News from VOP
VOP name change
We have changed our name to the Age-friendly Manchester Team. This reflects our membership in the World Health Organization Global Network of Age-friendly Cities. Our principles and ways of working stay the same.
Age-friendly Manchester Small Grants Fund
The Age-friendly Manchester Small Grants Fund supports local groups with grants of up to £300, focusing on projects that reduce social isolation and loneliness. The Grants Panel recently awarded twelve grants to groups across the City. The Panel will welcome applications for grants in 2014 for sustainable community projects that improve neighbourhoods and services for older people. For more information or an application pack, contact Rebecca Bromley in the VOP Team, phone 0161 234 4049, email email@example.com. Next deadline for applications is Thursday 31 January 2014.
VOP Web pages
The team is currently reorganising the Age-friendly Manchester web pages and uploading new content. New content will be organised around the four core themes of the Age-friendly Manchester programme and reflect the broad range of work that the wider partnership is doing to help make Manchester more age-friendly. New information will include a resources section, project profiles, team information and links to other useful sites.
Age-friendly Whalley Range Update
VOP are working with the Whalley Range Community Forum, the wider Age-friendly Whalley Range Steering Group and local community to explore ways of making the neighbourhood more age-friendly. A range of projects are now underway, based on the priorities identified at public launch events in Summer 2013. A Winter Warm event was recently held for local residents to promote opportunities and services, as part of VOP’s Winter Plan. For further information and current news see http://agefriendlywhalleyrange.wordpress.com/
Coming of Age national learning event, Arts and Older People
The Cultural Offer Working group delivered the ‘Coming of Age’ Conference on 5th November, funded by the Baring Foundation. Over 230 delegates participated in this second national learning event, the second in the city to be funded through Barings Ageing Artfully programme.
Tackling loneliness and isolation
This issue has been prioritised by the VOP Board as a critical area for development. In addition to its support of a wide range of community groups and projects through the Age-friendly Small Grants programme, the team is involved in tackling loneliness and isolation through team and Board representation on the new Tackling loneliness Clinical Commissioning Group grant programme and on the Fulfilling Lives, Ageing Better Great Manchester bid team. The team is also represented on the management group for the National Campaign to End Loneliness.
VOP Board welcomes new members
The Board has welcomed two new members, Brenda Fawcett and Norman Hart who both joined the Board in late summer/early autumn. They bring a wealth of experience and have wasted no time in getting involved in groups and pieces of work. The team would like to extend them a warm welcome.
Manchester Ageing Study
Involving older people as co-researchers from the outset, this two-year research project will examine how people experience growing older in their local neighbourhood. The study uses a methodology adapted from the Belgian Ageing Study which took place across 189 municipalities in Belgium , looking at how the neighbourhood influences ageing, including the physical/spatial and social characteristics of a neighbourhood. Themes of social exclusion and inclusion have a central focus. Visiting academic Dr Tine Buffel will conduct the research with support from Professor Chris Phillipson at Manchester University , and Rebecca Bromley in the Valuing Older People team. The study will take place across three Manchester neighbourhoods, with initial work already underway in Whalley Range . For more information contact Tine or Rebecca, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com