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Nominations open to the Ageing Better Awards 2018

Citizens are at the heart of Ageing Better in Birmingham. They are the driving force in arranging and leading new activities to reach out to isolated people over 50. So far, over 4,700 people in Birmingham have been involved in starting something amazing within their communities to help people over 50 lead more fulfilling lives. All of our volunteers have gone above and beyond in their communities and we would like to take this opportunity to say a big THANK YOU to everyone involved! We are inviting individuals that have been supported through Ageing Better in Birmingham activities to nominate their activity or a member of their group for an Ageing Better Award. We know that everybody involved in Ageing Better in Birmingham has started something special. The awards will recognise groups that have gone the extra mile in organising and supporting new activities. You can nominate a group member or......

Ageing Better in Birmingham tender opportunity – Carers Voice (Older Carers Local Action Plan)

Ageing Better in Birmingham is out to tender for the provision of Carers Voice; 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 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 https://in-tendhost.co.uk/bvsc, submissions and all communications will be managed through this system.

The opportunity is now live and the deadline for Bidder's Response is Thursday 10th May, 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.

M·E·L Research to evaluate four projects within the Tyburn Local Action Plan

Tyburn Local Action Plan (LAP) Evaluation of Four Projects to tackle social isolation and loneliness amongst older residents in Tyburn. We are delighted to announce that M·E·L Research has been commissioned by Birmingham Voluntary Service Council (BVSC) to evaluate four projects within the Ageing Better in Birmingham Tyburn Local Action Plan over two years. Each project has different timescales but will involve a broadly common evaluation methodology involving a mixed methods approach. For all four projects the evaluation will explore the effectiveness of delivery, assess progress against key outcomes, and identify lessons learned. The overall aim of the Ageing Better in Birmingham programme is to facilitate change in the way older people are considered by and within communities to empower citizens to take part in and influence activities, in order to reduce isolation in later life. The programme works at neighbourhood level using a grassroots, assets-based approach to create a new m......

Nina's guest blog: The Queen's 90th Birthday

This is the second blog post from our guest blogger Nina Mildenhall. To read her first entry click here: Nina's Story  So now we had formed an Ageing Better Group with the help of Tracey Barrington and Phil Harris over at the Sanctuary. They helped us think about what we would need to do and who to contact. The Queen's 90th Birthday was coming up (this was 2016) and what better way to celebrate it by getting the Castle Vale community and surrounding areas to come together! We wanted to celebrate at Centre Park and with financial support from the Ageing Better Fund and with us doing a Car Boot Sale to bring in more funding, this project was months in the planning! We had to make sure that we promoted the event in the local newspaper, on the Castle Vale radio station, through leaflets - we never stopped! When the......

Together We Can! - A community-building project

Together We Can! is 3-year intergenerational, community-building project within the Firs &Bromford neighbourhood (east Birmingham), undertaken as a partnership between Worth Unlimited,Open Door Community Foundation, and Firs & Bromford Neighbours Together. Across the two ‘age bands’ (young people and adults), TWC! pursues three parallel ‘strands’ of work:  Street connecting - making connections with, and between, local people, and growing new forms of associational life from those connections; doing stuff together - facilitating places and groups which local people feel they belong and can contribute to; support and development - supporting local people to grow in the confidence, skills andconnections needed to be able to participate in and contribute to the life of their neighbourhood, and wider world. Through a range of focused activity, TWC! brings together youth work and adult-focused community work to maximise the opportunities for intergenerational (as well as cross-cultural) interaction and relationship-building. The overall aim is to contribute to “a flourishing community, with flourishing connections between flourishing people”. ......

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:......