Kate Walker (right) has been shortlisted for the award

A Prestwich woman who runs a drop-in café that aims to connect members of the public who might be isolated or facing illness, has been shortlisted in a photography competition that aims to combat unfair negative media stereotypes of social housing tenants.

A photo featuring Kate (above) will be on display on May 3rd in Birmingham as part of the Celebrating Community Champions Photography Exhibition, with nine other photos from around the UK that made the shortlist.

Six Town Housing submitted the photo of Kate to the competition, after initially supporting her with a funding bid to Ambition For Ageing to set up the café and providing her with the use of the communal area at Clarks Hill Retirement Living scheme to run her sessions.

Kate set up the café in May 2017 in memory of her husband, who passed away from vascular dementia. As his carer, Kate often felt isolated and did not know who to talk to about his illness. She knew she needed to do something to help others in the community facing similar situations.

As well as free refreshments, Kate provides quizzes and games at the sessions to help people talk to others from their area that they may never have met before.

The photo exhibition forms part of the National Federation Of ALMOs conference (NFA), the trade body for organizations like Six Town Housing who manage housing on behalf of Local Authorities. Attendees will vote for their favourite photograph, with the winner being announced later in the evening.

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