Steven's Blogs - Ageing in Place Project

Posted on
01 December 2023

Hi I’m Steven Greason, leading the Ageing in place project in Moorside Bury.

I've been working in the health and wellbeing sector for over 10 years and I have always been passionate about helping people live their best lives.

The Ageing in Place project was a perfect fit to help me achieve this, being over 50 is no reason to not continue to be part of the community and with this project I am able to solve the barriers, deliver more activities and make Moorside an age-friendly place to live.

A little about me: I have lived in Bury all my life, so I hold a very special connection to the project. My hobbies and interest involve playing football once a week, I'm a keen snooker player and like to relax by taking my dog out for a long walk. I love dogs so if you ever see me walking around the Lido or Clarence Park, please say hello so I can meet you and your dog.  


The project is based around 3 questions:

  • What do you like about Moorside?

  • How can we improve Moorside?

  • How can we work together?

 

It is aimed at residents of Moorside who are aged 50+ and we are looking at how we can improve the area to make it age friendly. 

This consist of delivering more activities and overcoming barriers that are currently stopping people from enjoying Moorside. 

The project is very much resident led so resident engagement is key! All ideas of activities and barriers to engagement we need to hear from them in order to improve the area and deliver the activities. We are very focused on co-production so building strong partnerships in Moorside is important to us.

We have established working partnerships with Age UK, HMR Circle, Bury Adult Education Centre, and various local volunteering groups.

 

Watch this video, created by Greater Manchester Combined Authority, of Moorside residents Kath and Rita:


December 2023 Updates

Feedback through Ageing in Place project reinforced the need for The Green to reopen as a café and has been a catalyst for us to find a way to make that possible. 

I am delighted to say that after lots of hard work, The Green will reopen as a café on Tuesday 5 December. The café will be run by our new Café Supervisor, Jileasa and a group of volunteers. Opening hours will be Monday – Thursday 10.30am – 2.30pm and Saturday 8.30am – 1.30pm. We’ll continue to work with community partners to allow them to use the space at other times including a Friday and Sunday so that there is something available every day. We’re also working with a range of organisations to deliver drop-in sessions, advice sessions and activities alongside the café being open so there will regularly be something going on. 

We want to put The Green back at the heart of the community as a place where people can enjoy some nice food and drink alongside friends. It is fully disable-accessible including having disabled changing and toilet facilities. The menu is intended to provide simple but affordable options. In our opening week this will focus on Carrs Pasties, sausage rolls, and jacket potatoes. Once we’re up and running we’ll be extending the menu to include a range of toastables, breakfast items, toasties, soup and cake. We’ll also be unveiling a specialty coffee machine so that you can have a bit more luxury in your brew – but still at an affordable price.


 

Past Updates

2023