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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How can we lend a hand to isolated older people in Birmingham?

How can we lend a hand to isolated older people in Birmingham?
Well we can start by looking at what we can do together! That is exactly what citizens of Birmingham have done. By starting voluntary groups (referred to as Ageing Better Networks) and organising activities for isolated older adults, a movement is underway which we hope will continue to grow and spread across the city! Citizens of all ages, men and women from all backgrounds and cultures are encouraged to get together and utilise existing community assets such as local centres, cafés, and businesses, places of worship, existing local knowledge and leaders in the community. Ageing Better Networks are intergenerational and self-organising groups made up of community volunteers. It could be that you want to organise a street party, a weekly lunch club, a trip somewhere, a workshop, an exercise class – anything older people want or need! So far, the Ageing Better Fund has agreed to cover cost for the following ac......
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