One of the main objectives of the Inspired People Project (IPP) has been to make Levenshulme a more ‘age-friendly neighbourhood’. Some of the IPP volunteers and users have come together to form the Taskforce. Having done some training in community development and reporting, the group has been researching, campaigning and publicising local issues. The Graffiti Grannies campaign involved a small group marking up the pavements with bio-degradable spray paint to highlight local trip hazards – this led to the council installing a dropped kerb outside sheltered accommodation and addressing some of the other reported hazards. The campaign was also featured in the Manchester Evening News and the BBC’s One Show. Another ‘Caught Short’ campaign is promoting venues around Levenshulme that welcome the public to use their toilet facilities. The Taskforce are currently getting involved with the campaign to make our local train station in Levenshulme more accessible.
Members of the IPP steering group have also been involved in developing an Older People’s Charter for Manchester. This is now being rolled out across the city.