Does your local area support the needs of older people? Swansea University have developed a toolkit which allows residents to audit the physical environment around where they live to assess whether it is suitable for the needs of older people.

OPERAT (Older Peoples External Residential Assessment Tools) is a simple checklist which assesses the physical environment of a post code area. The development of age friendly communities is a key priority in Swansea’s Ageing Well programme. Age friendly communities are communities that support older to people to stay active, be involved and remain independent. The physical environment around where somebody lives can affect a person’s ability to get out and about, so we are working in partnership with City and County of Swansea and Swansea University to help them to pilot OPERAT.

They are looking for individuals or groups who would be interested in undertaking a short training session with Swansea University so they can carry out OPERAT assessments within their local post code area.

They are particularly interested in hearing from people living in the following areas, but would also encourage people from any area in Swansea to take part:

  • Morriston
  • Brynmill
  • People living in areas on the periphery of the City Centre (e.g. St Helens, Brunswick, Sandfields, Mount Pleasant)
  • People living in rural areas

Training dates are being planned for June, with details of dates and venues to follow.

If you would like to get involved or find out more, please contact Polly Gordon via email: polly.gordon@swansea.gov.uk or telephone: 01792 635448