In January 2020, Sutton joined the UK Network of Age-Friendly Communities, supported by the WHO Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities (GNAFCC) which has over 1,000 members worldwide.
An age-friendly community is a place where people are able to live healthy and active later lives. In an age-friendly community, services, local groups, businesses and residents all work together to identify and make the changes in both the physical environment (e.g. transport, housing, outdoors spaces) and social environment (e.g. volunteering, leisure, employment, and services) that are relevant to their own local context and enable people to lead healthy and active later lives.
Over 20% of the population of Sutton is over 60 and the London Borough of Sutton, partnering with Age UK Sutton, joined this growing movement of towns, cities, county and city regions, to commit to making changes to improve the experience of later life in their locality, for all of their residents. This commitment was supported by more than 30 Sutton Plan partners who also signed the pledge letter.