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Age-Friendly Communities Resource Hub 

On this page you'll find handy guides and tools to support you in making your community more age-friendly, along with links to useful organisations to help you in your work.

Positive ageing

  • How to age well (eng)

    How to age well

    This guide presents an overview of some of the key factors that influence how well we age, and effective ways to help you get the most out of later life, whatever your age is today. Use it to help you start conversations with friends, family and colleagues about getting older, and start to take control of those aspects of life that can help you to age well.

    Produced in partnership with Aneurin Bevan University Health Board and Positive Ageing Associates.

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Making your community more age-friendly

  • Making Wales a nation of age-friendly communities: A practical guide (eng)

    Making Wales a nation of age-friendly communities: A practical guide

    A practical guide for communities looking to make their neighbourhoods more age-friendly produced by Ageing Well in Wales and COPA (Cymru Older People's Alliance).

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  • A guide to being an age-friendly business (eng)

    A guide to being an age-friendly business

    A guide which makes the business case for being age-friendly, and gives practical guidance for businesses. Produced by Ageing Well in Wales and COPA (Cymru Older People's Alliance).

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  • Can Do guide (eng)

    Can Do guide

    A handy guide to setting up a community group or project from JRF.

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  • What is co-production - video (eng)

    Animation explaining what is meant by co-production from Spice Timebanking.

  • Introduction to co-producing age-friendly environments with older people in Wales (eng)

    Introduction to co-producing age-friendly environments with older people in Wales

    A short guide to using techniques of co-production in creating age-friendly communities by Ageing Well in Wales.

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  • What is asset-based community development - video (eng)

    Animation giving an overview of ABCD (Asset Based Community Development) from Carla Collins.

  • Effective engagement with local authorities (eng)

    Effective engagement with local authorities

    A practical toolkit for older people from the Older People's Commissioner for Wales.

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  • Finding the right fit: Age-friendly community planning (eng)

    Finding the right fit: Age-friendly community planning

    Comprehensive toolkit to support communities wanting to become more age-friendly from the Ontario Government.

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  • How to make information accessible (eng)

    How to make information accessible

    Excellent guide from CHANGE on how to present information in a clear and accessible way.

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What are age-friendly communities?

  • What are age-friendly environments? (eng)

    What are age-friendly environments?

    Document from AFE Innovnet detailing what are age-friendly environments and why they are important.

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  • Creating an age-friendly Wales (eng)

    Creating an age-friendly Wales

    Document from Age Cymru's manifesto on making Wales a nation of age-friendly communities

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  • Researching age-friendly cities - video (eng)

    Excellent short film from The University of Manchester about the value of age-friendly cities in society.

  • Age-Friendly communties: The Irish experience (eng)

    Age-Friendly communities: The Irish experience

    Document detailing the work of Age-Friendly Ireland

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Age-friendly tools & guides

  • Checklist of essential features of age-friendly cities (eng)

    Checklist of essential features of age-friendly cities

    Handy checklist from the World Health Organisation.

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  • Creating age-friendly cities (eng)

    Creating age-friendly cities

    Briefing document from the Parliamentary Office of Science & Technology on key factors of age-friendly cities.

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  • Street design for age-friendly neighbourhoods (eng)

    Street design for age-friendly neighbourhoods

    Great advice from Care and Repair England on how to make streets more age-friendly.

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  • Measuring the age-friendliness of communities (eng)

    Measuring the age-friendliness of communities

    A guide on using indicators to measure how age-friendly a city or community is, produced by the World Health Organisation.

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  • Global age-friendly cities: A guide (eng)

    Global age-friendly communities: a guide

    Handbook by the World Health Organisation.

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  • Better Together: A comparative analysis of age-friendly and dementia-friendly communities (eng)

    Better Together: A comparative analysis of age-friendly and dementia-friendly communities

    A great report from AARP (the American Association of Retired Persons) on the similarities and differences between age-friendly and dementia-friendly communities, and how the two movements can compliment each other.

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Intergenerational projects

  • Guide to intergenerational practice (eng)

    A guide to intergenerational practice

    A handy introduction to running intergenerational projects from Beth Johnson Foundation.

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  • Bringing generations together in Wales (eng)

    Bringing generations together in Wales

    Hints on what makes intergenerational projects successful and useful case studies from the Welsh Local Government Association.

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  • Creating connections, breaking down barriers (eng)

    Creating connections, breaking down barriers

    A toolkit on how to incorporate intergenerational practice into your projects developed by the Valuing Older People team in Manchester's Joint Health Unit and Beth Johnson Foundation.

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  • Integenerational Resource Hub: Older People's Commissioner for Wales and Children's Commissioner for Wales (eng)

    Integenerational Resource Hub: Older People's Commissioner for Wales and Children's Commissioner for Wales

    Resources to highlight the benefits of intergenerational activities and support those who may be looking to set up an intergenerational project. Co-produced by the Older People's Commissioner for Wales and the Children's Commissioner for Wales.

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  • Intergenerational schools project toolkit (eng)

    Intergenerational schools project toolkit

    A handy guide on running intergenerational projects in schools produced by Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council.

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Transport

  • Buses: A lifeline for older people (eng)

    Buses: A lifeline for older people

    Study from Age Cymru on the importance of bus services to older people.

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  • Getting started: A toolkit for setting up a community transport service (eng)

    Getting started: A toolkit for setting up a community transport service

    Guidance on setting up and running a community transport services from CTA Cymru.

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Housing

  • Housing for older people in Wales: An evidence review (eng)

    Housing for older people in Wales: An evidence review

    Report from the Public Policy Institute for Wales on the state of housing in Wales in respect of an ageing population.

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  • Housing for older people: Future perspectives (eng)

    Housing for older people: Future perspectives

    A review of housing design and policy from Age-Friendly Ireland.

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  • All our futures... Housing for ageing (eng)

    All our futures... Housing for ageing

    Key messages on the role that suitable housing makes to ageing well, from The Housing and Ageing Alliance.

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