Forum Centre News

New partnership for employment and skills

Facilities at the Forum have grown further with the relocation of the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) to the building. Job Centre Plus (JCP) is located on the ground floor.

The new zone, called Forum Opportunities, is shared with Manchester Adult Education (MAE), which will work in partnership with the job centre.

Chief executive of Wythenshawe Forum Trust, Eddie Flanagan, is enthusiastic about the changes: “We are delighted to welcome JCP to the Forum. Working in partnership with MAE, one of our valued existing stakeholders, the Trust is looking forward to building a unique training and employment service that will be of considerable benefit to local people.”

MAE already delivers a wide range of courses at the Forum which help residents to prepare for, and progress into employment, and to develop the skills to take a more active role in their communities through, for example, volunteering. Julie Rushton, head of MAE said:

“In research carried out last year, 99% of learners said that MAE courses make their lives better.  MAE is looking forward to developing its existing partnership with Wythenshawe Job centre and Wythenshawe Forum Trust, to provide an improved education and employment service for residents and employers.”

Lisa Jones, customer service lead DWP Trafford Cluster, said: “We are proud to be part of this collaboration and see our move into the Forum as our golden opportunity to become a real hub for the community, offering opportunities for our Wythenshawe customers.”

Sue Boyer is the job centre manager and is equally pleased with the relocation: “This is a fantastic opportunity to build on existing partnerships with Wythenshawe Forum Trust, MAE and the library, to support our jobseekers on their customer journeys under the ‘Forum Opportunities’ umbrella.

Forum Opportunities will be launched formally at a business breakfast and jobs fair on 25 May. Customers and residents will have the opportunity to meet partners, providers and employers, including disability confident employers.

Age Friendly Wythenshawe launched

Wythenshawe’s own age friendly network launched with a lively event at the Forum that gave a flavour of the activities and support available in the area. Visitors joined in with Tai Chi, Aqua Zumba, static cycling, local history, crafts and many other activities.

In the company of the Lord Mayor of Manchester, Cllr Eddy Newman and Eamonn O’Neal, broadcaster and deputy lieutenant of Greater Manchester, visitors to the launch clearly engaged with the positive ageing theme.

Councillor Eddy Newman said: “I am really pleased to be at Wythenshawe Forum for the launch of the Wythenshawe Age Friendly Network. Age Friendly Manchester has a well deserved reputation for promoting inclusion for older people in Manchester. It is great that there is now a focus on older people in Wythenshawe.

“There are many community groups and other organisations in Wythenshawe which cater for older people. It is good to see them working together under the Age Friendly banner which ensures that people can speak up with their own views about their issues and priorities.”

The launch acted as an introduction to the Age Friendly Wythenshawe fortnight from 19 June to 2 July.  Venues around Wythenshawe offered activities and events to showcase the diverse range of support and things to do for the over 50s.

As host venue for the launch, the Forum showcased its wide range of age friendly activities including Grand Day Out, dementia friendly swimming, Easy Rhythms, Total Body Conditioning and Simply Circuits exercise classes, Aqua Zumba, walking football, chess, calligraphy, art, crafts, bridge and reading groups.

The Manchester Age Friendly strategy highlights that as the older population increases, it is important to ensure good quality of life.  Age Friendly Wythenshawe aims to be an even better place to grow older, and residents are invited to have a say in how relevant provision evolves.

 

Better for You

The Forum Centre's leisure facilities are now operated by GLL under the 'Better' brand. The wide range of facilities and great deals on memberships remain. Find out more by visiting the new leisure website - for fulll details on classes, timetables, memberships, and real time information.

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