Broken pavements, public toilet closures, poor street lighting, unsafe road crossings, inaccessible shops: all things that discourage older people from getting out and about and increase isolation in too many of our communities.
In partnership with Generations Working Together, we created a resource pack which helps you to identify barriers to older people's inclusion in your neighbourhood, and get support from local decision makers for removing these barriers.
So how does it work?
Using the pack, you create a simple map of your local community, then go through it highlighting potential issues for older people. For example, if you know of a particular street that has poor lighting- mark it on your map! Once you have identified potential issues, you can use the ideas and templates included in the pack to gather local support from the public and decision makers to affect change.
We were previously able to supply a map template and icon stickers to mark issues (which are referenced in the guide below). Due to demand, we no longer have these in stock, but you can still take part by creating your own map and drawing your own icons or symbols onto the map.
Who is the pack for?
The pack is great for intergenerational projects, to get younger people thinking from the perspective of an older person, or for older people's groups as a way to bring together concerns about their local area.
Watch Kinloch Rannoch Primary School use the pack!