Age Friendly – Online
The Whitworth's regular Age Friendly Programme: Handmade
Handmade – Online*
Sociable craft workshops for adults aged 50+
On Fridays, 2-4pm
In weekly blocks, term-time only
Free, booking essential see details below
Please note: Sessions are currently held as closed zoom sessions.
**Open zoom sessions will take place once a month dates to be confirmed.
To book a place email Claire Cowell, see full contact details below. Please include your name, address, phone number and confirm that you are aged 50+
Join us and try your hand at a range of arts and craft skills from; printing to felt making and more. Each season we will focus on a different technique with an artist who will introduce and guide you through the processes.
Artist-led sessions. Booking is essential and on a week-by-week basis.
Handmade dates October 2021 to July 2022
Sessions take place online for the rest of this year.
BLOCK 1 - Online*
1. Friday 29 October
2. Friday 5 November
3. Friday 12 November
4. Friday 19 November
BLOCK 2 - Online*
5. Friday 26 November
6. Friday 3 December
7. Friday 10 December
8. Friday 17 December
Christmas holiday: Friday 17 December 2021 to Tuesday 4 January 2022
In January session may return to the gallery – this will be confirmed closer to the time.
BLOCK 3 - location TBC
1. Friday 14 January
2. Friday 21 January
3. Friday 28 January
4. Friday 4 February
5. Friday 11 February
Half term holiday: Friday 18 February 2022 to Monday 28 February 2022
1. Friday 25 February
2. Friday 4 March
3. Friday 11 March
4. Friday 18 March
5. Friday 25 March
Easter holiday: Friday 1 April 2022 to Tuesday 19 April 2022
1. Friday 22 April
2. Friday 29 April
3. Friday 6 May
4. Friday 13 May
5. Friday 20 May
Half term holiday: Friday 27 May 2022 to Monday 6 June 2022
1. Friday 17 June
2. Friday 24 June
3. Friday 8 July
4. Friday 15 July
5. Friday 22 July
Summer holiday: Friday 29 July 2022 to September 2022
Email Claire Cowell to book your free place or send a text message to: 07776 170 688
Please include your name, address, phone number and confirm that you are aged 50+.
Treasury of arts activities for older people
A year of creativity: 52 accessible and creative activities for everyone working with older people.
For care homes, home care, dementia cafés, day centres, and both occasional and practising artists!
NAPA is delighted to share this Treasury of Arts Activities for Older People with you. Designed with facilitators and non-professional artists in mind, we think this is an amazing resource packed full of accessible and creative ideas. The Whitworth's is delighted to have its Age Friendly programme featured in the publication. Please let NAPA know what you get up to – they'd love to see and hear how you get on!
For further details about Handmade or any other Age Friendly activities please get in touch with our Age Friendly Coordinator, Claire Cowell.
*Please note: All Whitworth events are run on the understanding that all participants will be respectful and thoughtful to others. It is our responsibility to create spaces online that are welcoming and safe. Any behaviour that affects our ability to maintain such values will not be tolerated and attendees will be removed by the host.
Age Friendly Culture Research Projects:
A Handbook for Cultural Engagement with Older Men
During the closure of the Whitworth in 2014, we turned our attention to addressing a traditionally under-represented audience within cultural activities, older men. On Friday 8 May 2015, the Whitworth played host and participated in a conference developed by MICRA exploring social isolation and older men which also saw the launch of the new publication, A Handbook for Cultural Engagement.
The project was led by Ed Watts, Engagement Manager at the Whitworth, who travelled across the UK researching older men’s participation in cultural activity. Funded by the Baring Foundation. He launched his findings in this publication designed to provide a foundation for future programmes and methodologies when working with older men. Drawing on activity across the UK – Burrell for Blokes (Glasgow), Men’s Shed (Rhyl), Green Candle (London), Out in the City (Manchester), Grand Gestures (Gateshead), Live and Learn project (Belfast), the publication outline key findings, including a focus on recruitment (barriers); programming and participation (what kind of activities and models of participation older men would like cultural organisations to offer) and impact (exploring the motivations and self-reported benefits for older men of engaging in cultural group activities).
The official launch took place at the MICRA event, Isolation and Older Men: Understanding the Challenge and Developing New Services - click this link to find out more.