The Inspired People Project
The Inspired Peopleâ€™s Project was developed as a response to a consultation held with local older people where they raised concerns about social isolation, loneliness, frailness, mental health issues, financial issues, language barriers and relocation to a different area as a result of recent welfare changes.
The three-year project, supported by the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund, will support older people in Levensulme and South Gorton to:
- Feel less lonely and have improved well-being;
- Feel more confident about making informed decisions;
- Feel better able to influences the services which affect them.
HowÂ will we achieve this?
Through a whole range of different types of activity â€“ designed and led by older people themselves. These might include:
- Weekly coffee mornings and activity programmes such as armchair aerobics, tea dances etc.
- Health & well-being workshops
- ICT classes and other training programmes
- Information talks and â€˜recommend a friendâ€™ sign-posting to key local services
- Confidence-building sessions and age-friendly advocacy campaigns
This work will be facilitated by two project staff who will work closely with older people to make sure that they can attend the sessions and that they are as accessible as possible to older people from a wide range of backgrounds.
The project will be overseen by a project steering group involving older people themselves and by the end of the three years, through data collection and beneficiary monitoring, we will be able to demonstrate a decrease in loneliness and improved wellbeing in an age friendly neighbourhood with older residents participating in local decision making and improvements in their ability to affect their local environment.