Remembering Jim Trotman
Jim Trotman, a founding member of the Valuing Older People (VOP), and then Age-friendly Manchester (AFM) Older People’s boards, died in his sleep on 22nd April.
From 2004 Jim played a central and guiding role as a VOP, and then Age-friendly Board member – the second longest serving – and hugely influential figure. Jim literally wrote the VOP book in the early days. He produced a Board member’s guide that is still in use and he coordinated the production of our Annual report that was distributed to thousands of local residents.
Along with other Board members he visited local projects that were awarded funding by our small grants group, and he visited number 10 to meet Prime Minster Gordon Brown representing the city’s older population.
Jim was a steadying voice during some difficult times. Myself and the team knew that we could rely on him to be a voice of reason when things got a bit heated – which they did and often still do. He had little time for time wasting and always encouraged others, including myself to get to the point. And of course Jim always spotted the funny side of things – making jokes at our expense.
Jim was elected the first Honorary AFM Board member in 2015. Along with Anna, his wife, and members of his family, we spent a lovely afternoon in the Bridgewater Hall, celebrating Jim’s achievements, making speeches and reminding ourselves of our good causes, our friendships and our plans for future.
So Jim has left a significant legacy for older people in Manchester. The small project he helped to build is now working across Greater Manchester, has sister projects across the UK and is known across the world.
On a personal note I have to say that it has been honour to work alongside someone who had such a profound sense of social justice, commitment and expertise.
The AFM family will miss Jim greatly.