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08 Jun 2020

Ambition for Ageing eBulletin June 2020

Welcome to the latest issue of our e-bulletin which contains all the latest updates from Ambition for Ageing and our partners, and other ageing related news and events.


Please feel free to forward this bulletin onto your colleagues, contacts and networks who can subscribe to receive their own copy by clicking here.


We hope you are keeping well during this time. Our thoughts are with everyone experiencing any difficulties.


Ambition for Ageing (AfA)


BAME Communities: Ageing in Place


We wanted to explore the types of social infrastructure that people aged 50 and over from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities use in specific places. Along with Ambition for Ageing, four other Ageing Better partnerships took part in this research project: Birmingham, Camden, Hackney and Leicester.


Later in the year we will be releasing a meta-analysis of the five reports, so stay tuned!


Read the reports here


Carers Week 2020 (8th June - 14th June) 


Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. It also helps people who don't think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support.


As a part of Carers Week, GMCVO have pledged to recognise, support, and celebrate carers. Our programmes Working Potential and Caring, Working, Living supported carers to return to work. Through these programmes, we supported employers to develop their recruitment and employment practices to make job opportunities more accessible and to identify best practice.


Alternatives to cash during COVID-19


Following reports of older people expressing fears about what to do when they run out of cash and concerns around how to pay for items delivered by volunteers, forcing some to go to cash points or doing shopping themselves, we have carried out a review of available alternatives to cash.


Read it online


GM Older People's Network (GMOPN) supported by Macc


The most recent GMOPN newsletter shares information and support in relation to travel, wellbeing, and more. A member of their Action Group, Marie, has also written a short article about using Zoom for the first time. 


Read it here


Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing (MICRA)


Webinar: Communities and COVID-19: the impact of social inequality and social distancing on older people


On Friday 19th June, Chris Phillipson, Sophie Yarker and Tine Buffell will speak about the impact of social inequality and social distancing on older people.


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Webinar: The Impact of COVID-19 on Health and Social Inequalities in Older People


MICRA have hosted their first ever webinar on COVID-19 and older people. Click the button below to watch the webinar online.


Watch it here


Technology and Social Connections for older people during COVID-19


Our researcher based at MICRA has conducted a brief literature review on the use of information and communication technologies to support social connections for older people. We have identified some guiding principles of engaging older people in using digital technologies.


Read it here


Other News and Events


Webinar: The Road to Recovery: how can the COVID-19 crisis provide an opportunity to improve later lives?


On Monday 8th June at 11am, the Centre for Ageing Better hosted a webinar to explore how we can recover from this pandemic, shaping our future so we can all age better. We heard from the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, on how GM is looking to ‘Build Back Better’, and the opportunities for local and regional leadership. It will be available on their YouTube channel after the event.


Watch it here


Changes to concessionary pass 


Transport for Greater Manchester are planning to return to business as usual for concessionary passes. As of next Tuesday 2nd June TfGM will re-introduce peak restrictions from 9.30am on concessionary travel.


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‘Keep On Keep Up’ App will help older adults take control of their health and reduce the high risk of falls during and after COVID-19 Lockdown


An new app has been developed at The University of Manchester and released for free to help reduce the high risk of falls and physical decline in older people self-isolating during the COVID-19 Lockdown.


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Meet the newsroom made up of over 50s challenging the way mainstream media represents their generation


A generation that are sick of being misrepresented in the mainstream media have launched their own news site that is thriving in lockdown.


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Hidden Figures: The Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on LGBT Communities


The LGBT Foundation's new report is a culmination of the findings from their online survey, existing research on LGBT health inequalities, and their own unpublished service user data.


Read it here


Connect 5 mental health training for non-mental health staff being rolled out across GM


Connect 5 is a workforce training programme developed by Tameside, Oldham and Glossop Mind, created to up skill non-mental health staff to better understand and successfully address mental health issues within their everyday practice


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Greater Manchester Community Hubs


Community Hubs have been set up by councils in each borough of Greater Manchester to provide support for vulnerable people who have to self-isolate. Contact details are available at the link below.


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GMCVO Coronavirus (Covid-19) webpage


The GMCVO website is providing guidance, support and resources for VCSE Organisations surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic for a number of groups, including employers, BAME communities, social enterprises and more.


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Bill allowing virtual board meetings passes first stage in parliament


The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill would allow charities to hold remote AGMs, even if their constitutions forbid it. 


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Job Vacancy: Investment Officer at GMCVO


This Investment Officer role is to directly support Trafford-based organisations to access Social Investment from GMCVO. Deadline to apply is 26th June.


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National Lottery Community Fund


The National Lottery Community Fund are distributing funding to projects and organisations best placed to support their communities at this vital time.


For amounts between £300 and £10k click here.


For amounts above £10k click here.


Community Support Fund


The Community Support Fund accepts applications from community groups in Greater Manchester responding to impact of Covid-19. Awards of up to £5,000 are available.


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GM Wellbeing Grants


GMCVO, working in partnership with 10GM, have launched a grants programme to support mental wellbeing in communities of identity or experience. Initially, micro grants of £100-£500 are available to small, grass roots voluntary and community groups. Applications can be submitted anytime between now and 5:00pm on 30th June 2020.


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GM Walking small grants programme


GMCVO have re-launched the small grants programme to get Greater Manchester Walking. Grants between £50 - £1,000 are available for voluntary and community groups and social enterprises to encourage more people in Greater Manchester to walk more during social distancing restrictions


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Grant funding to help young people overcome barriers to employment, education and training


The Prince’s Trust are launching a new grants programme within Greater Manchester that seeks to support young people to cope with today and prepare for tomorrow. Grants of up to £25,000 are available for organisations working with specific cohorts of young people up to the age of 25 who are facing barriers to engagement with education, employment or training. They will be hosting online briefings on the 17th, 18th and 24th June and invite you to attend one of these sessions to find out more.


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