I recently travelled to Margate in Kent with GMOPN Action Group member Elaine Unegbu, in order to attend the Big Lottery’s annual Ageing Better Conference. Having never been to a conference before, I was quite apprehensive and wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I needn’t have worried though as the conference was fantastic! I had the opportunity to learn so much from a wide range of people and to find out what the rest of the country is doing in order to make their area more age-friendly.
All Older People
The Centre for Social Action has partnered with the Centre for Ageing Better to launch the Age-friendly and inclusive volunteering fund. The fund has been set up to develop and document models of good practice in supporting older people’s voluntary and community activity.
Manchester Cares would like to introduce: Winter Wellbeing, their brand new, easy way to refer to their network.
If you know an older neighbour, who is over 65 and could benefit from their support get in touch.
The University of Manchester are investigating the health and well-being benefits of green space in cities for older people. (‘Green space' means trees, parks, woodland, ponds, rivers, canals, allotments, and so on.)
The research team are looking for people who are 65 or over who might be interested in taking part in a study that surveys reasons for valuing green space.
Whitemoss Youth Club and Community Centre is celebrating it’s 62nd Anniversary this year. Run by young and older volunteers the centre caters for children aged 6 to 19 or 25 with disabilities and senior citizens through a regular luncheon club.
The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, has issued an Age-Friendly Challenge to help make Greater Manchester the best place in the UK to grow older. Greater Manchester is already the UK’s first age-friendly city-region according to the World Health Organization. Great news! But what does that look like in reality? Through the Mayor’s age-friendly challenge, it will find practical examples of what age-friendly really means and share best practice across the city region.
Over £1 million will be available for initiatives which will help boost the digital skills of underrepresented groups and disabled people.
The Mayoral Communities Challenge consists of two phases.
Phase one focuses on communities and neighbourhoods and will concentrate on looking at age-friendly places across Greater Manchester that are making a difference to older people’s everyday lives. The deadline for all phase one submissions is midnight, Saturday 1 December 2018.
Thrive is UnLtd’s new social accelerator helping ambitious social ventures to scale.
UnLtd will support over 25 social ventures a year through Thrive. UnLtd will support two groups of social ventures developing solutions in two distinct areas:
• Improving access to employment for those distant from the labour market
• Developing products and services for an ageing society
Macc is a charity and put simply, our purpose is the city of Manchester. We work to inspire, enable and support the people of Manchester to get involved and build the communities where we live, work and grow. We are the support and development organisation for local charities, voluntary organisations, community groups and social enterprises.