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"An age-friendly city is a city that encourages active ageing by optimising opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance the quality of life as people age." - World Health Organisation

In November 2018, the World Health Organisation (WHO) accepted Bristol’s application to become the 705th member of the Global Network of Age-friendly Communities. The network represents cities and communities across the world who are all committed to making their areas better for older people, which also has a positive impact on the community as a whole.

To submit an application to the WHO, Bristol had to write a baseline assessment and a strategy considering the eight domains that make up an Age-friendly City. Bristol’s application was submitted by Bristol Ageing Better (BAB) and represented work from BAB, Age UK Bristol and Bristol City Council.

Read the 2022 Age-Friendly Strategy here

Read the 2022 Age-Friendly Action Plan here

BAB created a library of resources to help make Bristol more age-friendly. You can view these resources below.

For more information about our age-friendly work, please email

In early 2020, Age-friendly Bristol ran an awareness campaign called Age Proud Bristol, based on the age-friendly domain of respect and social inclusion. This campaign involved seven older people as Age Proud ambassadors who challenged stereotypes about later life. 

You can access some of the resources from this campaign below.

Age Proud A3 Poster - Colin

Age Proud A4 Poster - Ben

Age Proud A5 Poster - Zehra