On the 16th February, the Age Friendly Burnage team organised a Thursday morning brunch which brought together members of the age-friendly Burnage board, local residents and community workers to engage in the action plan findings. Over 20 people came along to discuss and plan actions to address these findings.
From this day ideas and actions include:
Social Participation Finding 1: Older men report a lack of opportunity to take part in social activities in Burnage.
Action: Making contact with the Burnage Garden Village and working with them to develop an open community bowls group.
Outdoor and Building Spaces Finding 1: The central area of the Burnage ward is void of community assets and physical barriers make it difficult for its older residents to access others nearby.
Action: Develop an engagement and social event around the central area of the Burnage ward to engage older residents who are living in this area.
Housing Finding 2: There are not enough housing options within Burnage for older residents that adequately accommodate changing physical and social needs for later life.
Idea: Looking at a downsizing or adaptation process for older people living alone in housing that is not adapted to their needs but who don’t want to move because of their emotional attachment to their home and local area.
Respect & Social Inclusion 2: Many older residents in Burnage have reported feeling isolated due to the loss of their spouse and need social support.
Action: Local residents talked about developing a bereavement group in Burnage as a social support group for people who have lost their spouse.
These are some of the conversations and actions that are happening in Burnage. For more information about the project or to get involved please come along to the next action plan brunch at Westcroft Community Centre on the 24th Feburary 2017 -10:30am-12:00pm.
Westcroft Community Centre
24-26 Westcroft Road,
Hope to see you there!
The Age Friendly Burnage Team.