East Lindsey’s first ‘Age Friendly Baseline Assessment Report’ has been published this week. The report looks to assess the Age Friendliness of the East Lindsey district, against the World Health Organisation’s Age Friendly Framework.
The assessment process, led by Jane Berni, Age Friendly Principal Officer, began in 2019. With the progress being slightly delayed by the Covid-19 Pandemic. A collaborative approach was used, at both an operational and strategic level, taking account of services, local communities, policies and systems.
East Lindsey District Council (ELDC) have worked in partnership with YMCA Lincolnshire, through their TED Ageing Better Programme, to carry out the assessment and produce the report. Like much of the country and indeed globally, East Lindsey has a large and growing ageing population. ELDC has been explicit about its commitment to support people to live and age well and was successful in becoming the first District Council in the country to join the UK Network of Age-friendly Communities.
Jane Adams, TED Programme Manager at YMCA Lincolnshire said “The TED Ageing Better programme, which ELDC has been a key member and champion of, has been active across the district since 2015. The publication of this report marks the end of a crucial step in continuing to understand the experiences of ageing in East Lindsey. It also provides the outline for the next steps to ensure that the district can continue with its age friendly journey and be a place where people thrive as they grow older”
ELDC are now in an excellent position to move onto the next stage of their Age Friendly journey. They will be applying to the World Health Organisation to become a member of the Global Network of Age Friendly Communities. They will continue to work with local communities and partner organisations to improve the social and built environment for older people in the near and distant future.
Cllr William Gray, Portfolio Holder for Better Ageing at ELDC shared, “I am delighted to see the publication of the Age Friendly Baseline Assessment Report, which is part of our wider commitment to become a member of the Global Network of Age Friendly Communities. Working in partnership with TED Ageing Better, to undertake this comprehensive assessment, has provided an excellent foundation on which to build the changes needed to improve the age friendliness of our district.”
If you would like to read the Age Friendly Baseline Report please follow the link: https://tedineastlindsey.co.uk/age-friendly-east-lindsey/
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