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Birmingham Community Innovation Fund welcomes new proposals

Birmingham Community Innovation Fund is welcoming new proposals which can support the three priorities: supporting social participation and loneliness; carers; and preventing homelessness. The fund is delivered by Birmingham City Council in partnership with Crowdfunder to match funds raised by projects and campaigns through the “crowd”. For proposals which match the priorities and outcomes, Birmingham City Council will provide 50% match-funding up to the value of £10,000. They are looking to invest £200,000 in total over the next six months and full details are available via https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/crowdfund-birmingham. Since November, the fund has successfully supported five projects and campaigns, pledging £35,000 to match £46,000 raised through the “crowd” (total value of approximately £81,000). A list of projects that have been funded so far can be found via https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/funds/birmingham-community. The funders are very willing to support creative ideas and activity, to understand the broad range of activity which can have a positive impact on adu......
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Ageing Better Awards 2018

We are pleased to announce that the winners of Ageing Better Awards 2018 are:

  • Mohammed Gulfam from the Healthy Eating Club Award: Best Contribution to the Cause
    • For having gone above and beyond in trying to reach out to isolated people over 50 in their neighbourhood
    • For having exceeded expectations of their role and been an inspiration to others and exemplified the values of Ageing Better
  • Indoor Sports for All Generations Award: Best Ageing Better Activity
    • For having tried and tested an activity that people over 50 wouldn’t traditionally access

A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to Mr. Gulfam and everyone involved in his group and the Indoor Sports For All Generations members for making such fantastic contributions to isolated older people in Birmingham. 

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Spring Forward

"The sun came out and shone on us all on the 26th of March 2018"   On Monday 26th March 2018, Ageing Better in Birmingham held its annual Spring Forward event that is coordinated by Groundwork West Midlands and the Age of Experience group. The aim of Spring Forward is to celebrate the positive contribution that people over 50 make in communities across the city and to celebrate ageing. This year’s event was held at Austin Court and focussed on celebrating the involvement of people in the Ageing Better in Birmingham programme, recognising the effort and commitment of people who have started a new activity to enable people in communities to come together and reduce their social isolation. Everyone who attended the event has been involved in the Ageing Better in Birmingham programme, by either leading or attending an activity that encourages people to get together and make new friends and c......
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Birmingham charities win awards for excellence

  Two charities in Birmingham among eight winners of the 2018 GSK IMPACT Awards.  A prestigious national award for improving health and wellbeing in communities across the UK, has been awarded to two charities from Birmingham. Birmingham LGBT, who provides a wide range of health and wellbeing activities for LGBT people in Birmingham and the Rape and Sexual Violence Project (RSVP) that offers support to children and adults in Birmingham affected by sexual violence and abuse are among eight charities that have won across the UK. Steph Keeble, from Birmingham LGBT (which is also our Ageing Better LGBT Hub), said: "We are delighted to have won this award, as it is fantastic recognition of the work we have done in supporting LGBT people in Birmingham. In particular, it is great that the judges have highlighted our work in supporting some of the most vulnerable people, in particular, as this is a key focus for......
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Digital Skills Beginners Workshop

  Google's Digital Garage in Birmingham is offering new learning opportunities! Google's Digital Garage is arranging short workshops to offer digital skills coaching from beginner’s level to more advanced levels in relation to Spreadsheets, Staying Safe Online, Writing for Social Media and Digital Advertising. The sessions will enhance learners skills and knowledge in the respective areas, plus, will enable learners to grow in confidence when supporting citizens who are increasingly being expected to navigate technology in order to be able to better access information and services. ‘Staying safe online’ may be of particular interest in this regard because it includes, how to keep personal data safe and offers tips about shopping online as well as online banking etc. All sessions will be held at Woodcock Street in Birmingham and only those who have reserved their place will be given entry due to the strict room capacity. Please note that the sessions are g......
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