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Committed To Becoming More Age-Friendly

Belfast  United Kingdom
Print this page City population: 28096219.3 % over 60Joined Network in 2014


In May 2012 Belfast was the first city in Northern Ireland to join the World Health Organisation (WHO) Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities.

In 2014 we produced our first action plan with the vision that Belfast will be a city where older people live life to the full.

In 2017 we came to the end of our first Age-friendly Belfast Plan and began the process of assessing our achievements, identifying challenges and developing a new Age-friendly Belfast Plan for 2018 – 2021.

Our key strategic themes for the next 3 years are:


  • Effective partnership working in delivering the Plan.


  • Improved physical environment which encourages walking and active ageing,
  • more accessible public transport network, and
  • increased provision of suitable housing.

Social inclusion

  • Older people are better informed and supported to engage in social, social, cultural and civic life,
  • older people are more connected and less isolated,
  • older people feel more respected and
  • improved community safety.

Health and wellbeing

  • Older people know how to access services,
  • older people make better lifestyle choices and
  • older people have improved access to Health and Social Care services and support.

Financial security

  • Improved employment opportunities,
  • improved access to benefits and entitlements and
  • better protection from financial scams and fraud.