Bristol Older People's Forum (BOPF) have taken a step forward in helping Bristol work towards gaining the World Health Organisation's "Age Friendly City" status by 2020. They recently launched Bristol's Manifesto for Older People with the intention of using it as a tool to influence key providers and decision makers in the city.
The manifesto "outlines how Bristol must recognise diversity and address inequality to become a great place to grow old for everyone - regardless of their income, sex, gender reassignment, race/ethnicity, faith/belief, sexual orientation, disability, physical and mental health - and indeed where they live, their education, digital access, living alone, transport access and family/marital status".
The manifesto aligns with the Equality Act (2010), but is also a response to significant evidence that older people suffer disadvantage: recent national reports from Independent Age and Age UK point clearly to the financial inequalities between pensioners. Work in Bristol by Bristol Ageing Better (BAB), Bristol City Council's Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA), and BOPF highlights the toll taken on people who are isolated, have disabilities, suffer from poor health, are unpaid carers or are part of a protected characteristics group.
The manifesto's key themes are Safety; Transport; Care; Physical Health; Mental Health; Communications; Housing and Home; Participation; Leadership & Awareness/Visibility. Outcomes have been identified for each theme, along with those (service providers, bodies and decision makers), the Forum wishes to work with to achieve each outcome.
BOPF state that "this manifesto will be public facing, accessible, well communicated and clear and so provide a necessary strategic framework for measuring and developing BOPF's influencing work".
To view the manifesto in its entirety, please click here.
To find out more about Bristol Older People's Forum, please click here.