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Making Age-Friendly Neighbourhoods Inclusive

Working Inclusively to Make Communities Age-Friendly is a briefing document by the Equalities Board of Ambition for Ageing, which supports those working to build age-friendly communities in an inclusive and diverse way. The briefing asserts:


  • Equality, diversity and inclusivity are core to understanding and reducing social isolation. Ambition for Ageing has released a briefing outlining how to make age-friendly neighbourhoods inclusive


  • Knowledge needed for inclusive age-friendliness: It is necessary to have a good understanding of communities themselves, and of the wider world, to ensure that equalities-driven work to reduce social isolation has the best chance of being effective.


  • Ways of working that deepen inclusion: To fully include marginalised groups, we need to make sure that we design genuinely inclusive opportunities that are open to all, as well delivering targeted approaches.


  • Working with an equalities mindset: When equalities working is seen as more than meeting obligations under the Equalities Act 2010, then community work to reduce social isolation is more effective


This briefing will be of interest to those working to tackle loneliness and social isolation of older people from marginalised communities.


It will also be of interest to those concerned that community and neighbourhood-level work reaches people in marginalised communities.


The briefing is available to download below. A simpler version of the briefing is available at More information about the Equalities Board is available at


The briefing Working Inclusively to Make Communities Age-Friendly makes reference to the following documents:


  • Asset Based approaches and Inequalities; Ambition for Ageing 2018 [Link]
  • Ageing Equally?; Ambition for Ageing 2018 [Link]


The Equalities Board have also produced an accessible version of this document.