New festival launched and challenge announced by Andy Burnham

3 July 2018

Mayor Andy Burnham announces the launch of Festival of Ageing and Mayoral Age-Friendly Communities Challenge to identify age-friendly places and projects

The launch of the two-week Festival of Ageing was marked by Mayor Andy Burnham by the issuing of a challenge to find the most age-friendly places and projects across the city region, asking the voluntary and community sector, public services and older people’s groups to submit their best age-friendly schemes and help deliver more age-friendly neighbourhoods across Greater Manchester.

The submissions were reviewed by an expert panel with representatives from Greater Manchester Older People’s Network, Ambition for Ageing and the Centre for Ageing Better. Successful applicants will also be offered support to further develop their plans by the Ambition for Ageing programme

MICRAs own Chris Phillipson chaired the panel. Chris told us: “This is a great initiative and an important milestone in the development of Greater Manchester as an Age-Friendly region. It provides a significant opportunity for showcasing the tremendous work being developed across GM”

Greater Manchester’s Festival of Ageing launched on 2 July in Albert Square, Manchester, with a host of activities to showcase the clubs, classes, and events available to help keep us active as we age.

The University of Manchester is also hosting some of the world’s leading researchers on ageing for the British Society of Gerontology Conference from 4 – 6 July.

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