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Social participation | Age-friendly Communities

One of the eight domains of age-friendly

Social participation is strongly connected to good health and wellbeing throughout life.

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In age-friendly communities, information about what’s on, where, when and how to get there helps promote social participation, as does the encouragement for people to have a ‘places to go and people to see’ attitude.

Why is this important?

People over 50 who volunteer or otherwise actively participate in their community tend to be happier as a result and tend to report both more and deeper relationships with others. Interacting with people around us is essential in helping prevent loneliness.


Age Better in Sheffield Neighbourhood Toolkit
A toolkit to reduce isolation and loneliness in those aged 50 and above created by local people across Sheffield.

Campaign to End Loneliness
A network of national, regional organisations and people working together through community action, good practice, research and policy which inspires thousands of organisations and people to do more to tackle loneliness in older age.

Age-friendly in practice
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How Barnsley is using recycled tech to support its local care homes

An initiative from Barnsley council has seen refurbished laptops and tablets given to care homes in order to give them the support and help they need during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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How Leeds is utilising virtual coffee mornings during the COVID-19 pandemic

The Cross Gates & District Good Neighbours' Scheme CIO in Leeds have moved their services online during the COVID-19 pandemic which has brought challenges and opportunities in equal measure.
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Age-friendly case study: Shared Tables – Older people eating out together

Shared Tables, a project developed in the Crossgates area of Leeds, invites older people living alone to enjoy a meal together at a local restaurant.
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