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Celebrating over 50s in Birmingham

Celebrating over 50s in Birmingham
A fantastic FREE event celebrating Birmingham's over 50s taking place on 29 March at Austin Court in Birmingham. Bollywood dancing, art, food and more!    Our annual "Spring Forward" event for people over 50 in Birmingham is this year focussing on making connections and staying positive in later life.  Spring Forward has been organised by Groundwork West Midlands in partnership with Birmingham Voluntary Service Council (BVSC), and will take place from 10am on Friday, March 29, at Austin Court on Cambridge Street in Birmingham. Samantha Julius, Community Project Coordinator at Groundwork West Midlands, leads on supporting the group of older people who have helped organise the event. She said:   ”It’s important to celebrate the contributions people over 50 make to Birmingham, so that we can be proud of the community we live in. By working together, we have come up with an interactive and fun event with lots of opportunities to ......
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Communities Representative needed for Birmingham City Partnership Board

Communities Representative needed for Birmingham City Partnership Board
Birmingham City Partnership Board – Communities Representative The Birmingham City Partnership Board is seeking to recruit a Communities Representative to provide a communities-based perspective on board matters, and to contribute to the board’s agenda based on this perspective. The role will work in close partnership with the Voluntary Sector Representative to provide a strong and coordinated civil society input to board business.   About the Birmingham City Partnership Board The Birmingham City Partnership Board was established in September 2018 to drive positive change collectively for the city of Birmingham. Its intention is to provide a regular way for representatives of different sectors to build trust between themselves and to collaborate in addressing relevant strategic opportunities, with a view to helping the city move towards a more agile and distributed leadership approach. For further information about the role, please see the role description HERE.   To express an interest, please submit eith......
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How to make friends after 50.

How to make friends after 50.
Making friends as adults is not as easy as when you're younger. Making friends when you're over 50, perhaps retired - can be even trickier. No longer having the daily rythm of activities, or a space where we are put together with people in our community through classes at school, or a work place, can make it increasingly difficult to make friends in later life.  However, it is never too late to meet new people, and indeed make new friends in life! One of the best places to start is with yourself. Think about what you enjoy doing and start from there. Often, when we have not had a chance to enjoy ourselves for some time, we loose confidence in our ability to do things, and in ourselves. We can forget what makes us really happy. If you enjoy gardening, start with that. Start going outside, or plant indoors. If it......
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Ex-bobby still on the beat

Ex-bobby still on the beat
Baughan House movers and shakers build great connections in the Tyburn community One of the groups funded by Ageing Better in Birmingham is a sitting exercise group which takes place at Baughan House, a sheltered accommodation complex in Pype Hayes, north Birmingham. The class has been going for the past 5 months and is run by Janine Smith, from Positive Movers, an ex-police officer who really keeps the group members on their toes as she encourages them to join in with lots of different types of sitting exercise, from scarf waving and playing maracas, to having fun with hoops! “Sometimes, coming to a group like this is the only contact older people have with others in their neighbourhood” said Laura Grigg, Network Enabler from the Ageing Better Tyburn Hub.   “Coming along every week means that people inevitably have a chance to make friends – whereas before, they were just strangers” The clas......
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Pink Sou’westers visit a Byzantine church and celebrate their 10th Anniversary

Pink Sou’westers visit a Byzantine church and celebrate their 10th Anniversary
Pink Sou’westers are a group of LGBT people who offer affordable, accessible and inclusive events for all ages and for people from all over the Midlands. Like many other groups in Birmingham, Pink Sou’westers have benefitted from funding provided by the Ageing Better in Birmingham programme.   Their latest outing was to the Church of the Holy Prince Lazar, in Bournville, a stunning Serbian Orthodox church that was built by political refugees from Yugoslavia on land purchased from the Cadbury family in 1968. As we listened to the interesting talk about the church and how all the elaborate wall paintings and murals were completed by just one man over a period of 7 years, it was clear that these sort of outings are really enjoyable for all members.  Bob, 71, from Hockley explains how Pink Sou’westers offers a variety of trips and visits, typically every month. He said, “They always try to make......
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