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Vale of Glamorgan wants to achieve ‘Age Friendly’ status

VALE of Glamorgan Council wants people’s views on how they can make the county more age friendly.

The aim is for the Vale of Glamorgan to be recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as ‘age friendly’ with the council working with partners on the Public Services Board.

A survey is being run to canvas opinions – including those of older people – on topics including:

  • Events and activities;
  • Outdoor spaces;
  • Transport;
  • Social care.

This follows recent council announcements on the Golden Pass pilot scheme and a plan to tackle loneliness and social isolation through administering funding for organisations and community groups.

The goal of the Golden Pass pilot scheme is to provide physical activity and sporting opportunities for Barry residents who are 60+. There will be 400 passes, giving access to eight free sessions of activities ranging from archery to Zumba classes.

The council – partnered with Age Connects and Glamorgan Voluntary Service (GVS) – is also establishing an accessible hub in Llantwit Major which will be a point of contact for isolated older people, connecting them with their community, support services and social activities.

Cllr Ben Gray, Vale of Glamorgan Council cabinet member for social care and health, said:

“It’s vital that the views, opinions and concerns of all our residents are considered when making important decisions.

“I’m proud of the work done so far towards our goal of achieving Age Friendly Status. This will help us to ensure that the Vale is a good place to grow old in and that people of all ages can live happily and healthily.

“This scheme will help to promote policies tackling poverty and social exclusion in older people, developing better community transport, health and housing services and involving members with their local community.”

To complete the survey, head to the Vale of Glamorgan Public Services Board website. Those who are not a forum member and would like to join can request a membership form by e-mailing [email protected]

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