This week Bristol Ageing Better Programme Manager Carly Urbanski was invited to talk to BBC Radio Bristol's John Darvall about what it means to be an age friendly city and how Bristol is working towards this goal.
The pair discussed the variety of work that BAB is doing locally, from encouraging city-wide changes to helping small community groups to make the city more age friendly.
Carly Urbanski said:
"Bristol is already doing a large amount for older people in the city and that's great, what we are trying to do is up the game a bit more and work with local groups to see what they can do and what we can put into the city."
Creating age-friendly cities means not just adapting places to deal with problems, but encouraging all to take full advantage of city life and living, as Carly explains:
"That's the positive out of Bristol Ageing Better being here, we are not here to replace funds, we are here to look at new initiatives for helping Bristol to tackle isolation and loneliness. (…) The work around age friendly city encomposses everything we have ever funded, it makes the city more age friendly and the city is definetely getting there."
In order to achieve Age Friendly City status in Bristol an application will need to be submitted to the World Health Organisation. In order to be successful, it will need to ensure that age friendliness becomes a core responsibility of all Council departments and partners, and Carly explains why there is reason to be optimistic about this:
"I think we have such great links in the city that we will definetely get a strong application in to the World Health Organisation, and then we have a couple years after that to work towards the action plan that we are going to be setting and making sure everybody is working hard towards it."
You can listen to the full interview below and read more about Age Friendly Bristol here.
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