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How Age-Friendly is Bristol?

Bristol Ageing Better, Age UK Bristol and Bristol City Council have worked together since 2015 to involve older people and stakeholders in an application to join the World Health Organisation’s Global Network of Age-friendly Communities

In 2018, the application was accepted. 

The ambition is for older people to feel safe, enjoy good health, and continue to participate fully in society. We believe that in such uncertain economic times, an age-friendly city will allow people to live independently and happily in the communities that they choose. 

The World Health Organisation sets out some steps that a city needs to take, if it is to achieve its age-friendly objectives. One of the most important is to conduct a baseline assessment of the age-friendliness of the city in eight key areas: 

  • outdoor spaces and buildings
  • transport
  • housing
  • social participation
  • respect and social inclusion
  • civic participation and employment
  • communication and information
  • community support and health services 

An initial baseline report was published in 2015 entitled “How Age-friendly is Bristol?” and was compiled by Officers within Bristol City Council. That report started the process of constructing a baseline identifying strengths and areas of improvements, on which the agefriendly work to date has been built.  

Bristol’s Age-friendly Charter was published in 2016. This set out the 9 visions which further developed the conversation and underpins the 2018 strategy. 

This baseline report builds on the initial baseline conducted in 2015 and provides a snapshot of the current data relating to each of the eight key areas identified by the World Health Organisation. 

Continue and read the complete baseline assessment here 


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Age-friendly Bristol

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

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The Partnership

Age-friendly Bristol is a partnership made up of Bristol Ageing Better, Age UK Bristol and Bristol City Council.

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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.

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