Whilst early project proposals were primarily driven by service providers, there are emergent signs that the resident-led aspect of the MAFN approach is being adopted.
Ambition for Ageing in Manchester is coordinated by the Manchester Age Friendly Neighbourhood team (MAFN) based in the Manchester School of Architecture at MMU in partnership with Southways Housing Trust. MAFN are a multi-disciplinary team of researchers, urban designers, a health and social care manager, architects and community development workers who are co-researching with residents regarding how age friendly their neighbourhood is now - and how to make it better.
We are working in the following neighbourhoods:
- Hulme & Moss Side
- Moston & New Moston
A resident-led partnership has been set up in each neighbourhood to promote active ageing, increase older people’s participation and make the neighbourhood more age friendly. To this end, residents have been creating age friendly action plans incorporating a wide range of different activities and projects.
MAFN are supported by a steering group which includes partners from Southways, Manchester City Council, Age Friendly Manchester, NHS/ CCG, MMU and representatives of each Neighbourhood Partnership Board.
See this link for more information about the work in Manchester: http://www.msa.ac.uk/mafn