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Ambition for Ageing e-bulletin June 2019

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

Carers week: A spotlight on older carers

Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. This year it takes place 10th - 16th June. 

Working Potential

Our Working Potential programme aims to collect 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. We are working with employers to understand the barriers they face recruiting and retaining carers in the workplace and to identify best practice. Bolton at Home, Making Space and Upturn Enterprise are delivering Working Potential in Bolton, Wigan and Salford respectively. Click here for more information.

Resources for employers

The Ambition for Ageing website houses guidance and resources for employers to become more carer-friendly. Working carers are a growing trend – with today’s ageing population and people set to live longer than ever, increasing numbers of employees are trying to balance work commitments with caring. Carers are being driven from the workplace prematurely because a manageable work/life balance is just too hard to achieve. It is vital that employers support carers in their workplace to manage their responsibilities. Click here to visit the page.

Briefing for VCSE organisations

Produced by Ambition for Ageing earlier this year, this briefing provides practical information for use by Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations on how to support older carers as employees or potential employees, and encourages the implementation of some quick and cost-effective solutions. We believe that ensuring recruitment is flexible and inclusive demonstrates VCSE principles in action. Click here to visit our resources page to download the report.

Case study: Angela

Angela was forced to give up her job to care for her mother. Since joining the Working Potential programme, she has returned to work as a part time home service assistant. Working Potential helped Angela to overcome her fears that she had become de-skilled. She was able to develop her CV and seek out e-learning which she was able to undertake whilst continuing to care for her mother. Click here to read the full story online. 


Ambition for Ageing (AfA)

Job vacancy: Employer Engagement Officer

GMCVO are seeking an Employer Engagement Officer to work on our Working Potential programme and the Returners Fund project which is aimed at making job opportunities accessible to people returning to work after caring responsibilities.

Hours: 35 a week
Salary: NJC equivalent points 22 – 25 (starting £26,317)

Click here for full details.

GMCVO are also recruiting for two other roles to work solely on the Returners Fund: an administrator and a senior project officer.

BAME Communities: Ageing in Place - call for research project proposals

GMCVO is seeking organisations with strong links into Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities and who can engage with the BAME-led organisations in Birmingham, Camden, Hackney, Leicester and Manchester.

Can your organisation:

  • Engage with specific BAME communities in one or more of the areas and encourage community members to take part in the study?
  • Interview BAME-led organisations to understand how they engage with members from their community and how this might have changed over time
  • Analyse the data from the interviews and present in a report about the communities in that area

There are two parts to this research:

  • Interviewing BAME-led organisations in a specified area (follow the link below for details) to understand how these organisations engage with members from their community aged 50 and over and how this might have changed over time.
  • Carrying out qualitative interviews with individuals aged 50 and over from the stated BAME communities to identify and explore the places, organisations and services they use for social contact and interaction

Applications must be submitted by Friday 21st June, 12 noon. Contact for the application pack. Please click here for full information.


Manchester Institiute for Collaborative Research on Ageing (MICRA)

2019 MICRA Annual Lecture on Extended Working Lives

Professor Sarah Vickerstaff will host the lecture on Extending Working Lives: the implications for winners and losers in the changed UK policy landscape.

18th June, 5:00pm - 8:00pm at the Roscoe building, University of Manchester

Click here for details.

People make places; do places make people?

Presented by Sheila Peace, Emeritus Professor of Social Gerontology, The Open University, this seminar will consider how we use public spaces in our communities, neighbourhoods and wider towns and cities, and if ageing changes our experiences of using public spaces.

19th June, 2:00pm – 3:30pm at St Thomas Centre, Manchester

Click here for full information and to register your place.

Developing age-friendly cities: Turning urban research into practice

This event will provide the opportunity for dialogue between researchers, policy makers, practitioners and older people working on issues relating to ageing, age-friendly cities and urban change. It will provide practical insights into how urban research can influence policy and practice.

26th June, 10:00am – 4:00pm at the Science and Industry Museum

Click here for details.


Greater Manchester Older People's Network (GMOPN) supported by Macc

Positive Ageing Imagery project

The GMOPN are excited to be launching a new Positive Ageing Imagery Project. The project will be looking at why stereotypical images of wrinkly hands that reinforce negativity around ageing are used in the media to represent older people. We want to replace these images with more positive ones that celebrate older people and ageing. Helen Morris, who will be volunteering with the GMOPN over the coming months, will be facilitating this project and is looking for older people who are interested in getting involved. If you would like to get involved in this project then you can do so by:

  • Joining our focus group
  • Becoming an online image reviewer

If you would like to get involved or if you have any other suggestions, please contact Liz on 0161 834 9823 or email


Equalities Board supported by LGBT Foundation

Equalities Board June meeting

When: Tuesday 18th June 2019, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Where: LGBT Foundation, 5 Richmond Street, Manchester M1 3HF

The focus for discussion will be about how to make group spaces welcoming and inclusive for all members. 

Please let Hannah know if you are coming by email, or by telephone: 03453 30 30 30, ext. 310


Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA)

Interim programme evaluation report 2019

The latest Ambition for Ageing Interim Programme Evaluation is now available on our website. It seeks to measure the impact the programme has had regarding improving age-friendliness and social connections within our delivery areas.

The data presented in this report was collected through participant and volunteer questionnaires, project information anonymous events feedback, case studies, information collected from networking and learning meetings, and semi-formal interviews with project staff.

NB: This report is primarily for internal use. It is however available publically on the Ambition for Ageing website as to demonstrate the impact of the programme so far to anyone who may be interested.

Please click here to read the report on our website.



Let's Talk about Sex & the Over 50s

On 14th February 2019, Age-Friendly Manchester along with colleagues from the universities, voluntary organisations and healthcare sector held a consultation event with people over 50, to talk about how we can challenge stereotypes and develop guidance to better meet the sexual health and wellbeing needs of over 50s.

Click here to find out more about the background to this event, its findings and the next steps.

Pride in Ageing programme launched

Pride in Ageing is a programme of work delivered by the LGBT Foundation that will be ensuring that the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people who are 50+ are recognised and met by services in Greater Manchester, particularly social care and housing. Sir Ian McKellen attended the successful launch of the programme on Wednesday 5th June. Read more here.

Age-friendly toolkit for businesses

Bristol Ageing Better have launched a toolkit to support businesses.

It includes guidance for business on being more age-friendly, case studies and an age-friendly checklist.

Whilst the focus is on Bristol, this toolkit is useful for any employer seeking to make their business more age-friendly. View it online here.

Greater Manchester’s Hidden Talent seeking providers in Bury and Wigan

GMCVO led programme, Greater Manchester’s Hidden Talent is seeking organisations to bid to deliver the programme in either one or both local authority areas of Bury and Wigan.

Organisations must have the ability to identify, reach out to and engage with hidden young people – young people who are not in employment, education or training and not claiming the benefits to which they are entitled.

Email for the bidding documents. Click here for full information.

Survey on how to implement the Social Enterprise vision for Greater Manchester

In November 2018 Andy Burnham launched the Vision for Social Enterprise in Greater Manchester at the GM Social Enterprise Summit. GMSEN (Greater Manchester Social Enterprise Network) will be shortly sending out a survey to help understand how Social Enterprises and supporters of Social Enterprise in GM want the vision to be implemented.

It’s vital that we gather the thoughts of as many people as possible involved or interested in Social Enterprise across GM. If you’d like to help get the message out to your social enterprise contacts and/or networks, please register your contact details via this link and we will be in touch when the survey is ready.

We are also asking anyone who has any research or data on the SE sector within GM if they could share it with us. This is so we can compile a detailed picture of everything SE’s are doing across GM. Please email

Could you support or help to pilot the new Greater Manchester Good Employment Charter?

The GM Good Employment Charter sets out seven standards for ‘good work’. If more GM jobs met these standards it would make a big dent in in-work poverty and accessibility of work. The Charter will go live in July 2019 with a pilot group of employers, with a view to a full launch in November.

It aims to celebrate good employment, but also to identify and address the structural issues that undermine it. GMCVO recommends VCSE employers should support the Charter ourselves and should encourage other employers to consider it.

If you would like to take part in the pilot process please contact Ian MacArthur on or click here for more information.


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Date of next edition: Monday 8th July 2019

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