The work that we have been doing with residents in our Independent Living Schemes has earned us an Age-Friendly 2019 Achievement Award with Merit, which was awarded to us in February this year by Andy Burnham.
The Mayor of Greater Manchester has issued an Age-Friendly Challenge to help make Greater Manchester the best place in the UK to grow older. Greater Manchester is already the UK’s first age-friendly city-region according to the World Health Organisation.
We’ve been working hard to make sure that older people’s voices are heard in decision making processes. We host Age-Friendly board meetings at Will Griffiths Court in Moss Side, where we talk about ways to improve services for older residents in our neighbourhoods.
From our Independent Living Scheme in Moss Side, we have already launched a series of age-friendly activities such as our Food Share Club, Tai Chi exercise sessions, Gardening Clubs and a Thursday Lunch Club. All of these events and activities are open to the wider community, and it is because of these ideas that Hulme and Moss Side have now been recognised as one of Manchester’s age-friendly areas.