Ambition for Ageing

 

THE ROCHDALE AMBITION FOR AGEING PROGRAMME is a unique partnership of voluntary and community organisations, led by Kashmir Youth Project (KYP). The partners are Council for Voluntary Services Rochdale, Bangladesh Association and Community Project, Demesne Community Centre and Meadowfields Community Centre. 

Together, the partnership will aim to develop creative approaches to reducing social isolation for older people in the 3 designated wards in the borough of Rochdale; Central Rochdale, West Middleton and Firgrove/Smallbridge. Older people will play a major role in the design of the programme and generate real and sustainable change in their communities by identifying local assets and choosing where investment should be made.

CVS Rochdale will lead in the volunteering and social action element of the work. They will use their expertise to recruit, train, manage and support volunteers to connect with and raise awareness of the project amongst older people and the wider community.

The project will utilise innovative approaches to uncover, appreciate and respond to the needs of older people using a variety of ways to engage with them, capture their views and enable them to play an active role in prioritising and shaping services and provision to meet their needs. This increase in engagement and participation in decision making, together with the improvements to neighbourhoods will help to enhance feelings of empowerment and wellbeing, reduce social isolation and ultimately, make Rochdale a more age friendly borough.

 

 

 Do you have an idea for an idea for a project in your area?
 

 


Click <here to download an application form with guidance on what projects need to achieve and what cannot be funded through Ambition for Ageing.

 

Turn your ideas into reality in Smallbridge & Firgrove Ward.


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Update 24/08/2016

CVS Rochdale provided their induction training for volunteers for the Ambition for Ageing Project on Wednesday 24/8/2016.
Residents and Community Groups have been recruited to carry out the research and get involved.

The following areas were covered during the awareness training:

• Gain an understanding of the Ambition for Ageing project
• Look at the volunteer roles available
• Explain the volunteer induction process

KYP & Partners are looking forward to the next stage of the project. See you soon with more updates.

For more information on the Ambition for Ageing Project, please contact the Project Co-ordinator Mohammed Sheraz on 01706 630140.

  

 


Update 25/08/2016

CVS Rochdale have now provided their induction training for Ambition for Ageing volunteers at the Demesne Community Centre in Middleton.

Our picture shows the volunteers along with Project Co-ordinator Mohammed Sheraz (top left) and CVS Rochdale Trainer Stuart Dobson (top centre).

 

 

 

 

 

  


Project Offical Launch 05/10/2016

The Ambition for Ageing programme was officially launched by the Mayor Cllr Ray Dutton at a well attended ceremony in our Unity House centre on 5 October 2016.

In his remarks, Mayor Dutton said: “It is pleasing to hear of this new initiative across our borough, involving five partners. The Metropolitan Borough of Rochdale, as our name suggests, is a very diverse community which has so much to offer, both culturally and practically. KYP as Project Lead on this initiative has such a positive leadership team, I am sure the decision making will ensure success. For too long, our elderly in the Borough have been the forgotten society, often neglected and lonely. Hopefully ‘Ambition For Ageing’ will go some way to recognising their needs and ensure their insecurity and the feeling of ‘no one cares’ is ended. "I whole heartedly support this project and wish it every success.”     

KYP CEO Zulf Ahmed said: “Together, the partnership aims to develop creative approaches to reducing social isolation for older people in the three designated wards in the borough of Rochdale; Central Rochdale, West Middleton and Firgrove/Smallbridge. Older people will play a major role in the design of the programme and generate real and sustainable change in their communities by identifying local assets and choosing where investment should be made.”

    

KYP CEO Zulf Ahmed said: “Together, the partnership aims to develop creative approaches to reducing social isolation for older people in the three designated wards in the borough of Rochdale; Central Rochdale, West Middleton and Firgrove/Smallbridge. "Older people will play a major role in the design of the programme and generate real and sustainable change in their communities by identifying local assets and choosing where investment should be made.”


 Street Audit held on 23/11/16

Following a briefing session, Ambition for Ageing volunteers carried out a street audit in Rochdale Centre looking at the how "age friendly" the area is.

 





 


 

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