The Ageing Well in Wales Programme, hosted and lead by the office of the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales, has this week launched four new networks to support the sharing of knowledge and innovation across the public, third and independent sectors in Wales. Priority themes for the networks are: to create age friendly environments, places and neighbourhoods, raising awareness of dementia and designing places and changing attitudes to create dementia supportive communities, prevention of falls and also increasing the opportunities that exist for people 50+ to access employment and skills

Organisations and groups from across Wales who have projects that focus on these themes have been invited to apply through an open call to join the networks which will commence in the autumn. Membership will give participants access to specialist advice, toolkits to support their local plans and information about good practice from across the UK and Europe. The networks will also provide a forum to promote and share innovation, as well as opportunities for joint-working and collaboration.

Establishing the new networks is a key part of the Ageing Well in Wales’ innovative approach to promote healthy ageing across Wales. The networks will connect up practice at the local level to a national programme which is also part of a bigger European Initiative designed to increase the health and wellbeing of people as they become older. The momentum of the programme is growing and recently it received a three star rating in recognition from the European Commission for the partnership work that already exists in Wales following the successful Older People’s Strategy for Wales.  

Ageing Well in Wales National Programme Director, Beverlea Reategui, said: “There are many organisations in Wales, working across the public, third and independent sectors, who share the aims of the Ageing Well in Wales Programme – to improve older people’s health and wellbeing so that they can have a better quality of life as they age. The next phase of the Older People Strategy for Wales has a clear focus on wellbeing and our themes will contribute to the successful delivery of this strategy over the next five years.

“Wales has a lot of good practice which we need to develop and transfer  to more people. We also need to raise our game and participate more at the European level to access knowledge and potential funding opportunities to ensure that Wales does not get left behind. Global ageing is with us. Wales needs to take advantage of the contribution a healthy ageing population can make to its economy, communities and individual families. Too often ageing is portrayed as a burden on society and we need to shift the conversation and attitudes to focus on the benefits for Wales of people living longer with their families and participating in their communities”

Further information about the Networks for those organisations interested in joining is available from the Ageing Well in Wales website, or by contacting the Ageing Well team at the office of the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales.

Further information about the Ageing Well in Wales Programme, as well as information about the new networks, is available here from the Ageing Well in Wales website (www.olderpeoplewales.com/en/Ageingwell/The-programme.aspx), by calling 08442 640 670 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.