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Equalities Board June 2017 Bulletin

Welcome to the first Equalities Board Bulletin!


EB members and other AFA partners often ask us to circulate information, but we don't like to bombard you with emails. From now on, we will collect everything together and send it all in one go once a month, along with reminders and new AFA dates. Whenever you have something you'd like us to feature, please email Please also email this address if you would like more information about the Equalities Board and to signup to receive this bulletin directly into your inbox.



1. Join In! Dates for your diary

  • Upcoming Equalities Board dates
  • Other AFA events and activities

2. Take Action! Things to do

  • AFA Scaled Programme opportunities
  • Interview request
  • Petition to sign

3. Celebrate! Special days in the calendar

  • Refugee Week
  • Eid al-Fitr
  • Greater Manchester Pride festivals

4. Learn! Useful resources

  • Toolkit on men's loneliness
  • Ageing with HIV report
  • Racial inequality survey
  • Article on use of the word 'old'



1. Join In! Dates for your diary


Upcoming Equalities Board Dates


4th July 2017, 1-3pm – Executive Group Meeting

The Executive Group meets once a month to deal with any issues that arise from the full board meetings and help Hannah and Valeska with organisational tasks. Members of this group also represent the Equalities Board on the AFA Programme Board. Everyone is welcome to join the group. Just let us know if you’re planning to come along.


25th July 2017, 1-4pm – Summer Skills Session

In July, our bi-monthly meeting will be replaced with a session on confidence-raising and speaking up at meetings. The trainer will come to the next Executive Group meeting to help her plan the content. If you’d like to attend the training, please contact us so that we can plan with you in mind.


26th September 2017, 10:30am-3pm – 'Ambition for Ageing for All' Event
Don't forget to mark your calendars for our first public event at the Friends Meeting House in Manchester. We'll be looking at what has been achieved over the first 18 months of AFA and deciding which equalities research projects to invest in.
Application forms inviting proposals for research projects will be sent out to members and targeted organisations in early July.


28th November 2017, 1-3pm – Full Equalities Board Meeting
The next full EB meeting after the event will be in November. We’ll send out the agenda closer to the day. If you’d like us to cover anything in particular or would like to do a 'Key facts on…' presentation, please get in touch.



Other AFA Events and Activities


28th June 2017, 2-3:30pm – MICRA Seminar: How We Reduce Loneliness for Older and Younger People Alike in Our Changing City
This is the third seminar in the Spring/Summer series of MICRA seminars delivered as part of the AFA programme.
Venue: St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North, Manchester, M12 6FZ (travel directions)
Booking: To book your place at this seminar, please follow this link and click 'register now'
Contact: Adele on or 0161 277 1001


29th June 2017, 10:15am-12:30pm – Older People’s Network Event: Me and My Home – Housing in Older Age
What should age-friendly housing look like? Come along to this event to share ideas and get involved in having your views heard. Refreshments, including breakfast rolls and tea and coffee, will be served on arrival.
Venue: Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester M2 5NS
Booking: please click here to register for this event
Contact: Allison Foreman at Macc on 0161 834 9823 or


4th July 2017, 10am-4pm - Ageing Better Co-production Learning Event
This is the next learning event put on by the Big Lottery funding stream that pays for Ambition for Ageing. The outcomes for the day include:

  • Greater understanding of what co-production is and means
  • Why do co-production and when is it inappropriate
  • Better understanding of the language and terminology used
  • Development of an agreed terminology and understanding of what co-production means within Ageing Better
  • Greater knowledge and learning from experiences of co-production being tested within the Ageing Better areas
  • Agreeing next steps – how to undertake more effective co-production locally, what could BIG, colleagues, partners and other stakeholders do to support this

Venue: University of Sheffield
Contact: Adele on or 0161 277 1001


14th and 21st September 2017, 9:30am-4pm - Training: Health and Wellbeing in Age-friendly Communities
Only 2 places left! Manchester City Council and BUZZ are offering a free 2 day training session exploring how age friendly communities support and promote the health and wellbeing of older people.
Venue: Buzz Health & Wellbeing Service, Ground Floor, Victoria Mill, Lower Vickers Street, Miles Platting M40 7LJ
Contact: Peter on 0161 248 1750 or



2. Take Action! Things to do


Volunteer request: Help choose new AFA providers
In early-mid July 2017, AFA will be looking for providers for the first three Ambition for Ageing Scaled Programmes to be delivered. AFA is also looking for Equalities Board members to help choose these providers. Recruitment for this will start in the next few weeks so keep an eye out for it. For now, here is some information what AFA will need new providers for.
Some of these details may change a little, but the first round of Scaled Programmes is likely to include:

  • Scaled Programme 1 – Festival of Ageing: A fun and informative festival in September 2018 to celebrate diverse experiences of ageing.
  • Scaled Programme 2 – Community Media: Lots of people aged over 50 told us that a lack of access to information about what is going on in their communities is a contributor to isolation. We are now looking for a provider who can research this issue and provide an evidence base to help us focus resources where most needed.
  • Scaled Programme 3 – Community Navigators (Round 1): A community brokerage service which will target the following three target groups:
    • People over 50 with recent hearing loss
    • Men over 75 living alone on a low income
    • Bangladeshi men and women over 50

Are you interested in becoming a provider? Come along to an Information Event for Potential Bidders in Manchester on 20th July 2017. You can book your place by clicking here.


Interview request: Queer Beyond London
Queer beyond London is a two year research project comparing diverse aspects of queer life in Plymouth, Brighton, Leeds and Manchester between 1965 and the present. We are currently looking for people in Manchester to interview who have memories of the city between the 1960s to the early 1990s. We are especially keen to interview BME LGBT people who are currently underrepresented in the archive.
If you are interested in being interviewed or want more information please contact Matt Cook on


Campaign request: Sign Alzheimer’s Society petition to end Dementia Tax
The outcome of the general election sent a firm message to politicians that dementia cannot be ignored. For too long, the 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK have been struggling to pay the catastrophic costs of their care. That's because, unlike other diseases, people with dementia don't get free care on the NHS.
Sign Alzheimer's Society's petition today and call on the new government to find a long-term solution to end the Dementia Tax once and for all.



3. Celebrate! Special days


19th-25th June 2017 - World Refugee Week

World Refugee Week is a time to pay tribute to the strength, courage and perseverance of people who have been forced to flee their homes and communities. Stand with refugees and sign the UN petition today.


25 June 2017 – Eid al-Fitr
Eid al-Fitr is the celebration that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting, and the start of Shawwal. On behalf of everyone involved in the Equalities Board we wish you a great day. Eid Mubarak!


Throughout the Summer – Greater Manchester Pride Events
This year’s Pride season kicks off with Trafford Pride on 1st July and finishes with Bolton Pride on 24th-25th September. Click here for a full list of dates.



4. Learn! Useful resources


Toolkit: Spotlight on Men’s Loneliness
In May the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness put the spotlight on men and issued this toolkit. Even though the spotlight month is now over we think the toolkit may be useful for anybody supporting men to get more involved in their communities.


Report & Presentation: Ageing with HIV – Unchartered Territory
At the beginning of the year Terrence Higgins Trust published a new study on the topic of ageing with HIV. Unchartered Territory outlines the needs and experiences of older people living with HIV and makes important recommendations for the future. The report is available here and this presentation on the main findings would be an ideal starting point for considering what an age-friendly community would look like for someone living with HIV.


MEN Investigation: Racial Inequality in Greater Manchester
In March, Manchester Evening News investigated racial inequality in Greater Manchester and came to the conclusion that this is still a huge problem.
The findings were based on official government data covering all aspects of life, from cradle to grave. It shows how non-white people across the region suffer significantly worse outcomes in terms of housing, employment and the way they are treated by the criminal justice system - despite generally doing better in school and gaining more qualifications.
To find out more and check how institutional racism affects people’s life chances where you live, see the original article here.


Guardian Article: Don't call people 'old' until death is near, says gerontologist
In this article Sarah Harper, director of Oxford Institute of Ageing, suggests people in their 70s and 80s should be considered active adults. Have a read here.



Purpose of the Equalities Board

  • To bring together older people who experience discrimination and marginalisation, as well as equalities organisations
  • To help LDLs involve older people who experience discrimination and marginalisation
  • To check if LDLs and the Ambition for Ageing (AfA) programme as a whole are inclusive and accessible, and help them to get better
  • To improve our understanding of inequalities in ageing through new research
  • To send representatives to the Programme Board (PB) and help make strategic decisions.