GDI recognised at Making a Difference Awards



Colleagues and alumni were recognised in the Community Engagement and Environmental Sustainability categories.

The work of the Global Development Institutes researchers and alumni was recognised at The University of Manchester’s Making a Difference awards.

The ‘Ageing Well In Place’ project won the Outstanding Contribution to Local and Civic Engagement Award. Professor Diana Mitlin and Whitney Banyai-Becker are working with Sophie King and residents of Hopton Court, a tower block,  based near The University of Manchester. The project brings together tenants, their housing provider, the Manchester Local Care Organisation,  local voluntary and community sector organisations and two universities to co-produce solutions for elderly and vulnerable tower block tenants.  It aims to generate the evidence and impetus to have the flats classified as a ‘Naturally Occurring Retirement Community’, gaining additional support for older residents. 

The project stems from Diana’s longer-term support of the Community Saver’s initiative,  modelled on the Shack Dwellers International approach to community organising.

Sophie and Hopton Court organiser Tina Cribbin recently explored the project in an article on the GDI blog.

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