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Having launched the Age Friendly Neighbourhood Partnerships in each area in February 2016 we are keen to meet and talk to as many people as possible to get a full understanding of the neighbourhoods. The resident-led Neighbourhood Partnership Boards have been constituted and have already started discussing and funding projects. Board meetings are held regularly at a variety of community in each of the neighbourhoods.

What is the partnership, and why should I get involved?

The neighbourhood partnership is a resident-led group whose aim is to make the area a better place to grow older. The partnership will be working with the Manchester Age-Friendly Neighbourhood Team to discover what it is like to live there, and create an action plan for how to make the neighbourhood more ‘age-friendly’. The partnership will then support residents who want to make the action plan a reality, and provide seed funding for people or local groups who want to take ideas forward.

Are you over 50? Do you live in Burnage, Moston & New Moston, Hulme & Moss Side or Miles Platting? Then get involved!

There are many ways you can contribute to the Partnership!

  • Come to our next public forum event
  • Take us on a walking interview around your neighbourhood
  • Become a local investigator and receive support to do your own research
  • Become a ‘community auditor’ and help the project gather the views of your friends and neighbours.
  • Take part in an interactive workshop and tell us your views
  • Work with us to make the neighbourhood action plan, and propose how the area can be made more age-friendly
  • Develop and lead projects to make the area more age-friendly
  • Be part of the city-wide Older People’s Network board or the Equalities Board for all age-friendly projects in Greater Manchester
  • Tell your friends and neighbours about the events and activities the partnership have organised

If you would like to know more about the neighbourhood partnerships, you can also sign up to the Partnership newsletters below. These will keep you up to date about the Partnership activities and projects, research activities and wider public forums, as well as other Age Friendly events in the neighbourhood:

Manchester Age Friendly Neighbourhoods is part of a Greater Manchester Ambition for Ageing Programme

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 will be co-researching with residents about how Age Friendly their neighbourhood is now and how to make it better.

We are working in the following neighbourhoods:

  • Burnage
  • Hulme & Moss Side
  • Moston & New Moston
  • Miles Platting

A new resident-led Partnership has been set up in each neighbourhood to promote active ageing, increase older people’s participation and to make the neighbourhood more Age Friendly. We are going to be working with residents to create an Age-Friendly Action Plan which will develop activities and projects to make the neighbourhood more Age-Friendly.

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.

Here are some key facts about the programme:

  • Ambition for Ageing is funded by The Big Lottery as part of their Ageing Better programme to improve the lives of older people.
  • The Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation’s (GMCVO) Ambition for Ageing project received £10.2m to lead work in 24 wards across 8 local authorities in Greater Manchester for a 5 year programme.
  • Manchester Age Friendly Neighbourhoods (MAFN) won the tender to be Local Delivery Leads (LDL) for Manchester City.
  • The project is designed to develop resident-led Age Friendly Neighbourhood partnerships in each area working towards reducing social isolation and researching how this can best be achieved.
  • MAFN are a specialist team based at the Manchester School of Architecture (MSA) at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) working in partnership with Southway Housing Trust.
  • Each LDL has three wards or areas where they are concentrating their work - Manchester Age Friendly Neighbourhoods (MAFN) are working in Burnage, Moston and Hulme & Moss Side.
  • Hulme and Moss Side were put together by GMVCO and MCC and on the basis that Hulme has a lower population of older people and the funding was allocated proportionately with 29% each for Burnage and Moston and 42% for Hulme & Moss Side together.
  • The resident-led partnerships will develop and invest in resident-led projects designed to tackle social isolation and increase age friendliness in each neighbourhood.
  • Over 44% of the Manchester LDL funding will be directly invested by the partnerships in resident-led projects = £324,000 until March 2020. (£93,960 for Burnage; £93,960 for Moston and £136,080 for Hulme and Moss Side)
  • The remaining money fund a support team with one person working on the ground in each area three days a week until June 2017.
  • MMU make no profit and along with other project partners provide substantial support in kind.


The MAFN office
0161 247 5960

Project general enquiries
Mark Hammond
07812 984507

Hulme and Moss side
Matthew Youngson

Devon Poyser
0161 448 4309

Matthew Youngson

Miles Platting
Jude Wells