As this community site has grown, I've noticed members from around the country have begun to share information about an array of excellent projects they have either been involved in or benefited from.
I've read about how Jan has been getting her hands dirty setting up a community garden with help from a range of community partners including the Community Initiatives Fund and local police, while George told us all about Silver Comedy - a social enterprise project offering interactive comedy workshops especially for older people.
It's made me wonder how many other community resources there may be near us that we either aren't aware of or just don't think to engage with.
Just this weekend, Marion shared news of plans to roll out the Doncaster 50plus Roadshow to extend the reach of the advice and networking opportunities to older people throughout the whole town - it made me wonder - is there a 50plus organisation near me? Or, near YOU?
Personally, I have quite recently moved from London to Yorkshire and really miss my local library. It was revamped around 2003 and free internet access and a lovely cafe made it somewhere I enjoyed visiting, but what made it extra special were the community projects it also helped take off. I'd often see craft or charity groups meet up there and discuss their latest projects, the lobby would display artworks created and the noticeboard was always full of information about how to join in. I don't think there is anything to rival it where I live now...but perhaps I just haven't looked in the right places yet!
I'm starting this discussion to encourage us all to share news of community events and resources we use or find, afterall they deserve the praise!
So, what's going on near you?
Thank you so much for taking the time and trouble to reply in such detail. I'll take you up on your suggestion and follow you on Twitter. Take care,
No, thank you to you! Also, please follow me @simonaflorio1, if you want...
I live near Manchester and the City Council there are, I think, the only city in England to be part of the 'Age Friendly City' program run by the WHO. They certainly really do try to include older people through a variety of schemes and activities.
Moreover they have a group of older people that meet and liaise with the policy makers at the city Council.
Good to meet you. I am an ex-Mancunian, very happy where I am, but always proud when I here about Manchester. It has so much to offer, and I'm interested to find out a little more about "Age Friendly Cities". I'll Be Googling WHO to find out. Take care,
Hello again Robin,
Just Googled WHO, and the thinking behind Age Friedly Environments is good common sense. If you design with all kinds of accessibility in mind, the outcome benefits everybody.
I'm delighted that Manchester has taken the lead. It will be interesting to see who follows.
I was born in Old Trafford so was in hearing of both sporting venues and the hooters from the factories and
the ships on the Ship Canal.
The other place you might want to Google is the Valuing Older People (VOP) at the City Council.
The tram system is being expanded now - about 5 years later than it should have thanks to John Prescott. When he was minister for whatever he promised £500 million for the expansion but then switched that money to the cross London railway project.
Anyway enough of me wittering on,
Wittering is one of the reasons for being here, Robin! I remember a childhood stay in the old Ladywell Hospital, with a view of funnels of the tankers going up to the (then) Manchester Oil Refinery. They were low down in the canal so only funnels were visible.
We have only recently moved to Bognor Regis but we have found that there is quite a lot going on for older people especially at the Laburnham Centre which is run by Age UK.
My husband has joined the choir and I am interested in card making, photography and computers. I have had quite of lot of medical appointments since we moved and haven't been to classes but we have both used the restaurant which is very good.
Always good to hear when a move to a new area goes well, thank you for sharing details of these facilities. Let us know when you've tried out some classes.