Relationships are what matter most to us all in the end. We rely on people close to us when we experience ill health, disability or bereavement. Everyday social connections matter too: we know many people in later life feel isolated, without a sense of belonging to their community.
As we approach later life, we need opportunities to build strong and supportive relationships across generations and to live in communities that make it easier to stay active and connected.
Our communities make a big difference to the quality of our later lives, supporting social connections, promoting healthy activity and making us feel valued. The social fabric and the physical infrastructure within places are the glue that holds our communities together.
But too few local areas recognise the importance of creating places that support people to age well, and there aren’t enough inclusive opportunities for people to participate in community activities and do the things they enjoy and that matter to them.
Our aim is for more people approaching later life to be living in connected communities by helping to create places where social connection can thrive by:
Age-friendly and inclusive volunteering: Removing barriers to participation and creating opportunities for people to do the things they enjoy and matter to them
UK Network of Age-friendly Communities: Encouraging and supporting more places to become age-friendly by growing the UK Network of Age-friendly Communities
Brokering collaborations across social and physical infrastructure to support age-friendly transport, planning and design
Understanding how community infrastructure supports participation in community life: we are learning from Leeds Neighbourhood Networks