Making Bristol communities more age-friendly

21 Aug 2019

Bristol Ageing Better (BAB) are leading efforts to make Bristol a more age-friendly city and will soon be launching an Age-friendly Neighbourhoods Toolkit aimed at supporting individuals and neighbourhoods to make their communities more age-friendly.

In the last year, BAB’s work has involved becoming a member of the World Health Organisation’s Global Network of Age-friendly Communities, launching an Age-friendly Challenge Fund to support organisations to become more age-friendly and produced a toolkit guide aimed at businesses and companies in the city.

Features of the new Age-friendly Neighbourhoods Toolkit include easy-to-understand explanations of the age-friendly model, alongside practical ideas for how people can identify and tackle aspects of community life that are challenging for older people.

Carly Urbanski, BAB Head of Programme said, “The importance of encouraging people to remain involved in community life – whether they label this volunteering, community activism, or simply being a good neighbour – cannot be understated. We hope that this guide will inform and inspire a variety of people to consider what impact they can have on their local community, no matter how ‘small’ of an act.”

The toolkit also contains seven stories from inspiring community activists around Bristol, sharing their experiences of developing and making their communities more age-friendly.  Catherine Wescott, creator of the BS3 Helping Others Group, who is featured in the toolkit, commented, “It’s amazing how many other people with a drive to help others will pop up when you put yourself out there.”

Other activists featured in the toolkit include Ben Barker, the creator of the BS3 Public Toilet Map, Martin Grant from Manor Woods Valley Group, Sadda Jimale, creator of the Midnimo social group, Norman Laity from Lawrence Weston Repair Café and Men’s Sheds, Gloria Morris from the Golden Agers, and Colin O’Brien from GayWest.

The guide is being launched at ‘The Kitchen, The Station on Silver Street, Bristol, BS1 2AG’ on Wednesday 28th August from 5pm – 7.30pm. The launch event will provide an opportunity to meet like-minded people and to collect a copy of the guide. This is a free event where all are welcome.

The toolkit will also be available in local libraries and community centres across Bristol from September as well as featuring on the Age-friendly Bristol website.

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