AGE UK ISLE OF WIGHT WORKS WITH ISLAND ROADS TO IMPROVE ACCESS FOR SENIORS – Island Echo
A project to examine access issues for older people has led to a new partnership between Age UK IW and Island Roads.
The ‘Roadways are for People’ project, which explores common access issues for older people, was co-produced by members of the Age UK IW Older Persons Steering Group, the Age Friendly Island Team and Island Roads.
The helpful resource covers topics such as sidewalk parking, overhanging hedges, and various trip or slip hazards and explains which organizations are responsible for access issues and how to report issues.
The work is part of the charity’s overall drive to help develop an age-friendly community on the Isle of Wight as part of a global initiative led by the World Health Organization. This broader initiative examines all aspects of people’s physical and social environment and aims to support healthy and active aging for all and access for all.
Age Friendly Island is part of Aging Better, a program run by the National Lottery Community Fund, the UK’s largest funder of community activities. Aging Better aims to develop creative ways for people over 50 to become actively involved in their local communities, helping to overcome social isolation and loneliness.
Over 40 organizations have already signed up to the Age Friendly Island Charter commitment and Island Roads is the latest to have made a commitment to both the broader commitment and the new Digital Friendly commitment.
Island Roads Service Manager Steve Ashman said:
“We have previously worked with Isle Access as part of our training program to help our staff understand some of the challenges faced by community members who are less mobile. This new partnership with Age UK IW is a natural next step and we look forward to continuing our work with the charity to see what we can do to support older people as we work on the island.
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Senior Friendly Project Manager Emma Lincoln said:
“Keeping sidewalks clear for people, especially those with mobility issues or sight problems, is vitally important so that they can continue to use them freely and safely in their daily lives. This project helped identify the type of challenges faced by seniors and we are grateful to Island Roads for their help in working with us to create this useful resource.
“We look forward to continuing their involvement with Age Friendly Island and welcoming other organizations to sign our Digital Friendly Island charter and commitment. “
The ‘Pavements for People’ resource is available to download or read online at www.ageukiw.org.uk or you can order a hard copy to display at home by calling 01983 525282 or sending an email [email protected].