The World Health Organisation (WHO) has accepted Bristol’s application to become the 705th member of the Global Network of Age Friendly Communities. The network represents cities and communities across the world who are all committed to making their areas better for older people, which also has a positive impact on the community as a whole.
Bristol’s membership of the network represents three years’ worth of work from Bristol City Council, Age UK Bristol and Bristol Ageing Better, a partnership of organisations working to reduce social isolation and loneliness among older people.
Bristol Mayor, Marvin Rees said, “Bristol being accepted to the Age Friendly Cities network is a restatement of our commitment to enable older people to feel safe, enjoy good health and continue to participate fully in society. I want to see Bristol as a better place for everyone to grow old and become a more closely connected society where people work together and support one another.”
The concept of Age Friendly Cities was launched in 2007 by the WHO’s Age Friendly Cities Guide, which outlined the eight domains necessary to support older people living in cities. These domains are Transport, Civic Participation and Employment, Outdoor Spaces and Buildings, Respect and Social Inclusion, Housing, Social Participation, Communication and Information and Community Support and Health Services.
Find out more about Age Friendly Bristol by visiting the website: http://agefriendlybristol.org.uk/