Age Friendly Bristol
Age Friendly Bristol aims to submit an action plan to the World Health Organisation to become part of the network and gain Age Friendly City status.
There are many things which contribute to loneliness and isolation in older people – poor transport, deprived neighbourhoods, fear of crime, lack of community cohesion, lack of care and support, few cultural activities for older people etc. These are wide ranging issues which require a wider ranging response.
The World Health Organisation have developed a framework for tackling such wide ranging issues in a way which is designed to improve the quality of life of older people – the Age Friendly City network.
Joining this network of Age Friendly Cities would provide Bristol with a mechanism for improving the quality of life of older people across a comprehensive range of elements which have an impact on the risk of isolation and loneliness. Most importantly, it would ensure that there is an explicit commitment to focus attention on the wellbeing of older people.
Age Friendly Bristol aims to submit an action plan to the World Health Organisation to become part of the network and gain Age Friendly City status. In order to achieve this, the action plan should ensure that age friendliness becomes a core responsibility of all Council departments and partners.
This initiative is designed to target all older people in Bristol. It is a wide ranging and strategic initiative to provide the political and managerial momentum to address the quality of life issues of older people. Action to address loneliness, although not the sole focus of this initiative, will be greatly strengthened by the City’s commitment to become ‘age friendly’.