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‚ÄčAmbition for Ageing eBulletin, December 2018

Welcome to the latest issue of our e-bulletin which contains all the latest news from Ambition for Ageing HQ as well as updates from our partners.

Ambition for Ageing

Ageing Equally? £8,000 research projects

GMCVO is seeking organisations with strong links into marginalised communities to put forward ideas for research projects to explore the question: “What makes a good place in which to grow older, for people who belong to minority communities?”. Click here for more information.

We are looking for research projects that are targeted at one specific group. This could be in one particular ward or neighbourhood or across multiple areas.

In early 2019, up to ten organisation will be awarded £500 and offered additional support to develop their proposal into a project that will contribute to the ‘Ageing Equally?’ research. Up to £8000 will be awarded for each developed project to be delivered, providing it meets the specified requirements of the programme. Delivery will take place between April 2019 and January 2020 and will vary in length.

To apply, organisations will be required to submit an expression of interest outlining their project ideas and suitability. This must be submitted by 12:00pm on Wednesday 23rd January 2019. Email for an application pack.

If you have any questions about the process, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions where you can submit questions until Thursday 17th January 2019. All questions and answers will be published on our website anonymously.

Subculture - winning bids announced

Delivery of our two Subculture Community Media scaled programme begins this month. One project is being led by The Broughton Trust in partnership with Mary Burns Community Group and the second delivered by Alchemy Arts. Both will be working with socially isolated groups to explore their niche interests and co-produce media based on those topics that matter to them. The media created will be distributed to the benefit of others who might share those interests.

The Broughton Trust and Mary Burns’ project will be working across Salford, Manchester and Bolton with retired trade union members, older BAME people and disadvantaged groups. Alchemy Arts will be working with BAME community across Manchester, Bury and Oldham. Both projects will be holding a series of workshops across each borough to upskill and co-produce media in a number of ways.

Kirsty Bagnall, Comms and Influence Officer, presents at European Forum for Diaster Risk Reduction

On 23 November 2018, we spoke at the 2018 European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction (EFDRR) organised by UNISDR and hosted by Italy, which you can watch on the GMCVO website. Our presentation is based on the newly released report ‘Resilience in an Ageing Greater Manchester’ which can be downloaded here

Successful Age-friendly Futures Event

On 11th December, exactly six months after our Age-Friendly Communities in Practice event, we brought together all our partners to celebrate what we’ve learnt so far at our conference, Age-Friendly Futures.

During the event, we heard from many of our local partners on how they are building age-friendly communities, what they are discovering and what they would like to see in the future. Thank you to all who came along to the event and made it a really successful day. A report from the conference will be available in the New Year.

New: Working Potential Newsletter

Working Potential, one of our scaled programmes, is a research project aimed at understanding the barriers carers over 50 have to securing flexible employment, as well as the barriers employers face when recruiting and retaining staff who are carers.

The team have just launched a newsletter that will be issued every two months. Please follow the link to read the first issue and if you’d like to subscribe then please click here to be kept up to date with the latest Working Potential news. You can also follow them on Twitter @AfaWorking.

Manchester Institiute for Collaborative Research on Ageing (MICRA)

Save the date: First of our Spring/Summar seminars for 2019

Kirsty Bagnall from our team will be presenting her research on resilience in ageing on Wednesday 20 March, 2pm - 3:30pm at St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North, Manchester, M12 6FZ. We will distribute a link to book in the new year. Click here to view the report and a 4 page briefing.

Greater Manchester Older People's Network supported by Macc

Celebrating the GM Older People’s Network (GMOPN) – where are we now and where are we going?

GMOPN are really looking forward to their next GMOPN event on 8 January 2019. The event will be an opportunity to celebrate everything the network has achieved so far and to set the campaigning agenda for the year ahead. There will be presentations from James Baldwin, policy officer for Transport for Greater Manchester, Wendy Cocks, housing action support for Care and Repair England and Warre Heppolette, executive lead of strategy and system development at Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership.

When: Tuesday 8th January, 10.30am to 3.30pm

Where: St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North, Manchester, M12 6FZ

To book a place click herecall 0161 834 9823 or email

Any organisations who are interested in booking an information stall please contact Victoria on the number above.

Equalities Board supported by LGBT Foundation

Ageing Equally? £2,000 research projects

As part of the ‘Ageing Equally?’ research project, LGBT Foundation is also seeking proposals from Equalities Board members for research projects (up to £2,000 for a maximum of 6 months). You can find out more about the Equalities Board, and who can join, on their website Further details about this funding, who is eligible and how to apply can be found by clicking here.

Other GMCVO News

Greater Manchester Talent Match: Video Marks end of five-year programme

For the past five years GMCVO has been the lead partner in the Greater Manchester Talent Match programme. This Big Lottery-funded initiative has brought  together the private, public and voluntary sectors to support young people aged 18-24 who have not been in employment, education or training for twelve months or more. Almost 2,000 young people received holistic one-to-one employment support through the programme.

To celebrate the achievements of this innovative approach to tackling youth unemployment, GM Talent Match have released an end-of-programme video.

Merry Christmas to all and enjoy the break over the festive period. This year has been very busy year for Ambition for Ageing and we are very much looking forward to another action packed year in 2019!

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