Women’s Culture Exchange, Nottingham.

7wceThe Women’s Culture Exchange is for women asylum seekers, refugees and those with a migration background. We meet every Friday during term time from 10 til 12 pm, where we learn new skills; make new friends; build on our own personal development skills and share our or skills with women from a diverse culture and background. We welcome women from different backgrounds to join us in skills exchange, exchange of ideas and opportunities to learn from each other.


Speakeasy, Bury.

Speakeasy is a specialist aphasia charity based in Ramsbottom, Bury. A range of professionals and volunteers are involved to help in delivering support and therapeutic activity to people with aphasia and their families. All staff work part time: creatively and flexibly, involving volunteers where possible to ensure delivery of a high quality and efficient service which meets our members needs.


The Inspired People Project.

The Inspired People’s Project was developed as a response to a consultation held with local older people where they raised concerns about social isolation, loneliness, frailness, mental health issues, financial issues, language barriers and relocation to a different area as a result of recent welfare changes.

The three-year project, supported by the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund, supports older people in Levensulme and South Gorton to:

  • Increase opportunities for social interaction
  • Feel less lonely and have improved sense of well-being;
  • Feel more confident about making informed decisions;
  • Feel better able to influences the services which affect them.

How are we doing this?

Through a whole range of different types of activity – designed and led by older people themselves. These include:

  • Weekly coffee mornings and activity programmes such as armchair aerobics, tea dances etc.
  • Health & well-being workshops
  • ICT classes and other training programmes
  • Information talks and ‘recommend a friend’ sign-posting to key local services
  • A special daily meal deal for older people in the Inspire Café with a two course meal for £3.50
  • Confidence-building sessions and age-friendly advocacy campaigns. Please click on the link below to see some of our members getting themselves in the local news!

These activities are coordinated by two project staff who work closely with older people to make sure that they can attend the sessions and that they are as accessible as possible to older people from a wide range of backgrounds.

The project is overseen by a project steering group involving older people themselves and by the end of the three years, through data collection and beneficiary monitoring, we hope  to demonstrate a decrease in loneliness and improved wellbeing in an age friendly neighbourhood with older residents participating in local decision making and improvements in their ability to affect their local environment.