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11 Mar 2020

Ambition for Ageing eBulletin March 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.


Ambition for Ageing (AfA)


Celebrating the Ambition for Ageing programme


As we approach the end of delivery, we are taking the opportunity to celebrate the Ambition for Ageing programme. Keep your eyes peeled for a special bulletin later this month as we celebrate the work of our delivery providers over the last five years. 


Learning Event: Building Age-Friendly Places


Wednesday 29th April


Following on from a successful pilot in December 2019, we are pleased to announce that the next Building Age-Friendly Places workshop will take place in April. It is an opportunity for statutory sector colleagues to learn from the Ambition for Ageing programme, including research-based practical guidance on place-based working, hearing directly from researchers, practitioners and older people and an opportunity to mix with colleagues working on the ageing agenda across Greater Manchester.


Please note, this event is only for statutory sector frontline staff, managers, policy makers and commissioners.


Book your place


Survey: Our research findings


We want to understand how the findings of our research have been received and put to use. We have designed a 5 minute survey to find this out so we can improve our communication with you.




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


Age Proud Photography Competition


The GM Older People’s Network are excited to launch their new age proud competition, designed to generate positive and realistic images of people over 50.


For more information, including the six themes, terms and conditions, the prizes and the judging process, please follow the link below.


More information


Influencing the Agenda event


On the 20th of February, the GMOPN held their event ‘influencing the agenda: what matters to older people in Greater Manchester’. It was a fantastic day celebrating the work that the network has achieved over the past 5 years and hearing from a range of speakers including representatives from Independent Age, Age UK Bolton, Transport for Greater Manchester, the Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership and the Mayor of Greater Manchester who officially launched the new Age Proud Photography competition. This event was one of three to mark the end of our delivery of Ambition for Ageing.


Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing (MICRA)


Spring seminar series


As part of the Ambition for Ageing programme, The Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing (MICRA) are pleased to present three seminars due to take place in Spring 2020.


  • Wednesday 22nd April: TBC.
  • Wednesday 20th May: See below for details.
  • Wednesday 17th June: See below for details.


"Youth is the time to study wisdom; Old age is the time to practice it": Overcoming the obstacles to practicing our wisdom in the workplace


Wednesday 20th May


Speaker: Dr. Elaine Dewhurst, Senior Lecturer in Employment Law, University of Manchester


This seminar will cover the main challenges faced by older workers in entering or re-entering the labour market in the UK. It will look at the potential discriminatory nature of certain aspects of recruitment processes, such as age stereotyping in interviews and job advertisements, and more.


Book your place


Developing age-friendly communities in the Northern Gateway urban regeneration project


Wednesday 17th June 


Speaker: Camilla Lewis, Newcastle University


This seminar will present and discuss findings from a research project carried out about the lives of older people living in Collyhurst, a community soon to be re-developed as part of the Northern Gateway urban regeneration programme. The aim of the seminar is to discuss ways that the Northern Gateway plans should be designed to cater for the needs of different generations. 


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Equalities Board supported by LGBT Foundation


Respected and connected: older people and equalities


Wednesday 18th March 
Federation House, Manchester


This event will be one of three to mark the end of our delivery of Ambition for Ageing. It will be an opportunity to:


  • Share the learning of the Equalities Board with members of the GMOPN and wider public – what it means to take an equalities approach, key principles and messages, tips for tackling the many faces of inequality.
  • Acknowledge the rich diversity of our communities and the value of talking, sharing and discovering what we have in common as older people, as well as the need to understand and adjust to different perspectives and experiences.
  • Celebrate the contribution and dedication of the Equalities Board members over the past four years.


Book your place


Other News and Events


Report: Developing age-friendly communities in the Northern Gateway urban regeneration project


Manchester City Council’s ambition is to create the Northern Gateway as an age-friendly urban regeneration project. This report focuses on Collyhurst, one of the neighbourhoods to be included in the Northern Gateway redevelopment. It argues that the Northern Gateway should offer mixed, affordable and age-appropriate housing and amenities.


Read online 


Report: Advantage GM: Unlocking the longevity economy for Greater Manchester


This report sets out the findings of research by the International Longevity Centre UK (ILC), in partnership with the Greater Manchester Ageing Hub, into the nature of the economic opportunities of ageing and how GM’s innovation infrastructure and other key stakeholders can best respond to them.


Read online


Report: Nature and Ageing Well in Towns and Cities


The report sets out findings from a three-year research project aiming to understand the benefits and values of urban green infrastructure to older people and how green infrastructure attributes and interventions can best support healthy ageing in urban areas.


Read online


Report: Health Equity in England: The Marmot Review 10 Years On


The Marmot Review 10 Years On was published on 25th February. It paints a bleak picture of increasing health inequalities.


Read online


GM Walking Partnership Grants


GMCVO have launched the third stage of their grants programme to get Greater Manchester Walking. Partnership grants up to £15,000 are now available to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations to encourage people who are usually less active to start or increase the amount they walk regularly.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 23rd March 2020.


More Information


Survey: Public sector funding of VCSE organisations in Greater Manchester


GMCVO conducted a survey in 2018 to obtain a snapshot of the level of public sector funding into the VCSE sector across GM. The responses were used to inform discussions within the GM Health and Social Care Partnership about the impact of the Memorandum of Understanding on funding into the VCSE sector. The survey is being repeated to establish if there have been any changes to the funding of GM VCSE organisations as a result of the ongoing impact of the Memorandum. 


Please follow the link below to complete a 5 minute survey by Friday 20th March




Drag Yourself Out


Every Monday from 2nd March 


A journey into drag for gay, bisexual and trans men who are over 50 and living in Greater Manchester, hosted by drag star Cheddar Gorgeous and featuring some surprise guests! Over 6 weeks you will take part in workshops to develop a new drag persona, which reflects Greater Manchester’s older gay, bisexual and trans communities. 


More Information


Ageing Better: Microfunding


Wednesday 18th March


How can micro-funding help to tackle social isolation and loneliness in older people?


This event will explore the use of microfunding as a viable way to help communities to support people to age well and tackle loneliness, using the learning from the Ageing Better programme. Ambition for Ageing lead John Hannen will be speaking at the event about our delivery of microfunding.


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GM VCSE Assembly: Co-Production Network


Monday 23rd March


The GM Co-production Network brings together practitioners from statutory and VCSE organisations to connect, learn and share skills around co-production.


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Talking About My Generation Celebration - #MyGenFest


Friday 27th March


The Talking About My Generation campaign proudly presents #MyGenFest – a celebration event of ‘Changing the Record’ on growing older in Greater Manchester.


Join #MyGenFest on Friday, March 27th, at The Federation between 3pm and 6pm to eat, drink and celebrate challenging the stereotypes on what it means to grow older!


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Safer Driving for Longer Seminar


Tuesday 21st April


Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) are offering free Safer Driving for Longer course enables experienced older drivers to reflect on their own driving, increase confidence in their ability and also to consider efficient alternatives to driving.


More Information



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