Age Friendly City

“An age-friendly city encourages active ageing by optimizing opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance quality of life as people age. In practical terms, an age-friendly city adapts its structures and services to be accessible to and inclusive of older people with varying needs and capacities.”

World Health Organisation

The BAB Age Friendly City Project is about changing and improving aspects of the city to make Bristol more Age-Friendly. As part of our ‘Creating the Conditions’ theme,  we will apply to be recognised as an Age Friendly City by the World Health Organisation and through this process, we will seek to encourage change and adaptation across the City. We will work with older people and partners from across Public, Private and Voluntary and Community sectors to make Bristol more age-friendly, supporting local examples of change as well as looking at how we can influence decisions and practices that will embed age-friendly attitudes into all aspects of the City.

8 Domains of Age-Friendly Cities - WHO

We are currently: 

  • Encouraging everyone to continue to contribute offers of actions and opportunities to meet the Charter visions
  • Creating an Action Plan from all of the offers made
  • Working with Bristol City Council to ensure Age Friendly goals are incorporated into the One City Plan


We have already:

  • Produced with Bristol City Council a baseline report on how Age Friendly is Bristol
  • Held an Age Friendly conference to collect thoughts from older people and professionals across the city
  • Run focus groups with Older People to identify what their biggest priorities are in relation to an Age-Friendly City
  • Developed and launched the Age Friendly Bristol Charter using the findings from the focus groups, in conjunction with Older People's Partnership Board.  See and download a copy of the Charter here or contact 0117 9281539 for printed copies.
  • Launched our Age Friendly Bristol website - click here to visit the website.
  • Inviting bids for funding innovative ideas for creating an Age Friendly Bristol in your local area! Find out about our Age Friendly Community Chest here
  • Organised the first Age Friendly Cities conference to be held in Bristol




The 8 Domains for Bristol

These are the visual notes from our Age Friendly Conference in October 2015. regarding the 8 domains for Bristol. 


BAB has also been working with No Bindings to explore the key question we ask ourselves when thinking about how we can make Bristol more Age Friendly. 

Older artists and writers have come together to develop a work of art that gives some answers to this question. It is called 'Here We Grow' and is a hybrid book of words, pictures and sounds about growing older in Bristol. 

You can listen to this creative piece below:





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