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Culture Champion Programme

The Greater Manchester Culture Champion programme is a large-scale cultural activism and leadership scheme for people aged 50 and over. The programme builds upon Manchester and Greater Manchester’s Ageing Hub’s citizen-based approach to ageing. This champions agency, active participation and work led by older people themselves. The ethos is to work “with and for, not to” local people. This longstanding approach seeks to improve the quality of life for older people and make the city-region a better place to grow older.


The Culture Champions participate in, advocate for and shape cultural activity – in organisations and their communities – from volunteering programmes and workshops to festivals and radio shows. The current programme spans 5 boroughs and the champions are a powerful resource for mobilising older people, focusing on co-production across the cultural sector and democratising arts and cultural activity with and for older people. We do this by working with a wide range of partners such as housing providers, voluntary and community organisations and a wide number of cultural organisations across Greater Manchester. To find out more about the GM Culture Champions programme you can contact the local coordinator.


Manchester Museum - Maria Jose Ramos Acevedo


Bury Museum and Art Gallery - Sarah Evans


Stretford Public Hall - Jessica Loveday


ARC - Hebe Reilly


Bolton at Home - Gaynor Cox

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