News from VOP
The Whitemoss Club for Young People becomes Age-friendly
First established in 1956 as Whitemoss Boys Club, the club started off in the ‘Green Tin Hut’ over at St. Marks Church. In 1967 it transferred to the current premises. The club has grown enormously over the years and is popular with local young people. However since Whitemoss underwent a number of improvements including a new floor in the sports hall and improved outdoor space, staff are keen for the wider community to enjoy the centre and all it has to offer. Whitemoss staff have joined the local VOP Network and have already begun discussions about how the club can become more age-friendly. With two events planned for people over 50, one on Saturday 1st June and another on Friday 14th June, the team at Whitemoss are looking forward to promoting the club to new members. For more information contact Tracey Annette at VOP on 0161 234 4299, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Whalley Range Age-friendly Steering Group
VOP is currently working with the Whalley Range Community Forum who have recently established a steering group to look at developing a range of projects, which will make Whalley Range more Age-friendly. Further details will be shared over the forthcoming months. For more information contact Tracey Annette at VOP on 0161 234 4299, email email@example.com
Higher Blackley and Charlestown VOP Community Information Hubs
The local VOP Network has identified additional locations for its community hubs. Dedicated VOP Network noticeboards will shortly be in place at both Children’s Centres in Higher Blackley and Charlestown , at the Eric Hobin Centre, the Avenue Library, the Chatterbox Project and Higher Blackley Community Centre. In addition to the noticeboards, staff based at each location will have access to a resource information file which can used to help older people better navigate and explore local services and opportunities. For more information contact Tracey Annette at VOP on 0161 234 4299, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Old Moat Age-friendly Research Feedback event: One Year On
Thursday 30 May, 10 – 2pm
St Christophers Church, Moorgate Avenue , Manchester M20
This event will present research findings from the last year of the pilot project and agree priorities for next steps and project implementation. All are welcome but booking is essential – to book a place contact Catherine Morris at Southway Housing, email email@example.com, phone 0161 448 4281.
Higher Blackley Community Centre promotes “Happy Friday” events
Jim Trotman, VOP Board Member and Higher Blackley resident, is currently working with the VOP Locality Network and the local Neighbourhood Policing team to launch a new offer for older people. The Happy Friday events will be a regular feature of the Community Centre programme and will target older people who live alone or those who feel they would benefit from more regular social contact. Happy Fridays will launch on Friday 31 May, this will also incorporate an open day for all people over 50 who might be interested in attending regular sessions. For more information contact Tracey Annette at VOP on 0161 234 4299, email firstname.lastname@example.org
UK Age-friendly City Network
Comprising of 12 UK cities from Brighton to Belfast and Cardiff to Camden, the UK Age-friendly City Network has recently received formal recognition of their work by the World Health Organisation which has now affiliated them as the official WHO UK Network. Convened by the UK Urban Ageing Consortium (a four way partnership of Manchester City Council, the Universities of Manchester and Keele and the Beth Johnson Foundation), the Network has established a programme of shared learning across the four devolved nations. For more information contact Sally Chandler: email@example.com
Old Moat “Take a Seat” scheme is up and running
Part of Southway Housing’s Age-friendly pilot project, the “Take a Seat” scheme is now underway in Withington Town Centre. Eleven services are currently involved in the scheme which provides chairs to customers to use in their public areas, including the library, butchers and cobblers. The chairs and campaign name were chosen by members of Manchester Older People’s Forum. Participating shops have also signed up to the Old Moat Age-friendly Business Charter. For more information on the scheme, contact Catherine Morris at Southway Housing, email firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 0161 448 4281.
UK Network cities visit Manchester to learn about the VOP Cultural Offer
An Enquiry Visit team comprising representatives from Newcastle, Leeds, Nottingham, Belfast and Stoke-on-Trent visited Manchester in April to meet with a range of arts organisations who are members of the Cultural Offer for Older People collaborative convened by VOP. A great shared learning experience, the day saw some lively debate and helpful feedback from the visiting team. The visit was one of a series funded by the Baring Foundation to stimulate better collaborative activity to engage older people with creative opportunities. For more information contact Sally Chandler: email@example.com
Manchester Older People’s Forum
The last meeting of Manchester Older People’s Forum took place in April at Manchester Town Hall. With over 230 registered members, Forum meetings are regularly attended by around 80/90 older Mancunians and are always a lively affair. The April meeting included a myth busting session on Welfare Reform and a consultation session about proposed changes to the Supporting People programme. For more information on joining the Forum please contact Rebecca Bromley at the VOP team for a registration form, email firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 0161 234 4049.
Age-friendly Manchester Design Forum
On 24 April, the Age-friendly Manchester Design Forum will be meeting at Manchester Metropolitan University . This is the first meeting of the forum which will meet twice a year. It involves people in design fields from across Manchester and the UK to scrutinise and guide our work on age-friendly design. The forum is an exciting chance to be involved in something that's unique in this country. For more details contact Patrick in the VOP team, email email@example.com
Delivered by Keele University , the fully-accredited Ageing Studies programme has been a huge hit. Twenty five new participants from a diverse range of organisations started the new programme this month – a warm welcome and good luck to them! Forty frontline staff completed the programme in 2012. The three courses will be fully evaluated by Keele University to gather evidence of change to practice with older people and changes to organisational culture as a direct result of assessed projects. For more information contact Sally Chandler: firstname.lastname@example.org