Limelight, the new £20 million health and wellbeing community hub in Old Trafford developed by Trafford Housing Trust, officially opened on December 7, with renowned poet Lemn Sissay and Olympian Diane Modahl.
Local Old Trafford residents, community groups, faith-leaders, school children, councillors, partners and VIPs joined Lemn and Diane to launch the multipurpose and intergenerational space. Which also saw a samba band, stilt-walkers, fires-dancers and DJs welcoming the crowds.
Many people attending took tours of the Limelight complex and got to experience the wide range of services and amenities which are now available under one roof.
These include a new Primary Care Centre (PCC) for North Trafford featuring two GP practices. With specialist treatment rooms and services. Such as a nursery for the under fives, library, opticians, pharmacy, café, hair and beauty salon. There is also flexible activities, event spaces and specialist facilities to tackle dementia and other conditions.
In addition other services set to be delivered by the (PPC) will include maternity and post-natal support; chronic disease management; NHS health checks; a phlebotomy service; alcohol and smoking cessation; immunisation; cytology; podiatry and family planning advice. Limelight will also be the base for District Nurse and counselling services for North Trafford.
In addition, visitors heard about the Limelight’s Extra Care apartments designed for assisted living.
Both Lenm and Diane talked about the design of Limelight and the activities designed to engage with young families, teenagers and older people. The Hub’s role as an accessible, inclusive, multi-faith space was also highlighted .
Edna Robinson, Chair of Trafford Housing Trust, and advisor to the Department of Health on Commissioning, said: “Limelight has been designed in partnership with the local community to improve health and wellbeing for everyone in North Trafford. “But in order to be truly effective, and to really start to address the serious issue of poor health in Old Trafford, we need to get people through the doors.”
David Teasdale, Limelight’s Manager, said: “I’m thrilled that Lemn Sissay and Diane Modahl both joined us as our guests of honour as they both represent the spirit and positivity of the Old Trafford community.”
A key theme of the launch event was Limelight’s role in improving the health “and wellbeing of Old Trafford residents. The district faces a multitude of specific health challenges, with life expectancy being seven to eight years lower for all adults when comparing the most deprived areas of Old Trafford with the least deprived areas in the rest of the Borough.
In addition to the Primary Care Centre, which will see the transfer of local GP services from Trafford’s Brooks Bar and Ayres Road surgeries in the New Year, all Limelight staff have been briefed to ‘signpost’ both residents and non-residents to the vast range of social activities, leisure classes, educational facilities, community advice, and health and wellbeing services available.