Older Persons Neighbourhood Support (OPENS) Fund

Older Persons Neighbourhood Support (OPENS) Fund

Support for local partners from the VCS sector to work collaboratively and put together an application for the OPENS fund.

Benefit of health promotion

Health promotion supports personal and social development and enables people to take more control over their own health. Providing information and screening are some examples of health promotion. Giving people access to relevant and accurate health information puts them in a better position to make healthier choices for prevention and self-management of conditions. Qualitative data shows that opportunistic and community-based screening opportunities can reach people who would not have accessed screening otherwise.


Ardwick and Longsight

Project team

Buzz Health and Wellbeing service

Manchester Bangladeshi Women's Organisation

Manchester Cares

Together Dementia Support

TLC St Luke

MCC – fund provider


This project aimed to work with the Age Friendly network in Ardwick and Longsight to ensure that the £89,180 available through the Older Persons Neighbourhood Support Fund was applied for with a project informed by local need.


This project brought together the strengths of 4 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.

Strategic links to local/national policies



Empowers people

Healthy Lives, Healthy People (HM Government, 2010)

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

Supports prevention

Greater Manchester Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy

The Manchester Prevention Programme

Supports self-care and self-management of conditions

Make Every Contact Count (Future Forum, Department of Health, 2011)

Taking Charge of our Health and Social Care in Greater Manchester (GMCA, 2015)

Manchester’s Self-Care Strategy

Increases participation for groups who would not usually access

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

Research/evidence base

King’s Fund (2008) Using Information to Promote Healthy Behaviours

Health Foundation (2011) Evidence: Helping People Help Themselves

Institute for Public Policy Research (2020) Prevention in the Age of Information: Public Education for Better Health

Perry et al (2016) The NHS health check programme in England: a qualitative study Health Promotion International, 31 (1), 106-115

WHO (1986) The Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion


Yasmin Holgeth – Neighbourhood Health Worker. Age Friendly Team (central locality)


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