The role of faith-based organisations in developing age-friendly communities

A policy innovation partnership between public agencies and faith-based organisations in Greater Manchester.

Faith-based spaces are important community assets. They are a critical form of social infrastructure and often already provide important services to older people. Yet they have limited formal engagement with the age-friendly cities agenda. By working closely with Age-Friendly Manchester through a secondment scheme, this project explores the overlap of healthy ageing and faith in the context of age-friendly cities.

It investigates how older people are using and shaping faith spaces; how they enact cultural heritage in these spaces; and how intersecting aspects such as ethnicity, gender, social class, inform their participation.

The final report from this research is avaliable here: Developing Age-Friendly Communities to Support Healthy Ageing: the role of faith spaces as social infrastructure.

Principle Investigator

Research team


Partner Organisations

Secondment partner:

Age-Friendly Manchester (Manchester City Council)

The project also involves the following partners:

Contact Information

Dr Luciana Lang