WHO Age-friendly Cities and Communities

Age-friendly Cities and Communities is a World Health Organisation (WHO) initiative launched in 2006. The initiative aims to drive local cities and communities to foster and support active and healthy ageing. The Age-friendly Cities network spans across the globe and incorporates 40 UK towns and cities. 

We are proud to be a member of the global WHO Age-friendly Cities and Communities networkAge-friendly Cities and Communities is a World Health Organisation initiative launched in 2006. The initiative aims to encourage local cities and communities to foster and support active and healthy ageing. The Age-friendly Cities and Communities network now consists of hundreds of members from across the globe and 45 in the UK. 

The Centre for Ageing Better outlines Age-friendly Communities framework: 

“The Age-friendly Communities framework includes 8 domains, or areas, that places can address to improve their structures and services to meet older people’s needs and all off us as we age. The 8 domains of age-friendly are all the aspects of community life that need to be considered when making your plans.”

Age-friendly South Yorkshire network

We are proud to be a part of such a large network of like-minded cities and communities, however, we are particularly proud to have created our own local Age-friendly South Yorkshire network with Age-friendly Rotherham, Age-friendly Barnsley and Age-friendly Doncaster. This partnership has proven that strength in numbers increases influence, reduces duplication of work and allows for knowledge and best practice sharing.

Current members include: 

  • Chris Booth – Barnsley Council 
  • Jane Holliday – CEO AGE UK Barnsley 
  • Clare Batty – Development Officer – AGE UK Doncaster
  • Louise Robson – Doncaster Council 
  • Iain Cloke – Development Officer – AGE UK Rotherham 
  • Edyta Bancer – Age Better in Sheffield 
  • Paul Woodhouse – Age Better in Sheffield