2008 Manifesto: Appreciating Our Seniors

Please see below for a sample of several of the pledges in this section of the 2008 Manifesto. For the full list of pledges, please download the complete Progress Report.

Making London Age Friendly

Improving respect for older people

"I will improve respect for older people by encouraging organisations to recruit older people as volunteers, including for the Olympics."
Status Update: Delivered

Mayor Boris Johnson and his team are working across all policy areas to improve respect for older Londoners. The GLA now encourages older people to volunteer (link). As part of a drive to improve respect for older people, through Team London, Boris’s £4m volunteering programme, young people will teach older people IT (link). Additionally, to help vulnerable and elderly Londoners, eighty ‘Contact the Elderly’ groups have been established across capital supported by 1,200 volunteers (link).

Improving open spaces and street cleanliness

"I will improve open spaces in London, and work with local councils to improve street cleanliness."
Status Update: Delivered

Under the Help a London Park scheme, 11 parks have been awarded £6 million (link). Further, the ‘Love Clean London’ application was launched in March 2011 to engage citizens and reduce litter and associated costs (link). Mayor Boris Johnson has been a champion of the Capital Clean-Up campaign to make London cleaner and greener for the Olympics 2012 by co-ordinating events from litter-picks to litter enforcement and education activities across the capital. Around 1,700 volunteers took part in nearly 150 events across 22 boroughs during the summer 2011 campaign (link).

Encouraging developers to design safer walkways, better paving, and greener spaces

"I will encourage developers to design safer walkways, better paving, and greener spaces in new developments, including in the Thames Gateway."
Status Update: Delivered

Mayor Boris Johnson has ensured that making London age friendly is part of his innovative New London Plan. It includes a commitment to ensure that the design of all new housing developments and social infrastructure should be accessible to and take particular account of the needs of older people (link).

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