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“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.

Lots of photos from Ageing Better activities in Birmingham

Having recently launched our Ageing Better in Birmingham Facebook page, you can now see photos from some of our Ageing Better activities. These have been provided by our Ageing Better Networks - groups of people who come together to make a change for isolated older people in Birmingham!

If you log on to facebook and like our Facebook page you will get updates when we post about events for people over 50 in Birmingham, articles about ageing and community, or opportunities to get involved with the programme. 

If you are a group that has been supported by our programme, you can also post activities and photos from your activities - and share the impact you are having on people's lives. 

Log on and like, browse and enjoy our Facebook page here: Ageing Better in Birmingham Facebook page

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Gardening with Oxhill Road Carers

Want to grow things in the nice weather? Why not get isolated older people involved, like Oxhill Road Allotment Carers did, and apply to our fund! People who garden together share ideas and thoughts, plan ahead together and talk about plants, flowers, vegetables and of course life in general. And even if research has indicated that Brits don’t start gardening until the age of 41*, gardening can be enjoyed by all ages. Gardening provides fresh air, a bit of fun, exercise and hopefully a visually pleasing surrounding and maybe even home-grown food. Planting seeds, taking cuttings and moving around in the garden increases use of all motor skills such as walking, reaching and bending, building strength and balance. Gardening can also reduce stress levels and improve wellbeing, especially if it’s done together with other people. Oxhill Road Allotment Carers attend an allotment once or twice a week and enjoy the peace of ......

Ageing Better in Birmingham tender opportunity – Community Organisers (Tyburn Local Action Plan)

 

Ageing Better in Birmingham is out to tender for the provision of Community Organisers; a Project within the Tyburn Local Action Plan. Further information on our Priority Area Local Action Plans can be found on our website at www.ageingbetterinbirmingham.co.uk

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 Tuesday 24th October 2017 at 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.

Six Streets Residents try chair based exercise

Back in March, we went to visit Mary and her group of volunteers in Sparkbrook. Mary leads an Ageing Better Network, a group called "Six Streets Residents Activity Group" which aims to help local older people in Sparkbrook by getting them active and bringing them together to make friends. The group of volunteers meets bi-weekly at Anand House in Sparkbrook and once Mary had spoken to Nita, our Ageing Better Network Enabler in Sparkbrook, she and the group decided to apply to the Ageing Better Fund. The fund agreed to pay for new activities to take place between January and June this year to help bring new activities to isolated older men and women in Sparkbrook. Mary highlighted that a lot of people in the area have health problems such as diabetes and heart conditions. She was hoping that the new activities would improve both physical and mental health of participants......

Ageing Better in Birmingham tender opportunity – Independent Evaluation for LGBT Community Local Action Plan: Ageing with Pride and LGBT Badging Scheme

Ageing Better in Birmingham is out to tender for the provision of an independent evaluation for two projects within the LGBT Community Local Action Plan (LAP)– Ageing with Pride and LGBT Badging Scheme

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 Tuesday 1st August, 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.

Ageing Better in Birmingham tender opportunity – Telebuddies (Part of Older Carers Local Action Plan)

Ageing Better in Birmingham is out to tender for the provision of Telebuddies; a Project within the Older Carers Local Action Plan. Further information on our Priority Area Local Action Plans can be found on our website at www.ageingbetterinbirmingham.co.uk

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 4th September, 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. 

Update: Priority Area Local Action Plans

  As part of the Ageing Better in Birmingham programme Four Local Action Plans (LAP) are at verious stages of development for our identified priority areas (Sparkbrook; Tyburn; Older Carers; and the Older LGBT community.) The function of these LAPs is to: Build on local consultation. Address the underlying causes of social isolation for the community in question. Tackle the specific causes of isolation that consultation and research have identified for each community. Be different to existing activity. Test what works best in reducing social isolation for each community. Increase community resilience with regard to social isolation. Have a strategic and an operational impact on social isolation. Result in outcomes (rather than specific activities) that are sustainable and long-lasting beyond the Ageing Better programme. Draft Local Action Plans for each priority area have been published as part of a process of ongoing consultation. Following this period of consultation, the final versions of......

Ageing Better in Birmingham tender opportunity - Ageing with Pride

Ageing Better in Birmingham is out to tender for the provision of Ageing with Pride; a Project within the LGBT community Local Action Plan.

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. Any questions relating to this tender should be made via correspondence on the In-Tend website and can be addressed to the main contact. All correspondence will be replied to within three working days.

The opportunity is now live and the deadline for Bidder's Response is Friday 11th August, 12pm noon.

There will be a Tender Briefing Session for Ageing with Pride around the procurement process and the specific use of In-tend held at BVSC on Friday 30th June, 13:30 – 15:30 for prospective bidders.

Prospective bidders can register to attend through the following link: https://www.bvsc.org/civicrm/event/register?cid=0&reset=1&id=198

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