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

Circus skills in Edgbaston

DEMCAF– Helping carers and the Dementia sufferers they care for, to be less isolated and more involved with the local community Demcaf are an Ageing Better in Birmingham group who meet on the first Tuesday of every month at St Georges church, Edgbaston to provide a support network, activities and socialising to people over 50 with Dementia, and their Carers. What struck us about this group was that it was not just carers and the cared-for who came along, but also a large number of volunteers - people in the community and members of the church who are interested in the wellbeing of others and who want to lend a hand and make a difference to the lives of people in this very practical way. We spoke with Jenny Astley, aged 78 from Selly Oak, Birmingham. For the past 12 months, Jenny has been coming to Demcaf with her husband David, w......
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New project aimed at making Tyburn an 'age-friendly' neighbourhood

Sustrans is delivering Age Friendly Tyburn, a project aimed at increasing an ‘age-friendly’ neighbourhood and reducing social isolation by creating a positive long-term improvement on the physical environment of the Tyburn Ward. This project is funded by BVSC and is part of the Ageing Better in Birmingham programme. It will run until June 2020.   What is the project about? Sustrans will be working to support people in Tyburn to identify aspects of the urban environment that make travel and connectivity to the community difficult, such as crossing points, links between neighbourhoods and access to green spaces. An initial audit of the area will lead to developing and trialling ideas that positively enhance their neighbourhood environment to make it Age-Friendly and make access for over 50s easier. The trials will initially be low cost and short term – but with the view to using them as evidence to establish lasting positive chang......
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I would have been just sitting at home watching TV if I hadn’t come to this group

  We all love to see fresh flowers, tastefully displayed and showing off nature in all its loveliness and colour, but to arrange them so that they look their best takes a little practice.Thanks to support from the Ageing Better in Birmingham programme, Samreena Begum, with the help of Nita Upadhyay at the Sparkbrook Ageing Better Hub was able to set up a flower arranging class at the Tyseley Community Centre and this has proved very popular with ladies local to the area. Samreena said: “This has been 15 weeks of utter bliss and has definitely helped to reduce isolation in the local community, these ladies have come along every week, they have learnt lots of new skills, made new friends and have really enjoyed themselves." "From the bottom of our hearts, we all want to say THANK YOU very much to Ageing Better”  We also chatted with Patricia, a lady who cam......
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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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Ageing Better in Birmingham Request for Quotation – Good Neighbour Campaign (Tyburn Local Action Plan)

Ageing Better in Birmingham is requesting quotations for the provision of Good Neighbour Campaign; a Project within the Tyburn Local Action Plan. Further information on our Priority Area Local Action Plans can be found on our website at

More information in regards to this opportunity can be found on our e-Tendering portal In-Tend (click here), and submissions will be managed through this system.

The opportunity is now live and the deadline for Bidder's Response is Friday 26th October 2018. 12pm noon.

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