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Nina's story

Hello, My name is Nina Mildenall, I am 55 years young. I have lived on Castle Vale since I was 21, been married to my husband John for 34 years and have four beautiful grown up children. Jenny is a manger at Manchester United Football Club, Steven is a chef, Claire is a P.E. Teacher and Michael is carer. Throughout my life, I have always worked. In my last job - I was there for 16 years - I worked in the Quality Control department. But sadly my life changed when I was badly bullied at work. I was close to having a breakdown and became so ill I had to leave.I became isolated. Apart from trips to the doctors or hospital and once week where my father would made sure we went to lunch together, I was isolated. My father helped me so much, then bad news came and within......

Buddying Scheme for carers launching in Birmingham

A new project has started in Birmingham. TELEBUDDIES will be delivered by Disability Resource Centre, and is part of the Carers Local Action Plan. A key part of Ageing Better in Birmingham, Local Action Plans aim to improve the lives of older people who are carers, identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, or live in Tyburn or Sparkbrook.Telebuddies is a telephone buddying scheme for older carers, requiring the design, delivery and evaluation of an effective telephone ‘buddying’ scheme for older carers.   Telebuddies will launch two different models of telephone buddying, and assess how effective they are. The different models are aimed at increasing carers’ social contact, emotional resilience, as well as providing a system to identify early warning signs of isolation. Evaluation from the project will be used to make recommendations for future plans and identify a self-organising future that supports older carers to connect and offer mutual support beyon......

New project in Tyburn

A new project has started in Tyburn.   It's called Community Organisers and is part of the Tyburn Local Action Plan. As part of Ageing Better in Birmingham there are several Local Action Plans. They all have an aim to improve the lives of older people in either Tyburn, Sparkbrook, for older carers or older LGBT people. The Community Organisers project represents 1 of 5 projects within the Tyburn Local Action Plan.  The project is primarily aimed at encouraging communities to: Share their knowledge and experience of local services, activities and events Encourage others to become more involved in their neighbourhoods (active citizenship) Improve resilience for individuals, groups and communities within Tyburn One of the project’s key aims is to be sustainable beyond this funding by providing support, training and tools to help people become involved in community action, encouraging active citizenship, creating stronger and more resilient individuals and communities as well as r......

Ageing Better in Birmingham tender opportunity – Changing Practice in the Health and Social Care Sector (Part of the LGBT Community Local Action Plan)

Ageing Better in Birmingham is out to tender for the provision of the Changing Practice in the Health and Social Care Sector; a Project within the LGBT community Local Action Plan. Further information on our Priority Area Local Action Plans can be found on our website at https://www.ageingbetterinbirmingham.co.uk/latest-news/update-priority-area-local-action-plans

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 Thursday 12th April 2018, 12pm noon.

Ageing Better in Birmingham has received a £6 million investment from the Big Lottery Funds Fulfilling lives: Ageing Better national strategic programme. This is a 6-year project, which started in April 2015.

Awareness week to highlight isolation across Birmingham

People are being urged to speak to their neighbours as part of an awareness week to raise awareness of isolation in Birmingham and how it can be prevented. Ageing Together Week takes place across the city from Monday, January 22 to Sunday, January 28, and is being run by Ageing Better in Birmingham. By 2020, almost 57,000 people aged 65 plus will be living alone in the city, (37 per cent of the age group), and this rises to almost 81,000, almost 53 per cent of the age group, when those with a limiting long-term illness are included. Feeling alone and isolated is a negative emotional experience and can adversely affect both physical health and mental well-being and recent studies suggest it can contribute towards stress, lower self-esteem, disturbed sleep, cardiovascular disease, dementia and other mental health outcomes. The aim of the week is to raise awareness of the problem and......

Birmingham GP surgery wins award for supporting isolated patients

A surgery in Birmingham that developed a support group for isolated people has won an award for its work. The Tower Hill Partnership Medical Practice in Perry Barr picked up the Patient Champion Award at the Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) General Practice Awards 2017. The surgery was recognised for identifying people on their books who had been bereaved in the last five years and were most likely to be at risk of loneliness and isolation. The Walsall Road Surgery’s Patient Participation Group is supported by Ageing Better in Birmingham, a National Lottery funded programme working to reduce isolation in the city. The money, from the Ageing Better Fund, allowed the practice to invite 250 people to a 50 Plus Group. They meet at the surgery every two weeks and can chat, play games and attendees are even able to have their ailments checked by a GP or......

Ageing Better in Birmingham Request for Quotation opportunity – Independent Evaluation for Older Carers Local Action Plan: Telebuddies and Making Space for Carers

Ageing Better in Birmingham is requesting quotations for the provision of an independent evaluation for two projects within the Older Carers Local Action Plan (LAP)– Telebuddies and Making Space for Carers.

For further information and to request the full document set please download the following document links:

Responses to the Request for Quotation must be submitted via email to by 12pm on Wednesday 31st January 2018.

Ageing Better in Birmingham has received a £6 million investment from the Big Lottery Funds Fulfilling lives: Ageing Better national strategic programme. This is a 6-year project, which started in April 2015.

Ageing Better in Birmingham - End of Year Round Up

Ageing Better is now moving into a phase of rolling out new projects to test the most effective way of addressing isolation in the over 50’s. Increasingly we are focusing on improving ‘connectedness’ between people rather than labelling people as isolated, as we are finding more and more that people want to take part in something positive. Our four Local Action Plans are starting to take shape on the ground, and we would encourage people to look out for the following projects.   Sparkbrook Local Action Plan -Connect Sparkbrook. -Promoting Active Citizenship   Tyburn Local Action Plan  -Age Friendly Tyburn -Community Organisers -Care and Repair Scheme -Good Neighbour Campaign   LGBT Local Action Plan  -Ageing with Pride -Changing Practice within Health and Social Care -Badging Scheme   Carers Local Action Plan  -Tellybudies -Making Space for Carers -Carers Voice -Sitting Service   Whether it’s supporting the projects through giving your time and effort ......

“I’ve got my life back” – HIV sufferer praises ‘life-changing’ support group in Birmingham

A Birmingham man with HIV who had “nothing to get up for” has praised the “life-changing” impact of a city-wide support group which has helped him get his life back. The 51-year-old, known only as Andy, was diagnosed with HIV four years ago and attends Positive West Midlands, a group funded by our programme, Ageing Better in Birmingham. Andy, who is married with two children, contracted the disease through sexual encounters with men. Speaking ahead of World Aids Day (December 1), he said: “Since joining the group, I now have something to get up for. It takes away the isolation. The group has opened doors for me and boosted my confidence. “The difference with me is that I’m married. The group helps to keep us together. My wife also needs support, she wanted to ask people what to expect. She has stood by me.” Andy added: “When I was diagnosed I sunk into depression a......

Ageing Better in Birmingham tender opportunity – Age Friendly Tyburn (Tyburn Local Action Plan)

Ageing Better in Birmingham is out to tender for the provision of Age Friendly Tyburn; a Project within the Tyburn Local Action Plan. Further information on our Priority Area Local Action Plans can be found here.

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 Thursday 8th February 2018, 12pm noon.

Ageing Better in Birmingham has received a £6 million investment from the Big Lottery Funds Fulfilling lives: Ageing Better national strategic programme. This is a 6-year project, which started in April 2015.

Request for Quotation opportunity – Independent Evaluation of 4 projects within the Tyburn Local Action Plan.

Ageing Better in Birmingham is requesting quotations for the provision of an independent evaluation for four projects within the Tyburn Local Action Plan.

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

The opportunity is now live and the deadline for Bidder's Response is Monday 27th November 2017, 12pm noon.  

89 per cent of people believe loneliness in older age is more likely now than ever

The Campaign to End Loneliness has found that 89 per cent of people believe loneliness in older age is more likely now than ever – with more than half of all adults saying admitting to loneliness is difficult. Other research suggests that nine out of ten people in Birmingham fear the prospect of isolation in older age.  In response to the challenge, our programme, a £6 million National Lottery funded programme through the Big Lottery Fund, aims to help tackle isolation in the over 50s over the next four years. By 2020, almost 57,000 people aged 65 plus will be living alone in Birmingham, (37 per cent of the age group), and this rises to almost 81,000, almost 53 per cent of the age group, when those with a limiting long-term illness are included. Stephen Raybould, our Ageing Better in Birmingham Programme Director, said: “People should be happy in older age and be e......

Tender Opportunity: Connect Sparkbrook: Addressing Older Peoples' Social Isolation (Sparkbrook Local Action Plan)

Ageing Better in Birmingham is out to tender for the provision of Connect Sparkbrook: Addressing Older Peoples Social Isolation. 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 Monday 8th January 2018 at 12pm noon.

The final version of the Sparkbrook Local Action Plan can be downloaded here and is also available through out in-tend portal.

Tender opportunity - Making Space for Carers (part of the Older Carers Local Action Plan)

Ageing Better in Birmingham is out to tender for the provision of Making Space for Carers; a Project within the Older Carers Local Action Plan. Further information on our Priority Area Local Action Plans can be found here.  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 1st December, 12pm. There will be a Tender Briefing Session for Making Space for Carers around the procurement process and the specific use of In-tend held at BVSC on Monday 16th October 1pm – 3:30pm for prospective bidders. Prospective bidders can register to attend by emailing  Ageing Better in Birmingham has received a £6 million investment from the Big Lottery Funds Fulfilling lives: Ageing Better national strategic programme. This is a 6-year project, which started in......

Get fitter with groups for people over 50 in Birmingham

National Fitness Day is upon us (27th September 2017) and the news and social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook has been talking aobut it all day. Yes, we agree that it's a good time to be reminded about the importance of eating healthily, drinking plenty of water and exercise regularly. We also think that starting something new can be a little daunting and especially if you're not sure of where to even begin! Don't worry though, because if you're based in Birmingham your community has started up activities just for you! There are different things to get involved with, so have a look at our events page, or for a quick browse, we have listed some of the fitness-related activities over the next couple of days below. Remember, "you don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step."     Activities for over 50s in Birmingham:......

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......

"Ageing Better Makes A Difference"

Last year, our Ageing Better Fund supported Nechells POD to organise activities to get more isolated older people involved in their local community. Noran Flynn, who organise these activities wrote the below feedback and sent us photos from the gorup. We've also included a few quotes from participants who were part of the activities paid for by the Ageing Better Fund.   "Ageing Better Makes ADifference" by Noran Flynn, Charity Development Director, Nechells POD.  Nechells POD is a community project based in the heart of Nechells, one of the most deprived wards in Birmingham. We support local residents from 0-86 years of age and our aim is to empower them to be beacons of hope in the local community. We have a very active elders group, FiNs (Friends in Nechells) and we are always looking at ways to involve more people particularly the isolated and vulnerable. We were thrilled to receive......

Ageing Better in Birmingham tender opportunity – LGBT Badging Scheme

 

Ageing Better in Birmingham is out to tender for the provision of the LGBT Badging Scheme; a Project within the LGBT community Local Action Plan. This requires the design and delivery of a city-wide ‘quality mark’ badging scheme to identify places, venues, activities and services deemed ‘LGBT age-friendly’. 

Further information on our Priority Area Local Action Plans can be found here.

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 Monday 20th November, 12pm noon.

Ageing Better in Birmingham has received a £6 million investment from the Big Lottery Funds Fulfilling lives: Ageing Better national strategic programme. This is a 6-year project, which started in April 2015.

Skittles

  A group of residents in Tyburn had set up weekly activities within their housing accomodation to encourage residents to leave their room and join the community playing cards, darts, do arts and crafts and have a meal together. The group felt they could do more to get isolated people involved, and encourage more residents to get involved with the weekly activities and so after seeing a flyer about the Ageing Better in Birmingham programme they contacted our Tyburn hub and spoke to Phil who works there. After some initial conversations, they applied to the Ageing Better Fund.  With the help of the fund, the group has now set up a skittle alley and are organising weekly competitions, games and social gatherings.They get residents and people from the community involved by advertising in the common room, knocking on doors and by putting posters in GP's and the local post office.  The......

Ageing Better in Birmingham Request for Quotation opportunity – Independent Evaluation for Older Carers Local Action Plan: Telebuddies and Making Space for Carers.

Ageing Better in Birmingham is requesting quotations for the provision of an independent evaluation for two projects within the Older Carers  Local Action Plan (LAP)– Telebuddies and Making Space for Carers.

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 Thursday 28th September 2017, 12pm noon.  

Ageing Better in Birmingham has received a £6 million investment from the Big Lottery Funds Fulfilling lives: Ageing Better national strategic programme. This is a 6-year project, which started in April 2015.

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