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Bolton residents take on a painting in the pub challenge with an over-50s Culture Champions group

August 7, 2019 by in category Talking About My Generation

Our Bolton reporter, Carole Ogden, took part in a Painting in the Pub art session with Bolton Over-50s Culture Champions. Here she tells us all about her experience – get ready to be inspired to pick up a paint brush! On Friday afternoon, at 2pm, I found myself filing into The Grapes Inn in Farnworth […]

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How we can get geared up on healthy living in older age the Netherlands way

August 1, 2019 by in category Talking About My Generation

Our reporter, Pauline Smith, visited Purmerend, a small town of 80.000 people, which is just North of Amsterdam with her son last year, and was struck by how many older people were clearly active, mobile and fit. Here she gives us an insight into what we can learn from those growing older and staying active […]

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REVIEW: A ground breaking performance from the trans community

July 31, 2019 by in category Talking About My Generation

Kate O’Donnell, the artistic director of Trans Creative presented for one night only at one of Manchester’s iconic venues – the Royal Exchange Theatre. It was a dazzling line up of trans and non-binary performers in a performance titled 100 Trans Voices as part of the Trans Vegas three day event in the city. Our […]

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Talking About My Generation campaign launches its first podcast

July 31, 2019 by in category Talking About My Generation

Our FIRST EVER podcast ‘Change The Record’ is NOW LIVE for our Talking About Our Generation campaign! Listen to our special report on Active Ageing here. A big thank you goes to @SilentVic for helping us to upskill our team of reporters in the art of podcasting and podcast editing! Watch this space for our […]

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Review: Sir Ian Mckellen’s one man show at 80 shows there no age limit on success

June 29, 2019 by in category Talking About My Generation

The legend that is Sir Ian McKellen is touring the UK at the age of 80 giving 80 one man shows at various venues across the country.  Our reporter Pauline Smith was lucky enough to catch him at HOME Manchester with others from the Pride in Ageing programme. Here she relives the evening from Gandalf to the Globe – and […]

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Meet Our Reporters: Rik Whittaker

June 24, 2019 by in category Talking About My Generation

FULL NAME: Rik Whittaker AGE: 68 REPORTER PATCH: Wigan and Leigh Reporter Rik Whittaker, from Lowton, has a keen interest in music, photography, dance, travel, and education. After retiring from Civic Service, Rik attended The University of Salford to complete a Computer Science degree and Masters in Technology and Education. He now promotes STEM careers going […]

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Meet Our Reporters: Carole Ogden

June 24, 2019 by in category Talking About My Generation

FULL NAME:  Carole Ogden AGE:  58 REPORTER PATCH: Bolton Our reporter, Carole Ogden, is originally from East Sussex, but has lived in Bolton nearly 30 years. Carole took voluntary redundancy at 55 for health reasons and to care for her mum, who had dementia. She is a poet and chair of a Big Local project in […]

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Meet Our Reporters: Pauline Smith

June 24, 2019 by in category Talking About My Generation

FULL NAME: Pauline Smith AGE: 71 REPORTER PATCH: Manchester Our reporter, Pauline Smith, moved back to the UK in late 2007 at age 59, after 30 years living and working in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands with no active personal network and as a trans woman. Now she has a network of friends and is […]

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Meet Our Reporters: Lesley Downing

June 24, 2019 by in category Talking About My Generation

Name: Lesley Downing Age: 61 Reporter patch: Bury Our reporter, Lesley Downing, split her career between nursing and as an archive assistant. She is semi-retired now and is doing casual work as an extra/support artist.   She recently moved back to the North West after having lived abroad and in the south of England since […]

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Meet Our Reporters: Tony Openshaw

June 24, 2019 by in category Talking About My Generation

FULL NAME: Tony Openshaw AGE: 64 REPORTER PATCH: Manchester Our reporter, Tony Openshaw, set up Asylum Support Housing Advice (ASHA) in 2004 – helping 7,000 people seeking asylum in Greater Manchester.   He retired in 2015 and joined Out In The City, a social and support group for members of the LGBT+ communities aged over […]

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