For older men from African backgrounds

Main activities

Social activities for older men from African backgrounds including informal conversation and drinks, speakers, quizzes, raffles and entertainment, tea or dinner



Key outcomes

  • Improved social links and ties
  • Increased confidence, knowledge, skills and assets
  • Collective action and control



Since 2012, Star Association has been delivering a range of activities to people in Harpurhey, Manchester.

The Active Communities-funded project, Molokai Village, provided the opportunity for men to get together and take part in a variety of activities. It also provided a space for them to support and encourage each other.

The project met twice a week and organised different activities at a local community centre, including cooking, health and wellbeing-related activities, walking, music and drum sessions.

Alongside shaping the design of the project, local people were also involved in delivering some of the group sessions, drawing on their own experiences and expertise to facilitate the groups.

It’s helped me to improve my social networks, in terms of meeting people I didn’t know. Before I was just by myself, I didn’t know many people, but since the project came into my life, it’s given me that opportunity to speak to people.

Project member

About the evaluation case study

This case study was carried out by Ecorys UK, who are conducting an independent evaluation of People's Health Trust's Active Communities programme. This case study formed part of the second year of this evaluation process.

The project was funded by People’s Health Trust with money raised through The Health Lottery in the North West.

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Molokai Village project evaluation case study