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Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing

Learning and collaboration

Through shared learning and collaboration, the UK Network is gathering evidence on ‘what works’ in terms of age-friendly practice.

Global collaboration and information exchange

The UK Network is an affiliated member of the World Health Organization’s Global Network of Age-friendly Cities, in addition to UK member cities either possessing or working towards their own official age-friendly status. The WHO Global Network fosters information sharing with programmes across the world and facilitates international exchange for network members. The Global Network is expanding rapidly, nearing 300 cities, communities and affiliated programmes, covering 113 million people across the world.

National and regional infrastructure development

Through shared expertise and an evidence base of best practice, the UK Network of Age-friendly Cities is developing infrastructure and capacity at national, regional and local levels to support the application of age-friendly approaches.

Members seek to influence policy relating to older people and ageing. From mid 2016, this development will be greatly enhanced through a partnership with the Centre for Ageing Better.

Member cities of the UK Network are supporting the piloting of the Age-friendly Cities Research and Evaluation Framework and the development of a series of indicators across the eight age-friendly city domains.

Supporting local communities

Through age-friendly initiatives and innovative research partnerships, the network’s member cities are supporting their local communities to challenge ageist narratives of ageing, promoting the personal accounts and insight from older people, particularly those facing any form of exclusion. Cities share resources produced from programmes, such as the guide produced from a recent age-friendly community research project in Manchester – Researching Age-friendly Communities – Stories from older people as co-investigators