Funding boost to get ageing population active

Stockport is to benefit from funding of £104,050 from Sport England to invest in a number of projects to keep its ageing population active

The funding received is as a result of a Greater Manchester funding bid and is to be matched by partners bringing the total pot to £216,218.

The funding will be used to increase activity levels in ‘inactive’ residents in the 65+ age group at times in their lives when circumstances can mean that remaining physically active can be particularly challenging. The funding will help older people to be active within their own communities – for example by facilitating group walks, social events, confidence building, and training individuals to lead local group activities. Partners involved include Life Leisure, Stockport Homes, the Wellbeing and Independence Network, (WIN), the Targeted Prevention Alliance (TPA) and Age UK.

Councillor Tom McGee, Stockport Council’s Cabinet Member for Health said:

“We know that being physically active and socially engaged is the most important factor in enabling our ageing population stay independent and keep healthy so this funding is great news for Stockport. Keeping our population active is a key plank in Stockport’s Ageing Well Strategy and as I am in that age group I'm trying to up my activity levels.”

The announcement comes as Greater Manchester was recognised by the World Health Organisation as the first age-friendly city-region in UK and the Greater Manchester Age Friendly Strategy was launched by Greater Manchester’s Mayor Andy Burnham.