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INTERREG 4A Ireland Wales Programme 2007 – 2013 ​

Age Friendly Communities Project

Demographic change across the European Union is characterised by an increase of older people within society which reinforces the need to build and maintain strong communities. The Age Friendly Communities project aims to address in a sustainable way the issues created by demographic change by supporting the development of cohesive intergenerational communities in Wales and Ireland.

The Age Friendly Communities project partnership is composed of five organisations, including three Welsh Local Authorities from Conwy, Anglesey and Pembrokeshire, an Irish Local Authority in Co. Kilkenny and a not for profit national organisation, The Ageing Well Network working with the Local Authority in County Kildare.

The Age Friendly Communities project has two core aims. The first is to facilitate the development of intergenerational strategies on both local and transnational levels. The second aim is to test pilot activities which encourage cohesion and social inclusion, positive image and cultural heritage, healthy lifestyles and life-long learning.

During the lifetime of the project visit studies, high profile showcase events and working groups will be organised in order to develop five local strategies and one transnational strategy on intergenerational management. This will lead to the identification of best practices and to a greater cooperation between intergenerational management stakeholders.

INTERREG 4A Ireland Wales Programme 2007 – 2013 has an overall aim of addressing issues relating to innovation, entrepreneurship, the knowledge economy, climate change, sustainable development and providing more and better jobs.