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+ Past Projects

Our working groups are constantly campaigning in the areas of housing, health and social care, transport and equality, but we always have other major projects going on too. These include:

+ Housing Options research project

+ This is what an Activist Looks Like

+ This is What an Activist Looks Like training programme

+ Mayoral Candidate Questions

+ Keeping well this winter

+ Old Frame New Picture campaign

Mayoral Candidate Questions

+ Housing Options research project

The aim of the research was to examine the housing options information for older people provided by each of the local authorities in Greater Manchester, with particular focus on older co-researchers’ experiences.


The project was led by Greater Manchester Older People’s Network in partnership with Care & Repair England and with support from the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University. Eight members of GMOPN’s Housing and Neighbourhoods working group took part in the project as co-researchers. The project received funding from British Society of Gerontology’s The Averil Obsorne Award.

Keeping Well

+ This is What an Activist Looks Like

International Day of Older Persons was on 1st October and to celebrate, the GMOPN teamed up with Talking about My Generation to launch a new campaign called This is What an Activist Looks Like. The campaign featured older and younger activists in their communities and showed how generations are working together to tackle climate change.

+ This is What an Activist Looks Like training programme

The Greater Manchester Older People’s Network has so many active members who are doing so much to get older people’s voices heard, celebrate older people’s contributions and challenge ageism. We wanted to help you to do this even better and to inspire others to do the same. 

Do you like making a difference?

Do you like working with others to make things better for your communities? 

Do you want to take your activism to the next level?

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+ Mayoral Candidate Questions

As the Greater Manchester Older People’s Network, we wanted to hear what the candidates had to say about the issues that matter most to older people. We developed six key questions that were sent to the candidates and collated their responses. These questions were developed based on the priorities of our members.  We looked at our previous reports and recommendations and considered all the issues that have been raised in our working groups over the past year. We also invited our members to let us know if they had any particular areas or questions that they wanted to raise.

+ Keeping well this winter

The Greater Manchester Older People’s Network was part of a collaboration led by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority Ageing Hub to develop the Keeping Well this Winter campaign to support older residents in Greater Manchester with practical information to keep safe and well this winter. 


As we continue to live with Covid-19, the campaign resources were designed both to support older people directly and to support and mobilise frontline staff across our services and communities to ‘talk about keeping well this winter’.

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+ Old Frame New Picture

The Greater Manchester Older People’s Network Old Frame New Picture Campaign was designed to challenge the negative and stereotyped ways that older people are often represented in the media, as vulnerable or frail, something that has become even more prevalent during the pandemic. This campaign was the result of a long-term project designed and developed by our network members to challenge negative assumptions about and representations of older people. 

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