Skip to navigation | Skip to main content | Skip to footer

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 Whitwor

e George House Trust (GHT) and Age Friendly Whitwor (AFW) have joined forces to provide a programme of creative activities including, talks, tours and hands on making.
e GHT launched a new project, age+ aimed at people livening wi HIV who are aged 55+. e project was set up in response to data and research showing e grow in older people wi HIV increases.
People who are fifty and over are e fastest growing group of people living wi HIV in e 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.

For more Information on ageing wi HIV visit
GHT and e AFW are running a programme of creative activities for anyone aged 55 plus and living wi HIV.

e programme starts in October 2022 and participants can attend one or all of e sessions.

Click here to make a booking via Anna at George House Trust

2022-23 Dates:

Tuesday 25 October
Tuesday 29 November
Tuesday 31 January
Tuesday 28 February
Tuesday 28 March
Tuesday 30 May
Tuesday 27 June
Tuesday 25 July

All sessions start at 11am at e Whitwor .
For more information on e Age Friendly Whitwor programme contact Claire on:

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 mon 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 at 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 wi an artist who will introduce and guide you rough e processes.

Artist-led sessions. Booking is essential and on a week-by-week basis.

HANDMADE Dates October 2022 to July 2023

Block 1

  1. Friday 16 September
  2. Friday 23 September
  3. Friday 30 September
  4. Friday 7 October
  5. Friday 14 October

Half term holiday: Friday 21 to Monday 31 October

Block 2

  1. Friday 11 November
  2. Friday 18 November
  3. Friday 25 November
  4. Friday 2 December
  5. Friday 9 December

Christmas holiday: Friday 16 December 2022 to 3 January 2023

Block 3

  1. Friday 13 January
  2. Friday 20 January
  3. Friday 27 January
  4. Friday 3 February
  5. Friday 10 February

Half term holiday: Friday 17 February 2023 to Monday 27February 2023

Block 4

  1. Friday 3 March
  2. Friday 10 March
  3. Friday 17 March
  4. Friday 24 March
  5. Friday 31 March

Easter holiday: Friday 31 March 2023 to Monday 17 April 2023

Block 5

  1. Friday 21April
  2. Friday 28April
  3. Friday 5May
  4. Friday 12 May
  5. Friday 18 May

Half term holiday: Friday 26 May 2023 to Monday 5 June 2023


  1. Friday 16 June
  2. Friday 23 June
  3. Friday 30 June
  4. Friday 7July
  5. Friday 14 July

Summer holiday: Friday 21st July 2023 to September 2023


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 at you are aged 50+.


Treasury of arts activities for older people

A year of creativity: 52 accessible and creative activities for everyone working wi older people.

For care homes, home care, dementia cafés, day centres, and bo occasional and practising artists!

NAPA is delighted to share is Treasury of Arts Activities for Older People wi you. Designed wi facilitators and non-professional artists in mind, we ink is is an amazing resource packed full of accessible and creative ideas. e Whitwor 's is delighted to have its Age Friendly programme featured in e publication. Please let NAPA know what you get up to – ey'd love to see and hear how you get on!

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

For fur er details about Handmade or any o er Age Friendly activities please get in touch wi our Age Friendly Coordinator, Claire Cowell.

*Please note:
 All Whitwor events are run on e understanding at all participants will be respectful and oughtful to o ers. It is our responsibility to create spaces online at are welcoming and safe. Any behaviour at affects our ability to maintain such values will not be tolerated and attendees will be removed by e host.


Age Friendly Culture Research Projects:
A Handbook for Cultural Engagement wi Older Men

During e closure of e Whitwor in 2014, we turned our attention to addressing a traditionally under-represented audience wi in cultural activities, older men. On Friday 8 May 2015, e Whitwor played host and participated in a conference developed by MICRA exploring social isolation and older men which also saw e launch of e new publication, A Handbook for Cultural Engagement.

e project was led by Ed Watts, Engagement Manager at e Whitwor , who travelled across e UK researching older men’s participation in cultural activity.  Funded by  e Baring Foundation. He launched his findings in is publication designed to provide a foundation for future programmes and me odologies when working wi older men.  Drawing on activity across e UK – Burrell for Blokes (Glasgow), Men’s Shed (Rhyl), Green Candle (London), Out in e City (Manchester), Grand Gestures (Gateshead), Live and Learn project (Belfast), e 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 e motivations and self-reported benefits for older men of engaging in cultural group activities). 

e official launch took place at e MICRA event, Isolation and Older Men: Understanding e Challenge and Developing New Services  - click is link to find out more.