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
Bristol Ageing Better, Age UK Bristol and Bristol City Council have worked together since 2015 to involve older people and stakeholders in coproducing an Age-friendly strategy that makes Bristol a great place to grow old. The coproduction process led to the production and launch of an Age-friendly charter that set out the 9 visions which underpin our 2018 strategy.
Age UK Bristol is the leading charity in Bristol working to improve the lives of older people through a range of services. As well as being the lead partner in Bristol Ageing Better, the charity also leads the Celebrating Age Festival and works with other organisations to deliver a range of quality services and initiatives that address issues which are important to older people in Bristol.
Bristol Ageing Better is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and works to reduce the isolation and loneliness of older people. They have funded over 60 projects to support older people ranging from Asset based Community Development, Mental Health and Wellbeing support and Social prescribing projects. Bristol Ageing Better leads the Age-friendly Bristol Strategy, coordinating with partners and ensuring that older people are involved at all stages of work.
In January 2019 Bristol City Council published its first ever One City Plan. It is the product of the city’s commitment to come together, as organisations big and small including our universities, police, NHS, business community, voluntary sector, unions and faith groups , to agree and work for the future we want to see by 2050. This includes commitment to being an age friendly city.
Bristol Mayor, Marvin Rees said, “Bristol being accepted to the Age Friendly Cities network is a restatement of our commitment to enable older people to feel safe, enjoy good health and continue to participate fully in society. I want to see Bristol as a better place for everyone to grow old and become a more closely connected society where people work together and support one another.”
Together we plan to deliver our strategy, working through the Bristol Ageing Better Partnership, ensuring that age and older people are considered at all levels of decision making.
We are establishing age-friendly action groups to bring older people and practitioners together to collectively address specific goals within the strategy.