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AFA newsletter- November 2017


AFA Newsletter – 06 November 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 including a couple of current job vacancies. Plus we've listed some useful dates for your diary highlighting a couple of upcoming age-aware events.



General update

We continue to research and document a robust evidence base about community development to support our partners. Our aim is to provide them with all the data and information they need to build age-friendly neighbourhoods most effectively.

We are making significance progress on our scaled programmes initiatives and will be announcing further details in the December issue of the AFA newsletter.

An overview of our achievements over the past 12 months can be found in the GMCVO Annual Report 2017 - Moving Forward Together - which has just been published on the GMCVO website and can be downloaded here


STOP PRESS: If you are not attending the GMCVO Members Meeting and AGM on Tuesday 7 November, you can still stay up to date with the meeting by following #gmcvoagm on Twitter.  The Mayor's speech and the signing of a formal ‘Accord’ between the Mayor and GM Combined Authority and the VCSE sector will be live streamed - you will need to log onto Twitter before 4pm to catch this.



Greater Manchester Older People’s Network (GMOPN)

Celebrating Older People's Day

Greater Manchester Older People’s Network (GMOPN) organised a very successful event to celebrate International Older Peoples Day on 5 October which was attended by around 100 people. Various presentations were given including Non friction by John Hannen, Ambition for Ageing’s Programme Manager, highlighting tactical examples and learning from the programme so far. During the course of the day local delivery leads (LDLs) held a ‘market place’ to share examples of successful projects.

The network continue to develop new ideas, working closely with members, partners and other stakeholders on an ongoing basis. If you would like to attend their next meeting in early January 2018, please contact Liz Jones, GMOPN Development, Worker and who is brand new in post – a very big welcome to Liz. You can reach her by email at: or phone 0161 834 9823.




LGBT Foundation

Full Equalities Board meeting – Tuesday 28 November

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

Time: 1pm to 3pm

The main focus of our next full board meeting will be opportunities for future Ambition For Ageing investments around equalities issues. Our regular 'Key facts on' slot is likely to spotlight elders within Middle Eastern Communities and older ex-prisoners. A full agenda will be issued shortly. Existing and new members very welcome. If you would like more details about the meeting, please contact either:

Valeska Matziol on 0345 330 3030 x310, email:

Or: Hannah Berry on 0345 330 3030, email:


VACANCY: Equalities Research Co-ordinator

We are looking for a third person to join the two existing part-time Equalities Research Coordinators. The post holder will be to ensure that Equalities Board members are properly supported according to their needs. The role also extends to ensuring that the Equalities Board is accessible to a diverse membership, incorporating a wide range of potentially marginalising characteristics.

The post holder will be expected to develop and maintain a range of inclusive and accessible communication channels between stakeholders and to provide information, training and support to partners on equalities issues and accessibility in relation to ageing and age-friendliness.

For more details about the role and how to apply, please see our job advert

Deadline for applications: 9am, Monday 6th November 2017.



A warm welcome to our two new recruits...

  • Camilla Lewis

Camilla joined the Ambition for Action team in the post of Research Fellow at the beginning of October. Her research to date has focused on the themes of community, place and belonging. For her PhD in social anthropology she conducted a study on older people’s experiences of urban regeneration in East Manchester – a subject on which she recently presented at St Thomas Centre (video available soon on the Ambition for Ageing website).  Camilla is greatly excited about the opportunity to continue working on research which explores how social change affects older people’s sense of community in Greater Manchester.


  • Natalie Cotterell

Natalie has just started her PhD in Social Statistics and will be undertaking a project that aims to tackle social isolation in older adults living in urban environments. She will be working with GMCVO and Manchester City Council and also plans to recruit older people as co-researchers. Natalie is looking forward to applying an interdisciplinary approach to her research.


Next MICRA open seminar: Cultural values

30 November, 1pm to 3pm, Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, M2 3JL

The next presentation in MICRA’s programme of open seminars on ageing research is called Cultural values and will be given by Dr Anna Goulding.

Anna will be considering the theme of culture – not just what it is but why it is so important to our wellbeing. She will be exploring the snobbery with which it is so often associated.

Anna has seen for herself, by working with artists undertake projects with dementia patients, how creative engagement can improve lives and increase personal resilience. She will draw on this experience and other work to illustrate how creative engagement can contribute to building people's resilience.

Anna will be asking seminar participants to work together to look at the challenges of developing cultural programmes before thinking about about how we can move forward under the current political climate.

To book your free place on the seminar, click here



VACANCY: Lead Analyst – Ambition for Ageing

About the role

GMCA’s Research and Strategy team (previously called New Economy) is recruiting a lead analyst to provide research and evaluation support to Ambition for Ageing. The post-holder will be expected to develop and implement monitoring and evaluation plans, undertake primary research with programme participants and deliverers, and regularly share and present findings to programme partners.

Salary: £25,951 - £29,323 per annum dependent upon skills and experience (Grade F)
Hours: 36.25 per week        Contract: Permanent      Location: Churchgate House, Manchester

For a detailed role profile and Job Description - click here.docx

About you 

You will have an excellent academic background and, where relevant, a proven track record in managing research projects of varying scales and complexity from inception to completion. You will have a high level of technical competence in both quantitative and qualitative research, and excellent report writing and negotiation skills with the ability to work closely with a wide range of stakeholders.

For further information

Click here to see the full job advertisement on the website

Click on to read about what GMCA Research team have been working on.

To read more about GMCA please click on

Deadline for applications: midnight Thursday 30th November 2017.




Wednesday 8 November: Everyday places: Why neighbourhoods matter for people living with dementia

A free drop-in event where you can share in the conversation about neighbourhood, neighbouring and the experience of people living with dementia. For further information email:

Venue: Manchester Central Library, St Peters Square, Manchester M2 5PD  Time: 11am to 3pm.

Monday 13 November: #30DaysofFriendship campaign launches

The Cyril Flint charity – which works to reducing loneliness and social isolation in older people across Greater Manchester by matching them up appropriate befriender volunteers – is launching its #30DaysofFriendship campaign on Monday 13 November, which is also World Kindness Day. For more details 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 11 December 2017