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Ambition for Ageing eBulletin, September 2018

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.




On Wednesday 29 August we launched two new Community Media scaled programmes:

- Subculture

This programme seeks to fund the creation and development of media projects themed around older people’s specific hobbies, activities and/or experiences.

Final deadline for submissions: 12 noon, Wednesday 10th October 2018

For further details and how to bid, click here

- Greater Manchester through the eyes of older people

The aim of this programme is to document and disseminate the day to day experiences of older people living in Greater Manchester, what they have done to feel less socially isolated, the changes they are making to the places they live in and the types of challenges they have met along the way.

Final deadline for submissions: 12 noon, Wednesday 24 October 2018.

For further details and how to bid, click here


AfA bidder engagement event – Monday 17 September

AfA is running an engagement event to give prospective bidders more information about both of our community media scaled programmes, including details about the delivery models and approaches required.

The event will take place at Manchester Art Gallery Lecture Room, Mosley St, Manchester M2 3JL – Monday 17 September 2018, 1pm - 4.00pm

To book your place please click here

Full details of the guidance event for potential bidders can also be found on the Events section of the GMCVO website

If you are interested in finding out more about bidding for this work, please register on the GMCVO bidding portal here


Autumn engagement panel

Our next engagement panel session will take place on Thursday 11 October, 12.30 to 14.30.

Venue: George House Trust, 75-77 Ardwick Green N, Manchester M12 6FX




A warm welcome to Sophie Yarker

Sophie has just joined MICRA as a Research Fellow. She joins us having previously been based at Aberystwyth University where she was researching older voluntary roles. Prior to this, Sophie gained her PhD from Newcastle University in Social Housing, Urban Regeneration, Belonging and Identity. As she moves into her  new role at MICRA, Sophie is particularly looking forward to undertaking research into policy and community organisation partnerships.


Upcoming seminars:

Imagine a Greater Manchester where older people can make their own media on their own terms

Date: Wednesday 3 October

Time: 13:30  - 16:00

Venue: St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North, Manchester M1 6FZ

Presented by London-based community interest company, Social Spider, this session will cover the many faces of community media and the role it can play in alleviating social isolation in people over 50. The afternoon will combine both presentations and round-table discussions so that everyone can have the chance to contribute their ideas.

Note: this event is for anyone aged 50 and over who would like to know more about community media and how it works. It is not aimed at professional media producers or potential bidders seeking to respond to one of our current live invitations to tender.

To register, please click here


Future dates in our Autumn/Winter 2018/9 seminar series are scheduled for:

  • Wednesday 7 November
  • Thursday 6 December

Topics and booking details will be announced shortly.


MACC (Greater Manchester Older People's Network - GMOPN)


Please see the GMOPN website for details of latest news and updates

The latest video uploads, including Andy Burnham addressing the GMOPN Are we getting there travel conference earlier this year can be found on Macc’s You Tube channel which you can subscribe to here



Equalities Board open meeting

Date: Thursday 27 September Equalities Board open meeting

Time: 13:00 to 15:00  

Venue: LGBT Foundation, 5 Richmond St M1 3HF


This month's meeting will include an update on the Equalities Scaled Programme. There will also be a talk on the Social Model of Disability by Linda Marsh and Brett Savage from Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People (GMCDP), one of EB’s member organisations. To confirm your attendance, please contact


Notes from the Equalities Board meeting in July can be downloaded here, or you can watch the film of the meeting here.



Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA)


Mayoral challenge update

GMCA and AFA continue to work closely together on planning final details of the application process and accreditation criteria. More information will be available shortly. In the meantime, you can read an overview of what the challenge is setting out to achieve, an when on the mayoral challenges page of the GMCA website


Building age-friendly neighbourhoods in Greater Manchester – new report coming soon

This report will use qualitative 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 – sharing stories of age-friendly activities taking place across GM and exploring successes and challenges encountered by the programme.  This report will be published on the AFA website shortly, more details to be announced soon.