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+ GMOPN Working Groups

Our three Working Groups cover: 

+ Housing & Neighbourhoods

+ Transport & Out and About

+ Health & Social Care

 

The Working Groups offer older people the opportunity to discuss the issues that matter to them. Our groups meet every two months and are a way for the network to engage with bigger pieces of work going on in Greater Manchester. Please contact us if you'd like to join a Working Group.

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+ Housing & Neighbourhoods

Chair - Judie Collins

The Housing & Neighbourhoods Working Group meets every 6 – 8 weeks. Recently we have produced a report titled Housing Options Information for Older People in Greater Manchester. This was in partnership with Care & Repair England and with support from the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University. Eight members of the Housing and Neighbourhoods Working Group took part in the project as co-researchers.

We have also discussed the Housing, Planning and Ageing Group led by GMCA recently. Our Chair, Judie Collins, attends these meetings and informs the group on the work they are doing.

 

The wider aspect of homes within communities already forms part of our work, with discussions on green space, facilities, what links people to their neighbourhoods and the barriers to engaging. Housing topics have included downsizing, design and housing options. We have worked extensively with Care and Repair, and supporting people to stay safe and well in their homes remains high on our agenda. Each borough in Greater Manchester is very different and we are anxious that all voices are heard.

 

Do come and join us and share the views from your area.

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Housing

+ Health & Social Care Working Group

Chair - Stephen Sherry

We know from our own research and wider studies that transport is often the top concern for older people. In our Transport working group we have worked extensively with Transport for Greater Manchester, highlighting the key issues for older people, recently looking at Clean Air Proposals and the future of Buses, as well as sharing concerns around COVID-safety. Our group members come from across Greater Manchester and we benefit from the knowledge of projects and initiatives taking place in all the boroughs. Our meetings are currently taking place on zoom which although a challenge for some people, has also made it easier from people from outer boroughs to attend, without having to travel into Manchester city centre. We held an event on Transport in 2018 and produced a report and recommendations afterwards. We revisit these recommendations in the group but have found that some priorities are changing with the challenges of the pandemic. We always welcome new members who would like to get their voices heard and work for positive change.

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Transport

+ Transport & Out and About Working Group

Chair - Colin Bayley

We know from our own research and wider studies that transport is often the top concern for older people. In our Transport working group we have worked extensively with Transport for Greater Manchester, highlighting the key issues for older people. We have looked at Clean Air proposals and the future of buses, as well as sharing concerns around COVID-safety.

 

Our group members come from across Greater Manchester and we benefit from the knowledge of projects and initiatives taking place in all the boroughs. Our meetings are currently taking place on Zoom which although a challenge for some people, has also made it easier for people from outer boroughs to attend, without having to travel into Manchester city centre. We held an event on Transport in 2018 and produced a report and recommendations afterwards. 

 

We always welcome new members who would like to get their voices heard and work for positive change.

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Our next meeting dates

Steering Group

Date

11/01/24

29/02/24

18/04/24

16/05/24

27/06/24

08/08/24

19/09/24

31/10/24

12/12/24

Time

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Location

In person at Macc

In person at Macc

In person at Macc

In person at Macc

In person at Macc

In person at Macc

In person at Macc

In person at Macc

In person at Macc

Health and Social Care Working Group

Date

06/02/24

16/04/24

28/05/24

Time

Location

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM        Online (Zoom)

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM        Online (Zoom)

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM        Online (Zoom)

23/07/24      1:00 PM - 2:30 PM        Online (Zoom)

17/09/24

12/11/24

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM        Online (Zoom)

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM        Online (Zoom)

Housing and Neighbourhoods Working Group

Date

08/02/24

26/03/24

08/05/24

03/07/24

28/08/24

23/10/24 

18/12/24 

Time

Location

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM        Online (Zoom)

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM        Online (Zoom)

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM        Online (Zoom)

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM        Online (Zoom)

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM        Online (Zoom)

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM        Online (Zoom)

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM        Online (Zoom)

Transport  and Out and About Working Group

Date

22/01/24

18/03/24

20/05/24

Time

Location

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM        Online (Zoom)

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM        Online (Zoom)

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM        Online (Zoom)

22/07/24      1:00 PM - 2:30 PM        Online (Zoom)

23/09/24

18/11/24

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM        Online (Zoom)

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM        Online (Zoom)

GM Older People's Equality Panel

Date

07/02/24

12/04/24

12/06/24

Time

Location

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM          Hybrid 

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM         Hybrid

1:30 PM -  3:30 PM         Hybrid

23/08/24      11:30 AM - 1:30 PM         Hybrid

23/10/24

1:30 PM -  3:30 PM         Hybrid

Hybrid meetings will be in person at Macc and online on Zoom or Teams.

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