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

Update: Community Consultation to develop a Local Action Plan for the LGBT Community

Ageing Better in Birmingham is currently looking at the underlying causes of isolation within our 4 priority communities (LGBT, Carers, Sparkbrook and Tyburn) ; to reduce isolation now and to prevent others becoming isolated in the future. To undertake this work, the programme is creating a Local Action Plan with each priority community to understand the causes of isolation and to explore potential solutions; so the Ageing Better Programme is able to implement activities to address these causes. The programme has worked with older adults within the LGBT community to start the process of co-designing the content of the Local Action Plan. This has been achieved through an online survey, face to face consultation and the creation of an older adult steering group facilitated by Birmingham LGBT. This information represents the initial findingsof this work for review by members of the community as part of an ongoing process of consultation.   ......

October - Funded Activities

Every month, our Ageing Better Fun Panel has a difficult decision to make when they get together to decide what activities the fund will help paying for. These meetings usually involve discussions about how the activity will reach isolated people; how it will reduce isolation in people over 50, lead to long-term change in Birmingham and so on. It’s definitely a difficult role as there are so many good ideas out there, generated by people from all walks of life, from all over the city!    This month, the Ageing Better Fund has agreed to cover expenses for the following activities:   What is the activity? Who does it benefit? Contact details A trip to Lickey for a Christmas Lunch with entertainment Carers over 50 in Harborne and Edgbaston Sue Hiring a voice coach to launch a local choir, attract new members and engage with the community better Carers over 5......

Update: Community Consultation to develop a Local Action Plan for the Tyburn Community

Ageing Better in Birmingham is currently looking at the underlying causes of isolation within our 4 priority communities (LGBT, Carers, Sparkbrook and Tyburn) ; to reduce isolation now and to prevent others becoming isolated in the future. To undertake this work, the programme is creating a Local Action Plan with each priority community to understand the causes of isolation and to explore potential solutions; so the Ageing Better Programme is able to implement activities to address these causes. The programme has worked with older adults and volunteers within Tyburn to begin the process of co-designing the content of the Local Action Plan. This has been achieved through community level meetings, consultations and a community survey. This information represents the initial findings of this work for members of the community as part of an ongoing process of consultation.     Initial consultation findings   Causes of isolation for older adults in Tyburn Older people......

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Annual Learning & Sharing Conference 2016

We would like to invite you to Ageing Better in Birmingham’s first Annual Learning & Sharing Conference,


on Wednesday 28th September, 1pm – 3.30pm at BVSC, 138 Digbeth, B5 6DR.


This is our first annual lessons learnt and networking conference for practitioners, providers and service agencies.


We will be covering Asset Based Community Development and it’s application in Birmingham looking at how the model can be used to develop communities to tackle problems faced by people over 50.


Speaking at this conference is Max Vaughan, Head of Service - Universal & Prevention at Birmingham City Council.


If you would like to attend, please click here to register your place.


Please note that places are limited, so register as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.


Thank you and we hope to see you there.

Ageing Better in Birmingham - LGBT Survey

Ageing Better is an exciting new initiative which aims to help older people become more involved in their local communities, have a voice in service provision and set up their own networks and activities, to reduce their social isolation. This is a survey to gather views and experiences from members of the lesbian, gay, bi and trans communities of Birmingham and the surrounding areas. Your views will inform the development of a plan which aims to tackle the root causes of social isolation amongst older LGBT people. This plan will guide investment of £500,000 to address these issues. We want to know what 50+ LGBT people think about ageing and the risks of becoming socially isolated – that is, not feeling that there are enough opportunities in your life to socialise with other people whilst being open about your LGBT identity. We would also welcome the thoughts and opinions of people un......
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Volunteer Needed for Administrative Support

Ageing Better in Birmingham is looking for an Administrative Volunteer, please click here to view details on this opportunity and details on how to apply.

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August and the Ageing Better Fund

The British autumn is fast approaching with the weather in Birmingham delivering showers, cloudy skies and chilly winds. The shops have started selling winter coats and thick jumpers and your neighbours are putting their BBQs in the shed until next year. As we are going towards darker days, many of our newly started Ageing Better Networks are organising activities focussing on crafts, DIY and meals. To support those over 50 who are isolated, Ageing Better in Birmingham aims to start a grassroots movement where citizens across the city become volunteers. As a volunteer you can organise larger activities such as a street party, a community event or a six months programme of activities. Equally important, you may want to just check in on your neighbours and ensure that they are fine. Maybe you are popping in for a cup of tea, helping them change a light bulb or taking the bins out......

5 reasons to start an Ageing Better Network

There are many great opportunities to get involved with Ageing Better in Birmingham. One of them is to start an Ageing Better Network. Here are 5 reasons to start one today!   1. You will be part of a grassroots movement in BirminghamAgeing Better Networks are made up of community volunteers offering practical support, identifying those who are isolated or at risk of isolation. Be a change maker!   2. To improve your local communityBy increasing social connections and engagement you are not only making a difference to individuals but also to the community, making it sustainable and more resilient to changes in the future.   3. You will meet new peopleVolunteering is a great way to meet new people and get new experiences. You may find yourself speaking to people you wouldn’t have met otherwise!   4. To make someone happyBy giving a little of your time, you can put a......

Welcome to Ageing Better in Birmingham!

Welcome to our newly launched Ageing Better in Birmingham website! Here you will find all the latest programme news, information and up-and-coming events. If you’re new to the programme, why not check out our About to read up on the aims, the people involved and the team behind it. We have five Main Hubs  across Birmingham who will be supporting our Networks – members of the community who want to help older people become less isolated and more involved! There will be plenty of Events being added to our calendar, so please keep a look out for what could be happening in your area. Have a great idea that will benefit people over 50 in your area? Find out how you can get up to £2000 funding towards putting on activities and events that older people in your community would like to do! Visit our Fund page for all the details and how/where to apply. If you have......
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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......