Manchester City Council

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AFM Older People's Charter update

Thanks to everyone who commented on the draft charter across May and June 2015.  The charter sets out the existing rights of older people to live in an age-friendly city. The AFM Older People's Board will be agreeing the charter on 17 July. The Board will then work on the planned launch of the Charter on 1 October 2015. Updates will be made in this news column! For more information contact Patrick Hanfling on

Bringing older and younger people together

We have just run our second workshop for people who want to run community projects that bring younger and older people together to improve their neighbourhood. We will be running another one later this year, so contact Patrick Hanfling on to find out more.

Save the Date: Age Friendly Manchester (AFM) Neighbourhood Coordination Event

Monday 20 July 2015 at 13:00

Friends Meeting House, Mount Street, Manchester

Participants will learn about national developments on ageing, receive updates on the AFM programme and to hear about what services are available to older residents living across the city. Participants will be asked for their views and input on a new wellbeing model for older people that is being developed. It is important to identify all the things that our health and care system in Manchester needs to be promoting, supporting and delivering that enables older people to remain active, happy and healthy in later life.

An electronic booking system will be created via Eventbrite and this will be circulated soon. In the meantime if you need further information, contact Tracey Annette on 234 4299 or

 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual older people report available

This report has been produced by the Manchester LGBT Foundation and Manchester City Council.

Ageing in Cities - Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development  (OECD) and Manchester City Council event , Friday 26 June  14.00 - 16.30.

The OECD's recent report Ageing in Cities explores the challenges and opportunities of ageing society, with Manchester one of the case study cities. It can be downloaded at:

A seminar to discuss the findings of the report and its implications for Manchester will take place on will be Friday 26 June, 14:00 - 16:30 at Manchester Town Hall. Details of the event including the programme and registration are available at

AFM website upgrade

We are going to make this Age-friendly Manchester section of the Council's website bigger this year, to reflect all the areas of our work. If there are things you would like to see on a bigger website, email Patrick Hanfling on by the end of June.

Copson street has become even more age-friendly

New heritage benches and a new local information board have been installed on Copson Street Withington as part of the ongoing age Friendly Old Moat project

The benches reflect the heritage of the area while providing a good age friendly facility for people using the district centre. The notice board will help provide a source of local events and opportunities for older people and the wider community to get involved in.

More benches are planned for the district centre as well as improvements to road signs. Keep an eye out for more improvements over the coming months.

Members of the Withington Civic Society, Manchester City Council, Southway Housing Trust and Wates all helped make the area around the benches cleaner and greener ready for the new benches.  

The draft Age-Friendly Manchester (AFM) Older Peoples Charter is out for discussion!

The Age-friendly Manchester Older People's Board has drafted a charter for older people in the city. It aims to to reinforce the existing rights of older people in Manchester to live in an Age-friendly city.

The draft is set out below. We would like to hear your thoughts on the charter, in particular

  • What do you think of the charter overall?
  • Is there anything you would like to add or change?

Please email Patrick Hanfling on or call 0161 234 4188 Friday 22 May 2015 with your thoughts. Patrick and members of the Older People's Board can meet to discuss this further.

Draft AFM Older Peoples Charter:

Value: Older people have the right to be treated with dignity and respect and to be free to live a life that has meaning and purpose. Their contribution is a significant economic asset to the city.

Independence : Older people have the right to decide where they live, how they live and with whom they live. They have the right to access services that enable them to move around their city and neighbourhoods freely and without hindrance or barriers.

Health and Wellbeing: Older people have the right to lead a healthy and proactive life wherever they live, with access to social and creative opportunities. They have a right of access to holistic health and wellbeing services and to be involved in later life decisions.

Decision-making and Voice: Older people have the right to choice and control and to meaningfully influence the decision making processes that affect their lives. They have the right to be engaged in shaping all aspects of life in Age-friendly Manchester .

Safety, Security and Justice: Older people have the right to be taken seriously when they are afraid. When they need the law to protect them, they should not be treated differently because they are older.

Information: Older people have the right to information, advice and guidance that is up to date, appropriate and relevant, in a range of formats.

We look forward to hearing from you.

East Manchester Age-friendly Spring into Summer Festival 16-31 May 2015

There's something for everyone at this year’s Age Friendly Spring into Summer Festival. It's the perfect time of year to get out and about and explore what's on offer in East Manchester. Take advantage of the warmer weather and try out a new activity. Give yourself a health boost and have fun.

There are lots of different social groups in East Manchester. Whether you're interested in creative crafts, walking, indoor bowling, reading, dancing or swimming - there really is something for everyone.

Pick up your FREE Festival What's On Guide, with over 30 activities on offer right across East Manchester from most libraries and community buildings in East Manchester or visit

 For more information contact Tracey Annette on 0161 234 4299 or

Age-friendly Manchester Challenge 

Have you got an idea about you make the city a better place for older people? Contact Patrick Hanfling on or 0161 234 4188 to find out about the Age-friendly Manchester Challenge and how to make your pledge.   

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