Working Inclusively to Make Communities Age-Friendly is a new Ambition for Ageing briefing that asserts that equality, diversity and inclusivity are core to understanding and reducing social isolation, and emphasises key ways to embed inclusion in building age-friendly communities:
• Knowledge needed for inclusive age-friendliness: It is necessary to have a good understanding of communities themselves, and of the wider world, to ensure that equalities-driven work to reduce social isolation has the best chance of being effective
• Ways of working that deepen inclusion: To fully include marginalised groups, we need to make sure that we design genuinely inclusive opportunities that are open to all, as well delivering targeted approaches
• Working with an equalities mindset: When equalities working is seen as more than meeting obligations under the Equalities Act 2010, then community work to reduce social isolation is more effective
This briefing will be of interest to those working to tackle loneliness and social isolation of older people from marginalised communities, and those concerned that community and neighbourhood-level work reaches people in marginalised communities.