Age Friendly Network

Lauren Evans, Neighbourhood Health Worker for Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (based at No. 93 (supporting health and wellbeing in north Manchester) in Harpurhey, has shared some information that may be helpful for people.

Knitted Hearts – keeping Care Homes connected 

Simon (buzz Age Friendly NHW) is looking for local knitting groups / knitters who would like to knit and donate ‘knitted hearts’ to local care homes and their families. The idea came from a clinical team in Bolton for patients and families needing ICU support and to help them feel more connected as they are not allowed to visit. We could do this for older residents across Charlestown, Harpurhey and Higher Blackley but need local people to knit 2 small hearts ♥️ (one to stay with the patient, one to give to the relative / family). Here is a link for more information:

Mobile Phones (easy use recommended by Age UK)

Age UK have researched the best available / affordable age friendly mobile phones for anyone wishing to purchase a phone for a family member or older person. Here is the link –

  1. Alcatel 2019G – Cost £32.95 – Link to purchase HERE
  2. Doro 1370 – Cost £34.95 – Link to purchase: HERE
  3. Alcatel 1C – Cost – £39.95 – Link to purchase – HERE

Age Friendly Manchester covid-19 e-bulletins 

The e-bulletin is being sent out each Thursday with the aim to provide information, guidance and advice for older people and those who work with and support older people in Manchester. If you would like to join the mailing list for the age friendly Manchester e bulletin then Sign up to receive the Age Friendly Manchester E-Bulletin and select ‘news and events for older people’. Last Thursdays edition can be found on this link:

We are keen to hear of the good work which is going on across the neighbourhoods, that you may be involved with, or know about through your day to day travels, so please get it touch with these stories so we can pass onto AFM and the GM Ageing Hub to provide people ad volunteers an opportunity to celebrate their hard work.

Sister radio station ALL FM 96.9 (covering the south of the city) – looking for groups and services to share information – here is a brief from Sean at All FM:

My name is Sean Connors and I am working with All FM community radio station to compile a daily bulletin to be broadcast at 4pm and then repeated the following day at 8am to our listeners across Manchester.  It’s a great way to reach those without online access. I am looking for advice, help, tips and signposting to help the community get through the lockdown.  I can either interview you over the phone or simply read out your message, whatever works best for you-please contact me on – 07796997602 – or email at info@allfmtraining.orgThanks

Manchester Wellbeing Fund 

The Manchester Wellbeing Fund wants to support groups which are developing new ways of keeping in touch with the most vulnerable in our communities.  During these challenging times, many people will be feeling isolated.  Now more than ever, we need to take care of our own mental health and the mental wellbeing of those around us – and now more than ever community groups are adapting and responding.  Some examples of the types of costs we can support are:

  *   basic mobile phones or smartphones;

  *   printing and distribution of information leaflets about support available;

  *   replacing a group’s outdated laptop;

  *   group subscriptions to services such as Zoom;

  *   online training in use of social media;

  *   craft and creative materials.

Fast-track grants of between £250 and £500 are available and we will aim to decide on applications within 10 days.  We will monitor demand and hope to be able to keep the fund open for several weeks.  We don’t want to duplicate the excellent work that is already being co-ordinated across the city so kindly ask that groups do not apply for funding for food parcels or other essentials.

To apply, visit the MWF webpage  for criteria and a short Expression of Interest form.

We Love Manchester Grants 

Also Attached to this email you will find the application for the We Love Manchester Grant for community groups

New Manchester Smoking Cessations Service 

Please see and attached information about the new smoking cessation service in Manchester.

Covid-19 Impact Survey 

Please see link blow to survey results on the impact of COVID 19 on the BAME community and voluntary organisations.

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