A person walking up the stairs of an old building.

Charlestown and Pendleton, Salford

Inspiring Communities Together delivers the Pathfinder in the neighbourhood of Charlestown and Pendleton in Salford.

The organisation is exploring an inclusive approach to building and supporting age-friendly community infrastructure to engage and support socially isolated residents and improve their health and wellbeing.

Inspiring Communities Together are putting local older people’s voices at the heart of the work, learning about what they value, the contributions they make and the barriers they experience to ageing well.

Engaging with residents

In 2023, initial conversations were held with 40 older people and 21 detailed community audits were completed with older people living in the neighbourhood.

Consultation events were run in sheltered housing schemes, local churches, cafes and community centres as well as at Pendleton Gateway and the Energise Centre.

What we know so far

The top issues that residents have highlighted are:

  • Resident safety
  • Health management
  • Information access

Following the initial findings, Inspiring Communities Together ran a group in April 2023 where art was used as a tool to share feelings about safety within their neighbourhood.

From this work, the idea for an intergenerational project was brought forward to further explore feelings of safety relating to residents’ engagement (or lack of) with younger people.

In late 2023, Inspiring Communities Together secured a small amount of additional funding through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund’s “Whose Art, Whose Culture?” The funding has enabled the intergenerational photo voice project to be delivered in partnership with Albion High School and Salford Youth Service.

Eight older people and eight young people met weekly until Easter 2024.  The project was a success and resulted in a photography exhibition during International Intergenerational Week in April 2024.

Action Planning

The Partnership Board is where local residents and stakeholders come together to co-create and manage the local Ageing in Place Neighbourhood Action Plan. The board comprises of local older residents and key stakeholders from the council, health service, housing providers, police, and others.

International Day of Older Persons 2023

For International Day of Older Persons, Greater Manchester Combined Authority partnered with Yellow Jigsaw to film local older residents in place.

Throughout August and September, films were recorded with local residents in each of the Ageing in Place Pathfinder neighbourhoods. Below is the video recorded with June from Pendleton.

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For more information about the Charlestown and Pendleton Pathfinder, visit Age Friendly Salford's website.

Article Published: 28/06/2024 10:19 AM