Age UK Oldham and Action Together are working in partnership as the Local Delivery Lead for Oldham’s Ambition for Ageing Programme.
Read details of our latest news in our April Community Newsletter here....
Ambition for Ageing is a Greater Manchester-wide programme funded by the Big Lottery Fund and led by Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation (GMCVO). Key objectives are to create places that are age-friendly and empower people to live fulfilling lives as they age – ultimately reducing social isolation.
The five-year project will help communities, businesses and public services work together to better understand what older people need and want.GMCVO was awarded over £10 million from the Big Lottery Fund for this project that aims to reduce the social isolation of older people in Greater Manchester.
The Ambition for Ageing project vision is to:
- connect communities and people through the creation of relationships.
- help to create places that are age-friendly and that will empower people to live fulfilling lives as they age.
- embrace the celebration of age, creating the opportunity for people to contribute to the ageing agenda, offering choice and helping them to make more and better connections so that they can live fulfilling lives in their communities.
In Oldham, we are working in three ward areas: Alexandra, Crompton and Failsworth West.
We would like to involve community groups, individuals and businesses from these areas to help us create more age friendly communities and find out the best ways to reduce social isolation. We can invest small amounts of money (up to £2,000) to support the community to bring to life some of their own ‘age friendly’ project ideas.
See the links below for more information on our partners in the project and useful links.
What does 'Age Friendly' mean...?
‘Age friendly’ means different things to different people.
In an age friendly community, people aged 50 and over take part in activities of interest. There are more opportunities to be involved. People aged 50 and over contribute to civic, cultural and economic life and are recognised positively for this. The local environment is designed in a way that enables people to move around easily and buildings are accessible.
Some examples from ‘Researching Age-Friendly Communities’, edited by Tine Buffel, of what people have said ‘age friendly’ means to them:
“Age friendly to me means a society or community that has the right ethos, services and structures to allow me and other people of my age group to live safely, be able to enjoy good health and stay involved. Age friendly to me is being recognised, understood, respected and protected by the community I live in, and not forgotten.”
“To me, age friendly would involve good public transport, toilets in or near the local shops, and local activities in schools, libraries or church halls which are informal and regular.”
“Age friendly to me means ageing along with other members of the same community, coming together to support each other, share experiences and skills, and respecting each others’ needs.”
Get involved to help make your community more ‘age friendly’. There are lots of ways you can get involved.
Volunteers support our project in many ways:
- Become a Community Researcher – help us to find out more about what’s happening in the local community, record community assets and find out what people want.
- Get involved in our local age friendly organising groups – help us to prioritise the work we do in each area and help us to run some of the local activities.
- Provide project support – help us to run local projects or groups.
- Provide administrative support - help with admin and day to day tasks.
- Help us at events – help us with planning, setting up and running community events.If there are other skills and talents that you want to share, get in touch, and we will work with you to look at opportunities.
Find out more about our volunteer roles below.
If there are other skills and talents that you want to share, get in touch, and we will work with you to look at opportunities.
To volunteer for Ambition for Ageing, please contact Nicola on the details below.
Asset Mapping – find out what good things are happening in Alexandra, Crompton and Failsworth West
We have been collecting information about some of the things that are happening in Alexandra, Crompton and Failsworth West and have started to put together this information on maps of the area so that we will be able to share this information with other people.
If you know of a group or activity that takes place in one of these areas, please let us know and we will add the information to the maps to share with others.
Please tell us if you spot any mistakes or if we have missed something out. Contact Sophie Smith on 0161 622 9272 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know.
We have held several events so we could meet local people, find out what is good about the areas we are working in and what would make life better for people as they grow older. We have met some lovely and enthusiastic people along the way.
With thanks to Jean Friend for our event photos and Oldham Play Action Group for creating our visual minutes.
How we can make your good ideas a reality!
Age Friendly Projects
Some ideas that have been suggested to us already:
- A community leaflet for Crompton to tell people about what is already happening in the community
- Age Friendly toilets at Stotts Lane Allotments in Failsworth
- English classes for women from BME communities linking in with English-speaking volunteers from the local communities to practice what they have learned.
If you have a good idea, whether you’re an individual, a community group or a private business, you can ask us to invest in your idea.
You can ask for up to £2,000.
If your idea costs a little more than £2,000, please get in touch with us. The Greater Manchester Programme Board can authorise slightly larger amounts or we could signpost you to other sources of funding.
Our Age Friendly Project Group make the decisions about what to invest in. This group is made up of people aged 50+ and professionals who work with people aged 50+. We will ask you for more information about your idea and present it to our Project Group who will make the decision.
Crompton - Nicola Shore, Age UK Oldham
Telephone: 0161 622 9257
Alexandra - Jacqui Greenfield, Action Together
Telephone: 0161 339 2345
Failsworth West - Nayan Joshi, Action Together
Telephone: 0161 339 2345