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Our Priorities

Manchester’s Ageing Strategy - Manchester: A Great Place to Grow Older 2017 – 2021 focuses on the key priorities for the city and its partners, offering a framework to deliver real improvements to the lives of older people, putting them centre stage. 

Taking the eight key features of an age friendly city, as defined by the WHO, as the starting point Manchester has agreed three key priorities: 

  1. Develop age friendly neighbourhoods - places where people can age well in neighbourhoods of their choice with access to the right services, housing, transport, information, etc. 
  2. Develop age friendly services - where commissioning includes age-friendliness in its specification and services are delivered in an age-friendly way i.e. they are age aware and adopt an age friendly lens and equalities approach to what they do. 
  3. Promote age equality - by addressing negative images and stereotypes about ageing and changing the narrative from a deficit to one which celebrates the valuable role and contribution people of all ages make to the life of the city. 

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic the AFM Older People’s Board set out the city’s recovery priorities for the over 50s, which were agreed at the Council’s Communities and Equalities Scrutiny Committee (Agenda for Communities and Equalities Scrutiny Committee on Thursday, 3rd December, 2020, 2.00 pm ( The five priorities are: 

  1. Ageism 
  2. Care Home 
  3. Neighbourhoods 
  4. Work & skills  
  5. The Our Manchester reset. 

Age Friendly Manchester Older People’s Charter 

The Older People’s Charter was developed by the AFM Older People’s Board and is recognised as a good practice example by the WHO. It identifies a number of guiding principles for services, organisations and businesses to sign up to, and sets out older people’s expectations that they have: 

  • The right to be treated with dignity and respect  
  • The right to live independently 
  • The right to information, advice and guidance in appropriate formats  
  • The right to lead a healthy life  
  • The right to influence decision making that affects their lives 
  • The right to be safe and secure. 

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