Making Manchester a great place to grow old is one of the city’s priorities. Valuing Older People is a project made up of organisations, groups and individuals across the city - including us!
The project from Age-Friendly Manchester has now caught the attention of the Government. We spoke to two residents from our independent living schemes who have been lucky enough to be invited to Westminster to share their experiences.
Eddie Dukhie of Will Griffiths Court, and Paul Ryan who lives at Patrick Roddy Court, first went to London in October along with Independent Living Adviser, Tracy. They discussed their life experiences, the current housing market and money concerns for older people in the country. The event also heard from younger people in the country to understand the issues they face.
“It was really good to have this as a sounding board”, Paul says. “Politicians don’t live in the real world so it’s important we tell them how things really are for people our age.”
Eddie explained the message that they were able to deliver during their time in London;
“We gave our input as to what we, as pensioners, are feeling regarding the recent government cuts. There are not enough resources for older people now which puts a strain on ambulance services and the NHS, and the resources for independent living are too stretched.”
Eddie and Paul will now find out what other people in their communities think about these issues, and will get to return to London to tell ministers.