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

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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Skittles

  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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Gardening with Oxhill Road Carers

Want to grow things in the nice weather? Why not get isolated older people involved, like Oxhill Road Allotment Carers did, and apply to our fund! People who garden together share ideas and thoughts, plan ahead together and talk about plants, flowers, vegetables and of course life in general. And even if research has indicated that Brits don’t start gardening until the age of 41*, gardening can be enjoyed by all ages. Gardening provides fresh air, a bit of fun, exercise and hopefully a visually pleasing surrounding and maybe even home-grown food. Planting seeds, taking cuttings and moving around in the garden increases use of all motor skills such as walking, reaching and bending, building strength and balance. Gardening can also reduce stress levels and improve wellbeing, especially if it’s done together with other people. Oxhill Road Allotment Carers attend an allotment once or twice a week and enjoy the peace of ......
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5 reasons to start an Ageing Better Network

There are many great opportunities to get involved with Ageing Better in Birmingham. One of them is to start an Ageing Better Network. Here are 5 reasons to start one today!   1. You will be part of a grassroots movement in BirminghamAgeing Better Networks are made up of community volunteers offering practical support, identifying those who are isolated or at risk of isolation. Be a change maker!   2. To improve your local communityBy increasing social connections and engagement you are not only making a difference to individuals but also to the community, making it sustainable and more resilient to changes in the future.   3. You will meet new peopleVolunteering is a great way to meet new people and get new experiences. You may find yourself speaking to people you wouldn’t have met otherwise!   4. To make someone happyBy giving a little of your time, you can put a......
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