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December 2016

Age-friendly Manchester project wins national award

(1 December 2016)

A project which trained older people to be researchers into the future of their city has won a major national award for its ground-breaking work, on a night when two other Manchester projects were also shortlisted. 

The ‘Researching Age-Friendly Communities’ initiative was developed in response to the fact that in 15 years, a quarter of the world’s population living in cities will be over-60. The Manchester researchers, led by Dr Tine Buffel from the School of Social Sciences, trained people in their 50s through to their 80s to become ‘co-researchers’, who then conducted interviews in Manchester neighbourhoods amongst older people likely to be experiencing problems associated with social isolation, poverty and poor health. 

The project scooped an Engage Award on 29 November, recognising that the project is among the best in the sector for involving the public in university work. It was led by the University’s Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing (MICRA). 

  • You will find out more about the project, and the awards, on StaffNet.