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UK Network of Age-friendly Communities

An Age-friendly Community is a place where people of all ages are able to live healthy and active later lives.

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The UK Network of Age-friendly Communities is a growing movement with over 50 member places across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The UK Network is affiliated to the World Health Organisation’s Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities.

An Age-friendly Community is a place where people of all ages are able to live healthy and active later lives. These places make it possible for people to continue to stay living in their homes, participate in the activities that they value, and contribute to their communities, for as long as possible.

The Age-friendly Communities Framework was developed by the World Health Organisation, in consultation with older people. It is built on the evidence of what supports healthy and active ageing in a place.

In these communities, older residents help to shape the place that they live. This involves local groups, councils, businesses and residents all working together to identify and make changes in both the physical and social environments, for example transport, outdoor spaces, volunteering and employment, leisure and community services.

We work with the Network to facilitate and give a platform for local areas to share and discuss what kinds of approaches work, both in the UK and internationally.

Through various channels and resources (such as case studies, peer meetings, conferences and workshops), we provide guidance, connect places and offer support to member communities in their efforts to become more age-friendly.

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Map of Age-friendly Communities

Age-friendly resources

Becoming an Age-friendly Community

Eight domains of age-friendly


UK Age-friendly communities

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The older workforce is already a reality. This guide sets out five simple actions that employers can take now to improve the way they recruit, support and retain older workers.

  • Civic participation and employment

This guide is designed as a practical tool to support organisations in communicating about ageing and older age.

  • Respect and social inclusion

Joint Decision-Making

Published by What Works Wellbeing, this evidence review looks at the impact of meaningful community involvement on wellbeing from their Community Wellbeing Evidence Programme.

  • Delivering Age-friendly programme

Showcasing four case studies, this report outlines the response to the recommendation to introduce a ‘mid-life MOT’ in John Cridland’s independent review of state pension age.

  • Civic participation and employment

This report demonstrates the need for understanding the local context and speaking to local communities when developing information and advice services.

  • Housing

This report draws on the findings of a ‘Real Time Evaluation’ (RTE) of the Leeds Neighbourhood Networks during the pandemic, as a way to understand and share learning about their response.

  • Delivering Age-friendly programme

This report has been produced by Leeds City Council, Leeds Older People’s Forum and the Centre for Ageing Better, and looks at what life is like for people aged 50 and over in Leeds.

  • Delivering Age-friendly programme

Rebuilding a City for All Ages; A Strategy for an Age-friendly Bristol 2022

Bristol's Age-friendly Strategy sets out how council departments and local organisations are planning to improve the experience of ageing in Bristol in the future, and how Age-Friendly Bristol will measure those improvements over time.

  • Delivering Age-friendly programme
Associate members in Scotland and Wales

The Older People's Commissioner for Wales supports the development of age-friendly initiatives and the Ageing Well in Wales network. Get in touch with David McKinney for more information.

Scottish Older People’s Assembly (SOPA) exists to give a strong voice to older people about their concerns and experience of life in Scotland, including inequalities of age. Through local meetings and a National Assembly with older people and others, SOPA identifies issues that worry the older population and conveys messages from them direct to Scottish and Westminster Governments via meetings with Ministers, civil servants, politicians, academics, the media and the UK Network of Age-friendly Communities. Get in touch with Chair Diana Findley for more information.

Meet the team

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Ageing Better
Age-friendly Communities Network Manager
Charlotte manages the UK Network of Age-friendly Communities.
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Jessica Taylor
Localities Officer
Jess delivers effective administration and coordination of the Localities team to support with delivery of their strategy.
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Rebecca Lines
Age-friendly Communities Learning Officer
Rebecca supports the UK Network of Age-Friendly Communities to be a network where good ideas spread, fast.

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Department of Health and Social Care
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In spring 2022, the government carried out a public consultation seeking views on the social care cost cap. This document outlines the government response to the ‘supporting local preparation’ part of the consultation.
Centre for Ageing Better
10 Jun 2022
The Centre for Ageing Better have launched a new public campaign tackling the everyday ageism heads along side their new strategy. The campaign will seek to overturn the deeply entrenched negative attitudes within society towards older people through a collective and nationwide approach. The organisation will work with the public, age-friendly communities, employers as well as other sector and industry partners to change the way people think, feel and act about ageing. The new strategy also focuses on activities to reduce the inequalities people experience as they grow older.

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