AfA would like to hear about practical schemes and projects already in place in Greater Manchester that are helping to make your community and neighbourhood more age-friendly.
In order to apply, your scheme doesn’t need to be perfect and finalised – but you do need to be able to demonstrate that you are:
• actively working to make your neighbourhood age-friendly
• involving older people in the development of your scheme
• committed to future age-friendly goals.
The challenge is open to the voluntary and community sector, public services, and older people's groups working together to make their community and neighbourhood more age-friendly. Successful schemes will be awarded with accreditation – official recognition from the Mayor and Combined Authority that your community or neighbourhood is age-friendly. Applicants approved into the scheme will receive accreditation confirming their age-friendly status, and will be announced at the Greater Manchester Age-Friendly Conference in February 2019. The best entries will be promoted by Ambition for Ageing as examples of best practice, including to external funders.
Deadline for applications: 1 December 2018.
Some background to the challenge
The Mayor’s Age-Friendly Challenge is being led by Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s Ageing Hub, and delivered by GMCVO’s Ambition for Ageing programme. Ambition for Ageing is Greater Manchester level programme aimed at creating more age-friendly places and empowering people to live fulfilling lives as they age. It is funded by the Big Lottery Fund’s Ageing Better programme, which aims to reduce social isolation of older people.