Bring your community together & help those over 50 to overcome isolation

Zumba, salsa, dominos and sewing in Acocks Green

Meeting each Tuesday at the Church of God of Prophecy in Acocks Green, people get moving with regular Zumba classes, sewing, dominos and trips to the seaside. We caught up with people who attend the group for various activities. Enid and Delbert, a lovely couple who have been married 60 years. Originally from Jamaica, they moved to England in the 50’s. After working for many years, the two retired and relocated back to Jamaica, but then, a year or so ago, decided to return to the UK so that they could spend more time with their four daughters, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. As we reminisced about the times when wages were £4 a week and a bus fare only a couple of pence, they were a little reluctant to say whether they prefer Jamaica or England, but one thing is clear, they are delighted to be part of a caring and......
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Cake that brings people together

A couple of weeks back a group of people got together at Two Snowhill Tower in Birmingham. They were met with a nice spread of afternoon tea, delicious cakes and great friends and aquaintances. Java & Chow is a group for 50+ LGBT people and their friends of all ages. They regularly get together for coffee mornings and lunch clubs at various venues in Birmingham city centre.  The lovely Jeraldene, who is also part of our Age of Experience Group encourages people of all ages and walks of life to come and join the group. She was recently interviewed by BBC West Midlands about her experiences with Ageing Better in Birmingham. She has talked about having a sort of "ageing policy, a plan for what to do when you get older and you may no longer be surrounded by colleagues, friends or family on a regular basis. For Jeraldene, "the best part of......
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"Ageing Better Makes A Difference"

Last year, our Ageing Better Fund supported Nechells POD to organise activities to get more isolated older people involved in their local community. Noran Flynn, who organise these activities wrote the below feedback and sent us photos from the gorup. We've also included a few quotes from participants who were part of the activities paid for by the Ageing Better Fund.   "Ageing Better Makes ADifference" by Noran Flynn, Charity Development Director, Nechells POD.  Nechells POD is a community project based in the heart of Nechells, one of the most deprived wards in Birmingham. We support local residents from 0-86 years of age and our aim is to empower them to be beacons of hope in the local community. We have a very active elders group, FiNs (Friends in Nechells) and we are always looking at ways to involve more people particularly the isolated and vulnerable. We were thrilled to receive......
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  A group of residents in Tyburn had set up weekly activities within their housing accomodation to encourage residents to leave their room and join the community playing cards, darts, do arts and crafts and have a meal together. The group felt they could do more to get isolated people involved, and encourage more residents to get involved with the weekly activities and so after seeing a flyer about the Ageing Better in Birmingham programme they contacted our Tyburn hub and spoke to Phil who works there. After some initial conversations, they applied to the Ageing Better Fund.  With the help of the fund, the group has now set up a skittle alley and are organising weekly competitions, games and social gatherings.They get residents and people from the community involved by advertising in the common room, knocking on doors and by putting posters in GP's and the local post office.  The......
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Annual Learning & Sharing Conference 2016

We would like to invite you to Ageing Better in Birmingham’s first Annual Learning & Sharing Conference,

on Wednesday 28th September, 1pm – 3.30pm at BVSC, 138 Digbeth, B5 6DR.

This is our first annual lessons learnt and networking conference for practitioners, providers and service agencies.

We will be covering Asset Based Community Development and it’s application in Birmingham looking at how the model can be used to develop communities to tackle problems faced by people over 50.

Speaking at this conference is Max Vaughan, Head of Service - Universal & Prevention at Birmingham City Council.

If you would like to attend, please click here to register your place.

Please note that places are limited, so register as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Thank you and we hope to see you there.

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