great news for social care for seniors ?

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The £6bn health and social care budget for Greater Manchester is to be taken over by the region’s councils and health groups, it is understood.

The devolved power agreement is expected to be confirmed by the Chancellor George Osborne on Friday 27th February.

It will see NHS England hand spending decisions on regional healthcare to local politicians, clinical commissioning groups and NHS trusts.

The plan will come into force from April 2016.

It will mean local leaders and ultimately Greater Manchester’s new directly elected mayor will control how budgets are allocated.

It is hoped that by integrating health and social care services, the change will ease pressure on hospitals and help to improve home care services for patients who need it.

A shadow Greater Manchester Health and Wellbeing board will be appointed, it is understood. It would work closely with existing clinical commissioning groups of GPs.

The board is expected to run from April, before control of the budget is handed over a year later.

Integrated social care has been the subject of discussion for some time now. this deal may be a real help in reducing bed blocking and seamless care provision between hospitals and social care.

watch this space !


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As we grow older our memories seem to fail us more frequently than they should.  I have enabled my memory recall to be strong and develop each day.  How? Creating a memory wall in my hall way.  I see it each time I leave my home and re-enter it.  Basically, it’s a collection of photographs that mean something to me.  Not of people, but of places I have visited and that brings a smile to my face.  I remember until a couple of years ago having a fear of heights.  Next thing my friend had me down in London and I was riding the London Eye fear conquered.  What a treat that was way above the metropolis and seeing all that London had to offer from a pod that did not stop to allow you on or off.  I bet just that simple memory will make some of you readers smile and conjure up your own bits and bobs.

A tranquil day cruising the one of the many canals in our region what a wonderful way to enjoy a nice warm summers day.  A nice chilled drink and a tub of ice cream – watch out though a spoonful of sugar may help the medicine go down but it stays on your hips unless you do something about it.

Until recently last time I entered a gymnasium was at school 40 odd years ago.  My oh my how I disliked that room especially climbing the rope I could barely hurl myself off the floor.  The gymnasiums of today are much more user friendly and fun to use.  Who’d have thought it riding a bike and watching tv at the same time!  Next driverless cars (joke)!

Music too helps strengthen the memory.  A nice catchy tune with a good story nothing beats it.  So my recipe to beat the winter blues and have a strong memory:

Musing over a collection of photographs + Listening to good music + Exercise.  You’d be surprised how yummy this recipe is once you get into the routine!

Lord Mayors Charity

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The Lord Mayor, Councillor Susan Cooley has designated ‘Age Friendly Manchester’ as one of the focuses of the We Love MCR Charity during her year of office and invites funding applications from groups and organisations that support this theme.

Age-friendly Manchester is about improving the quality of life for older people in the city and the Age-Friendly Manchester Team works with a range of older people, groups and organisations to do this.

Examples of their work include:

•Helping make neighbourhoods better places for older people.

•Helping the Council listen to and involve older people in decision making and helping to improve services for them.

•Supporting the Cultural Champions programme, the Older Peoples Forum and age-friendly networks.

We Love MCR will also be supporting the following project themes for 2015:

The objective will be to find new and current Manchester projects and give them increased exposure, alongside multi platforms to help raise the funds needed to accomplish their goals.

Funding applications that support all of these themes, as well as all other projects looking for funding in Manchester, are invited.


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There have been reports of older people being bullied here in Manchester. Bullying is hate crime and should be stopped where ever it occurs . here’s a piece which may help us all to defeat bullying :

Kick out Bullying

Most of us recognise the word bully as something that happens to us at school in our childhood days. This, however is not always correct. As a rule those that start out their career as a school bully carry their actions out later in life. We have two new phrases that reflect the activities of an adult bully. These are:

  1. Harassment
  2. Hate Crime

What is a bully? A bully is someone who picks on another person who is vulnerable. The bully feeds from that persons fear. The fear becomes the bully’s blood. They drain it until it’s gone. Sometimes this is known as a “Psychic Vampire. Someone who feeds from emotions and uses that as their strength. Nelson Mandela said “Know your enemies weakness and make that your strength”. A bully’s weakness is your ability to say “Stop or No” Once that is realised by them that becomes YOUR strength and so you have reversed the situation. It is not always so easy to turn around the situation. Do not be afraid to ask for help from someone you trust. A close friend or family member. Someone who you hold in high regard in the community a priest or maybe a teacher. Your landlord or social worker can all be good points of contact.

Today, we have laws that help capture the bully. These are known as Harassment or Hate Crime. Harassment is described as unwanted attention on one or more occasions by the same person. That unwanted attention can be anything that you find offensive or unsettles you. You have the right to report this to the police. To help collect evidence the best thing to do is keep a written diary that could be used in court do not rely on your memory. See it, hear it write it down. Try and get the events witnessed by someone else.

Next there is Hate Crime. This means that you are targeted by the attacker because of your age, race, sexual gender, disability and some other minority groups. Again if you feel threatened by offensive gestures or remarks you have the legal right to inform the police.

You do not have to sit in silence any more. You do not have to sit in pain. You can kick the attacker where it hurts. Get your voice heard let the police or relevant authority (your landlord, social worker) know what is happening. Kick this stuff out of our society. It is not needed. It is not necessary. We can beat this together.

© Ian Sawyer February 2015


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Today, I have received several calls about a current scam which appears to be targeting older residents in north Manchester. We have come across this scam before. The company have now been identified by the police. They offer to check that your property is in the correct council tax band and suggest that you may be owed thousands of pounds.  They charge about £170 for this service. Some members were called by a man and others by a lady.
If you are worried that your property may be in the wrong council tax band, you can find out free you do not need to pay a company for the information.
J and L (Homewatch Members) called this evening to say that several residents have called the police about this problem. I have also attached below an e mail from one of our scheme coordinators.
Please tell all your members about this scam to prevent them becoming a victim.
Many thanks
J (Homewatch Coordinator)
Hi J,
one of the members of my scheme drew my attention to an attempt to scam her into entering an agreement to meet with a man who would get her  ‘thousands’ of pounds from the council by getting her a reduced Band.  She had the sense to contact the Police when she made the appointment last Friday, for today, Tuesday 10th at 12.00hrs.She also told me about it and I said I would be there in case the Police got tied up Anyway the Police arrived just before 1200 hrs and I spoke to a young PC called Mike. he hid the Police car out of sight, but the man never showed up. Later  today J and L called to tell me that they had the name of the people who had contacted my neighbour and also to tell me that the Police were aware of another six at least in New Moston and were going to attempt to intercept this man who was making these calls.

ZEST Heathfield Hall, Heathfield Street, Newton Heath, M40 1LF

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Heathfield Hall, Heathfield Street, Newton Heath, M40 1LF is the home of ZEST an organisation that offers a varied selection of activities for over 50’s.

just one is detailed below:

Front Row

1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month

12 – 3pm

Social activity aimed at reducing isolation.

Latest release DVD’s in a local area, no

need to go to town. Light lunch provided.

Cost £1.50 towards refreshments. This is

a large group but there is room for more

members, currently around 20 people

meet each fortnight to enjoy films.

Contact: Laura Cassidy on 234 3724 or email

old picc gndsPICCADILLY GARDENS  1950


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Does anyone remember these?    those were the days when the bin men hoisted your metal dustbin on their backs and emptied  it into one of the 8 or so openings . no coloured bins, no problem if the bins where overflowing. they’d collect everything and anything,  Of course a lot of the contents would be ashes from the fireplace .  I wonder if the wagons ever cought fire from hot ashes?