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Background to the programme

Aware that older people with learning disabilities face a unique set of challenges when it comes to social interaction with mainstream society, Ambition for Ageing set out to give this community a louder voice in identifying problems and a stronger influence over creating solutions. To this end, inclusive and co-produced research is an absolutely pivotal element of the project.


Following an open invitation to tender, we appointed Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) who are leading a partnership comprising Future Directions CIC, Manchester People First and Pathways Associates CIC.


The work is being carried out across Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Tameside and Wigan and the project will run until March 2020. You can follow the progress of the programme on Twitter @wearegmgold




Via co-research with older people with learning disabilities, GOLD aims to identify the factors that prevent members of these communities from taking part in social activities. Findings of the research will then be published and will form the basis of a campaign for future change.



First steps

As part of their launch awareness and networking campaign, MMU have been working with accessible information specialists at partner organisation, Manchester People First, to create two flyers to help spread the word about the programme, and to help recruit co-researchers:



Flyer 1: Listening to older people with a learning disability





Flyer 2: Can you help our new project?




To obtain copies of the flyers, or to find out more about GOLD, contact:

Melanie Chapman, Research Fellow (Disability & Community), Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care, MMU

Phone: 0161 247 2537     E-mail: