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

A neighbourly Xmas in Birmingham

A neighbourly Xmas in Birmingham
Every Christmas there are stories around older people and how you can get involved to help a lonely elderly person by volunteering. Usually this means befriending, either by phone or in person. Whilst having a volunteer come round for a cup of tea and a natter can be great - even life-changing for some people – befriending relies on referrals and organisations to establish these connections. And if visits are in person, they require a volunteer who lives within relatively easy reach of the older person’s home.   WHAT THE RESEARCH TELLS US In a UK-wide study of more than 2,000 people in August 2016, data collected by One Poll showed that feeling lonely where you live is not just an older person’s issue. Almost 30% of respondents aged 18-34 admitted to feeling isolated, compared to 14% of those aged over 55. Further data from a private social network called Nextdoor shows......
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The street was our kingdom, our safety net

The street was our kingdom, our safety net
As we approach Ageing Together Week 2019, Nina, one of our Age of Experience members with extensive involvement in the Ageing Better in Birmingham programme, shares her experience of growing up in Birmingham. Read her story below.    "Growing up in the 1960s and 70s was great. I would play with my first ever best friend, Clare, and her brother Joe. Most of our time was spent across the road on the factory steps; we would take our mothers’ sheets and tie them round the rails to make ‘houses’. One year my mother bought me a Silver Cross pram for Christmas from the antiques shop across the way. I don’t know how many times that pram went up and down the street with dolls (and friends!) in it. Life was carefree. I would go to the sweet shop to get my dad’s cigarettes and the owner always let me choose a penny swe......
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Connect Sparkbrook

Not long ago, a new project called Connect Sparkbrook, launched in Sparkbrook. It’s part of the Ageing Better in Birmingham programme and will be delivered by The Muath Trust. With a focus on Sparkbrook as an area, it aims to improve connectivity and reduce isolation for people over 50. The project will develop local people’s skills, knowledge and understanding of local voluntary and community organisations and community groups and individuals. Mumtaz Shah, of The Muath Trust, is the Project Co-ordinator for Connect Sparkbrook and responsible for the day to day delivery. Having extensive experience in working within the Community Development Sector, Mumtaz understands the necessity for a joint-approach in this area. He said: “I’m very excited about this new role. The project has a lot of potential to improve connectivity and combat social isolation for those over 50 in Sparkbrook. There are several organisations that are doing excellent community development and enga......
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Proud Baggies launch the 1968 Club - A campaign to help reduce loneliness amongst the older LGBT+ population

Proud Baggies, West Bromwich Albion’s official Supporter Group for LGBT+ fans has launched a campaign in support of reducing social isolation amongst LGBT+ elders. In association with Ageing Better Birmingham and with support from Birmingham LGBT’s Ageing with Pride programme, The ‘1968 Club’ will offer free tickets, travel and refreshments at all WBA home games throughout the season for LGBT+ people over 50 who find themselves isolated from the community. Piero Zizzi, Proud Baggies founder says “we have a unique opportunity to support older and socially isolated LGBT+ people who otherwise would not engage with other LGBT+ people, by offering a safe environment to attend football matches accompanied by members of our group. The 1968 Club is a fitting title since to be eligible you have to have been born before we won our 5th and most memorable FA Cup”. Research shows that older LGBT+ people are especially vulnerable to loneliness a......
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Job advert: Community Project Coordinator

Community Project Coordinator Salary: £24,176 per annum37 hours per week Based in Tipton with regular travel across the West Midlands region This job role is part funded by the National Lottery, through the Heritage Lottery Fund. The Heritage Lottery Fund invests money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about. Groundwork West Midlands are looking for an enthusiastic Community Project Coordinator to take a leading role in 2 exciting projects; Every Step of The Way and Kick the Dust: Future Proof Parks. The post holder will be responsible for all aspects of their projects, from planning and delivery to management and reporting. You will need to have a broad understanding of, and interest in, community and health and wellbeing, along with effective administrative and organisational skills and an ability to prioritise your own work programme. Experience building capacity and resilience of volunteers is essential, ......
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