Events & Activities

Who Cares? is  a growing collection of stories about people caring for nature across Greater Manchester.

Just one of the questions being asked by the Green Infrastructure and Health and Wellbeing Influences on an Ageing Population (GHIA) project is: How might being involved in caring for urban nature and green (and blue) spaces help us age well?

Over the past two years the GHIA project has been listening and conversing with those who volunteer across Greater Manchester.

Together we have visited gardens, allotments, alleyways and parks, and recorded some of the stories kindly shared by those who grow fruit and vegetables, pick up litter, transform ‘grot spots’, organise wildlife walks and bug box making workshops, campaign tirelessly for green space, or simply enjoy walking and wandering through the green spaces across the city.

We’d like to invite you to join the conversation at Manchester Museum.

All the events are free and take place on the 3rd floor of the museum.

Space is limited so do please RSVP: 

rebecca.taylor-4@manchester.ac.uk or call Becca on: 07816273675

Thursday 13 June

2pm-3.30pm

Let’s Discuss: Ageing Playfully

Each of us see and experience the world differently. This is an opportunity to ask ourselves – how might others see and experience the world and how might that benefit me? Joy France is a performance artist and self-confessed ‘Rapping Nana Panda’. Passionate about how we connect with one another in the world, Joy is also a Co-researcher in the GHIA project and conceived ‘ageing playfully’ as a way in which to explore the social value of Clarendon Park in Salford. Curious? Come and play.

Thursday 20 June

2pm-3.30pm

Let’s Discuss: Claiming Space

Community groups and individuals work tirelessly to campaign for urban nature and its habitats across Greater Manchester. Ironically, we are campaigning for green spaces that provide us a sense of calm, tranquillity and escapism from the stresses and strains of urban life, but the challenges we experience can also negatively affect our health and wellbeing. If claiming space appears more stressful than rewarding, how do we motivate others to care? Perhaps we need a new perspective on the matter. Can we look to nature for inspiration? Might there be lessons learned we’ve not yet shared about how we claim space alongside nature? To aid conversation, items from the museum’s collection will be made available.

Thursday 27 June

2pm-3.30pm

CANCELLED/POSTPONED – Let’s Discuss: Creative Methods & Creative Expressions

Throughout the Green Infrastructure and Health and Wellbeing Influences on an Ageing Population (GHIA) project, a number of poems and performance pieces have been collected. Join contributors of these creative expressions as we spend time asking how creative methods might help us all to provoke, motivate and sustain how we care for and about urban nature and its relationship to healthy ageing. 

This event will take place at a later date so do please keep an eye out for further information. For further info and should you have any questions regarding the content of this event, please do contact: jenna.ashton@manchester.ac.uk

Weds 24th July

11.30am-3.30pm

Knit & Natter: A Recipe for Success?

Who would have thought that knitting a vegetable could open up conversation about an incredibly valuable growing space for women’s health and wellbeing. Come and have a knit and a natter and meet those who care about growing food – particularly the special ingredients to make much loved recipes passed down through the generations.

To find out more about the GHIA project please click here.

To join in on the conversation online follow these Twitter profiles:

@GHIA_VNN

@cu1turesponge

@heritagemcr