Age Friendly Communities
In October 2021, Welsh Government released a Strategy for an Ageing Society, (Age friendly Wales: our strategy for an ageing society | GOV.WALES) which includes a strong focus on creating Age-Friendly communities. The summary document can be found here on the - Strategy for an Ageing Society - October 2021 Summary (gov.wales).
The World Health Organisation (WHO) describes Age-Friendly communities as being places in which older people, communities, policies, services, settings, and structures work together in partnership to support and enable us all to age well.
They identify eight essential features of Age-Friendly communities, known as the ‘eight domains’, these are:
- Outdoor spaces and buildings
- Social participation
- Respect and social inclusion
- Civic participation and employment
- Communication and information
- Community support and health services
Welsh Government have provided support for each local authority to become a World Health Organisation recognised Age Friendly Community.
The World Health Organisation Global Network for Age-Friendly Cities and Communities was established in 2010 to connect cities, communities, and organizations worldwide with the common vision of making their community a great place to grow old in. The WHO Global Network for Age-Friendly Cities and Communities currently includes 1363 cities and communities in 47 countries, covering over 298 million people worldwide.
Caerphilly County Borough Council commits to continue the Age Friendly work and to becoming a member of the World Health Organisation’s Global Network of Age Friendly Cities and Communities.
Caerphilly County Borough are carrying forward Age Friendly Communities work in partnership with other key organisations and have named an Age Friendly Champion and Lead.
A steering group has been created and meets once a month. The members of this group include but is not limited to:
- Age Friendly Champion
- Integrated Wellbeing Networks (Public Health Wales)
- Over 50 Forum
- Cymru Older People’s Alliance (COPA)
- Older People’s Commissioner for Wales
- Age Cymru
- Caerphilly Cares
If you would like to join this group or have any questions, please contact: