Greater Manchester becomes UK's first age-friendly city-region
On 16 March 2018, Greater Manchester became the UK's first age-friendly city region as recognised by the World Health Organization. Marking the achievement, Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham launched Greater Manchester's age-friendly strategyand joined GreaterSport to celebrate £1m Sport England funding to encourage older people to be more physically and socially active.
The Greater Manchester Age Friendly Strategy has twelve headline statements. Together we will:
Establish age-friendly communities across Greater Manchester, promoting volunteering and bringing generations together
Become a world leader in research and innovation for an ageing society
Increase housing choice to promote social connections and wellbeing in later life
Create opportunities to maximise skills and experience of older workers
Build a health and social care system that works for older people
Show leadership in developing age-friendly initiative at all levels and across all sectors
Create a transport network that supports older people to stay connected and active
Engage and involve older people in arts and cultural activities across GM and establish a Centre for age-friendly Culture – a world first
Support more people to be physically active as they age
Make sure access to entitlements and benefits is easier and simpler
Develop an age-friendly plan for each local authority council
Campaign for positive change in the way older people are viewed
We've produced asummary of our strategy, and an implementation plan is being developed.