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, through our contribution to Cymru Older People’s Alliance (COPA).
Welsh Government has 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 continues: “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 started discussions with Caerphilly Borough Council and expects to be an integral part of developing the way forward to an Age Friendly Caerphilly.
We expect that the Welsh government will publish details of how they intend to progress the implementation of the plan early in the New Year.
You can read the strategy paper in magazine format via the button >>>.
A printable copy is available HERE.