Translate this site

Change the text size

-A A +A



In 2017 we issued an invitation to tender for a community brokerage service called Community Navigators which targeted the following three specific groups, selected because research tells us that they are at higher risk of social isolation owing to barriers they face engaging with mainstream activities. We also know that the numbers of people in these groups are likely to grow as Greater Manchester ages:


  • People over 50 with age-related hearing loss
  • Men over 75 living alone on a low income
  • Bangladeshi men and women over 50


Project objectives


The Community Navigators programme aims to connect people to existing activities, services and organisations. This will not only result in individuals becoming more socially connected, but will also provide us with valuable learning as to the most effective ways of providing support to people in these groups.


The following providers have been appointed to deliver this programme:



Action on Hearing Loss – the largest charity of its kind in the UK – will act as the key point of contact for Greater Manchester, identifying and assisting isolated older people living with a range of deafness thresholds.


For more information, please contact the appropriate regional lead, as listed below:


Diane Whitehead - Rochdale, Oldham, Tameside and Manchester

T – 07741 328087

E –


Kate Tempest - Bolton, Bury, Salford and Wigan

T – 07741 329234

E –



Southway Housing Trust, pioneers of the age-friendly ‘Take a seat’ business scheme, will be providing support to men over 65 in receipt of pension credit who are living alone in Manchester, Tameside and Oldham.


For more information, please contact Cathy Ayrton on 0161 448 4365 or



British Red Cross are developing design guidance on working with the over 50s Bangladeshi community. The guidance report on their project work will include a better understanding of the barriers involved for the community and ways to engage and support them.


For more information please phone 07912 575 891 or email