An age-friendly city is a city that encourages active ageing by optimising opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance the quality of life as people age - World Health Organisation
Welcome to Active Ageing Bristol – a new initiative engaging, inspiring and enabling people to be active, healthy and happy in later life.
Active Ageing Bristol is a ground breaking project set up to transform attitudes to, and opportunities for, sport and physical activity.
This fully inclusive programme will build on existing provision and develop new opportunities to encourage people aged 55 and over to become and stay active.
Everyone, regardless of their age, background or level of ability, should live actively to their fullest potential.
Keeping as active as possible is good for your mental wellbeing as well as your physical health, as it increases our social networks, helping to reduce the risk of us becoming lonely or isolated.
To help you get started, we’ve listed below a selection of activities that are already happening across the city:
Blue Care Guide
This guide celebrates the great outdoor water-based activities on our doorstep in the West of England - in particular along the River Avon and River Frome to Bristol, around Bristol’s historic harbour and out to the Severn Estuary. From open water swimming to fishing lakes, sailing, rowing, volunteering and walking, we aim to highlight a variety of activities which we hope offer something appealing for everyone.
No Limits - a photographic celebration of active living: 1 to 28 August 2019, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5UY
Photographs showing that age is no barrier to active living is a free outdoor display on College Green, Bristol, from August 1 to 28 as part of a new drive to persuade older people to make bolder keep fit choices.
Titled 'No Limits', the exhibition uses giant weatherproof frames to showcase 30+ images by Bristol-based action photography specialist Alex Rotas. The images depict international champion athletes aged from 55 to 100+ alongside shots of locals participating in health and fitness activities as varied as parkrun, Tai Chi and walking sports.
The exhibition is being mounted by Active Ageing Bristol - a collaboration between Bristol Sport Foundation, St Monica Trust and The Anchor Society - with funding from Bristol Health Partners.
Physical Activity Directory for Older People 2019/20
Find over 200 free or low-cost physical activity and sport sessions that are age friendly, welcoming and inclusive. View a copy of the directory.
From Thursday, 1 August 2019 get your free copy from GP surgeries, libraries and leisure centres. A limited supply of hard copies is also available by contacting the Well Aware free phone telephone service on 0808 808 5252 Monday to Friday.
This publication is only produced once a year (current edition 2019/20) so if you are interested in any of the activities listed in the current edition, we strongly advise that you contact the provider to ensure that the information listed is up to date. Alternatively, the directory is based on regularly updated listings at www.wellaware.org.uk
The directory has been produced by Active Ageing Bristol in partnership with The Care Forum and Well Aware with funding from Bristol Ageing Better and Bristol Health Partners.
Walking for Health
For information on all the walking sport sessions across Greater Bristol, please download our Walking Sports Programme.
Other programmes and activities
Our Age-Friendly Activity Hub Scheme is a self-assessment framework and checklist to be used by physical activity providers, including leisure operators, community centres and other facility-based providers, to review their provision for older people in Bristol.
The framework and checklist focus on four key areas:
Providers that meet, or plan to work towards meeting, the checklist criteria can be signed up by Active Ageing Bristol as an ‘Age-Friendly Physical Activity Hub', and will receive a certificate to display in their reception area, information on relevant training, conferences, networking events, and funding opportunities, and inclusion in the Active Ageing Bristol Physical Activity Directory for Older People.
The framework and checklist will be available here in early summer 2019. In the meantime, please get in touch if you would like to register your interest in becoming an ‘Age-Friendly Physical Activity Hub’, or if you would like any further information on the scheme.
By kind permission of © Rich Kenington.
NO LIMITS - a photographic celebration of active living July 2, 2019.
Festival 2019 offers record walking choices March 18, 2019.
Put your best foot forward ... Bristol Walk Fest is back February 8, 2018.
Video: Active Ageing kicks off at British and Irish Cup clash October 23, 2017.
Active Ageing project to kick off at British and Irish Cup clash October 18, 2017 - A project designed to transform attitudes to - and opportunities for - sport and physical activity in over 55s will launch at Bristol Rugby’s British and Irish Cup clash with Doncaster at Ashton Gate on Sunday.
Active Ageing project to give Bristol's older generation a sporting chance October 17, 2017 - Bristol Sport Foundation has teamed up St Monica Trust, The Anchor Society and LinkAge Bristol to launch a new project set up to transform attitudes to - and opportunities for - sport and physical activity in over 55s.
Our ambassadors support the programme in promoting our work to help encourage and inspire older people to be active, healthy and happy.
"I’m passionate about encouraging older people to be as active as they possibly can. So many myths about ageing reinforce the view that physical frailty and limitations are inevitable as we get older. They imply that this is a time to wind down and do less and less. From my work photographing elite competitive athletes in their 70s, 80s and 90s, I know that this is far from true.
"We can all do so much more than we think we can as we age (and I speak as a 68-year-old here myself). When we do, we enjoy the satisfaction of pushing ourselves physically (and mentally) and feeling ourselves grow stronger and safer. And we also inevitably make new friends from people we meet alongside us doing the same.
"Since Active Ageing Bristol encourages all of these things, it’s everything I believe in, packed into the city I live in and love! I’m super-proud to be a part of it."
If you have any questions or need help finding an activity that’s right for you, you can get in touch by calling Karen Lloyd on 0773 433 5878, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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