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UK Network of Age-friendly Communities

An Age-friendly Community is a place where people of all ages are able to live healthy and active later lives.

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The UK Network of Age-friendly Communities is a growing movement with over 50 member places across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The UK Network is affiliated to the World Health Organisation’s Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities.

An Age-friendly Community is a place where people of all ages are able to live healthy and active later lives. These places make it possible for people to continue to stay living in their homes, participate in the activities that they value, and contribute to their communities, for as long as possible.

The Age-friendly Communities Framework was developed by the World Health Organisation, in consultation with older people. It is built on the evidence of what supports healthy and active ageing in a place.

In these communities, older residents help to shape the place that they live. This involves local groups, councils, businesses and residents all working together to identify and make changes in both the physical and social environments, for example transport, outdoor spaces, volunteering and employment, leisure and community services.

We work with the Network to facilitate and give a platform for local areas to share and discuss what kinds of approaches work, both in the UK and internationally.

Through various channels and resources (such as case studies, peer meetings, conferences and workshops), we provide guidance, connect places and offer support to member communities in their efforts to become more age-friendly.

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Age-friendly communities evaluation guide: using indicators to measure progress

Developed by the Public Health Agency of Canada to promote the use of the Age-Friendly Communities model.

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Evaluating your age-friendly community program: a step-by-step guide

This guide from AARP was developed to help communities document and evaluate their progress in becoming more age-friendly.

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Measuring the age-friendliness of cities: a guide to using indicators

A technical guide to selecting and using core indicators for establishing baselines, setting goals/targets, monitoring and evaluating age-friendly initiatives.

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Why bother involving people in evaluation?

A practical tool from Evaluation Support Scotland to help organisations plan how to involve the people they work with in evaluation.

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Age-Friendly Communities in Canada: Community Implementation Guide

Designed for use by anyone who wants to put their ideas and vision for a more age-friendly community into action – focusing on different sectors in the community, such as health and social services, parks and recreation, policing services and businesses so as to incorporate age-friendly approaches into design, policy and services.

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Creating an age-friendly New York City – one neighourhood at a time

A toolkit for establishing an ageing improvement district in your community. Published in 2012 by The New York Academy of Medicine and Age-friendly NYC.

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Creating age-friendly environments in Europe. A tool for local policy-makers and planners

The publication is aimed to provides inspiration and guidance for local policy-makers and planners on eight domains for policy action, which cover both the physical and social environment as well as community services and which are used as point of reference by WHO and by local governments in Europe.

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Developing a common vision

This film from Age-friendly Salford introduces the vision for their community.

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Associate members in Scotland and Wales

The Older People's Commissioner for Wales supports the development of age-friendly initiatives and the Ageing Well in Wales network. Get in touch with David McKinney for more information.

Scottish Older People’s Assembly (SOPA) exists to give a strong voice to older people about their concerns and experience of life in Scotland, including inequalities of age. Through local meetings and a National Assembly with older people and others, SOPA identifies issues that worry the older population and conveys messages from them direct to Scottish and Westminster Governments via meetings with Ministers, civil servants, politicians, academics, the media and the UK Network of Age-friendly Communities. Get in touch with Chair Diana Findley for more information.

Meet the team

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Ageing Better
Age-friendly Communities Network Manager
Charlotte manages the UK Network of Age-friendly Communities.
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Jessica Taylor
Localities Officer
Jess delivers effective administration and coordination of the Localities team to support with delivery of their strategy.
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Rebecca Lines
Age-friendly Communities Learning Officer
Rebecca supports the UK Network of Age-Friendly Communities to be a network where good ideas spread, fast.

Latest research from others

Department of Health and Social Care
15 Jun 2022
This guidance applies to the charging reform implementation support funding. It sets out allocations of the implementation support grant for 2022 to 2023 and guidance intended to assist local authorities.
Department of Health and Social Care
15 Jun 2022
In spring 2022, the government carried out a public consultation seeking views on the social care cost cap. This document outlines the government response to the ‘supporting local preparation’ part of the consultation.
Centre for Ageing Better
10 Jun 2022
The Centre for Ageing Better have launched a new public campaign tackling the everyday ageism heads along side their new strategy. The campaign will seek to overturn the deeply entrenched negative attitudes within society towards older people through a collective and nationwide approach. The organisation will work with the public, age-friendly communities, employers as well as other sector and industry partners to change the way people think, feel and act about ageing. The new strategy also focuses on activities to reduce the inequalities people experience as they grow older.

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