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Ambition for Ageing eBulletin April 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.


Ambition for Ageing

Culture Champions winning bids announced

We are delighted to report that we have appointed the following three organisations to work with us on the Culture Champions Project:

Bolton at Home will connect existing cultural activists with new Culture Champions to create a network which will connect with communities across Bolton.  They will support the creation of cultural activity through a range of avenues, including linking creative professionals with groups who wish to develop new projects suited to their needs.

Bury Art Museum in partnership with the Met, Bury Transport Museum, Bury Fusilier Museum and Age UK Bury will provide opportunities for older people to participate in existing projects and create new age-friendly activity. The Culture Champions will help to create a ‘cultural passport’ that will provide a range of options for older people to engage in the wide range of cultural assets across Bury’s cultural quarter.

Salford CVS will be building on their existing volunteer programmes to create a network of Culture Champions and will work with them to identify the types of age friendly arts, culture and heritage activities they would like to get involved in, identify any barriers to involvement and create new cultural activity.

There wasn’t a successful bid for the development of the existing Manchester network but we are working with partners to find a way of moving forward as quickly as possible.

Ambition for Ageing Case Studies

We have a number of new case studies on the Ambition for Ageing website covering projects across Greater Manchester, including the development of an age-friendly bus guide in Bolton, weekly colouring classes in Oldham, a walking rugby group in Bolton and more! Click here to view all of our case studies.

GM VCSE Assembly: Co-Production Network

On 27th March, Ambition for Ageing spoke at the GM VCSE Assembly for the GM Co-Production Network about the challenges and benefits of co-production. You can find resources from these events, including our presentation, by clicking here.


Manchester Institiute for Collaborative Research on Ageing (MICRA)

April seminar: Age friendly and inclusive volunteering: exploring the findings of the review of community contributions in later life

This seminar will offer an opportunity to explore the findings of the recent review of Community Contributions in Later Life, and consider how the recommendations might be applied

Led by co-author of the review, Kate Jopling, the session will consider what the evidence tells us about when and how older people currently contribute to their communities, and what more can be done to ensure that more people area able to access to opportunities to contribute which work for them right across their life course.

When: Wednesday 17th April 2019, 14:00 - 15:30

Where: St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North, Manchester M12 6FZ

Click here to register.

May seminar: Developing the strategy for Age-friendly Greater Manchester – an introduction to phase two

The seminar will be an opportunity to hear about, and discuss, the development of the GM Age-friendly programme, and the next phase of the GM strategy.

Led by Paul McGarry, Head of the GM Ageing Hub in the GM Combined Authority, the seminar will consider progress made since 2016 and plans for the next two years.  Key themes will include: economic opportunities of ageing, transport, housing and planning and culture.

When: Wednesday 19th June 2019, 14:00 - 15:30

Where: St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North, Manchester M12 6FZ

Click here to register your place.

June seminar: 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.

Research concerning public spaces from the town of Aylesbury, observed by members of the general public, will consider the interactions of different generations and groups at various times of the day, and the year.  The findings from this research indicate how some spaces that could be shared by everyone can be avoided or contested by particular members of the public. 

When: Wednesday 22nd May 2019, 14:00 - 15:30

Where: St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North, Manchester M12 6FZ

Click here for full information / to register. 

'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, 10am – 4pm at the Science and Industry Museum

Click here to sign up / for more information.


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

Championing Older People’s Voices in Greater Manchester (GMOPN Network Event)

On the 23rd of May, the GMOPN will be holding its next event, focusing on how to support older people to feel valued members of society and their communities. The GMOPN is all about getting your voice heard and giving you opportunities to participate. They want to know what makes you feel valued and make sure that you can get involved on your own terms. Join in helping to develop a charter for participation and co-production with older people.

Date: 23rd May 2019

Time: 10:30am - 2:00pm

Venue: St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North, Manchester, M12 6FZ

Places are reserved for individuals over the age of 50 and people supporting older people to attend. To book a place please click here.

The GMOPN wins the NAVCA award for Campaigning and Advocacy!

The GMOPN has recently won the NAVCA award for campaigning and advocacy. NAVCA is the national membership body for local voluntary sector support and development organisations in England.

The GMOPN submitted a short video entry, which you can view here, featuring some of our network members talking about the work that the GMOPN does. Elaine Unegbu from the Action Group, along with some staff members from Macc, attended the awards ceremony in London and received the award on behalf of the network. This is great news for the GMOPN and something for us all to be really proud of!


Equalities Board supported by LGBT Foundation

April Equalities Board Meeting

When: Tuesday 16th April, 1-3pm.
Where: LGBT Foundation, 5 Richmond Street, Manchester M1 3HF

This month the Equalities Board will reflect on two important issues as they apply to people who are in their fifties and older: learning disabilities and homelessness.

  • A group of researchers from Growing Older With Learning Disabilities (GOLD) will tell us about the work they are doing to shed light on the experiences of men and women in their community.
  • We will hear from Alec McFadden from the Salford Unemployed Workers Centre, which supports increasing numbers of men who are finding themselves homeless and destitute in later life.

Equalities Board meetings are open to all members, potential members and AfA partners. If you plan to come, please let us know by Monday 15th April via a quick email to, or call and leave a message on 0345 3 30 30 30 (ext.310).

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Date of next edition: 13th May 2019


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