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Age Friendly – Handmade

Our commitment to arts and culture for older people (50+) in partnership with Age Friendly Manchester.

Age Friendly – Online

The Whitworth's regular Age Friendly Programme: Handmade

George House Trust – Age Friendly Whitworth

The George House Trust (GHT) and Age Friendly Whitworth (AFW) have come together to provide a programme of creative activities including, talks, tours and hands on making.

The GHT launched a new project, age+ aimed at people livening with HIV/AIDS and who are aged 55+. The project was set up in response to data and research showing the growth in older people with HIV/AIDS increases. 

People who are fifty and over are the fastest growing group of people living with HIV in the UK.  Nearly half of people accessing HIV care are 45 and over (47.8%), 15.5% are 55 and over and 4% are over 65. This has almost doubled in the last decade, in 2005, 25% of people were 45 and over.

More Information here

GHT and the AFW are running a programme of creative activities for anyone aged 55 plus and living with HIV/AIDS. 

The programme started in January 2022 and participants can attend one or all of the sessions. 

Booking through Anna at GHT here or Claire at AFW here

GHT Project dates:
Tuesday 24 May – Printing
Tuesday 21 June – Clay
Tuesday 26 July – details to follow

All sessions start at 11am at the Whitworth.

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 in 2021.

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 2022 session have returned to the gallery.

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!

Click here to download the FREE PDF of Treasury of arts activities for older people!

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.