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Active Community Elders is an intergenerational history and storytelling programme informed by the South African concept of Ubuntu, which refers to “human kindness” and embodies the idea of connection, community and mutual caring for all


Keith Stephens

Keith was a committed and dedicated community activist. His memory lives on at the Hideaway Youth Club with a plaque dedicated to his work to support young people.

Our impact

We network with elders to understand their needs to take a holistic approach and offer person-centred support.  The project builds on the work of the Roots Oral History project, which involved men and women from the Windrush generation who are now community elders, some of whom are at risk of developing dementia because of isolation.

Through our work in the Active Community Elders programme, we see:

  • A reduction in levels of isolation

  • Increased participation in intergenerational activities such as storytelling and poetry writing

Female elder aged 80+

"Good to chat, as the wellbeing call means I can speak with a friendly person. Thank you."

Community calendar

Funding from Age-Friendly Hulme and Moss Side enabled us to work in partnership with Mission in the City Care Group A Byte to Eat Project. This involved working with a number of elders and young volunteers to design and produce an 18 month Black History Calender. This was followed up with a series of story telling and poetry writing sessions. These sessions were facilitated by Deanne Heron, published writer of short stories and poems.

Wellbeing and Community Care Initiative

The ACE Wellbeing and Community Care Initiative meal service is delivered in partnership with Mission In the City Care Group and the West Indian Sports & Social Club. The initial 12-week pilot included sponsors such as Cariocca Enterprise Ltd, Nubian Wellness, plus individual donations.


This initiative was established in response to the harsh impact of the coronavirus on the lives of African-Caribbean elders and that of vulnerable people within our community. It is aimed at enabling beneficiaries to have regular access to hot meals which is specific to their cultural heritage free of cost.

The project has received funding from We Love Manchester and is currently funded by the Lottery Community Fund.


In memory

An opportunity to pay tribute and say a special thanks to the
members of the group and volunteers from Mission in The City A Byte 2 Eat who have since passed away. They are sadly missed

  • Hyacinth Byrd Smith - Volunteer

  • Reaverse Barnes – Volunteer

  • Monica dyer

  • Mr Babsie Edwards

  • Joyce Waite

  • Gwendoline Joseph

  • Lilly Grace Manning

  • Beryl Evelyn

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