Pledges received from individuals
We have launched the Age-Friendly Manchester Older People's Charter to make our city a better place to grow older and to improve the lives of older people.
The challenge is for people, groups and organisations to embed the charter by pledging to do things, big or small, that make the city more age-friendly and better for older people.
Pledges received so far from individuals include:
- Councillor Sue Cooley
I pledge to continue my work to develop the Age-Friendly Manchester programme and, in particular, to work with the Wythenshawe network. I will also work to raise awareness of Age-Friendly Manchester with other agencies, including my fellow councillors.
- Chelsie Kingsley
I pledge to work alongside Wythenshawe Good Neighbours and the Captain's Leg Theatre Company and help promote Age-Friendly Manchester. The Theatre work raises awareness of the lives lived by our older community.
- Carmen Daniels
I pledge to encourage more older people to attend exercise classes to keep healthy. I also pledge to encourage more to attend our coffee morning group at Trinity House in Rusholme to socialise and make friends, especially if they are lonely.
- Gloria Clarke
I visit people in care homes and hospital and will continue to do so throughout the year.
- Irene Tingle
I pledge to be more age-friendly by communicating what is going on in my local area. I will telephone people more often and will make more contacts when out at the shop, socials group and bus stops.
- Bill Herety
I pledge to become a volunteer for three days per week in Clayton.
- Andrew Edworthy
I pledge to continue with 'Health, Wealth and Happiness' volunteering and encourage more over 50's in the group to start volunteering to make the group as successful as possible. This will also help improve the social skills of those who choose to become involved.
- Joyce Turner
I pledge to visit older people in my neighbourhood for as long as I am able.
- Joan Rutherford
I pledge to campaign to make the built environment of Manchester more accessible for older and/or disabled people by commenting on policies and training students and practitioners (including Council staff) in access awareness. This will help create an environment that is more friendly for older people and/or disabled people.
- Izetta Enisuoh
I pledge to support the older people in my church and community and help reach those that are lonely and isolated with the help of the other support workers at the African and Caribbean Women's Group.
- Mavis Holt
I pledge to pursue with a Housing Provider on an ongoing basis issues which affect older people in my community in Gorton.
- Harry Evans
I pledge to help keep the Ladybarn Bowling Green open to the playing public. This will help benefit over 40 older people in the community.
- Don Berry
I pledge to help establish a fortnightly radio programme on All FM focussing on the interests of older people in Manchester. This will hopefully create an opportunity to raise issues of particular significance to older people and give a voice to representatives of this vital part of the community.
- Charles Baldwin
I pledge to visit a house-bound friend to cheer them up. I will keep an eye on my older neighbours and do a little shopping for them.
- Marie Greenhalgh
I pledge to continue my work as manager of Wythenshawe Good Neighbours and the Captain's Leg Theatre Company. This will help raise awareness of later life issues and share stories of older people's life stories.
- Mr and Mrs Payne
We pledge to help keep our neighbourhood in Crumpsall rubbish free and report problems to the Council. We will try to get neighbours to integrate more, particularly amongst our different cultures.
- Simon Katzenellenbogen
I pledge to continue my participation in the Age-Friendly Manchester Older People's Board and to provide an example to younger people, particularly around being engaged in politics.
- Dee Lees
I pledge to continue as a Community Guardian, a member of Growing Old Disgracefully and Southway Housing volunteer in Burnage to help build more connections within the local community.
- Vida Barnes
I pledge to keep active and encourage others to do the same. This will prevent me and others from feeling lonely and help with aches and pains.
- Sylvester Sergeant
I pledge to visit older people on our street in Longsight, particularly people who live on their own.
- Tommy Walsh
I pledge to visit and help people in residential and nursing homes as they seem to be a neglected group. This will help them feel part of the community.
- Pauline Bowker, Maureen Bennett and Joan Rogers
We pledge to continue our work at Healthfield Hall in Newton Heath and will try to attract more members.
- Michelle Shiol
I pledge to maintain long term voluntary befriending visits to an older housebound person on behalf of Assist Neighbourhood Care Group in Withington.
- James and Margaret Molloy
Pledge to continue as volunteers to Irish Community Care at the Irish World Heritage Centre in Cheetham, doing home and hospital visits.
- Julia Sheila Callaghan
I pledge to continue with craft and knitting groups with all the members of 3CA group at Heathfield Hall.
- Kath Constable
I pledge to continue as a volunteer at the Age UK Crossacres Resource Centre in Wythenshawe and particularly continue to be involved in their 'Silver Click' initiative which works with older people to help them master the use of computers and the Internet.
- Tony Parkinson
I will pledge to continue as a volunteer with the Platt Lane food bank. I will also continue as a trustee at Southway Westcroft Community Centre, promoting age-friendly events. This will help encourage new friendships, interests and activities for older people.
- Dena Murphy
I pledge to continue my work with NEPHRA Good Neighbours in New Moston and increase the number of volunteers, helping us to reach more vulnerable people. I will also campaign for better public transport in the area.
- Lynn Blinkhorn
I pledge, as a trustee of Clayton Hall, to increase the number of volunteering opportunities for older people. We plan to open Clayton Hall for older people's groups and want to reach to those living in residential care homes.
- William Jameson
I pledge to help set up an older people's organisation in Wythenshawe called The Art Pad.
- Pauline Sergeant
I pledge to continue as an Ambassador and member of the Older People's Board.
- Patricia Hough
I pledge to set up more events for older people, as part of Age-Friendly Moston. We also have plans to establish tea dance sessions in Moston. This will help bring older people together and reduce isolation.
- Mary Barlow
I pledge to increase membership of North City Nomads to help people socialise and visit different places. This will also help people make new friends and connections.
- Pam Graves
I pledge to continue to organise my community group, 'Pop-in', at St Mary's Church in Moston, every other Wednesday morning. I will also continue my work as a member of the Ambition for Ageing Moston Board, encouraging as many local projects for older people as possible. This will help older people to socialise and get out and about, helping to prevent loneliness.
- Lorraine Ward
I pledge to increase awareness of the Age-Friendly Design Group amongst colleagues. In doing so I hope that such design considerations will be incorporated in the brief and commissioning process.
- Fred Evans
I pledge, as part of my involvement with Withington Heart Help Therapy, to try to keep the therapy centre open for heart related rehab. The group benefits people of all ages.
- Yvonne Marie Johnson
I pledge to encourage older people to use Heaton Park and all its facilities. I will help drive forward improved signage, seating, toilets and pathways. Age-friendly outdoor pursuits will help older people stay healthy.