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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

Handmade – online
Sociable craft workshops for adults aged 50+

On Fridays, 2-4pm
In 6 week 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 on the following dates:
Friday 29 January 2021
Friday 26 February 2021
Friday 26 March 2021

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 essential and on a week by week basis.

Handmade 2020-2021 dates

Handmade Block 1 - past dates for ref:
Fridays: 11, 18 & 25 September 2020
Fridays: 2, 9 & *23 October 2020

Handmade Block 2 - past dates for ref:
Fridays: 13, 20 & *27 November 2020
Fridays: 4, 11 & *18 December 2020

2021 – Current dates

Handmade Block 3
Fridays: 8, 15, 22 & *29 January 2021
Fridays: 5 February 2021


Handmade Block 4
Fridays: *26, February 2021
Fridays: 5, 12, 19 & *26 March 2021

Handmade Block 5
Fridays: 23 & 30 April 2021
Fridays: 7, 14 & 21 May 2021

Handmade Block 6

Fridays: 11, 18 & 25 June 2021
Fridays: 2 & 9 July 2021

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+.

For further details about Handmade or any other Age Friendly activities please get in touch with our Age Friendly Coordinator, Claire Cowell.


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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.