OPeNS Project – Supporting Older BAME People in Cheetham and Crumpsall

The OPeNs Project is a project to support older BAME people in Crumpsall and Cheetham. It is a Wai Yin Project in partnership with Manchester Refugee Support Network (MRSN) and Communities for All.


The project was originally designed to support older BAME people with a wide range of positive activities which would prevent social isolation and promote improved health and wellbeing. However, the COVID 19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns and restrictions have meant that these activities have had to be adapted.


At present, the project can provide telephone support and some limited face to face COVID secure support. However, as lockdown lifts, and the vaccine news begins to provide relief, we are developing a programme of exciting and engaging activities through early 2021 that will help our older people to build confidence, resilience and new skills.


As part of this project, the OPeNs team are also recruiting befriending volunteers aged 55+ who will benefit from support, training and gaining experience.


If you would like support from the OPeNs Project, or you would like to tell us about someone else who would, please contact the Project Co-ordinator, Susan Crabb, by email at [email protected] or on 07494199271.