We’re delighted to be screening The Record Collector, a short film made by Manchester City Council, before each screening in the first week of the run of Blinded By the Light, which opens on Friday 9 August.
The film – featuring 78-year-old Bernard Browne, a regular at Chorlton record shop Kingbee Records – has been made to highlight the values and objectives of Age-Friendly Manchester Older People’s Board, who have conceived and co-designed a charter whose aim is to encourage companies and organisations to take measurable actions to help make the city a better place for older people. These actions can vary hugely, from providing extra places to sit and rest, through to employing and retaining older employees.
For Bernard (pictured here), a trip to Kingbee isn’t simply a transaction, it’s a social outlet that includes his hobby. “Music is one of the things I love most in life,” he says. “And one of the best things about music is that it is something you can share with other people. When I get to Kingbee it doesn’t feel like going to a shop to me – it feels like I’m talking to friends.”
HOME is part of the Age Friendly Manchester Network and has recently sourced funding to pilot a dementia-friendly screening programme. We are also connected to many community groups in the city that support older people as part of our outreach and #HOMEinspires programme.
To find out more about Age Friendly Manchester and how it is good for businesses, click here.