Each month as part of our Social Clubs programme, a group goes on a 'Back to Work' Business Trip to visit one of the organisations that make up Manchester’s diverse workforce. It’s a great way for older people to learn about the organisations that shape the city today, and to share their wealth of knowledge, experience of Mancunian industries, and stories about our city.
Businesses are increasingly reliant on automation, internet and pace – and if you're not involved, or don't feel a part of the changes, it can heighten feelings of disconnection. Over the last 12 months, it's been heart-warming to see organisations in Manchester who are doing all they can to make their older neighbours feel welcome and included.
We think Maureen (77) articulated perfectly the importance of these visits when she said “It’s opened up my city to me again!”. Here are a few of our highlights:
ITV News, Media City
Our brilliant volunteer Lisé showed us around the ITV Newsroom where she works. The group got to watch a live news bulletin from the sound room, and then have a chat to the production team and presenter afterwards – Charles even left with an autograph!
The Sharp Project, Newton Heath
Sheila (80) told us “I’ve not laughed that much in ages!” after a visit to The Sharp Project. The group met Virtual Reality specialists Inspyro before visiting a Viking longhouse, and Hadrian’s Wall in the depths of winter 2000 years ago (through the magic of VR headsets!).
"Its been over 30 years since I retired, it's just all changed so much!"
Edward (92) loved being shown around the law offices and hearing all about what the employees at DWF get up to day-to-day. Lots of staff took time to say hello and explain what they're up to, and Brenda was particularly impressed by the focus on staff wellbeing and flexible working.
Norman and the gang delved into the the world of signage when volunteer Nicky showed us around her workplace, FastSigns. The group had a chat with the manager, got to see lots of the machinary in action – and then had a go at making their own Manchester Cares signs and coasters to take home with them!
If you think that your workplace might be up for hosting a Business Visit – welcoming a group of older Mancunians along to show them what your team does day to day (and tackling isolation and disconnection in the process!) – then we'd love to hear from you!
Posted by Lauren Banks on Wednesday 30th January 2019
Lauren is the Head of Programmes at Manchester Cares.