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14 Feb 2019

The mayoral age-friendly communities challenge winners

Thirty-two neighbourhoods across Greater Manchester have been officially recognised as age-friendly by the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham.


The Mayor announced the winners of his Age-Friendly Challenge during Greater Manchester’s “Doing Ageing Differently” conference.


The awards recognise the hard work that organisations and older people across Greater Manchester have carried out to make their area a great place to grow older. 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. The awards also show that each area is committed to helping older people feel: independent, safe and secure, and informed about what is going on in their local area.


The challenge was supported by Ambition for Ageing and submissions to Mayor’s Age-Friendly Challenge were reviewed by an expert panel chaired by Prof. Chris Phillipson from MICRA at The University of Manchester. Other panellists included representatives from Greater Manchester Older People’s Network, Ambition for Ageing, and the Centre for Ageing Better.


The neighbourhoods now officially recognised as age-friendly, are:


Bolton - Crompton


Bolton -  Halliwell


Bolton -  Tonge with the Haulgh


Bury -  Moorside


Bury -  Radcliffe


Bury -  St Mary's


Manchester -  Ancoats


Manchester -  Levenshulme


Manchester - Old Moat


Manchester - Whalley Range


Manchester - Burnage


Manchester - Hulme & Moss Side


Manchester - Miles Platting


Manchester - Moston


Oldham - Alexandra


Oldham - Crompton


Oldham - Failsworth West


Rochdale - Central


Rochdale - Firgrove & Smallbridge


Rochdale - West Middleton


Salford - Broughton


Salford - Weaste & Seedley


Stockport - Heatons


Tameside -Mottram


Tameside - Denton Sth


Tameside - Newton


Tameside - Waterloo


Trafford - Clifford


Wigan - Shevington


Wigan - Atherton


Wigan - Leigh West


Wigan - Pemberton


Accredited schemes will now be promoted by Ambition for Ageing as examples of best practice, including to external funders.