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: www.agefriendlybristol.org.uk.
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.