The Ageing Better Fund is part of the Ageing Better in Birmingham programme which is led by Birmingham Voluntary Service Council (BVSC) and funded by the Big Lottery Fund.
The Ageing Better Fund supports citizens of all ages in Birmingham who can empower people over 50 to make contributions to their community by starting Ageing Better Groups. These are groups of people who come together to start activities to help end isolation for older people in Birmingham.
No matter how innovative or unqiue your idea is, if it is what people over 50 in your community want to do and it includes isolated people over 50 in the design of your activity, then consider applying to the Ageing Better Fund! The Ageing Better Fund can cover costs up to £2,000. You can find more information about what the fund can and cannot pay for, and how to apply, in the Ageing Better Fund Guidance document which you can find on our documents page. It's worth noting that the Ageing Better in Birmingham programme is a learning programme and we ask all groups to fill in questionnaires that support our national evaluation.
Activities such as the ones organised by Ageing Better Groups will make the community better able to cope with changing circumstances and isolation in the future. Applications are reviewed by the Ageing Better Fund Panel which is made up of staff, a core partnership board member and members of our Age of Experience group.
As outlined in the Ageing Better Fund Guidance Document, all applicants need to contact an Ageing Better Hub before applying to the Ageing Better Fund. The fund will not accept applications unless they are submitted through a hub. So far the fund has helped pay for over 160 activities across Birmingham, including skills workshops in cake decoration, using smart phones and safe internet browsing, exercise classes such as yoga, Bhangra, Pickleball and traditional Bosnian folk dancing, art classes in mosaic, paining and paper crafts. Whatever your idea is, we look forward to hearing about it! Speak to an Ageing Better Hub today to find out more!