‘Age friendly’ Crompton merits Mayoral award win

CROMPTON is one of the friendliest places in Greater Manchester to grow old in – that is official.It is one of 32 areas from across Greater Manchester to be recognised by the award scheme designed to showcase the best places to grow older in the city-region.

Additionally, Crompton’s Age Friendly recognition comes with added ‘merit’ to other locations.

The initiative was launched last year by the Mayor of Manchester, Andy Burnham.

On Thursday, February 6, three representatives from the community will join the Mayor, Burnham, Cllr Brenda Warrington (Greater Manchester Portfolio Lead for Equalities) and other successful areas at an event to:

• receive and celebrate the award
• share learning and make connections with other winning areas
• influence age-friendly work at a district level
• join a Greater Manchester-wide age-friendly communities network.

Crompton ward councillor Diane Williamson said: “The award recognised the hard work that organisations and older people in Crompton have carried out to make their area is a great place to grow older.

“The award also showed that Crompton is committed to helping other older people to feel: independent, safe and secure, and informed about what is going on in their local area.”

Accredited areas will be promoted by Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and the Mayor as examples of best practice, including to external funders.

Submissions to the Mayor’s Age-Friendly Challenge were reviewed by an expert panel chaired by Professor Chris Phillipson from MICRA (Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing) at the University of Manchester. Other panellists included representatives from Greater Manchester Older People’s Network, Ambition for Ageing, and the Centre for Ageing Better.

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