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Ambition for Ageing eBulletin, October 2018



Scaled Programmes update


- Collective Effect


We are delighted to report that we have appointed the following three organisations to work with us on the Collective Effect programme:


- Rochdale Boroughwide Housing who plan to set up an Ageing Congress to help influence the regeneration of Kirkholt


- Healthy Me Healthy Communities who will be setting up community grocer schemes in Rusholme, Miles Platting and Gorton


- Inspiring Communities Together who will be mapping the history of the River Irwell landscape in the Charlestown and Lower Kersal area of Salford and supporting the regeneration of the area.


For more details and to see future updates about the programme, please see our Collective Effect webpage.



- Growing Older with Learning Disabilities in Greater Manchester (GOLD)


Our GOLD web page is now available in easy read – click here  



The Mayoral communities challenge - a reminder


We are actively promoting the Mayoral communities age-friendly challenge from 1 October to 30 November. If you have any queries, please contact If you can help us spread the word and encourage applicants, our Age-Friendly Challenge Comms Pack provides you will everything you need to share our messaging via all your available internal and external channels. Included in the pack are some easy instructions, social media posts, and graphics to support your communications. If you have any queries, please contact


To read more about the challenge, what it involves and what it is setting out to achieve, click here




Introducing Victoria


A very warm welcome to Victoria Jones, GMOPN's new project support worker. Victoria will be working with the team over the next 12 months as part of a graduate training programme called Charityworks, an established third sector career development initiative. Victoria will be working on all aspects of supporting the work of the GMOPN, including assisting with the practical organisation of events and meetings, responding to enquiries, and gathering data for reports. Victoria is really looking forward to meeting everyone and getting involved with the GMOPN. Her contact details are T: 0161 834 9823 and E:




Equalities Review visits


The Equalities Review visits report will be completed shortly and will be published in standard and accessible formats.



What do you think of the EB Bulletin and website?


Feedback is invited on the main EB communications channels in order to provide the most interesting and useful information. Please complete this online survey and if you have extra comments please contact Clare:, or leave a message on 0345 330 30 30 ext. 310.


Vacancy for Women’s Programme Inclusion Officer


The LGBT Foundation is recruiting for a Women’s Programme Inclusion Officer to support the delivery and development of LGBT Foundation’s programme of engagement work for lesbian and bisexual women by working with and for underrepresented communities. Click here for more information and to apply.


Closing date: 9am Thursday 18 October.





2018 AFA Seminar series: Social Infrastructure: how shared spaces make communities work

Date: Wednesday 7 November 2018

Time: doors open at 13:30 for 14:00 seminar (ends: 15:30)

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

Speaker: Dr Sophie Yarker, MICRA, University of Manchester


Synopsis: Our social infrastructure - the shared spaces and public places that form a part of our everyday lives - are often overlooked, yet are a crucial part of our communities on many levels. This seminar looks at some of the recent policy and academic thinking around social infrastructure based on a selection of findings from Sophie’s recent research work with older volunteers in Wales.  Sophie will also be asking delegates about how they use and experience the third places in their own neighbourhoods, as well as discussing how these spaces might be better supported generally.


To book your place, click here


Save the date - the following AFA seminar will be themed ‘Resilience in Ageing’ and will take place on Wednesday 12 December. It will be delivered by GMCVO's Kirsty Bagnall. More details to follow shortly.



Free MICRA seminar - The impact and benefits of treating hearing and vision problems for people living with dementia


Time: 13:00 to 16:00 (including free networking lunch)

Date: Thursday 22 November 2018

Venue: St Peters House - Oxford Road Manchester M13 9GH

Speakers: Professor Iracema Leroi, Emma Hooper and Nisha Chauhan.


Synopsis: Hearing and vision impairments cause difficulties with daily living activities for people living with dementia and impact on communication.  The SENSE-cog sensory intervention is currently being tested as a therapeutic approach, comparing outcomes for those who undertake this new treatment versus those who receive care as usual.  The seminar is free to attend, please register here





New GMCA research report


GMCA has just published a report commissioned by Ambition for Ageing called Building Age-Friendly Neighbourhoods in Greater Manchester – evidence from the AFA programme.


It draws together research and learning gathered from the programme to provide insight into what older people across GM think makes a neighbourhood age-friendly.


In the context of the themes identified from the research, the report discusses work being done by AfA in these areas via sharing stories of age-friendly activities taking place across GM and exploring successes and challenges encountered by the programme.  


The report is available to download from our website here



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Date of next edition: Monday 05 November 2018


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