Age Friendly Nottingham
Age Friendly Nottingham (AFN) is a partnership of citizens, organisations, academics and service providers who are determined to build an age friendly future and reduce the stigma and discrimination faced as we get older. AFN’s has an Older Citizens’ Champion in Councillor Eunice Campbell-Clark who has lead the initiative since 2012.
AFN believe all older citizens should have fulfilled lives - feeling valued by all sections of society, living as independently as possible and playing an active role in their local communities. We have built a coalition of partners and built momentum: starting the process of developing the city into a great place to grow older.
AFN is part of a much larger movement. We are a World Health Organisation Age Friendly City, and a member of the UK Age Friendly Cities Network. AFN works closely with the Centre for Ageing Better who develop policy and practice informed by evidence of what works to improve employment, housing, health and communities for people aged 50 plus.
Nottingham's Older Citizens' Charter
To support the development of AFN, older people came together to develop Nottingham's Older Citizens' Charter. The charter demonstrates the values and standards that older citizens expect from Nottingham City Council and partner organisations. It was ratified by the Health and Wellbeing Board in February 2014.
Staying in touch with Age Friendly Nottingham
AFN produces a regular e-bulletin with a readership of over 6,500. We ask community groups and residential care to print out copies of the newsletter and place it on their noticeboards so that it can be read by those without email access. You can sign up for the AFN E-Bulletin (you will find us in the Children, Adults and Families section) – it’s free and through the other council Stay Connected e-bulletins you can find out more about your local area, libraries, what’s on and much more.
To read back through some AFN Bulletins, these can be viewed below.
The Age Friendly Facebook page is a great opportunity to keep up to date on the work we have done so far and what is to come.
If you use Twitter, you may like to follow us at @AFN_Nottingham
Age Friendly Nottingham Factsheets
The AFN Factsheets have been produced to support older people in their day-to-day living.
AFN has placed useful information for older people on the Ask LiON web pages for reference during the coronavirus crisis.
Unfortunately, AFN does not currently have a telephone number but you can email the team at any time on email@example.com.
Reducing loneliness and isolation is extremely important to the older citizens of Nottingham and AFN coordinates a regular cross-sector forum focused on reducing loneliness. If you would like to join Nottingham’s Loneliness Forum (that is for all ages), please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take a Seat
AFN developed a successful initiative called ‘Take a Seat’ that encouraged businesses and organisations across the city to offer a seat to an older person to catch their breath when they were out and about. ‘Take a Seat’ was cited as an example of good practice on the Centre for Ageing Better website.
Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions and keeping social distances, this initiative is temporarily on hold.
Other Age Friendly Nottingham Activities
Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, our regular AFN activities such as the annual ‘AFN Ageing Well Day’ and our celebrations to mark International Older People’s Day have all had to be cancelled for 2020. However, rest assured – these key events will be back in 2021 to support older Nottingham residents.