Manchester reporter: Pauline Smith

Pauline Smith


Our reporter, Pauline Smith, moved back to Manchester in late 2007 at age 59, after 30 years living and working in Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands with no active personal network here and as a trans woman. Now she has a network of friends and is an active volunteer.

Her volunteering includes being on the advisory board for the Pride in Ageing campaign and recently she became a trustee of the LGBT Foundation and is part of the LGBT Foundation’s Butterflies support group for trans people, and a member of Out in the City.

Pauline has many interests outside the trans community including football, women’s fashion, current affairs, engineering, aerospace, automotive industry, polymers, reading fiction and history and cooking; she is a culture vulture visiting museums and art galleries and travelling. She also speaks three other languages – Dutch. French and German.

Her many skills – including preparing presentations, report writing, and interviewing – support the Talking About My Generation Campaign, in which she wants to enable older people to enjoy being older and to help those who are vulnerable overcome loneliness and depression and to show that life can be fun.
Pauline says: “People see older people as wrinkly and “past it”…or ‘invisible’ is the word that springs to mind. I want to show that older people are not all frail and vulnerable, like so many pictures used in age-related adverts.

“In my view 50 is still young, after all, I started back here in Manchester at 60 with nothing.

“I want to show there are many new things to get involved in, in Manchester and that once you try new things – other doors open.

“I want the campaign to be bold and positive as older people still have much to contribute, both in the workplace and in a social environment. Every day has new things to enjoy.”


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