Member cities are developing new partnerships and relationships to influence change across the wider domains of the age-friendly agenda, from local business to architecture and green space.
Launched in 2012, the network is growing every year, with member cities and a core steering group representing a diverse range of programmes across the UK. Here are a few examples of age-friendly initiatives sharing learning through the network.
Age-friendly Belfast is working on a wide range of projects, including the development of an age-friendly standard for Belfast businesses and services, home heating and outdoor seating.
Bristol Ageing Better
Organisations in Bristol have an expansive programme of work looking at social isolation and loneliness, and are also looking towards making Bristol an age-friendly city. A well-attended exploratory conference was held in October 2015; more information is available on the website.
In March 2015, Glasgow City Council became a member of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Global Network of Age Friendly Cities and Communities. This signals their commitment to improving the lives of Glasgow’s older residents and ensuring the city is an inclusive and accessible urban environment that promotes activity ageing. Glasgow are currently in the planning stage (Years 1-2) which involves undertaking a baseline assessment of the age-friendly city and using this to inform an Age Friendly Strategy and Action Plan.
Isle of Wight - Age Friendly Island
Age Friendly Island is an exciting new partnership funded by the National Lottery aiming to make the Isle of Wight a truly great place to grow old, encourage better relations between generations, while also tackling social isolation. Currently 24% of people living on the Isle of Wight are over 65, and by 2021 this is expected to rise by 28%, meaning the Isle of Wight has more older adults then school aged children. Age Friendly Island will play a key role in planning for the needs of this growing older population.
Newcastle is focusing on creating a city which is adapting to demographic change. Their wide ranging programme focuses on improvements in the here and now to enable people to age well, as well as on future facing innovation.
Growing on the success of the Valuing Older people programme, Age-friendly Manchester was launched in 2010. The Manchester programme works with a range of organisations including universities and research institutes, voluntary and community groups, the health sector, housing providers and cultural organisations.
Nottingham has a coalition of partners working together to improve the city for older people, including the development of the Nottingham Older Citizens’ Charter. Nottingham’s work has a focus on loneliness and isolation and intergenerational practice.