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The latest issue of the AFA newsletter - June 2018


New report published 12 June: Community Media for Greater Manchester: An Ambition for Connected Later Life

Published in conjunction with Social Spider, our new report - out today - looks at how community media works and explores the potential for harnessing its power to reach and benefit over 50s across Greater Manchester.

To read the report in full, click here


New Collective Effect scaled programme launches Wednesday 13 June

Our next scaled programme project, Collective Effect, seeks to fund the exploration and development of new and transformational methods designed to increase the levels of active citizenship in local communities. Full details will go live on the news section of our website during the afternoon of Wednesday 13 June.


Update on the Festival of Ageing

We are delighted to report that there are now over 200 events taking place across the Festival of Ageing fortnight (2 to 15 July) across GM and numbers are still rising. To see the updated online programme, click here

People aged 50 and over across GM are being urged to sign up for their free wristband to attend any or all of the celebrations – if you haven’t got yours, please register right now by clicking here

Don’t forget to tell your colleagues, friends and family to apply for theirs too!


Age Friendly Communities in Practice

On Monday 11 June, almost a hundred people converged in the Garrett Suite of the Museum of Science and Industry for a day of constructive interactive collaboration and planning under the theme of 'Age Friendly Communities in Practice.’


Tables representing the ten Greater Manchester boroughs with whom we work shared their thinking on best practice examples of age friendliness in action. Delegates were then invited to vote not only for their region’s best ideas, but also for their top three favourites out of the entire room.


In between table working sessions, presentations were given by Pam Smith (Executive Lead on Ageing for GM), Chris Phillipson (Professor of Sociology & Social Gerontology at MICRA), Mark Hammond (Research Associate at Manchester School of Architecture), Nicola Shore (Engagement and Wellbeing Service Manager at Age UK Oldham), John Hannen (Programme Manager for Ambition for Ageing) and Paul McGarry (Head of GM Ageing Hub).


Findings from the day and next steps will be announced shortly.


Carers Week – our pledge       

In honour of Carers’ Week 11 to 18 June) AFA has published a pledge on the official campaign website. In it, we reinforce the aims of our Working Potential programme which sets out to support carers aged over 50 as they explore opportunities to start, or return to full or part-time paid work. 

To find out more about Carers’ Week, click here

To keep up to date with our new Working Potential programme, please click here.


AFA is hiring!

We are currently recruiting for the role of Contract Officer – Projects. We need someone with strong organisational skills to manage performance and develop and implement monitoring processes with contracted organisations.

Click here to find out more about the positions and for an application pack.

Closing date for applications: Tuesday 3 July at 9am.




FREE SEMINAR: Towards an age friendly transport system

Date:  Wednesday 20th June 2018    Time: 13:30-16:00

Venue: St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North, M12 6FZ (travel directions)

Booking: To register, please follow this link or alternatively contact Juliette on 0161 277 1001 or

Drawing on a decade’s research, Dr Charles Musselwhite will be talking about how a genuine age friendly transport system might be developed on the basis of four key components: 

  • the needs, desires and motivations affecting older people’s mobility
  • the creation of attractive local neighbourhoods for walking (and cycling) in later life
  • more connected communities and neighbourhoods and ease of travel between them
  • safe, supportive and inclusive age friendly transport strategy, policies and plans moving forward.

The session will end with an interactive exercise looking in more detail at exactly what is required to build such a system. Issues and solutions will be identified, as will the main partners and stakeholders needed on board if vision is to become reality.

PLEASE NOTE: As these seminars are public events, we are unable to pay travel expenses. 



Greater Manchester Older People’s Network meeting report - 24 May 2018

‘The NHS at 70: Time for an age-friendly health and social care system’

On the 24th May, network members gathered to hear about and discuss health and social care for older people in Greater Manchester.  Speakers included Warren Heppolette from the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, presenting on GM strategy, and Professor Alistair Burns, NHS England, talking about dementia and older people’s mental health. 

At lunchtime, entertainment was provided in the form of the Charleston Charlies from Music in Hospitals and Care whose nostalgic repertoire quickly had the room tapping their feet and clapping along. 

The afternoon saw discussions take place around how older people in Manchester maintain their health and wellbeing, how systems and services support people to do this and what needs to change if things are to get better. 

A report will be published in the summer to reflect the findings of the day, along with  recommendations to help drive forward action in the future. 

The next GMOPN meeting will be held on 12 July.

Check here for regular updates about the work of the GMOPN.




Next board meeting

Tuesday 24th July, 1 to 3pm at LGBT Foundation, 5 Richmond St M1 3HF.


EB is hiring!

We are currently recruiting for an Equalities Research Co-ordinator (Research and Learning Lead) to join our Ambition for Ageing team. For full details, click here

The deadline for applications is 9am on Monday 25th June. Interviews will be held on Tuesday 3 July.



Have you found this newsletter useful?

If you would like to give us any feedback on this newsletter or suggest some subjects or themes you would like to see covered in future, please email:

Date of next edition: Monday 9 July.

For regular Ambition for Ageing updates throughout the month, please see the news section of our website and follow us on Twitter @Afageing.