Age Friendly Networks

Age Friendly Networks

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When Monthly
Where Citywide
Simon Kitchen. Neighbourhood Health Worker - Age Friendly Manchester.
Mob. 07552 249977
Yasmin Holgeth. Neighbourhood Health Worker - Age Friendly Manchester.
Mob. 07425 536823
Megan Brown. Community Champion – Age Friendly Manchester.
Tel. 0161 271 0598

The buzz Age Friendly Networks take place on a neighbourhood level and aim to provide a space for age-friendly initiatives, campaigns and research to be promoted and discussed. These networks are made up of a mix of local residents, health services, housing providers and voluntary sector organisations who want to work collaboratively to make neighbourhoods Age Friendly.

The networks do a wide range of localised collaborative work.

Some examples include:

The Age Friendly Wythenshawe network ran a successful Winter Warmer project aimed at the most vulnerable residents who aren’t accessing any community groups or activities and struggle to get out and about. 500 housebound older people received an Age Friendly wellbeing goody bags. The bags included localised information on how to stay well and warm in winter along with warm socks, a handmade hat knitted by local residents, hot drinks and soups, plus a Christmas card from buzz. The bags were allocated and delivered to residents through the local district nurses.

The Age Friendly Ardwick and Longsight network identified a need to develop a local BAME Focus Group which aimed to support the local older community in accessing support and staying safe and well during the covid-19 pandemic. This focus group worked collaboratively to find solutions to local issues such as co-producing multi lingual campaign material to promote the social distancing message.

The Age Friendly Moston & New Moston network gained funding to deliver a Volunteer Drivers Scheme. This scheme aims to support local people to access health appointments and other local amenities and was developed as a result of poor bus service connections. This scheme is following the model of the HMR Circle in Rochdale.

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