Facilitated by the LGBT Foundation, the Equalities Board worked with Ambition for Ageing during its delivery phase to research, understand and document how GM’s many different communities experience ageing. Their focus was to understand how all our diverse life experiences and our different identities intersect, and how all of these elements inform the concept of the kinds of communities in which we want to live as we get older.
Between March 2020 and September 2020, the Equalities Board team will work with staff at the Greater Manchester Older People’s Network (GMOPN) to develop ways to bring them together, and bring the work of the Equalities Board into the GMOPN.
For information about the Equalities Board, and for resources on equality, diversity and inclusion, go to: https://lgbt.foundation/ambition-for-ageing
Research and evaluation outputs from the Equalities Board have included:
- Making Age-Friendly Neighbourhoods Inclusive (2019)
- The value of small community-led equalities research projects (2020)
Equalities Research Coordinator
Equalities Research Coordinator
Greater Manchester Older People's Network
The Greater Manchester Older People’s Network (GMOPN) supported by Manchester Community Central (MACC), provided an opportunity for older people to have a voice in the design, delivery and evaluation of the Ambition for Ageing programme during its delivery phase.
From March 2020, the GMOPN will continue to provide a voice for older people across the city region.
Membership is open to all older people living in Greater Manchester. The network members meet regularly to:
- discuss matters of concern to older people
- share ideas that could have a positive benefit for people's lives
- develop ways to improve or change policies or services for older people
For more information on their current work and priorities, please visit their webpage: https://www.manchestercommunitycentral.org/policy-and-influence/gm-older-peoples-network
Victoria Jones Jones
Project Support Worker
Greater Manchester Combined Authority
Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) leads on the evaluation of the Ambition for Ageing programme.
Outcomes led, the overall approach seeks to understand whether and to what extent:
- Place-based interventions are effective at reducing the circumstances in which social isolation can occur
- Repeated small interventions can lead to measurable and positive change
- A community led, participatory approach is sustainable
- Asset based approaches are effective at increasing social participation
In 2020, the GMCA will be producing a final end of delivery reports, as per the interim reports below, and a final report on equalities in the Ambition for Ageing programme.
Recent research and evaluation outputs for have included:
- Interim local evaluation report 2018
- Building age-friendly neighbourhoods in Greater Manchester
- Interim local evaluation report 2019
Lead Analyst – Evaluation and Ageing
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Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing (MICRA)
Part of the University of Manchester, the Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing (MICRA) leads on Ambition for Ageing’s research programme.
MICRA works both with older people engaged by Ambition for Ageing to understand the impact of the programme, and alongside our partners to ensure they are aware of relevant research and thinking on the nature of ageing and social isolation.
Additionally, MICRA leads on wider research into how older people can shape service delivery and the issue of equality within older peoples’ provision. In this way they bridge the gap between academic research, policy and practice.
Working closely with MICRA, Ambition for Ageing organises regular seminars addressing a range of topical ageing issues.
Upcoming work includes further research into shared spaces and social infrastructure, as well as meta-analysis of the five research reports from our BAME research project.
Research reports include:
- Social Isolation and Older Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic People in Greater Manchester
- Social Infrastructure: How shared spaces make communities work
Professor of Sociology and Social Gerontology