGBT on older life experiences, family relationships, and health, wellbeing and care. There will be a session looking specifically at the work that Ambition for Ageing has been doing with older LGBT groups.  You can register for the event here.


Next Equalities Board meeting

Date: Tuesday 24th July, 1 to 3pm

Venue: LGBT Foundation, 5 Richmond St M1 3HF

The meeting will focus on older carers, with a presentation from member Mike Molete of Carers UK. We will also be discussing the LDL visits in August, and an external researcher will present her project and an opportunity to get involved as co-researchers.


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Date of next edition: Monday 6 August.

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