Failsworth West Launch event, by Jean Stokes, a resident of Failsworth West and member of Ambition for Ageing Oldham’s Age Friendly Project Group
15th March 2016 Launch Event - Ambition for Ageing – Failsworth West Ward
Venue - Anchor, Earls Lodge Sheltered Housing Complex, Failsworth.
An advertising Flyer “What Is Good About Your Area and How Could It Become More Age Friendly” had generated a lot of interest; there were so many of the public showing interest in the Project the Administration Team initiated a second launch meeting to be scheduled.
There were 39 attendees - 27 members of the general public, 2 from the Administration Team, Nicola Shore from Age UK Oldham and Nayan Joshi from Action Together - they were supported by community volunteers and researchers.
We were encouraged to split into 5 groups each with a community volunteer.
Nayan opened the Launch, explaining what this Big Lottery Funded Project aimed to
achieve – “Help to create places that are age friendly, empowering people to live fulfilling lives as we age” and how small projects could be funded locally.
We discussed what was - Good/Bad/What Could Improve Our Area. There were many positive comments from each Group and visual recorded minutes were prepared. We then discussed the many suggestions brought forward.
IN GENERAL: Failsworth West is a good place to live.
We have good access to public transport during the daytime if you are a fit elderly resident; otherwise transport and getting about for less mobile was very difficult, especially in the evening.
This is a very big cause of isolation in our community.
We felt secure in our homes the majority of the time and have good policing from our local PCSO’s.
Local shopping was good.
Social activities were held in Failsworth, however, the general public were not always aware what was happening due to lack of information.
Maybe a “Whats On” Community Notice Board could be erected.
There are local Community Gardening Allotments, but toilet facilities are not available.
Providing this facility could be a worthwhile age friendly project to consider.
Social Media, another topic discussed; keeping in touch with family and friends could be an “isolation breaker”.
Providing WiFi instruction on how to use this technology efficiently would be a good project.
A Community Film Night was talked about.
This will be considered.
Everyone felt it was a good informative meeting, now we have to get together and see what can be achieved.
Nicola and Nayan asked if anyone from the meeting would like to be involved as a volunteer/ambassador for the project in our community.
Our meeting ended with a wholesome buffet lunch.
There was an excellent response at the second Launch on 26th April. The same format was followed. Similar topics discussed. All agreed it had been a very worthwhile experience and looked forward to which projects would be carried forward.