Partners & Projects

Local and wider community initiatives

Withington Road First Steps is about getting residents, traders and shoppers talking about the Withington Road Shopping Area. Its about finding out what we like and hate, about our ideas and aspirations, and developing a shared vision for what this local centre could be.

The Withington Road Action Plan was launched at the Whalley Range Community Forum’s AGM on 30th January 2016.

It  details how the community will work together for a safe, attractive and thriving local ‘high street’ where people want to shop, work, live,
access services, trade and come together.

You can download the Action Plan and other reports here.

500 Fares a Day is the report of the Withington Road Bus Survey and presents the business case for a bus service on Withington Road.

You can read it here


The Park was opened to the public in1870 and was designed by Alexander Hennell. The design of the Park was experimental in its use of oval shaped and curved pathways, which contrasted with the more rigid geometry seen previously in Victorian landscapes. It is located between the vibrant communities of Whalley Range & Moss Side, just off Princess Road and covers 60 acres.

The website has been developed to provide a range of information about the facilities within the Park, the various Groups that have been set up by Park users and the events and sporting activity that regularly take place.

The park has recently been re-developed with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Manchester City Council, the Lawn Tennis Association, English Cricket Board and Sport England bringing the original landscape and community facilities back to life.

Visit the website for Alexandra Park Manchester.

Age-friendly Projects

Age-friendly Southway

Age-Friendly Pilot Project – Old Moat & Withington

The Old Moat: Age-friendly Research and Evaluation Toolkit brings together the methods and resources which were used in the research project. It is designed to be a useful tool for anyone wanting to replicate similar activities in other communities, or at a later date to evaluate improvements.

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Southway has a strong commitment to working with our tenants, residents and other partners to deliver excellent services and to improve quality of life for people within our neighbourhoods. Southway has a particular focus on older people with 43% of households containing one person over the age of 65.

In May 2012 Southway adopted an Age-friendly Strategy which sets out the priority actions we intend to take, with partners, to meet the needs and improve the quality of life of older people.

Have a look at our strategy for more information:

Additional Age Friendly information;


Age-Friendly Pilot Project – Old Moat & Withington

Manchester is the first UK city to be accepted into the World Health Organisations (WHO) Global Network of Age-friendly Cities in recognition of the work carried out by the Valuing Older People (VOP) Partnership. The WHO’s Global Age-friendly Cities: A Guide  is divided into eight key themes. More information can be found on the  WHO Website.

The partnership between VOP and Southway aims to work together to contribute to the overall objective of making Manchester a leading Age-friendly City.

In May 2012 the Old Moat Age-friendly Research began. The project, which was commissioned by Southway Housing Trust and supported by VOP, aimed to address the environmental and social factors that contribute to active and healthy ageing in communities such as Old Moat. The research was undertaken by the University of Manchester, Manchester School of Architecture and Leech Rhodes Walker Architects.

The Old Moat: Age-friendly Neighbourhood Report and Action Plan was formally launched at an event on 30th May 2013 held locally at St Christopher’s Church. It was well attended by local residents and a variety of agencies involved in the delivery of services in the area.

If you would like to get involved and find out more about this project please contact: Catherine Morris, Age-friendly Project Officer on 0161 448 4281 or