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Age-friendly Manchester Challenge press release

Lord Mayor of Manchester, Cllr Sue Cooley, has laid down the cyber gauntlet - asking people to make an online pledge for a change in behaviour or thinking so that older people feel more valued.

Dubbed the 'older and bolder Manchester' campaign - the move is asking people to come up with their own ideas and then email them to the city's Age-Friendly team at Manchester City Council.

These ideas will then be collated and used as part of the city's long-term vision and planning around keeping communities united. It also coincides with natural population trends as more people are living to an older age in Manchester.

Cllr Sue Cooley, Lord Mayor of Manchester, said: "It doesn't matter how big or small your idea is. The main thing is that we want to get people thinking about what it's like for older people in this city. The only way we can bring on societal change is to ask everyone to think about their own attitudes and beliefs - and then make suggestions around how we show respect for that life experience. It may only be a seemingly small thing - like promising to give up a seat on the bus - but on a city scale it could have a major impact."

There are currently 116,200 people aged over 50 in Manchester and average life expectancy is 75 for men and 80 for women. There are 67,700 over 60s; 34,300 over 70s; 13,600 over 80s and 2,500 over 90s.It is also thought that as many as one in five older people are facing loneliness issues.

Paul McGarry, who leads the Age-Friendly Manchester team at Manchester City Council, said: "Loneliness and divisions in Manchester society may even go back to the end of industrial life in the city - when the factory would have been a hub of family or community life and kept people united. We know today there can be many reasons for friends and families to be less connected - but the impact of that fragmentation can be immense.

"Part of our work is to make sure that the city values and caters for its older residents and visitors. Not only is that morally right, but there's also a very sound business case for getting this right as older people are thought to make up 40 per cent of consumer spending in the city.

These are some of the first pledges to have been made:

Cllr Pat Karney, chair of Manchester Day, said: "I pledge to include a float dedicated to celebrating the city's older people in this year's Manchester Day Parade."

Mark Thomas, Tesco North of England spokesperson, said: "Our customers are people of all ages and it's really important that we provide everyone with the best shopping trip possible. In Manchester city centre we pledge to work with the Alzheimer's Society to train our colleagues in our stores on being 'dementia friendly' having a greater awareness of older customers who may find their shopping trip challenging."

Bill Tamkin, Chair of South Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group, said: "My pledge is for our CCG to make the most of specialist geriatrician advice we now have available within our integrated community teams. This means that a GP can always ring a specialist in older people's health for advice on a patient."

Pledge forms can be found online at A special event and meeting with the mayor will be arranged for the top 30 entries, which will be judged by the Age-Friendly team and its board of older people.

Age-friendly Manchester Older People's Charter

The Age-friendly Manchester Older People's Board is starting work on a Charter for Older People in Manchester. The plan is to launch the charter on 1 October (International Older People's Day). The charter will set out older people's expectations of services in the city and confirm the many assets that older people bring to Manchester.  If you have ideas about what could go in the charter, email Patrick Hanfling on over the next few weeks as the charter is drafted for discussion.

Future age-friendly cities discussion, 17 March, 14:00 - 17:00 Manchester Art Gallery

The Future of an Ageing Population Project is run through the Government Office for Science. On 17 March, 14:00 - 17:00 in the Manchester Art Gallery, they will be hosting a meeting to discuss what a future age friendly city might mean for people. It will be fun, thought provoking and involve an interesting new method to explore what the future might look like.  Email Tom Wells at  or Patrick Hanfling to book on. Numbers are limited so get in touch quickly!

Lord Mayor's Challenge

As part of the Age-friendly Manchester programme, the Lord Mayor Sue Cooley has launched the Age-friendly Manchester Challenge. The challenge is to Manchester organisations, residents, groups, companies and others who would like to make the city more age-friendly and pledge action to carry out across 2015. This could be to develop a new project with older people, to work with older people in new and different ways or to change work practices so they are age-friendly. To make your pledge, or to discuss it further, email Patrick Hanfling on or call on 0161 234 4188.

Loneliness and isolation

One of the major issues facing Manchester is the loneliness and isolation of older people.

We are working with the Manchester Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and Manchester Alliance for Community Care to oversee a range of voluntary sector organisations to deliver projects. These have all now started and run until March 2016. There are 29 projects  across a number of themes including: befriending and mentoring, community networking, education, food, cooking and nutrition,  arts, fitness,  mental health and wellbeing, environment, education and  volunteering.

To find out more about the projects, see

Happy new year from Age-friendly Manchester! Following our successful event in December with well over 250 people attending (see December event posting below), we are producing a conference report that will be circulated. We are also developing the Lord Mayors Pledge and Ambassadors schemes. To find out more about how you could make a pledge, contact Patrick Hanfling

ALL FM Community Radio station are kicking off the new year with a project to train older people in broadcasting. Participants will

  • Learn how to use the software, operate the desk, write a radio show, interview guests, talking into the microphone, use portable recording equipment
  •  Present & produce their own radio show LIVE on ALL FM

It's all for older people by older people. To join in, contact Ed Connole on 248 6888 or

Over January and February the Volunteer Centre Manchester Team will be hosting events to discuss volunteering, training and employment opportunities. These are:

  • Wednesday 28th January 2015, 10 am - 4 pm at Wythenshawe Forum
  • Thursday 29th January 2015, 10 am - 4 pm in East Manchester (To Be Confirmed)
  • Friday 30th January 2015, 10 am - 4 pm in North Manchester (To Be Confirmed)
  • Tuesday 3rd February 2015, 12 pm - 6 pm in Central Library, Manchester City Centre

For further information contact Volunteer Centre Manchester 0161 830 4770 or E-mail:

Manchester's mayor has issued a citywide challenge - for every person, business or organisation to be more aware of older people's needs.

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