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Older People and Devolution 30 November 2016

30 November 2016 at Friends Meeting House, Manchester 

A group of older people across Greater Manchester drafted up key messages at this event to present to the Greater Manchester mayoral candidates. Subsequently, two films were produced documenting their questions, requests and ideas which focused on the big issues including health, transport, homes and democracy.

The short films, made by and featuring members of the Greater Manchester Older People's Network, talk about their views and hopes for an age friendly Greater Manchester. The scale of the task to unite the ten districts of Greater Manchester was highlighted as a concern. Marie Douglas from Rochdale said, "Greater Manchester is a large area, how do you make that inclusive for everybody? They have to have the feeling of belonging to Greater Manchester which is not really promoted". Others felt that this could be tackled if there was a commitment to involve communities. Pam Coleman from Manchester appealed to the candidates, ‘Please work at the grassroots, because I think you need people in the local community and I would suggest you (the mayor) start there’.