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East Lindsey becomes part of Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities

East Lindsey has worked with our colleagues in the TED Ageing Better Programme (YMCA Lincolnshire) to identify what is age friendly in East Lindsey and what can be improved. East Lindsey District Council have made a commitment to support and enable people to live and age well across the district. We are proud to announce that we are now a member of the WHO Global Network of Age Friendly Cities & Communities.

The WHO Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities was established in 2010 to connect cities, communities and organisations around the world with the common vision of making their communities a great place to grow old in. As a response to global population ageing and rapid urbanisation, it focuses on action at a local level which ensures the full participation of older people in community life and promotes healthy and active ageing.

As a member, 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, implementing the four steps to create age-friendly local environments, and actively participating in the Network, including sharing experiences with other members.

Councillor William Gray, Portfolio Holder for Ageing Better at East Lindsey District Council, said: "Being an Age Friendly Community is something we have committed to as an organisation and as a partnership in East Lindsey. It is embedded as a priority within our corporate plan and feeds through into our political portfolio responsibilities, our service delivery arrangements, our projects, and our partnerships.

"We are confident that East Lindsey can play a key role in supporting your ambitions and playing an active role as an area that can test and learn what it means to enable people to live and age well. We have valued our engagement and opportunity to both learn and share our own best practice as part of the UK Network of Age Friendly Communities to date and are proud to have been the first District Council in the country to become a member of the network."

Jane Berni, Age-friendly Principal Officer at TED in East Lindsey, added: "In an Age-friendly community, residents, local groups and businesses all work together to identify and make the necessary changes in both the physical and social environment to  support and enable older people to lead active and healthy lifestyles.

"This is the start of a really exciting opportunity for East Lindsey and I am looking forward to working with partners going forward."

Are you 50 plus and a local resident? We would really like to hear your views on different parts of local facilities such as transport, housing, health services, outdoor spaces etc and what needs improvement. You can share your views with us by emailing jane.berni@lincsymca.co.uk