Accessible Age Friendly Hartford

AccessibilityAgeFriendly

Why has Hartford Parish Council made a pledge to make Hartford more “Accessible Age Friendly” 

Pledging to be Accessible Age Friendly means that we are committed to ensuring that our community is a welcoming and inclusive place for people of all ages. This can have numerous benefits for older residents, such as access to local services, support, and opportunities to take part in social activities and events. By creating age friendly infrastructures and services, older people can feel more integrated into their local community, reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation, and improve their overall health and wellbeing. An age friendly community benefits everyone – younger people can also learn about the experiences and needs of older citizens in their community, building stronger intergenerational connections, and promoting a greater sense of community cohesion.

Age-friendly Cities and Communities is a World Health Organisation (WHO) initiative. It aims to improve the quality of life for older people by ensuring easy access to information, services, and goods, helping them to feel respected, included, valued, and connected to things that are important to them.  

Cheshire West and Chester Council has been part of the WHO Global Network for Age-Friendly Cities and Communities and the UK Network for Age-Friendly Communities since 2018, to recognise the commitment to making the borough a great place to live and grow older. Age-friendly Cheshire West (AFCW) is a partnership between the University of Chester, Cheshire West and Chester Council, the NHS, the voluntary sector, private business sector and people with lived experience to address some of the barriers in our area which can prevent older people from taking a full role in society. Residents in Cheshire West and Chester are living longer, with an estimated 100,000 residents over the age of 65 and 20,000 residents over the age of 85 by 2038. Many older people can face health issues, be lonely and isolated or lack independence and confidence.  

A survey in 2020 identified priority action areas of: public communications and information; community support and health services; housing; transport; outdoor spaces and buildings; social participation, respect and social inclusion; business in the community; civil partnership and employment. This led to the formation of three Delivery Groups to develop strategies to improve our community. The groups meet regularly and report to an overall ‘Strategic Group’ which in turn reports to Cheshire West Health and Wellbeing Board, Cheshire West Place Leadership Team, Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities, UK Network for Age-friendly Communities and the World Health Organisation.  

The overall aims of Age-friendly Cheshire West are to: 

        • Enable older people to be happy, healthy and active. 

        • Enable older people to feel included, valued and connected. 

        • Improve employment prospects for older people. 

        • Improve communication to allow easy access to services, activities and events.

        • Improve community support in social care.

        • Encourage active older people to volunteer in their community. 

        • Promote Age-friendly communities.

        • Combat ageism and abuse of older people. 

        • Organisations are encouraged to help achieve these aims by: 

        • Being respectful to older adults. 

Signing up to an Age-friendly Charter is about ensuring services and information are accessible to all. 

What's happening in Accessible Age Friendly Hartford?

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Coffee mornings

Join our coffee mornings every Thursday from 9.30am to 12 noon. They take place at the Pavilion on Hartford Green field (behind the shops, next to the allotments).  Everyone is welcome to attend. Please come and join us for a chat and a coffee.

This event was a great success and over subscribed. 

Participants said they had a fantastic time and it was a great idea, when is the next one ? 

We plan to organise further Disco events in  the near future. 

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