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Festival of Ageing

Festival of Ageing
The Festival of Ageing 2018 will take place across Greater Manchester between the 2nd and 15th July 2018 and will be a celebration of positive and diverse images of ageing.
 
Update at 20 April 2018 - PARTICIPANTS IN LAUNCH EVENT SOUGHT

We are actively seeking for agencies or groups to run stalls and activities at the launch event on Monday 2nd July in Manchester. Ideally, these would be groups who can come along and do an ‘interactive’ activity and share information about their services under the following themes: Arts and culture, Health and wellbeing, Hobbies, Information or Physical activity.

If you are interested please contact Jude Wells, Project Officer , on 0161 247 5960 or email jude.wells@mmu.ac.uk

 

Update at 19 April 2018 - MEET THE FESTIVAL OF AGEING TEAM

Who we are and how to contact us

Name

Agency

Role

Telephone

Email

Festival Lead

           

Claire Evans

4CT

Overall Project Lead

0161 230 1420

claire.evans.4ct@btconnect.com

Launch, Finale, Tameside

Jane Bramley

4CT

Event Co-ordinator

0161 230 1438

jane.bramley@grfw.co.uk

Launch, Finale, Tameside

           

Matthew Youngson

MMU

Project Officer

0161 247 5960

m.youngson@mmu.ac.uk

Launch, Finale, Salford

Jude Wells

MMU

Project Officer

0161 247 5960

jude.wells@mmu.ac.uk

Launch, Finale, Salford

           

Mark Wynn

HMR Circle

Director

01706 751 165

mark@hmrcircle.org.uk

Rochdale, Oldham

Leanne Chorlton

HMR Circle

Project Officer

01706 751 165

leanne@hmrcircle.org.uk

Rochdale, Oldham

Debra Guider

Persona

Operations Director

0161 253 5409

debra.guider@personasupport.org

Bury, Bolton

Fergus Heyes

Wigan Athletic CT

Project Officer

01942 318090

f.heyes@wiganathletic.com

Wigan

 

Update at midday, 5 April 2018 - SAVE THE DATES

The main festival events taking place in seven towns across the festival fortnight have just been confirmed as follows:

 

Bolton – town centre – Tuesday 3rd July

Bury – town centre – Wednesday 4th July

Wigan – DW Stadium – Thursday 5th July

Rochdale – on Friday 6th July

Salford - Quays - on Saturday 7th July

Tameside – Ashton town centre – Tuesday 10th July

Oldham – Friday 13th July

 

Update at 26 March - FESTIVAL NOW OPEN FOR REGISTRATION

The Festival is now open for registration – we are looking for events that would like to run alongside the main festival events, performers for events and individuals to register to attend (pre-registration gives individuals an entry wristband to all open events and a printed programme).  Please register by 16th May 2018.

 

We will keep posting updates as times, venues and activities are confirmed with the first festival programme being available from 23rd May 2018.

Keep checking this web page for regular updates and/or follow the festival on facebook at FestivalOfAgeing, twitter on @FestivalAgeing or email us to be added to our mailing list for email updates as the Festival gets nearer.

 

SOME BACKGROUND ON MANCHESTER'S FIRST FESTIVAL OF AGEING 2018

Funded by Ambition for Ageing, the festival is being co-ordinated by a partnership of five groups, 4CT (a charity in Manchester), HMR Circle (in Rochdale), MMU Age Friendly Team, Persona (in Bury) and Wigan Athletic Community Trust. The celebratory event will portray a more positive view of ageing, as well as encouraging policy-makers to take the action needed to improve the lives of Greater Manchester’s 907,000 older people – a figure set to rise to 1.1million in the next twenty years.
 
The Festival will offer a range of activities, fun, music, dancing, hobbies, physical activities, information and lots of opportunities for individuals and communities to join in or create their own festival fringe event. Events and activities planned so far over the festival fortnight are as follows:
  • Launch event in Manchester city centre on Monday 2nd July 2018
  • Borough events in Salford, Wigan, Bury, Bolton, Tameside, Rochdale and Oldham
  • Finale event in Manchester city centre on Sunday 15th July
  • Lots of small neighbourhood events and activities around different locations around Greater Manchester
 
HOW YOU CAN JOIN IN
Groups and individual older people (anyone aged 50+) are all warmly encouraged to get involved. See below for how to apply as a host, an attendee or vounteer, or a performer
 
Register to host an event

If you are planning to run an activity for older people in Greater Manchester between 2nd and 15th July, please register the event with us – we will include your details in the festival programme and the first 500 event organisers to register will receive a special information pack full of hints and tips about running your event. Please use the links below to:

Apply online

Or download and print out a paper form to post back to us

 

Apply for financial help to host an event

Looking for a bit of financial assistance with organising an activity in the festival fortnight? We might be able to help with our ‘One Small Thing’ scheme - just apply for us to pay a bill on your behalf to help you fund your event. This might be,  for example,  room hire, catering or for an instructor,or any other ideas you might have. Please use the links below to

Apply online

Or download and print out a paper form to post back to us.

 

Register as an individual to attend all events

If you are over 50 and would like to attend the Festival of Ageing celebrations, please register to receive a festival programme and an ‘easy access’ wristband. The wristband will give you priority access to the launch event and borough events. Please use the links below to:

Apply online

Or download and print out a paper form to post back to us.

You can also use this form if you would like to volunteer to be one of our Festival Champions, assisting with events and helping visitors find their way around the celebrations.

 

Perform
We are looking for groups/performers for the events and for a ‘talent’ show as part of the festival. If you would like to register as a performer with the festival, please use the links below to:
 
 
To find out more
 
If you have any queries about anything to do with the Festival, please phone 0161 230 1438 or email festival.ageing@gmail.com