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Election panel opportunity
BBC Radio 5live is looking for older people interested in being part of an on-air panel of voters for the General Election campaign. The panel would be for four or five weeks in the run up to the election to see what they think of the parties, and to discuss ideas and themes facing the nation in this election.
Panel members would need to be happy to put their opinions across, share their own experiences (on topics like education, the NHS, jobs), and talk about what they think of the political parties. If people are passionate about a particular party that’s fine, and being undecided is fine too. The panel would be broadcast live on Wednesday evenings from the MediaCity studios in Salford from 10.30pm to 11.30pm. Travel costs would be covered and evening taxi journeys booked. Panellists would need to commit to the panel for the five Wednesdays before the election:
Weds 8th April TBC
Weds 15th April
Weds 22nd April
Weds 29th April
Weds 6th May
If this opportunity appeals to you then email Catherine on Catherine.Bolsover@bbc.co.uk or call on 0161 335 6504. The deadline for people to get in contact is Sunday 8th March. Spaces on the panel are limited.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 https://www.manchestercommunitycentral.org/reducing-social-isolation-and-loneliness-grant-fund-2014-2015
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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: