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As a founder member, I would like to welcome all seniors (shall we say, over 50’s ?) not only from our great AGE FRIENDLY CITY of MANCHESTER, UK,(More usually called AFM)but from all around the world, to our Age Friendly City blog-site.

We hope to provide a platform for information and advice on AGE FRIENDLINESS  both within our city and outside it.

Age friendly Manchester is  lucky to have the full support of the city council and our current Lord Mayor, Councillor Sue Cooley . Councillor Cooley’s theme for her year as Lord Mayor is Age Friendly Manchester (AFM). This will allow her to highlight and celebrate the contribution older residents make to the city by working with communities, organisations and individuals to create a city that older people are happy to grow old in.

The City has an AFM older Peoples Board, and as a member I have travelled not only within the UK, but to  Barcelona in Catalonia, Spain and with other board members to Helsinki Finland to promote  age friendly cities and and to learn from them how they are promoting age friendly communities.

With Christmas around the corner, we are hoping to start populating this blog in late January 2015, so please come and check us out then.


Until then A Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year to you all

Norman Hesketh-Hart





The World Health Organization defines an AGE FRIENDLY CITY through eight separate

but interrelated ‘domains’: outdoor spaces and buildings, housing, transportation, social

participation, respect and social inclusion, civic participation and employment, communication

and information, and community and health services.

Age-friendly Manchester (AFM) builds on the Valuing Older People (VOP) programme, which

was launched in 2003, and the ten-year Manchester Ageing Strategy published in 2009. The

AFM development plan sets out how the city will develop its expertise, infrastructure and

capacity to create an age-friendly city.


The Age-friendly Manchester Older People’s Board (formerly known as the Valuing Older People Board) is made up of older people (50+) who are residents of Manchester. They meet every 6 weeks, are constituted and have a variety of working groups looking at issues including Transport and Loneliness and Isolation. They work with the AFM Team, who are Council Officers.

The Board is active in consultation and engagement within the city and get involved in range of issues such as budget consultations, changes to Council services and national campaigns. The Board produces an annual report which profiles their work.




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