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AFA Newsletter - May 2018

Welcome to the latest issue of the AFA newsletter with all the latest news from Ambition for Ageing HQ and updates from our partners.



Scaled programmes – new Working Potential web page now live

We’ve recently launched two new dedicated web pages for our two active scaled programmes – Festival of Ageing and Community Navigators. Now we've just launched a third for Working Potential.

Working Potential is a research project that aims to collect and collate as much information as possible about the best way to support people over 50 who are currently carers to explore job opportunities in preparation for returning to work either on a full or part time basis. The programme will be based in the Wigan, Bolton and Salford areas and we have appointed the following organisations to work with us:


Wigan - Making Space

Making Space Wigan provides services at the heart of local communities in the comfort of people’s own homes, as well as offering a range of specialist care and support services. They deliver all their services with dignity, respect and compassion, focusing on outcomes that give the people they support the freedom to enjoy the best of every day life .


Bolton – Bolton at Home

Bolton at Home is a charitable community benefit society that seeks to make people’s lives better via quality housing that helps people to thrive, at the same time ensuring customers to maximise income potential. To achieve this, they work in partnership with a variety of local charities, social enterprises and other agencies.


Salford - Upturn Enterprise

Upturn is a non-profit social enterprise committed to helping individuals, public, private and third sector organisations and businesses unlock their full potential via sustainable solutions which contribute to? positive, long lasting impacts on the wider community.


What's next?

Watch out for updates coming soon about the outcomes of our recent Growing Older with Learning Difficulties and Social Eating invitations to tender. Plus – a further two totally new scaled programmes will be launching in due course.


MAY AFA seminar in partnership with MICRA:  Best Friends Forever?  Friendships in Older Age and Hidden Social Isolation

This is the second seminar in the Spring/Summer series of MICRA seminars delivered as part of the Ambition for Ageing programme.

  • Time: 13:30-16:00
  • Date:  Wednesday 16th May 2018
  • Venue: St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North, M12 6FZ (travel directions)

Booking: To register, please follow this link or alternatively contact Juliette on 0161 277 1001 or

Many older people in the UK live alone and report feeling lonely and are identified as being socially isolated. This can also be the case for people living in shared housing. 

We need your ideas about how social isolation, loneliness and friendships can be researched. Please come along and share your experiences about the role friendship has played in your life.

Why are friendships important to you? What can you remember about the friends you had when you were at school? What tips can you share for keeping friendships going and for making new friends? If you can, please bring along a photo of a friend who has been important in your life.

This session will involve the discussion of ongoing  research being undertaken at the University of Manchester by Natalie Cotterell and Dr Kingsley Purdam.


JUNE - AFA seminar in partnership with MICRA: Towards an age friendly transport system

  • Time: 13:30-16:00
  • Date:  Wednesday 20th June 2018
  • Venue: St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North, M12 6FZ (travel directions)

Booking: To register, please follow this link or alternatively contact Juliette on 0161 277 1001 or

We know that getting out and about in later life is important to peoples’ health and wellbeing. People who feel trapped and isolated at home are more likely to develop life limiting conditions and, according to some studies, can even have a shorter life expectancy.

Today, getting out and about usually means needing access to a car and having high levels of mobility just to meet basic needs, stay connected to people and access shops, services and healthcare.

Drawing on a decade’s research, Dr Charles Musselwhite will be talking about how a genuine age friendly transport system might be developed to enable older people to enjoy easier travel and continue to live full and fulfilled lives for as long as possible.

Dr Musselwhite’s seminar will be looking at four key factors:

  • the needs, desires and motivations affecting older people’s mobility
  • the creation of attractive local neighbourhoods for walking (and cycling) in later life
  • more connected communities and neighbourhoods and ease of travel between them
  • safe, supportive and inclusive age friendly transport strategy, policies and plans moving forward.

The session will end with an interactive exercise looking in more detail at exactly what is required to build such a system. Issues and solutions will be identified, as will the main partners and stakeholders needed on board if this vision is to become reality.


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

Time: 9.45am – 4.15pm

Date: Friday 18th May 2018

Venue: Conference Room, Graduate School, Ellen Wilkinson Building, Oxford Road, Manchester  M13 9PL

Cost: £30

Sponsored by MICRA, this one day event is hosted by the University of Manchester's School of Arts, Languages and Cultures.

The starting point for this conference is the lived experience of women now in their 50s, 60s and 70s. With the benefit of access to education and contraception, their lives have been different from those of previous generations. What are the expectations of such women today? Drawing on academic and empirical research in gerontology, sociology and business and the personal experiences of older women working in the cultural sector, this event brings together current thinking and research.

Chaired by Prof Emerita Helen Rees Leahy, University of Manchester and Hilary Carty, Director of the Clore Leadership Programme, the speakers are as follows:

  • Professor Penny Tinkler - University of Manchester
  • Prof Carol Atkinson – MMU
  • Aideen Young - Centre for Ageing Better
  • Suzanne Ewing - University of Edinburgh
  • Gerri Moriarty - Arts Consultant

Please click this link to book your place via the University of Manchester website


Upcoming GMOPN meeting

The next GMOPN event will take place on Thursday 24 May, from 10.30am to 4pm at Friends Meeting House in central Manchester and is themedhealthy ageing’. The event is now fully booked but if you would like to send in any comments or suggestions prior to the day, please email Liz Jones on or phone her on: 0161 834 9823


Upcoming Equalities Board Meeting

Time: 1pm to 3pm

Date Tuesday 22nd May, 1 to 3pm

Venue: LGBT Foundation, 5 Richmond St M1 3HF


LGBT Dementia Network launch

Time: 6pm to 9pm

Date: Tuesday 15th May

Venue: LGBT Foundation, 5 Richmond Street, Manchester M1 3HF

The first of its kind, this is the official launch of a vital new network, created to provide support and information, and to shape future dementia services provision across Greater Manchester. All welcome – book your place here.


NICE publishes new guidelines on older people with learning disabilities

The NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care has looked at how people with learning disabilities can be helped to access a range of services as they grow older, so they can live healthy and fulfilled lives. The resulting guidance covers identifying changing needs, planning for the future, and delivering services including health, social care and housing. The full document can be downloaded here, with an easy read version available here.

New BBC short film - LGBT discrimination in care settings

A new 15 minute film by the BBC calls for statutory LGBT training to be given to carers of LGBT people in order to help tackle homophobia in the sector.

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Date of next edition:  Monday 11 June.


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