The Ageing Better in Birmingham programme is a partnership with different organisations across the city, led by Birmingham Voluntary Service Council (BVSC).
Our delivery organisations are a collection of voluntary sector organisations experienced in facilitating communities.
Tyburn Hub, led by Compass Support
Compass Support provides innovative responses to social change through a range of proven support services across Birmingham. The organisation improves health and wellbeing through targeted health and wellbeing programmes, increase skills and employability, support families, vulnerable groups and older people and work within communities. For more information, visit http://www.pioneergroup.org.uk/contact/
Sparkbrook Hub - led by Narthex Sparkhill
Narthex Sparkhill is a charity set up by St. John’s Anglican Church in Sparkhill. The Heart of Narthex work is to meet the culturally diverse needs of the local communities, providing quality facilities that offer a place of welcome. Narthex work in one of the 4% most deprived communities in the UK. Against the backdrop of need and diversity the organisation seeks to fulfil their mandate of Encouraging Cohesion through Education, Social Action, Families, Children’s and Young Peoples work. For more information, visit http://www.narthex.org.uk/
LGBT Hub - led by Birmingham LGBT
Birmingham LGBT is the city’s leading charity advocating for and supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities in Birmingham and beyond. We offer a range of services focused on improving the health & wellbeing of individuals. Birmingham LGBT also believe passionately that Birmingham should be one of the best places in the UK for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) people to live, work and socialise, and work to enable a thriving, visible and PROUD LGBT community in the city. For more information, visit http://blgbt.org/
Carers Hub - led by Forward Carers Consortium
Forward Carers is a West Midlands based carer support service, here to make a real difference to the lives of people caring for an elderly frail, sick or disabled family member. Their aim is simple – to improve the physical and mental wellbeing of carers, young and old, including parent carers, so that families stay healthier and happier together, for longer. For more information, visit https://forwardcarers.org.uk/
City Wide - led by Age UK Birmingham in partnership with Age Concern
The City-Wide Hub is a partnership of local and national assets, led by Age UK Birmingham working with Age Concern Birmingham as a consortium with large local and national ‘footprints’. Together they have been delivering services to older people in Birmingham for a combined period of over 40 years; and are currently providing day opportunities, befriending and information and advice to older people over 50 and their carers. For more information, visit https://www.ageuk.org.uk/birmingham/
Groundwork West Midlands (GWWM) works with our Age of Experience group
With over twenty years' experience Groundwork deliver hundreds of projects across the West Midlands, helping improve the quality of people's lives, their prospects and potential, and the places where they live, work and play. The organisation carries out work locally, regionally and nationally. For more information, visit https://www.groundwork.org.uk/sites/westmidlands
CFE Research carries out local evaluation of Ageing Better in Birmingham
CFE Research carries out the local evaluation of the programme. The evaluation aims to understand what works when it comes to reducing and preventing isolation among older people. CFE gathers evidence on how effective the different elements of the programme are, they look at the achievements of the programme and explore the impact on older people, the services they receive and their local community. For more information, visit http://cfe.org.uk/
Local Action Plans in four priority communities
The purpose of these plans has been to effect longer-term change and improvement in support and services for local people at a neighbourhood level. Older people were supported, trained and empowered so they could meaningfully engage with the coproduction of these plans. The plans are strategic, involving all key agencies and stakeholders. These plans aim to: address the causes of isolation, be locally determined and part of a continuing plan for making neighbourhoods ‘age friendly’.
Making Space for Carers (Forward Carers)
Connect Sparkbrook (Muath Trust)
Community Organisers (Compass Support)