Borough areas recognised as age-friendly by Mayor of Greater Manchester

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A number of areas across the borough have been officially recognised as an age-friendly neighbourhood by the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham.

Shevington, Atherton, Leigh West and Pemberton were included in the 32 areas from across Greater Manchester to be recognised by the award scheme designed to showcase the best places to grow older in the city-region.

The award recognises the hard work that organisations and older people in the areas have carried out to make their area a great place to grow older. An age-friendly neighbourhood is a place where: residents are committed to looking out for each other, older people feel they can have a say in what’s going on in their local area, and there are spaces where people can get together.

The award showed that Shevington, Atherton, Leigh West and Pemberton are committed to helping older people feel: independent, safe and secure, and informed about what is going on in their local area.

Submissions to Mayor’s Age-Friendly Challenge were reviewed by an expert panel chaired by Prof. Chris Phillipson from MICRA at The University of Manchester. Other panellists included representatives from Greater Manchester.