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11 Jul 2017

Age Friendly Bristol Update


The Bristol City for All Ages Week was definitely a highlight of my time at Bristol Ageing Better so far. In the middle of this fantastic week we not only involved partners and older people in conversations about research and learning but we also launched our “Charter for an Age Friendly Bristol”.

The charter is a product of over 2 years of work, engaging with partners, talking to older people and creating visions that represent ambitious but achievable targets for Bristol. Bristol City Council and Bristol Ageing Better are both part of the UK Network of Age-Friendly Communities and are committed to getting the city to be part of the World Health Organisation’s global network of age friendly communities. This is more than just another title for Bristol; it is an opportunity to look at the city with fresh eyes and ask ourselves “is this a good place to live for older people?”

Please have a look at our charter HERE and think about what you would like to see change in the city in order to meet these visions. We can’t do this alone and we are keen to get people involved a number of different ways.

We are inviting anyone in Bristol to give us their thoughts on the city, and how they would like to make it more age friendly. You can give us your thoughts through our newly launched Age Friendly Bristol Website:

We will soon be launching our Age Friendly action groups, taking into account the offers and the assets our city has to offer and finding ways to make practical changes that improve the lives of older people in Bristol. If you are interested in being involved, you can offer HERE.

If you have a practical idea to make things better near you, then you could apply to the Age Friendly Community Chest here and tell us how you would spend £250 to improve your area for older people.

Age Friendly Bristol is not just an opportunity to improve the lives of older people, but to improve the city for everyone. We will be using the fantastic resources that older people can offer Bristol but a city that works for older people, works for everyone and we are keen to bring new partners and all citizens with us on this exciting piece of work.

Make an offer!

Best wishes,

Adam Rees,

BAB Director

Make your community more age friendly with the Age Friendly Community Chest

The Age Friendly Community Chest is a fund launched in partnership with Bristol Ageing Better, Age UK Bristol and the Celebrating Age Festival. Its aim is to support ideas at a local level that will make Bristol a better place for older people to live.

The fund can offer grants of up to £250 and will be open during June and July 2017 for applications for projects to be run in Summer 2017.

Closing dates for applications Wednesday 19th July 2017. Projects must take place between August and September 2017.

Click here to find out more.

New web resource from Centre for Ageing Better will help communities to ‘age better’

A new web resource launched last week by the Centre for Ageing Better will offer information and insight into ways communities can respond to our ageing society and provide a better later life for their residents.

The online platform has been created to support the UK Network of Age Friendly Communities – 19 cities and communities from Bristol to Belfast that have made a commitment to developing approaches, policies and practices that will help people to ‘age better’ in their areas.

Click here to read more.

BAB Launches Charter for an Age Friendly Bristol

Bristol Ageing Better has taken an important step towards Bristol an even better place to grow old. On Wednesday 21st June 2017, at Central Library, BAB launched the Charter for an Age Friendly Bristol.

The charter sets up 9 visions for Bristol, and cements the city’s commitment to be part of the World Health Organisation (WHO)’s Global Network of Age Friendly Communities. Bristol Ageing Better and Bristol City Council are committed to meeting the standards set out by the WHO and will be working together to achieve it.

Click here to read more and download the charter!

Listen and read Cllr Asher Craig Key Note Speech at our Charter Launch

The event welcomed Cllr Asher Craig, Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member, as well as other council officers, and members from local voluntary and community organisations, and was part of the City for All Ages Week. Cllr Craig presented the Key Note speech welcoming the launch.

Click on the link to watch a video of her presentation and to read her speech.

What is an ‘age-friendly community’?

The Centre for Ageing Better asked UK Network of Age-friendly Communities members, including Bristol, what is an age friendly community and how it can be achieve. Watch this video featuring Adam Rees, BAB Director.

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