Manchester City Council

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February 2015

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

January 2015

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:

December event

An Ageing World: Opportunities for Manchester will be held on Monday 15th December in Manchester Town Hall. It's being hosted by the Lord Mayor of Manchester, Councillor Sue Cooley and Manchester City Council Chief Executive Sir Howard Bernstein. The event will run from 9.30am until 1pm.

The event's aims are to:

  • Promote the city's internationally recognised Age-friendly Manchester programme
  • Develop new partnerships with an age-friendly approach to the city's key priorities of growth and reform
  • Discuss plans for the programme's next phase including a range of new age-friendly city projects

The event has four themes:

  • Knowledge: How can the city become the world's leading centre for knowledge about ageing? How can the city benefit from local ageing research?
  • Economy and Growth: How can Manchester take advantage of new ageing markets? How can extending working lives support economic growth in Manchester?
  • Neighbourhood: What do age-friendly Manchester neighbourhoods look like? Who can take action? How can age-friendly neighbourhoods support public sector reform? What new forms of housing does the city need?
  • Culture: How can the city's AFM Cultural Offer programme promote social action, generate new art and improve health and well-being?

Register for the event.

For further information contact Patrick Hanfling on 0161 234 4188,

November 2014

We will be hosting a meeting from Age-friendly Dublin and will discuss things such as Age-friendly airports and age-friendly urban design. To find out more about this and our Age-friendly design steering group, contact Patrick Hanfling on 0161 234 4188 or

We are also working with Macc, co-ordinating a programme of work addressing loneliness and isolation amongst older people in Manchester. All funding has been allocated to community led projects. To get a list of projects and their areas in Manchester, contact Patrick Hanfling on 0161 234 4188 or

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