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New website to support older people in Cardiff to live well

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A new age-friendly website has been launched in Cardiff, to coincide with the annual United Nations International Day of Older Persons (October 1).

A special two-day celebration kicked off at Central Library Hub with the unveiling of the Age Friendly Cardiff website https://agefriendlycardiff.co.uk – a one-stop shop of useful information and resources to support older people living in the city.

Age Friendly Cardiff is a network of organisations including Cardiff Council, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, South Wales Police, third sector partners and other services, dedicated to making the city a better place for people to grow older.

The network has been working towards making Cardiff a more age friendly place for residents and visitors for a number of years and last year, the city joined the World Health Organization’s Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities, becoming its first Welsh member.

Today’s website launch showcased the features of the website that has been designed to help older people in Cardiff to live well by providing information on local services, activities and support.

The Council’s Older Person’s Champion and Cabinet Member for Social Services (Adults), Cllr Norma Mackie, said: “Working together with our partners, the council is committed to making our city a better place for older people to live and thrive in.

“We want to ensure that older people can enjoy all aspects of city life and have the opportunity to take part in activities and events to improve their wellbeing and enrich their lives.

“Often though, it can be difficult to know where to go for information and support about what’s available but the new Age Friendly Cardiff website solves that problem. It’s a brilliant resource, packed full of useful information, to support older people to live well.”

The event also included an Amgueddfa Cymru workshop and information stalls representing Council services and partners such as Dewis, Age Cymru, South Wales Police, Dementia Friendly Cardiff and more.

The Council’s Digital Team were available at the event to support anyone attending who might need some help to access the website, or with general assistance to use digital devices.

Following last week’s Falls Awareness Week (September 18-24), the third floor of the hub hosted a ‘Focus on Falls’ where council services, such as Independent Living services and partners including Public Health Wales were available to support people.

Independent Living Services showcased the wide range of services they provide to help keep older people active and connected to their community.