Sustrans is delivering Age Friendly Tyburn, a project to reduce social isolation by creating positive long-term improvements on the physical environment of this area of North Birmingham. They are supporting the residents as co-designers to identify aspects of the urban environment that make travel and social interaction difficult.
Sustrans would like to invite you to the launch of their Audit Report on the 18th of July where they will share methodology and findings and look at how the work could begin to inform all corners of our city to make Birmingham an Age Friendly City.
The launch is on Thursday 18th July 2- 4pm at the Impact Hub, The Walker Building, 58 Oxford Road, Birmingham, B5 5NR.
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The project is part of the Ageing Better in Birmingham programme and is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund. The project will produce a 5-10 year plan to make permanent changes in the area that make it accessible and age-friendly helping people to get around.
The report will outline the first stage, which was to audit the area, look at the existing infrastructure and assess the changes that need to be addressed. The auditing tool was developed using Transport for London's Healthy Streets criteria as well as The World Health Organisation's Age-Friendly Cities criteria. All major roads, residential estates, junctions as well as personal journeys were audited with the help of community volunteers. The audit data has built a picture of the area and is now fuelling the community to develop ideas to test out how to change some of those difficult aspects of movement around their neighbourhoods. Initial ideas testing takes place this summer (Aug 2019) which will then evidence longer term trials next spring (Jan 2020).
Urban environments have a huge impact on people's health and wellbeing. The character and condition of our streets and public spaces can influence how physically active we are, how positive we feel about our local community overall and in turn how much we participate, feel valued and included.
By looking at ways to make the public places, outdoor spaces and streets easier to access, travel around, and more attractive to be in, the project aims to encourage people to join activities and services and reduce the possibility of social isolation.
Sustrans are really looking forward to talking to you more about this exciting and innovative project and sharing their findings so far. If you have any queries please contact Ridhi Kalaria 0121 643 6361