On 16th October 2020 Bee Myson from Age Friendly Banbury gave interesting talk.
Age Friendly Banbury is a joint initiative to make Banbury a great place to grow older.
There are already some great groups and opportunities for older people in Banbury, but for some older people 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.
The initial focus is on older people, but the vision is of a “ Banbury for all ages” a friendly and more accessible town for everyone.
Following the launch event in 2018, Age Friendly Banbury is strengthening its commitment to making the town become one of Britain’s first age friendly towns.
This 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.