In 2019 a partnership was established between YMCA Lincolnshire and East Lindsey District Council (ELDC) to progress East Lindsey’s ambition to achieve Age Friendly Community status, recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) Global Network of Age Friendly Communities. As a result of the partnership a full time post was created to progress the development and success of this work. The Age Friendly Principal Officer post was jointly funded by ELDC and the TED Ageing Better programme. This partnership and programme of work was directly informed by the work of the TED Ageing Better Programme, which ELDC has been a key member and champion of. It has been proven that Age Friendly Environments foster healthy and active ageing.
They enable people to:
- Age safely in a place that is right for them
- Be free from poverty
- Continue to develop personally
- Contribute to their communities while retaining autonomy, health & dignity
In September 2019 East Lindsey became a member of the UK Network of Age Friendly Communities; and in 2020 gained a place on the UK Network Steering Group. The Age Friendly Principal Officer was East Lindsey’s contact with the Centre for Ageing Better and represented East Lindsey on the UK Network Steering Group.
In November 2021 East Lindsey was successful in becoming a member of the WHO Global Network of Age Friendly Cities & Communities. East Lindsey will be part of a growing global movement of communities, cities and other sub-national levels of government that are striving to better meet the needs of their older residents. By joining the Network, East Lindsey commits to sharing and promoting the values and principles central to the WHO Age-friendly approach. ELDC continues to work with local communities and partner organisations to improve the social and built environment for older people now and in the future.
If you would like to read the Age Friendly Baseline Report please follow the link below.
Cllr William Gray, Portfolio Holder for Better Ageing at ELDC said: “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.”