ALL FM chosen to host launch of Generations Together initiative

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The Government recently launched a £5.5 million programme to bring older and younger generations in England together in their communities through volunteering.

ALL FM was chosen to host the launch this new initiative and the CMA spoke to Gina Hine, Station Manager of ALL FM to find out more about the station and more about this new programme.

Where is ALL FM situated and please describe the locality?

ALL FM is on 19 Albert Road in Levenshulme, we are based in a house on the corner diagonally opposite Levenshulme Train Station.  Levenshulme is a residential suburb of Manchester three miles south of the City Centre, on the ‘A6 corridor’ route that stretches from the City Centre through to Levenshulme.

Who from ALL FM was involved with the launch?

Gina Hine (Station Manager) organised and ran the project.  Jason Cooke (Radio Trainer) trained participants.

Why was ALL FM chosen for the launch of this initiative?

Beverley Hughes was given the choice from a number of groups in Manchester that have delivered successful intergenerational projects to launch this fund and chose ALL FM.

Who from Government was at the launch?

It was just Beverley Hughes from Central Government. Local Councillor Rosa Battle also came to the visit, as did Sally Chandler from Manchester City Council’s Valuing Older People Team and Alan Hatton Yeo from the Beth Johnson Foundation.

Is Beverley Hughes the local constituency MP for ALL FM?

No, she is her local constituency is Stretford and Urmston – Stretford and Urmston was established as a new constituency in 1997, following boundary changes. It comprises the Trafford Council wards of Clifford, Talbot, Longford, Stretford, Park, Urmston, Davyhulme East, Davyhulme West, Flixton and Partington.

It is a very diverse constituency including as it does the multi-cultural community of Old Trafford, suburban communities such as Davyhulme and Flixton, communities in Partington and Carrington on the rural fringe, and the town centres of Stretford and Urmston. It is also home to the Trafford Centre, Manchester United Football Club and Lancashire Cricket Club.

What impact will this news have for community media?

The introduction of this fund shows that central government recognises that
the third sector is integral to deliver projects of this nature and hopefully organisations
up and down the country will work with their local authorities to get
inter-generational projects off the ground

What work is ALLFM currently doing around these issues?

ALL FM have done 3 inter-generational projects so far, one with primary school children and past pupils of the school, one with secondary school children and users of an Older People’s Resource Centre and one with University Students and older residents across the Manchester area.

And what future projects has ALLFM planned around these issues?

ALL FM will continue to work with the local authority and partner organisations to deliver intergenerational projects.

What impact will this have on communities?

The purpose of intergenerational projects is to engage socially isolated people, give them the opportunity to learn new skills, meet new people, build their social capital and address the misconceptions older people have about younger people and vice versa.

Tell us more about the launch event.

The launch took about 1 hour. First Beverley Hughes spoke to two participants of the project and the station manager, then the two participants interviewed Beverley about the fund. Then photographs were taken.

How much funding is available?

£5.5 million funding is available in total.

How do community groups apply for the funding?

As far as Manchester City Council is concerned they have asked community and voluntary organisations to put proposals for intergenerational projects into them.  The council will then apply for funding from central government and fund successful project proposals. I assume this is how it will work nationally.

More information:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/8004063.stm

http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/third_sector/news/news_stories/090417_generations.aspx

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