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GM Older People's Network

Greater Manchester Older People's Network
The Greater Manchester Older People’s Network (GMOPN) was established in October 2015 following a consultation with older people in Greater Manchester. The development of the GMOPN is supported by the Ambition for Ageing (AfA) programme and facilitated by Macc. The aim of the GMOPN is to inform and influence Greater Manchester strategies that affect older people.

Membership is open to all older people living in Greater Manchester. The network members meet regularly to:

  • discuss matters of concern to older people;
  • share ideas that could have a positive benefit for people's lives;
  • develop ways to improve or change policies or services for older people.

Become a member of the network:

For more information on the network please contact Liz or Victoria at GMOPN@macc.org.uk or telephone 0161 834 9823.

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Latest news

Age Proud Photography Competition

Changing the way people over 50 are represented in the media

Thank you for your interest in the Greater Manchester Age Proud Photography Competition. Due to the evolving situation with COVID-19, we have sadly taken the decision to postpone the competition for the time being. We will re-open the competition at a later date and all entries received so far will still be valid.

This initiative is designed to generate positive and realistic images of people over 50 and we would like you to send us your photograph exploring one of the six themes below:

  • New Beginnings
  • Passing it on
  • Journeys
  • Making a Difference
  • Being yourself
  • Together

As well as being part of this movement to re-present ageing, we have a range of prizes for our shortlist entrants and winners.

Celebrating the Greater Manchester Older People's Network: Where are we now and where are we going? GMOPN Report 

This is a report based on the findings of our Celebration event held in January 2019. The report reflects the discussions and workshops held at the event on the topics of housing, transport and health and makes recommendations to support the GMOPN's development in the coming year. 

Click here to view the report.

Celebrating the Greater Manchester Older People's Network: Where are we now and where are we going? 

On 8 January 2019, the Greater Manchester Older People's Network held an event, to celebrate everything that the network has acheived so far and to set a campaigning agenda for the coming year. To find out more information about the event and to view photos, presentations and videos from the day, click here.

The NHS at 70: Time for an age-friendly Health and Social Care system 

This is a report based on the findings of our Health and Social Care event held in May 2018. The report reflects wide-ranging discussions and makes recommendations for improvements and changes in order to ensure an age-friendly health and social care system. 

Click here to view the report.

Some of the questions that came out of the workshop at the Health and Social Care event, but were not put forward to the panel members, were sent to the Health and Social Care Partnership. Click here to read their responses.

Ideas for action: Older people shaping local housing policy and practice Greater Manchester Older People’s Network developing its Housing Manifesto
This ‘how to' guide is part of a series produced by Care & Repair England in partnership with the Older People’s Champions Group and older people’s groups and organisations. The guides offer practical ideas for older people's groups and forums around the
country who want to influence local housing policy, plans and actions. Click here to read the report
Transport for Greater Manchester Transport for Greater Manchester responds to questions from Transport Event on 17 January 2018, click here to view the questions and responses

Age-Friendly Transport in Greater Manchester - Are we getting there? Greater Manchester Older People's Network Report
The report based on the findings from this conference makes 10 recommendations which we believe will support the development of a more age-friendly transport system in Greater Manchester. The Greater Manchester Older People’s Network would hope to continue to work with the combined authority, Transport for Greater Manchester and other providers to help translate some of these recommendations into action. Click here for more information

Greater Manchester becomes UK's first age-friendly city region
The World Health Organization has recognised Greater Manchester as the UK’s first age-friendly city region. To mark the achievement, on 16 March 18 the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, has launched his age-friendly strategy and joined GreaterSport to celebrate the securing of £1m funding from Sport England to encourage older people to be more physically and socially active. More info here

Hosuing infographic Greater Manchester Older People’s Network - Me and My Home: Our Housing Manifesto
Our Housing Manifesto has come out of our own experience and a workshop with Ambition for Ageing’s Greater Manchester Older People’s Network, MACC and Care and Repair England who support action by older people’s groups to improve housing and related services for an ageing population. Participants were older people from across Greater Manchester who are keen to see their aspirations incorporated into housing and integration strategies across Greater Manchester. Click here to read the Me and My Home: Our Housing Manifesto / Click here to download the Housing infographic