Greater Manchester becomes first age-friendly city region in the UK
The World Health Organization has recognised Greater Manchester as the UK’s first age-friendly city region. To mark the achievement, the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, has launched his age-friendly strategy and joined GreaterSport to celebrate the securing of £1m funding from Sport England to encourage older people to be more physically and socially active.
Greater Manchester’s status as the UK’s first age-friendly city-region comes as a result of the work that has been done so far by the Combined Authority’s Ageing Hub, which includes working with local authorities to develop their age-friendly plans.
Greater Manchester has indeed been active for several years to improve the lives of older people and providr ways to stay healthy and active: making transport accessible; building new homes to support age-friendly communities and neighbourhoods; and providing high-quality employment opportunities enable people to stay in work for as long as they want or need.
The recognition as “age-friendly city region” will see the adoption on an Age-Friendly Strategy and its implementation plan, the establishment of a Centre for Age-friendly Culture at the Manchester Museum, as well as a Festival of Ageing, which will take place on 2-15 July 2018.
The Festival of Ageing will be the occasion to ask people to put forward their ideas for making Greater Manchester a great place to grow old. The funding secured by GreaterSport from Sport England will be used to help people over the age of 55 become more active in their communities, socially and physically – for example by facilitating group walks, social events, confidence building, and training individuals to lead local group activities.
To view the Combined Authority’s Ageing Strategy and find out more about the Festival of Ageing, visit: www.greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk/agefriendlygm.