The Fed welcomed a VIP guest to its Heathlands Village care home and headquarters in Prestwich when Matthew Hancock MP, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, paid a recent visit to Manchester.

During an hour’s tour of The Fed’s facilities with Chief Executive, Mark Cunningham, Mr Hancock listened to personal stories from residents later joining them for afternoon tea along with families and staff.

He also spent time with children with additional needs who were attending a Project Smile Play and Learn session at The Fed’s Children’s Centre, playing with them in the sandpit.

Mr Cunningham said, “It was a real pleasure to show Matt around our facilities. Social care is under immense pressure, and it was great to be able to showcase how a partnership approach in Greater Manchester is making a real difference to the quality of life of our residents and people in the local community.”

As he left, the Secretary of State remarked that, “Heathlands Village is a brilliant example of a community hub with a great range of activities on offer for residents, such as keeping active with virtual bike tours.

I was deeply impressed by their innovative approach of combining older and younger generations to improve outcomes for all – and would love to see this model rolled out further.”