In February, we launched our Age-friendly Challenge Fund, aimed at motivating organisations in the city to become more age-friendly. The fund invited applications considering themes such as respect & social inclusion and transport.
One of the applications that was successful came from Bristol Older People’s Forum (BOPF) who applied to improve access to transport in the city.
BOPF will be running a three-part project.
The first stage of their project will utilise their newsletter by creating two ‘Transport Special’ editions aimed at older people who are not digitally active. These editions will include information about different forms of transport as well as promoting Bristol Transport’s Safe Journey Cards.
BOPF also plan to improve their website in this time to feature a ‘Transport Information Hub’ section, which will include information on and links to various public transport services including Bristol First Bus, Dial a Ride and more. The hub will provide information on walking activities planned by local charities as well as promoting local toilet maps.
Finally, BOPF will be creating a Transport Action Group of older people who will represent the views and opinions of older people in Bristol concerning transport. This group will work closely with the established Voice & Influence Partnership programme to make the voices of older people heard. They will also carry out research around the city to find out more how age-friendly transport could continue to be improved in the future. The Transport Action Group has its first meeting on 12th July where it will set out its priorities.
Ian Bickerton, BOPF Chair said, “We want to make a real difference with the project and ensure that older people have an impact on how transport policy is delivered across Bristol.”
To find out more about BOPF visit their website: https://bopf.org.uk/