Ambition for Ageing eBulletin, September 2019

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Living Library to challenge ageing stereotypes

The Talking about My Generation campaign reporters will be hosting a Living Library at Manchester Central Library on Saturday, October 26th. It will be the first ‘Living Library’ to only host people aged 50 and over, all from different walks of life, who will share their personal stories that challenge age-related prejudice and stereotypes.

Programme highlight: Subculture

The Broughton Trust and Alchemy Arts are delivering our Subculture Project which aims to create media products with older people based on their niche interests, hobbies or experiences. The project aims to connect people who share those interests to reduce social isolation. Both The Broughton Trust and Alchemy Arts will be delivering workshops to upskill disadvantged and often marginalised groups

Autumn/ Winter seminar series

We are pleased to announce our upcoming Autumn/ Winter seminar series organised by MICRA, all held at GMCVO in the main hall from 2pm.

Thursday 3rd October – Connecting Older Men to their Communities 

Ageing Better Camden will share research and learning from the Ageing Better in Camden outreach team around engaging with older men. From February 2018 to March 2019, the outreach team engaged with 1,361 older men, the vast majority of whom did not go on to attend activities with deliver partners but often demonstrated a need for social connections. They wanted to gain insight into why this was the case, and what else men wanted if they were not attracted by the offers being presented to them.

Wednesday 31st October – Sharing Place & Space – A Neighbourhood Approach

Norma V Raynes PhD from Generation to Generation 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 cover the model, how it works and outcomes so far. 

Wednesday 27th November – Using co-research to explore experiences of social isolation and loneliness among older people from different minority backgrounds

Presented by Natalie CoterallManchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing. More information coming soon – save the date! 

Age Proud: Exploring Positive Ageing

Date: Wednesday 2nd October 2019, from 10:00am – 3:30pm

Venue: St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green N, Manchester M12 6FZ

On Wednesday the 2nd of October 2019, the Greater Manchester Older People’s Network will be holding its next network event: Age Proud: Exploring Positive Ageing.  

Come along and listen to a range of speakers, including Joyce Williams, aka Grandma Williams and representatives from the “Talking About my Generation” campaign.  There will also be updates about the recent work of the older people’s network, including our project on Positive Ageing Imagery and an opportunity to hear a whistling performance by the world champion whistler David Morris!

In the afternoon, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in our workshop:  “Changing the Narrative on Ageing”. We will be exploring ideas and myths about ageing that are currently encouraged by some media and seeking to develop a more positive narrative.  What stories do you think we should be telling about ageing?

A free buffet lunch will be provided for all attendees. We can also support with arranging transport to and from the venue if required.

Future of the GMOPN Survey

The GMOPN is currently part of the Ambition for Ageing Programme which is due to end in 2020. The GMOPN is well supported within Greater Manchester and we have secured some funding for the following year. We are currently exploring more options for long-term sustainability. We want to ensure that our future direction and activities reflect the priorities of our current members and the wider older population of Greater Manchester. Please support us to do this by completing this short survey and help shape our development as a voice for Older People in Greater Manchester.

If you have any accessibility needs and require this survey in another format, please let us know and we will try our best to accommodate. We can provide printed versions of the survey in large print, along with free-post envelopes if you would prefer to complete the survey in this way. You can also contact us to complete the survey over the phone. If you would like to do this, please telephone Liz or Victoria on 0161 834 9823. 

To complete the survey please click here.The survey deadline is 4th October. 

Next Equalities Board meeting

The next meeting will take place Tuesday 17th September, 2pm – 4pm at Friends Meeting House. At the meeting, the Key Facts talk will focus on the experiences of South Asian older people. There will also be an opportunity to get involved in the planning for upcoming Ambition for Ageing events.

If you want to attend contact Hannah to confirm your attendance.

E: [email protected]
T: 0345 330 3030 (ext 310) M: 07970 175414

For more information on the Equalities Board including how you can join, please click here.

Night Time economic survey

Greater Manchester’s Night Time Economy Adviser, Sacha Lord, is calling on residents to have their say on the future of night time transport links. The survey will help inform GM’s work to build a London-style transport system, and diversify, strengthen and grow the Night Time Economy – ensuring it is open for all our residents and visitors.

The survey will close at midnight on Sunday 13th October. You can find it here.

Neighbourhood toolkit

Bristol Ageing Better have produced an accessible toolkit such which is designed to inspire people to take an active role in community life and equip them with the tools and ideas needed to create change in their neighbourhood.

Click here to read it online.

Brexit questionnaire for VCSE organisations

Greater Manchester is ramping up preparations for the possibility of an exit from the EU in the near future. For general advice on how to prepare for Brexit please click here.

GMCVO is a member of the Greater Manchester Brexit Readiness Group and Economic Resilience Taskforce. We would be grateful if you could spare the time to complete a short questionnaire about what impact you expect on your organisation to help us to plan more effectively. It should take 5-10 minutes to complete. Please click here to complete the survey. The deadline is 30/09/2019.

New campaign launched to inspire people who live with long term health conditions to be active

A major new campaign, “We Are Undefeatable”, has been launched by Sport England to inspire the one in four people in England who live with one or more long-term health condition, such as diabetes, cancer, arthritis and Parkinson’s, to build physical activity into their lives. The campaign recognises the unique barriers that those living with health conditions face and uniquely shows the emotional stories of men and women living with a variety of conditions getting active in ways that work for them. 

What’s next for the VCSE sector in Greater Manchester?

The GM VCSE Devolution Reference Group have developed a draft policy paper that sets out a long term ambition for the VCSE sector in Greater Manchester (GM). It describes a future role equal to those of the state and business, what VCSE organisations can offer GM people and communities and what would need to be done to enable it. Let us know if it describes a meaningful way forward for all by taking part in the consultation.

Read more and participate in the survey and attend the final consultation event

How can the VCSE meet GM Good Employment Charter standards?

If you get, or hope to get public sector contacts or grants from GM, GM local authorities or the NHS, then you will need to show that you either meet or are working towards the GM Good Employment Charter standards.

This workshop is designed to help you find out more about the Charter, explore how your employment practices fit with the standards, establish what difficulties you may have and discuss what support you may need to meet the standards.