Our delivery organisations are a collection of voluntary sector organisations experienced in facilitating communities.
Groundwork West Midlands (GWWM) works with our Age of Experience group
Groundwork West Midlands (GWWM) is a charity that works alongside local communities, public bodies, private companies and other voluntary sector organisations to support local communities.
With over twenty years' experience Groundworks 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 carry out work locally, regionally and nationally that builds people's skills, resilience and improves job prospects, that redesigns neglected open spaces for twenty-first century use, that helps people make their own decisions about their area and that motivates and develops young people. For more information, visit https://www.groundwork.org.uk/sites/westmidlands
CFE Research carries out local evaluation of Ageing Better in Birmingham
CFE Research have been commissioned by BVSC to carry out the local evaluation of Ageing Better in Birmingham. The local evaluation aims to understand what works when it comes to reducing and preventing isolation among older people. We will be gathering evidence on how effective the different elements of the programme are. We will also be looking at the achievements of the programme and exploring the impact on older people, the services they receive and their local community. For more information, visit http://cfe.org.uk/
Ageing Better in Birmingham is a city wide programme with four-priority areas where risks of isolation are especially high - Tyburn, Sparkbrook, LGBT Community and Older Carers. We work across the city and these areas through our Ageing Better Hubs which you can find out more about below.
Tyburn Hub, led by Compass Support
Compass Support provide innovative responses to social change through a range of proven support services across Birmingham. Opportunities include health and well-being provision, support to families and vulnerable people, services for young people, and employment and training advice. The organisation help young people, offering a number of services to help young people develop confidence through new experiences and opportunities. They improve 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 our local communities, providing quality facilities that offer a place of welcome. We work in one of the 4% most deprived communities in the UK. Against the backdrop of need and diversity we seek to fulfil theirmandate 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/