Greater Manchester becomes UK's first age-friendly city-region

On 16 March 2018, Greater Manchester became the UK's first age-friendly city region as recognised by the World Health Organization. Marking the achievement, Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham launched Greater Manchester's age-friendly strategy and joined GreaterSport to celebrate £1m Sport England funding to encourage older people to be more physically and socially active.

The video below celebrates Greater Manchester being recognised as the UK's first age-friendly city region: 

Greater Manchester Age Friendly Strategy 

The Greater Manchester Age Friendly Strategy has 12 headline statements. Together we will:

  • Establish age-friendly communities across Greater Manchester, promoting volunteering and bringing generations together
  • Become a world leader in research and innovation for an ageing society
  • Increase housing choice to promote social connections and well-being in later life
  • Create opportunities to maximise skills and experience of older workers
  • Build a health and social care system that works for older people
  • Show leadership in developing age-friendly initiative at all levels and across all sectors
  • Create a transport network that supports older people to stay connected and active
  • Engage and involve older people in arts and cultural activities across Greater Manchester and establish a Centre for Age-Friendly Culture – a world first
  • Support more people to be physically active as they age
  • Make sure access to entitlements and benefits is easier and simpler
  • Develop an age-friendly plan for each local authority council
  • Campaign for positive change in the way older people are viewed

We've produced a summary of our strategy, and an implementation plan is being developed.

Working together

Greater Manchester's Ageing Hub is made up of: