UK society is ageing.
This presents us with huge opportunities and challenges. It has far-reaching implications for us all, whatever our age. It will affect our relationships – how we live together and support each other – within our families and neighbourhoods. It will touch every part of our lives – money, work, jobs, housing, benefits, health, social care, media, technology and design.
As a provider of housing, care and neighbourhood services, and as a funder of research, we want to use the next three years to explore what our ageing society means for:
- older people;
- people and places in poverty;
- human rights;
- diversity and equality; and
- across generations.
In the next three years, we will:
- be a place to get the facts about what an ageing society means across and within different generations;
- bring different people together to explore how society can adjust and respond well to an ageing population;
- be a place to learn about the experiences of older people who need a lot of support - what they want and value from life, and the changes needed to make this happen;
- explore how concerns around risk and regulations affect care and support for older people;
- continue to run imaginative, high-quality and responsive services for older people in the North of England, informed by research, and embedding the principles of My Home Life's relationship centred approach in all JRHT's care and support services;
- develop new extra-care services for older people at Red Lodge in New Earswick, informed by residents, research and best practice, and refresh village facilities to support community life and better relationships between generations;
- continue to learn from people who are excluded from power, and understand approaches to increasing and bringing about positive change;
- develop and evaluate inspiring, practical examples of:
- a dementia-friendly city (York) where people with dementia play a central role in creating a plan that works for everyone;
- neighbourhoods where people feel less lonely, based on our work in Bradford and York;
- neighbourhoods which are good places to live for all generations, based on our work in New Earswick specifically, but also Bradford and York.