Cuts to Generation Project

Care & Repair heard today that its Manchester City Council funding for the Generation Project has been proposed as a service cut.

In the same paper there is the potentially misleading statement that “We have retained all neighbourhood wellbeing groups – sometimes called Good Neighbour Schemes”. The Generation Project provides a neighbourhood well-being group for East and parts of North Manchester. This decision appears to disadvantage these deprived areas compared with South Manchester.

Chief Executive at Manchester Care & Repair, Maggie walker says, “I have repeatedly asked for information on the assessment that resulted in this decision. We believe it is based on the high cost of the service in comparison with services operating in South Manchester. We believe that the higher cost relates to a wider range of services and high quality standards. We are willing to continue the well-being service for a lower cost that would meet the council’s criteria, but this proposal has not been listened to.”

“We believe that the Council should make sure that residents in East Manchester get their fair share of the well-being money for local services.”

This is only a proposal at this stage. The Council’s “Overview and Scrutiny Committee” will be reviewing this decision on Thursday October 20th with a final decision at an Executive meeting on Wednesday October 26th.

The main well-being activity of the Generation Project is the Befriending service which has 32 volunteers providing weekly support visits to some of the most isolated and vulnerable local residents. The wider Advocacy and Information services have reached thousands of local residents over the last 9 years. There have been a number of very positive evaluations of the Generation Project’s work.

Maggie also said “Care & Repair wish to reassure residents that they have some charitable funds to keep services going and are working to raise charitable funding and sponsorship to continue the services in the future. However we hope that Manchester City Council will continue some of their financial support.”

If any residents would like any further information they can contact the Generation Project on 0161 202 2522 or Maggie Walker on 0161 874 1682

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