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Greater Manchester Age Friendly Strategy

Greater Manchester becomes UK's first age-friendly city region

On 16 March 2018, Greater Manchester became the UK's first age-friendly city region as recognised by the World Health Organization. Marking the achievement, Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham launched GM's age-friendly strategy and joined GreaterSport to celebrate £1m Sport England funding to encourage older people to be more physically and socially active.

The Greater Manchester Age Friendly Strategy has twelve headline statements. Together we will:

  • Establish age-friendly communities across GM, promoting volunteering and bringing generations together
  • Become a world leader in research and innovation for an ageing society
  • Increase housing choice to promote social connections and wellbeing in later life
  • Create opportunities to maximise skills and experience of older workers
  • Build a health and social care system that works for older people
  • Show leadership in developing age-friendly initiative at all levels and across all sectors
  • Create a transport network that supports older people to stay connected and active
  • Engage and involve older people in arts and cultural activities across GM and establish a Centre for age-friendly Culture – a world first
  • Support more people to be physically active as they age
  • Make sure access to entitlements and benefits is easier and simpler
  • Develop an age-friendly plan for each local authority council
  • Campaign for positive change in the way older people are viewed

We've produced a summary of our strategy, and an implementation plan is being developed.

Greater Manchester Festival of Ageing

This summer, Greater Manchester will host a Festival of Ageing from 2-15 July 2018. Commissioned by Ambition for Ageing (funded by The Big Lottery Fund), this celebratory event will portray a more positive view of ageing, as well as encouraging policy-makers to take the action needed to improve the lives of Greater Manchester’s 907,000 older people – a figure set to rise to 1.1 million in the next twenty years.

Andy Burnham blog: Improving work for older people

Age-Friendly Transport

On 17 January 2018, Mayor Andy Burnham spoke to the Greater Manchester's Older People Network about transport and what needs to happen to make our transport systems more accessible to everyone living in GM. In the video below you'll hear him talk about what some of the issues are and what we can do about them. Listen in from 15 minutes, 24 seconds.

Celebrating International Older Peoples Day 1 October

Age-Friendly Businesses: Take a Seat

To help older people feel more confident about leaving their homes, housing providers across Greater Manchester are encouraging local businesses to sign up to the ‘Take a seat’ scheme in a bid to make our region more inclusive, accessible and age-friendly. 

Greater Manchester Ageing Conference 2017

On 16 February we held a landmark event bringing together GM leaders, world-leading academics and community sector innovators. We discussed how to build an age-friendly city-region and launched three key reports on ageing in Greater Manchester. The conference also marked GM's five year partnership with the Centre for Ageing Better and our long-term collaboration with the World Health Organization.

About the Greater Manchester Ageing Hub

We want to improve the lives of people aged 50 and over living in Greater Manchester. Our vision is that older residents are able to contribute to and benefit from sustained prosperity and enjoy a good quality of life. Working with our partners we have set up the Greater Manchester Ageing Hub to coordinate a strategic response to the opportunities and challenges of an ageing population. 

Our priorities are:

  • to become the first age-friendly city region in the country
  • to be a global centre of excellence for ageing, pioneering research, technology and new ideas
  • to increase economic participation amongst the over 50s 

The Ageing Hub are co-ordinating programmes of activity around economy and work; age-friendly places; healthy ageing; housing, planning and transport; culture and learning; and communications. We want to establish the age-friendly model as a framework for ensuring social inclusion in later life across Greater Manchester, with an emphasis on co-design with older people and improving the quality of later life in GM.

Outputs will include a GM strategy to increase levels of physical activity amongst people in mid and later life, creating an age-friendly GM transport plan and producing an age-friendly GM Spatial Framework which promotes social diversity and a mix of generations wherever possible. We have a partnership with the Centre for Ageing Better to drive improvements in Greater Manchester by applying evidence around what works to ensure a good later life. 

Ageing Hub partners include:

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