Chesham Fold Tenant and Resident Association accesses funding to tackle isolation

A community group based on Chesham Fold estate in Bury has successfully bid for funding to help tackle social isolation amongst elderly people living in the area.

Chesham Fold Tenant and Resident Association (TRA) will be running a number of sessions for older residents on the estate, including ipad training, taster sessions in watercolour painting, flower arranging and cake decorating, after submitting a bid for £1,700 worth of funding with the assistance and support of staff from Six Town Housing.

The bid was made to Ambition For Ageing, a £10.2m Greater Manchester level programme aimed at creating more age friendly places and empowering older people to be a part of their community.

Some of the funding from the bid will also help the TRA organise a celebration to mark their 30th Anniversary. The celebration will take the form of a vintage street party at Chesham Fold Community Centre on Thursday 27th July with a live singer, afternoon tea and free activities and games for children.

The event will involve residents living in the two sheltered schemes on the estate, with several people lined up to participate in “storytelling” sessions where they will talk about what it was like growing up in the 1940s to younger attendees.

Sue Smith, Secretary and Treasurer at Chesham Fold TRA (pictured), said, “We were pleased to get the funding to provide activities to benefit some of the elderly in the area, as the TRA aims to provide inclusive services for everyone living locally. If you have any ideas about what other activities they would like to see at the TRA over the coming months or want to get involved with anything we run, we’d love to hear from you.”

Sharon McCambridge from Six Town Housing said, “This is such a great initiative, directly helping those within Chesham Fold who are at a higher risk of becoming isolated. We are proud to work closely with Chesham Fold TRA and other community groups across the borough, who help ensure neighbourhoods are inclusive for everyone living within them.”

Download the event poster here.

Ambition for Ageing is run locally in Bury by Groundwork and more information can be accessed by emailing julie.bentley@groundwork.org.uk

Photo: Sue Smith with the Vintage Party event poster outside the Community Centre.

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