Age Friendly Wales
Welsh Government strategy for an ageing society
October 7th 2021 saw the publication of the long-awaited, strategy (2021) for older people.
The statement from Deputy Minister, Julie Morgan, says:
“It sets out our vision for an age friendly Wales, which supports people of all ages to live and age well and challenges the way we think and feel about ageing.”
“Older people have been directly involved in creating this strategy and will be involved in its delivery via my Ministerial Advisory Forum on Ageing.”
Our Forum has been involved, largely through our contribution through Cymru Older People’s Alliance (COPA).
Welsh Government have allocated £550,000 to local authorities to support their work to become age friendly and to gain membership of the World Health Organisation’s Network of Age Friendly Cities and Communities. This amounts to £25,000 available to each local authority. To gain membership, local authorities must show how they are engaging with older people.
The Vision for an Age Friendly Wales has 3 cross-cutting themes:
- Creating an age friendly Wales
- Prioritising prevention
- A rights-based approach
The 4 Aims are:
- Enhancing well-being
- Improving local services and environments
- Building and retaining people’s own capability
- Tackling age related poverty
Julie Morgan’s statement goes on to say: “Older people have been directly involved in creating this strategy and will be involved in its delivery via my Ministerial Advisory Forum on Ageing”. Our Forum (Caerphilly Over 50) has already commenced discussions with Caerphilly Borough Council and expect to be an integral part of developing the way forward to an Age Friendly Caerphilly.
It is expected that the Welsh government will publish details of how they intend to progress implementation of the plan early in the New Year.
A printable copy is available HERE.