‘Age Friendly Banbury’ Event – Wednesday 20th June 2018

A special launch event to help make Banbury one of Britain’s first age friendly towns takes place on Wednesday 20th June from 1:30 – 5:00pm at Banbury Town Hall.

The meeting is open to residents, community and faith leaders, councillors, business people, bar/café/shop staff, carers, teachers and volunteers to find out more, contribute views and get involved.

‘While there are already some great groups and opportunities for older people in Banbury, for some, poor transport, unsuitable housing, fear of crime, lack of community cohesion, limited care and support, and difficulty finding or getting to social activities can get in the way of enjoying their later years.

An age friendly town encompasses both the built environment, such as housing, transport and outdoor spaces, and the social environment, such as health and information services, civic participation and social activities. In practice, age friendly social action could include anything from befriending and activity clubs, to ‘men in sheds’ or community-owned pubs. By offering a joined-up approach to social action specific to Banbury, it is hoped that older people will have more opportunities to flourish’.

Penny Thewlis of partner Age UK Oxfordshire said: “Our initial focus is on older people, but when we are looking at the barriers that affect them, we are usually also looking at barriers that affect children and young people, people with dementia, people with disabilities or anyone else. We would ultimately like to create a ‘Banbury for all ages’ – a friendly and more accessible town for everyone.”

For further information and to register to attend, please go to the Oxfordshire Community Foundation website – https://oxfordshire.org/banbury-citizens-invited-to-have-their-say-to-make-the-town-a-great-place-to-grow-older/?platform=hootsuite