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Age Friendly Banbury Project – 20th June 2018

Age Friendly Banbury is an exciting new 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.

Our initial focus is on older people, but when we are looking at the barriers that affect older people, we are usually also looking at barriers that affect children and young people, people with dementia, people with disabilities or anyone else. Our vision is of a ‘Banbury for all ages’ – a friendly and more accessible town for everyone.

Before we go any further, we would like to gather the expertise of organisations from all sectors with an interest in making Banbury an age-friendly town. Please join us at this informal event to find out more, contribute your views and get involved.  We need public interest to attract the funds.

  • In early 2019, up to 10 of the 20 partnerships nationally will go on to be awarded funding of up to £240,000 for three years to put their plans into action.
  • Following this, up to five of these partnerships will be awarded further funding of up to £255,000 to develop and expand their plans for another three years to December 2024.
  • OCF is hoping to develop a strong programme in Banbury that will attract further support.

Date:     Wednesday 20th June 2018
Time:     1.30 – 5.00pm
Venue:  Banbury Town Hall (map)

Please RSVP through the ‘Register’  Link here|:  https://tinyurl.com/y92qfvgx

Age Friendly Banbury is a partnership between local organisations with an interest in making Banbury an age-friendly town. It brings together older people; community leaders, including former local MP Sir Tony Baldry; local charities, including Oxfordshire Community Foundation, Age UK Oxfordshire, Katharine House Hospice and the Royal Voluntary Service; businesses, including Sanctuary Housing, DCS and the Banbury Chamber of Commerce; and local councils (Banbury Town, Cherwell and South Northants Districts and Oxfordshire County).

 

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