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All three strands of our new Community Navigators project are now live. We will be publishing regular updates on this page throughout the course of the programme.

 

Background

In 2017 we issued an invitation to tender for a community brokerage service called Community Navigators which targeted the following three specific groups:

  • People over 50 with age-related hearing loss
  • Men over 75 living alone on a low income
  • Bangladeshi men and women over 50

 

We picked these particular groups because research tells us that they are at higher risk of social isolation owing to barriers they face engaging with mainstream activities. We also know that the numbers of people in these groups are likely to grow as Greater Manchester ages.

 

Who we are working with

Following successful bids, we have appointed the following providers to work with us:

 

1. People over 50 with age-related hearing loss – Action on Hearing Loss

Action on Hearing Loss – the largest charity of its kind in the UK – will act as the key point of contact for Greater Manchester, identifying and assisting isolated older people living with a range of deafness thresholds.

 

For more information, please contact the appropriate regional lead, as listed below:

 

Diane Whitehead - Rochdale, Oldham, Tameside and Manchester

Senior Community Navigator

Telephone/SMS – 07741 328087

Email – diane.whitehead@hearingloss.org.uk

 

Kate Tempest - Bolton, Bury, Salford and Wigan

Community Navigator

Telephone/SMS – 07741 329234

Email – kate.tempest@hearingloss.org.uk

 

2. Men over 75 living alone on a low income – Southway Housing

Southway Housing Trust, pioneers of the age-friendly ‘Take a seat’ business scheme, will be providing support to men over 75 in receipt of pension credit who are living alone in Manchester, Tameside and Oldham.

 

For more information, please contact Cathy Ayrton on 0161 448 4365 or c.ayrton@southwayhousing.co.uk.

 

3. Bangladeshi men and women over 50 – British Red Cross    

The British Red Cross will initially be launching this project across three regions of Greater Manchester - Oldham, Rochdale and Manchester.

 

For more information please phone 07912 575891 or email communitynavigator@redcross.org.uk

 

Project objectives

The remit for all three contracts is to connect people to existing activities, services and organisations. This will not only result in individuals becoming more socially connected, but will also provide us with valuable learning as to the most effective ways of providing support to people in these groups.