Ambition for Ageing was a 7-year programme (2015 – 2022) that aimed to create more age-friendly places in Greater Manchester and empowered people across Greater Manchester to live fulfilling lives as they age.
Ambition for Ageing was part of the National Lottery Community Fund’s national Ageing Better initiative; a seven-year, £78 million investment to improve the lives of people aged over 50 by addressing social isolation and loneliness within local communities.
Our fundamental belief was that a series of small changes across Greater Manchester would ultimately result in a long term, large scale reduction in social isolation in older people across the region.
Going forward, GMCVO will continue to embed learning from Ambition for Ageing by continuing our close relationship with the GM Ageing Hub, supporting peer learning and networking at a local level, and working with funders to ensure our learning on delivering inclusive funding is shared with funders and commissioners, locally and nationally.
Ambition for Ageing was a Greater Manchester programme aimed at creating more age-friendly places and empowering people to live fulfilling lives as they age
Why are we doing it?
The main risk factors for social isolation are linked to marginalisation and inequality. As such, the programme focused on equalities and shifting power towards those who have not traditionally been involved in decision making at a local level.
We worked to ensure that the voice of older people, local communities and VCSE organisations influenced the development of policy.