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Help to shape the Age Friendly Strategy

by Lisa Bennett

Knowsley Older People’s Voice is currently engaging with older people in Knowsley to inform an Age Friendly strategy. You can click here to fill in the survey.

In August 2021, Knowsley’s application to join the UK Network of Age-Friendly Communities was approved. This 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, and since February 2022, Knowsley is a member. This means that Knowsley is committed to becoming an age-friendly community, building on previous successful Older People’s strategies.

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.

The Age Friendly Knowsley Steering Group has begun working to improve the quality of life for older people that live in or visit Knowsley.

This questionnaire is designed to help the Knowsley Older People’s Voice to understand the issues facing older people locally. It should take around 15 minutes to complete, but if you need any help in completely the survey, call the Knowsley Older People’s Voice on 0151 449 3954 and ask for Jen or Olivia.

All answers are confidential and individual responses will not be shared.

The closing date for completed surveys is 31 May 2023.