Manchester City Council

Get ready for 'a grand day out

Manchester City Council is launching an initiative aimed at getting older residents out and about, meeting new people, and taking part in healthy and fun activities.

Whether it is socialising and making new friends, silver surfing in libraries, exercising through active lifestyle sessions or taking part in tea dances, residents should get themselves ready for what has been dubbed 'a grand day out'.

The pilot project, which is part of the Universal Offer jointly run by Adults and Culture and Leisure services, will be launched at Wythenshawe Forum on 11 January from 10am - 4 pm for residents who are over 55 and want to broaden their horizons. It will continue every Wednesday.

It will provide a range of structured activity and leisure opportunities. It will give people the chance to mix with others of different ages, and abilities as well as encouraging people to access facilities and activities available in their own community.

Councillor Glynn Evans, executive member for Adults said: "We are offering people a place to meet and socialise, and more importantly the opportunity to get involved in activities with the guidance and expertise of our officers and volunteers. It can be daunting for older people to suddenly take up a new activity, so officers will be on hand to help and to build the foundations of this group so that people get the support they need in whatever they want to do. Our ultimate goal is for this group to be motivated to run themselves, to reduce social isolation, to inspire confidence and to make a difference to older people's lives."

Councillor Mike Amesbury, executive member for Culture and Leisure said: "We are not reinventing the wheel but offering people the chance to get together in a safe, supported and secure environment. We want to open doors and show people what is already available out there, maybe get them involved initially in some healthy activities to improve their health and well-being."

Once this community hub has been shown to be successful, the project will be rolled out to other areas of the city.