Positive Ageing in London is pleased to offer our support to anyone wishing to carry out an age friendly street and environment audit in their locality!
You will see attached documents that can tell you in more details what and how an age friendly local audit is, how you can carry it out and how this fits into the wider WHO age friendly city programme – which London has signed up to.
We have also included an Audit template outlining all the things you will need to record in writing and with photos.
We can offer you 121 support or group training in helping out set up a group and carry out your first audit and have presentations which are available to be downloaded once you register your interest with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We have been funded by Awards for All in part to offer training and support to seniors wishing to carry out local street and environment audits to both see how age friendly they are and make concrete suggestions about how they can be improved. We are using the WHO audit template to help you carry out the research in a professional and internationally approved way, drawing on best practice from across the UK, the EU and globally.
The idea is that an age friendly street champion ( you!) takes the lead to set up a small group of seniors (and others if you wish) to carry out a local audit of your nearby main roads, intersections and streets checking how age friendly it is. It is aimed at you being able to carry out local senior citizen research that can be sent to your local council for action to make your community accessible to all, regardless of age or mobility . Therefore contacting a local councillor or officer to come along with you is often a good idea. You can do this safely during COVID by abiding by the tier guidelines as to how many people can join in, all wear masks and keep your social distance.
This should also include what facilities are available , such as toilets, shops, community centres etc as well as how accessible and safe public open spaces are nearby. , by noting down all problems and good things for local pedestrians especially those with mobility difficulties, such as ability to cross main roads amount of time to cross zebra crossings or lights, the condition of pavements and street lighting etc.
As many older Londoners travel less than 15 minutes outside of their home the local environment and the accessibility of streets is paramount to them. Also at present the London Recovery Board with the GLA and local boroughs are hard at work developing new road plans which are trying to make localities greener and more accessible, especially for councils. What is being left out however is often the needs of pedestrians and to keep pavements safe for those walking, so this practical research can make these plans more age friendly.