What we've done
The board was originally set up by Manchester Metropolitan University, and is one of the districts four Age-Friendly Neighbourhood (AFN) boards.
In 2016 and 2017 we funded 13 different projects, which appealed to a wide range of people. Each project tackled social isolation in our neighbourhood. These projects were successful in reducing
social isolation, connecting people across different parts of the area.
In 2018 we ran the Tales of Miles Platting project, a successful, social programme bringing people together to creatively celebrate the past, present and future of our neighbourhood.
Our programme has been delivered with a range of partners, and we have built up a network of individuals, businesses and institutions that are interested in further developing strategies and activities for making Miles Platting an age-friendly neighbourhood. We also undertook our own community research and contributed our findings to the overall AFN research project.
Theatre Trippers: They had a fantastic year visiting shows and plays at a number of venues. They have over 35 members across the local area, have great partnerships with local theatres and are involved in cultural champions movement. Led by Mike Bishop they are working with community organisers at HOME and Royal Exchange. Mike was nominated and shortlisted for a BEE Proud award and won neighbour of the year – Adactus Housing annual awards in 2017.
Theatre Trippers at Hope Mill Theatre
DJ GED: Ged Reek has delivered age friendly discos across Manchester, he has performed in a variety of venues including sheltered schemes and church halls, provided music at a number of community events; Xmas party with Adactus, Surestart parent and children’s party, MMU festival of learning, carers forum, Moston Xmas party and Sycamore Court Hawaiian summer fair. Ged worked with MIF for their opening event at Victoria Square and has lots of bookings for the coming year.
Friday Fellowship: The Church of Apostles have delivered lunches every Friday and a programme of activities for the year, including DJ Ged, Tai Chi and beauty therapies. They have lots of regular attenders and new people have joined the group. This Friday group have been involved in a high profile photography exhibition and had lots of visitors in the year who wanted to speak with them about their experiences.
Sycamore Surfers: Taking place at Sycamore Court, this project offered digital training to 8 people at the sheltered scheme. People learnt a new digital skills including SKYPE and email.
Butler Court Film Club: Equipment was purchased via Adactus and a film licence covers showing films and any DVDs until April 2019. Held a community film day in December 2016 - over 30 people attended. Plans are going ahead to hold regular events.
Victoria Square Activities: The scheme managers organised bi-weekly events in the communal room. These include crafts, yoga and trips; a number of residents have attended events that have not joined in previously.
Creative Connections: Board members worked with Sarah Spanton director of Waymarking) to undertake community research about what would make Miles Platting more age friendly and collected stories from local residents about their memories of the area (Tales of Miles Platting). The group ran a number of local research sessions at community events over the summer; including grandparents day at the Park View school, Summer Fair and Neighbours' Day.
Tai Chi at Butler Court: The Tai Chi group ran for 9 months and had a regular group of residents who report that they have really benefited from attendance at the sessions.
Vintage FM Training: 4 men underwent the 4 weeks training course and now present a monthly Vintage FM show on the 3rd Wednesday of the month. Ged Reek now hosts a weekly show on Monday afternoons, Ged's Lucky Dip.
Nelson Court Sports Club: The club was funded to support a group of residents coming together to share a common interest-sport. The caretakers room is used as a communal space to come together once a week –they have purchased games and equipment and have played walking football as a team. They have also visited Old Trafford and Etihad stadiums.
Trinity Church Dementia Cafe: The church runs bi-weekly sessions for people and their carers across the area. Volunteers and supporters all undertook the Dementia Friends training and have been working with Alzheimer’s Society to promote their service. The cafe was opened in September by the Mayor of Manchester who enjoyed his visit to the church. The café offers a range of activities and has a different theme every week.
St George's Lunch Club & Old Gene Project: St Georges Centre is running a luncheon club on Mondays on a fortnightly basis. They are working with Fairshare to deliver this. The Old genes project will run on Thursdays with the support of NMCA and will support people to research their family histories.
Creative Connections at the Library
Nelson Court Sports Club at Old Trafford
Opening Trinity Church Dementia Cafe
Tales of Miles Platting Legacy Project: an age-friendly, social programme, bringing people together to creatively celebrate the past, present and future of Miles Platting.