Landmark extra care housing scheme
The Lord Mayor of Manchester, Councillor Eddy Newman, officially launched Wythenshawe Community Housing Group’s (WCHG) landmark development, Village 135, on 5 June.
With 24 hour on-site extra care provision, residents of the 135 apartments can also benefit from the onsite beauty salon, spa and therapy room, bistro, landscaped sensory gardens and luxurious communal areas for relaxing and spending time with family or friends.
Village 135 promotes a full and active lifestyle for residents, who can participate in a range of activities designed to enrich their lifestyle, build friendships and provide new skills.
These new modern, energy-efficient homes provide a mixed tenure of 66 apartments for affordable rent, 39 apartments for shared ownership and 30 apartments for outright sale.
Village 135, offers residents independent living in their own two-bedroom apartments designed to meet full mobility and access in line with the Lifetime Homes design criteria, while ensuring that living spaces are flexible in design to adapt to future needs.
The Lord Mayor of Manchester, Councillor Eddy Newman, said: “I’m absolutely delighted to open Village 135 today and to have the opportunity to see this landmark development in Wythenshawe. The new facility will provide specialised housing to suit the needs of older people, helping them maintain their independence, while the development will also create new, local job opportunities. This development is a fantastic addition to the Wythenshawe community and to south Manchester.”
Nigel Wilson, Group Chief Executive of WCHG, said, “I would like to thank everyone who has been involved on the Village135 development. This fantastic landmark scheme is so much more than just housing. It’s a vibrant new community that could only be achieved through partnership working. It’s great to see this in practice through our new partnership with The Manchester College, whose students now work as part of the community facilities that are on offer here.”
Lisa O'Loughlin, Principal of The Manchester College, said: "Since our Wythenshawe campus first opened in 2010, we have offered a wide range of courses for school leavers and adults. We are always pleased to support our neighbours and Wythenshawe Community Housing Group's Village 135 is a landmark development - delivering extra care support for the over-55s - in the heart of the community.”
Mavis Thomson, a new resident said. “I’ve lived in Wythenshawe all my life and I think this place is beautiful. We are all getting to know each other. It’s better than any hotel I’ve ever stayed in. I’ve settled in better than I expected.”
Peter Mackie, another new resident said, “I moved here from a four bedroom house. I like everything here, all the facilities. I’ve made new friends and I know everybody really.”
Age Friendly Wythenshawe
Wythenshawe’s own age friendly network has launched with a lively event at the Forum that gave a flavour of the activities and support available in the area. Visitors joined in with Tai Chi, Aqua Zumba, static cycling, local history, crafts and many other activities.
In the company of the Lord Mayor of Manchester, Cllr Eddy Newman and Eamonn O’Neal, Real Lives ambassador, broadcaster and deputy lieutenant of Greater Manchester, visitors to the launch clearly engaged with the positive ageing theme.
Councillor Eddy Newman said: “I am really pleased to be at Wythenshawe Forum for the launch of the Wythenshawe Age Friendly Network. Age Friendly Manchester has a well deserved reputation for promoting inclusion for older people in Manchester. It is great that there is now a focus on older people in Wythenshawe.
“There are many community groups and other organisations in Wythenshawe which cater for older people. It is good to see them working together under the Age Friendly banner which ensures that people can speak up with their own views about their issues and priorities.”
The launch acted as an introduction to the Age Friendly Wythenshawe fortnight which runs from 19 June to 2 July. Venues around Wythenshawe will offer activities and events to showcase the diverse range of support and things to do for the over 50s.
As host venue for the launch, the Forum showcased its wide range of age friendly activities including Grand Day Out, dementia friendly swimming, Easy Rhythms, Total Body Conditioning and Simply Circuits exercise classes, Aqua Zumba, walking football, chess, calligraphy, art, crafts, bridge and reading groups.
The Manchester Age Friendly strategy highlights that as the older population increases, it is important to ensure good quality of life. Age Friendly Wythenshawe aims to be an even better place to grow older, and residents are invited to have a say in how relevant provision evolves.
The network has adopted the Manchester Older People’s Charter and follows the Age Friendly Manchester work plan which focuses on:
- Age friendly neighbourhoods
- Age friendly services
- Communication and involvement
- Knowledge and innovation
Real Food Wythenshawe in Geneva
Real Food Wythenshawe was invited to present to the United Nations in Geneva during May, to help raise awareness about food poverty in the UK as part of the Universal Periodic Review.
Working alongside Edmund Rice International, The Trussell Trust and St Ambrose College in Hale, Wythenshawe Community Housing Group’s Real Food programme manager, Jacqueline Naraynsingh, presented the case for the 1,182,954 people in the UK who received three day emergency food supplies (436,938 children).
The Universal Periodic Review is a process set up by the UN Human Rights Council to review the human rights situation in every UN member state. Each state is assessed by a group of representatives from other member states every five years and the team worked hard to present to their representatives and those who took part in side events.
Jacqueline said: “I was honoured to be given the opportunity to go to Geneva and petition the UN and hopefully raise awareness of the issues that we face, not just in Wythenshawe, but in the United Kingdom. When we started this project, we wanted to make a real difference and I’m very grateful to both Edmund Rice International and St Ambrose for giving me this fantastic opportunity at an international level.”
Real Food take part in King Street Festival
The Real Food Wythenshawe team took part in the King Street Festival in Manchester city centre during early June.
As part of the event, the team created a pop up park which helped to transform Manchester’s iconic & historic shopping street.
The event saw everything from an al fresco dining pop up restaurant to an art garden and crazy golf.
The Real Food team was selected to take part in the event after the success of the Allotment of the Future project in St Anne’s Square last summer, and also winning a Gold Award for their entry in Dig the City’ in 2015.
The event was a huge success with a great turnout and was a good opportunity for people to find out about the work the team does in Wythenshawe and beyond.
Real Food Wythenshawe is a project which aims to engage and excite local people in growing and cooking fresh, sustainable food.
Wythenshawe Community Housing Group’s executive director of housing Jacque Allen said, “This is a fantastic project for the Real Food team to be involved in and a fantastic opportunity to showcase the great work that they do in Wythenshawe to the city of Manchester and beyond. The team will be out and about at many different events throughout the summer including the Wythenshawe Games and RHS Tatton so make sure you come and say hello.”
Small business thrives in Wythenshawe
Enterprise is alive and well in Wythenshawe. Small businesses are said to be the backbone of the economy and make up the largest proportion of almost 3,300 businesses now located in Wythenshawe. Some of these are one-man bands, they could be working from home, or be part-time, but they are a valuable asset in the local economy.
Some of our small retail businesses can be found at the Crossacres Emporium, located on the first floor of the Crossacres Resource Centre on Peel Hall Road. Businesses vary from handmade gifts to up-cycled furniture, and holistic therapies to printing.
If you are a small business owner or thinking of starting a new business; you can find low cost office space at the Enterprise Centre on Benchill Road, or try their business support and advice service.
Contact the Enterprise Centre on 0161 945 0655