Age Friendly OPENS Partnership - Gorton and Levenshulme

Age Friendly OPENS Partnership - Gorton and Levenshulme

Support local partners from the VCS sector to work collaboratively and apply for The Older People's Neighbourhood Support Fund.


To support Kate Williams, Inspired Taskforce Co-ordinator and OPENS Fund Lead for Gorton and Levenshulme, to identify and make connections with partner organisations who would be best placed to support their local community through involvement in the funding partnership.


Gorton and Levenshulme

Benefits of funding local projects

Identifying funding empowers communities to deliver the solutions they have designed. Research has shown that staff who can offer mediation, guidance and support in the funding application and project process are as important to community groups as receiving the funding itself. Staff who have a good knowledge of the area and who needs support, enable funding to be accessed by more marginalised people and groups. Funding sometimes needs to come from multiple sources and Neighbourhood Health Workers save time being able to quickly identify multiple potential sources.


Having a local buzz Neighbourhood Health Worker has proved crucial in bringing together a partnership of similar minded community organisations to channel funding into local health and wellbeing activities for older people. An opportunity had arisen to bid for funds from Manchester City Council to deliver activities and services for older people, but the bids had to be submitted in partnership with at least one other organisation, and preferably more. I started conversations with co-tenants Levenshulme Good Neighbours and Levenshulme Inspire, but they knew they needed partners from the other parts of the wards in Gorton too.

I approached my local buzz Neighbourhood Health Worker Noah and asked for his advice in identifying suitable partners. For a 2 year project duration, the partnership fit had to be more than just hastily flung together for the funding, and each partner had to bring a specialism to share with the collective. Noah applied his local knowledge of both organisations and the individuals working within them. In a true partnership there should be a high element of trust, and after some thought he suggested a shortlist of organisations. Following emails and meetings, a further 3 organisations joined to form the partnership bid that eventually won £89,000 funding over 2 years.

The partnership has proved to be very successful, and the different groups have supported each other during the pandemic, and are still fundraising together.” - Kate Williams, Inspired Taskforce Co-ordinator and OPENS Fund Lead for Gorton and Levenshulme


This project helped to bring together the strengths of the Voluntary Community Services organisations who are committed to working together to provide a strong and cohesive project. This partnership will be working alongside Manchester City Council to develop their vision further and successfully receive the OPENS fund available to this neighbourhood

Project Team

buzz Manchester Health & Wellbeing Service

Levenshulme Inspired Taskforce

Debdale Bowling and Social Club

Gorton Visual Arts


Levenshulme Good Neighbours

Manchester City Council

Strategic links to local/national policies




NHS Five Year Forward View (Department of Health, 2014)

Healthy Lives, Healthy People (MH Government, 2010)

Our Manchester Strategy

Communities engaged in the design and delivery of local services

Healthy Lives, Healthy People (MH Government, 2010)

The Manchester Prevention Programme

Addressing inequalities

Fair Society, Healthy Lives (Institute of Health Equity, 2010)

NHS Five Year Forward View (Department of Health, 2014)

Research/evidence base

Ambition for Ageing (2020) - Changing a place: Microfunding, co-production and community development

Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis - Sourcing Financial Resources for Community Development Initiatives

National Lottery Community Fund (2019) - Understanding Thriving Communities

Young Foundation (2013) - Improving small scale grant funding for local voluntary and community organisations


Noah Mellor - Neighbourhood Health Worker

Tel. 0161 271 0501

Mob. 07484 546326

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