Free launch event for exciting new ‘age-friendly’ projects bringing communities together.
Wednesday 12th September 2018 @ 11:33 by Anna Fletcher
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An event this Saturday September 15 aims to Get Eldon Talking.

The free event is brought together by Ambition for Ageing, a partnership between Age UK Oldham and Action Together, and is on from 12pm to 3pm at 8-9 Eldon Precinct, Oldham, OL8 1JP (off Ashton Road). People can find out about the new and exciting projects happening at Eldon Precinct.

What’s happening at the event?

Come and find out more about:

  • BFEM work club
  • English conversation group
  • SAWN community neighbourhood project
  • Meet the Ambition for Ageing team
  • Free NHS Health Checks by the Early Help team
  • Free refreshments
  • Find out about some of the other groups and activities happening in the local area
  • And much more!

Meet up with old friends, make new friends and share ideas about how to make the community more age-friendly!

Ambition for Ageing Oldham is led by Age UK Oldham in partnership with Action Together and is aimed at people aged 50 and over living or working in the Alexandra, Crompton and Failsworth West areas of Oldham.

Ambition for Ageing has funded the BFEM work club and the SAWN community neighbourhood project through their community investments, small pots of money to bring to life ‘age-friendly’ ideas.  Anyone can apply for money if they have a good idea that fits the ‘age-friendly’ criteria and the decisions are made by a panel of local people aged 50 and over.

The two projects will support the local community to improve and share skills and support them with information and advice about a range of issues at new drop-in sessions.  People will also have the chance to practise their English conversation skills with help from local older people, get together and get to know their neighbours.

Teresa Griffiths, Engagement & Wellbeing Co-ordinator at Age UK Oldham said: “We’re really pleased to be able to offer these small investments in the heart of communities so that local people can really make a difference to their area.  The ultimate aim is to bring people together to reduce social isolation across communities.  The project is led by people aged 50+ so please get in touch if you would like to get involved in our steering groups and making decisions about how the investment money is spent locally.”

Rose Ssali from SAWN added: “We are also very excited that the Mayor of Oldham will be coming to the event at 2pm to officially launch the projects.”

Titi Majek from the BFEM work club said: “We are looking for ‘Chatting Champions’, people who can volunteer some time to come along and help people to improve their spoken English.  Please get in touch with the Ambition for Ageing Oldham team on 0161 633 0213 if you want to know more or are interested in helping.”

Ambition for Ageing is part of the National Lottery funded Ageing Better programme set up by the Big Lottery Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK. Ageing Better aims to develop creative ways for older people to be actively involved in their local communities, helping to combat social isolation and loneliness. It is one of five major programmes set up by the Big Lottery Fund to test and learn from new approaches to designing services which aim to make people’s lives healthier and happier.