CityConversation: Creating Family-Friendly Cities

Organiser: CityCo
Location: Renaissance Manchester Hotel, Medici Ballroom, Blackfriars Street, Manchester M3 2EQ

Is Manchester a family friendly city?

In the decade 2001 to 2011, city centre residents in Manchester increased by 20,000. An impressive growth of 83%* but one led overwhelmingly by young professionals and students. Manchester city centre has undergone a transformation, both in terms of its economy and its attractiveness as a place to live, but are we doing enough to attract and support families of all ages living in and visiting the city?

Join CityCo and a diverse panel of experts from across the UK, who will examine what it means to create a family friendly city in the 21st Century. We will discuss how priorities are shifting in urban planning, age-friendly practice and cultural outreach to create positive change for families who want to work, live and play in our cities.

*Centre for Cities, Urban Demographics – Why people live where they do. Nov 2015

Our Panel

Popular journalist Tony Naylor leads this fascinating discussion, featuring:

  • Dr Helen Jarvis, vice chair, UK Co-Housing Network / reader in Urban Social Geography, Newcastle University
  • Sarah Bird and Rowan Hoban, directors, Wild Rumpus
  • Saskia Metcalf, creative development manager, Z-Arts
  • Paul McGarry, strategic lead, Greater Manchester Ageing Hub, Manchester City Council
  • Alice Rose Ferguson: director, Playing Out


8am Registration and refreshments
8.20am Welcome and introduction, Tony Naylor
8.30am Speaker presentations followed by panel discussion
9.50am Q&A
10am Event Close

Hot and cold breakfast snacks will be provided, including vegetarian options.

Please reserve your space for free by clicking here, no later than Monday 27 June.