Ambition for Ageing eBulletin, October 2019

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Scaled Programme highlight: Growing Older with Learning Disabilities (GM GOLD) 

We have funded a project to find out why older people with learning disabilities might find it harder to be a part of their local communities. A team of older people are being trained and supported to carry out research and inform a campaign for change. 

Seminar: Sharing Place & Space – A Neighbourhood Approach

When: Wednesday 30th October, 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Where: St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North, M12 6FZ

Book: Click here to book your place or contact Lucy on 0161 277 1001 or [email protected]

This seminar will consider how the use of shared spaces and places can address issues faced by children and older people by looking at the Intergen model which has been tried and tested over twenty years. The seminar will look at the model, how it works and its outcomes so far.

Seminar: Save the date! Sue Westwood, The University of York 

When: Wednesday 27th November, 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Where: St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North, M12 6FZ

More information coming soon.

Report: Developing age-friendly cities  

The Manchester Urban Ageing Research Group (MUARG) has released a report on developing age-friendly cities: turning urban research into practice. It summarises the key themes from a workshop organised by MURAG, which provided an opportunity for academics, practitioners, older people and policymakers to discuss best practice for translating research into practice.

‘Age Proud: Exploring Positive Ageing’ Event

On October 2nd 2019, the GMOPN held their ‘Age Proud: Exploring Positive Ageing’ event. The event coincided with the International Day of Older Persons 2019 and was an opportunity for members of the network to come together to discuss the ways that ageing is currently portrayed in the media. We had a fantastic day hearing from our network members and our fabulous speakers, Joyce Williams, who is an Age Proud blogger and campaigner, Paul McGarry, head of the Greater Manchester Ageing Hub and Mike Dodd from the ‘Talking About my Generation’ Campaign. We were also treated to a fantastic performance by the world champion whistler David Morris, who blew us all away with us his amazing renditions of Nessun Dorma, Shenandoah and many more.

The afternoon workshops explored how older people and ageing are currently portrayed in the media and thought of in society. Together, we thought about the types of stories about older people that should be promoted, in order to challenge some of the negative stereotypes about ageing. Following this, a report based on the valuable insight gained from the event will be shared

Greater Manchester Health and Justice Strategy Survey

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) are consulting with members of the public on the vision and priorities for the GM Health and Justice Strategy. Health and Justice is a vital area of work with the potential to significantly improve the lives of many vulnerable people.

Help them build a better understanding of the public’s perception of and attitude towards some of the key issues which their strategy will seek to address by completing this survey.

Learning Exchange: an opportunity for cross-sector sharing around leadership practices

GMCVO are recruiting leaders from public services to spend time with voluntary, community or social enterprise (VCSE) organisations to share learning and create ongoing relationships across sectors. So far we have made successful matches with people from GMCA, local authorities, GM Police, CCGs and others; and linked them with people from VCSE organisations to share learning around co-production, sector links, social enterprise creation, and understanding changes at a GM level.

If you are a leader in the VCSE sector or in public services, and would be interested in this opportunity, please fill out this form, or contact David at [email protected]

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