Forum Centre News

New partnership for employment and skills

Facilities at the Forum Centre are set to grow further with the relocation of the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) to the Forum Learning campus. Job Centre Plus (JCP) will be located on the ground floor and is set to open in the spring of 2018.

DWP is continuing to merge staff and facilities from smaller centres into larger spaces. The Forum Centre relocation ensures that jobseekers are not inconvenienced by the need to travel out of area, and can take advantage of an accessible venue with other facilities on site.

The Manchester College has now consolidated delivery of local training from its Wythenshawe and Northenden campuses, but Manchester Adult Education Service (MAES) will continue to deliver education and skills on site, and will work in partnership with the job centre.

MAES 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 MAES said:

“In research carried out last year, 99% of learners said that MAES courses make their lives better. MAES 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.”

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 MAES, 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.”

 

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.

 

Read Manchester BookBench Project

The Forum is committed to promoting reading in Manchester and we are delighted to be part of the Read Manchester BookBench Project.

Book-shaped benches have been decorated by schools and community groups with designs inspired by books and reading. This summer, they will be displayed in various venues across the city.

Three BookBenches are on display here on the concourse, and another BookBench in Forum Library.

Families are encouraged to follow the trail and children can complete literacy activities that link to the themes of some of the benches.

Read Manchester is a campaign from Manchester City Council and the National Literacy Trust to promote reading and boost literacy levels throughout the city.

To see the full list of benches on display throughout Manchester, please visit www.readmanchester.org.uk

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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