June 2018 saw the huge announcement that London had signed up to the World Health Organisation’s Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities. The network aims to help older people to live independent lives by making structural changes to help maintain their physical and mental health. One year later, Age UK London launched our campaign to make London a truly Age-friendly City by committing to using the WHO definition of an Age-friendly City as a guide for our future campaigning work.
The WHO has outlined eight key areas that can be improve to meet the needs of older citizens and make a city truly Age-friendly. These eight domains often overlap and mutually reinforce each other to help older people to participate in all aspects of city life. The eight strands of an age friendly city are divided into two main themes: Active Ageing in London and Safer Ageing in London. You can find out more about these eight “domains” at www.agefriendlylondon.org.uk. In the coming weeks and months, Age UK London will be focussing particularly on two of these domains, namely “Transport” and “Housing“, so keep your eyes peeled for future updates!
To help keep you up-to-date, we’re very excited to be announcing a new bi-monthly campaigns newsletter – “Action Age Friendly”. When you sign up to Action Age Friendly, we will send you all the latest news about our Age-friendly London campaigns work. We’ll be providing updates on our campaign plans, and highlighting opportunities for you to have you say, either through surveys, petitions, or even direct involvement.
The creation of Action Age Friendly won’t affect the delivery of our monthly e-newsletter Revolve though! We’ll still be sending out our monthly roundup of all the news, consultations, and events from across London’s local Age UKs and the age sector in general.
In addition, we are now making our quarterly magazine London Age an online publication to reduce both printing costs and our environmental footprint. Each issue of London Age invites experts from across the age sector to share their views and knowledge on the current issues that affect older Londoners. There’s also plenty of information on our plans to make London an Age-friendly City. The next edition – an Age-friendly transport special – will be released later this month, featuring a piece from our Campaigns Officer John McGeachy on our up-coming transport campaign plans. We’ll also hear from TfL’s Stuart Reid on rolling out their Vision Zero strategy, learn about the benefits of lifelong cycling from Bikeworks’ David Dansky, and find out about making London’s transport network age-friendly from Philip Corran, who has recently completed a PhD focusing on the everyday travel of older disabled people in London.
As you can see, there are plenty of ways to keep up with our campaigning work and we’d love to have you on board! If you’d like to subscribe to our campaigns updates, our monthly e-newsletter Revolve, or our quarterly e-magazine London Age, you can do so by clicking here.