We have funded over 130 small projects since Ambition for Ageing began. Here are some examples of projects that we've funded recently.
- An outdoor awning at St Paul’s Court.
- A new fridge for the St Vincent de Paul group in Crompton.
- An indoor kurling set for Ridgefield Community Centre.
Information & training
- A ‘Zest for Life’ course for people aged 50+ who are considering their options in later life, whether that’s retirement or using their skills to go in a new direction.
- Reiki taster sessions and training in Crompton.
- British Sign Language Level 1 training for staff and volunteers in the Alexandra ward area.
Fun & social activities
- Friendship Days run by Shaw & Crompton Parish Council over 60s group.
- Togetherness through Music sessions in Care Homes in Alexandra ward area.
- Failsworth’s Got Talent event, showing off the skills and talents of older residents.
Activities designed to bring communities together
- Age Friendly Walks in Failsworth West.
- Bangladeshi Women’s Research Project to encourage older Bangladeshi Women to get involved in activities.
- An outreach project for older LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) people.
What does 'age-friendly' mean?
An age-friendly neighbourhood is a place where: residents are committed to looking
out for each other, older people feel they can have a say in what’s going on in their
local area, and there are spaces where people can get together.
‘Age-friendly’ means different things to different people.
Some examples from our conversations with people aged 50+ living in Alexandra, Crompton and Failsworth West:
- “Where people come together and make a difference for the community.”
- “Community events that are interesting - not just time filling activities, productive, innovative and technology based.”
- “An inclusive community, facilities for all from birth to old Age.”
- “A neighbourhood that has groups, established and new that welcomes and encourages older people to get involved and socialise to ensure good mental health.”
- “Looking out for each other especially the old and infirm. A good community spirit with various creative and active activities for all ages of the community to take part in.”
- “Attending luncheon club and other activities at the mosque and visiting neighbours.”
- “Where there's a bus and transport links.”
- “Good transport, shops need to be in walking distance, pavements and roads well looked after. Good street lighting and doctors surgery in a convenient position.”
- “Water features in the local park and benches around them.”