Facts Behind the Age Friendly Streets Campaign

The campaign is being trialled in Bristol.

Of Bristol residents aged over 65:

  • Numbers will rise 50% in next 20 years from 1in 6 (17%) to 1 in 4 (25%) – in Bristol an extra 36,000 people (AgeUK 2014)
  • 30% live alone (ONS 2013a AgeUK 2014)
  • 10% (6,600) often feel lonely (AgeUK 2014)
  • Nearly all aged 65+ live in streets (96%) and in their own house (75%) (ONS 2013/2010 BBC 2014)
  • While 'more than a third of young people aged 16 to 24 do not feel part of their local community' (research by the Prince's Trust)
  • Loneliness harms health – comparable for early death as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, worse than obesity and physical inactivity (Campaign to End Loneliness)

The above means that contact with neighbours can play an important role in reducing isolation and loneliness, for all ages. Being friendly in streets, if not friends, is good for health and social cohesion.

Facts from Streets Alive

Streets Alive is the neighbours and street party charitable group.

In our many post-street party surveys:

  • 89% thought that their street party 'brought together neighbours with different ages and backgrounds' at least a 'fair amount'.
  • Residents meet an average of 8 new neighbours.

See our websites Streets Alive, Street Party and Age Friendly Streets.