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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

Opportunity: Digital PR related work for the programme

In line with the Marketing and Communications plan for the Ageing Better in Birmingham programme, we are seeking quotations to deliver digital PR related work. The aim of this contract is for the provision of digital PR related work for Ageing Better in Birmingham. We wish to raise the profile of the programme online and promote the programme to citizens of Birmingham through digital media. You find the opportunity here: https://in-tendhost.co.uk/bvsc/aspx/Tenders/Current

If you are interested in this piece of work please register for in-Tend here: https://in-tendhost.co.uk/bvsc/aspx/Home The deadline for submission of responses is 28th June 2017 at 12:00.

 

Opportunity: PR related work for the programme

In line with the Marketing and Communications plan for the Ageing Better in Birmingham programme, we are seeking quotations to deliver PR related work. We wish to promote the programme to citizens of Birmingham and to raise the profile of the programme and the issue of isolation in people over the age of 50. To do this we are seeking quotations to: Create a PR launch plan with key messages for public audience Feature stories across the programme to be included in communication such as local media Draft releases, distribute and follow-up Establish media partner offer Approach community communication channels The work should reflect the image of quality and consistency in line with our brand guidelines and key messages. The stories and case studies will be used more than once, across different channels such as local newspapers, local radio stations and community blogs. If you are interested in this piece of......

Opportunity: Independent Evaluation Design for the LGBT Community Local Action Plan

In line with the Programme Plan, draft Local Action Plans (LAP) have been developed following consultation with their respective communities of older LGBT and Carers, Sparkbrook and Tyburn. They will be commissioned to: Build on local consultation. Address underlying causes of social isolation for their community Tackle specific causes of isolation that consultation and research have identified for each community. Differ from existing activity. Test what works best in reducing social isolation for each community. Increase community resilience with regard to social isolation. Impact strategically and operationally on social isolation. Result in sustainable outcomes (rather than specific activities) that last beyond the life of the Ageing Better Programme. Each Priority Area Local Action Plan will include an Independent Evaluation. The LGBT Local Action Plan Evaluation will measure the level of change and achievement of outcomes against each identified project. We are seeking quotations to design the framework for an independent evaluation......

Nominate your Ageing Better activity for an Ageing Better Award!

Thank you to those of you who have started something amazing for older people by setting up a new activity through the Ageing Better in Birmingham.  So far, over 100 volunteers have taken the lead and started something amazing within their communities to help older people lead more fulfilling lives. We want to recognise all of the hard work and new activities that are happening at a local level to support older people.  To do this, we are inviting individuals that have been supported through Ageing Better in Birmingham activities to nominate their activity or lead volunteer for an Ageing Better Award. We know that everybody involved in Ageing Better in Birmingham has started something special. The awards will recognise networks that have gone the extra mile in organising and supporting new activities. We would like people who have been part of your activity to nominate either the activity or the......

Ageing Better Local Action Plans: Draft Project Plan update

Four Local Action Plans (LAP) are being developed as part of the Ageing Better in Birmingham programme 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. These Local Action Plans are now available as draft versions and are being published as part of a continuing process of consultation and refinement. They have been developed by building on initial......

Update: Community Consultation to develop a Local Action Plan for Sparkbrook

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 Sparkbrook to begin the process of co-designing the content of the Local Action Plan. This has been achieved through face to face community level meetings, consultations and conversations. Every effort has been made to engage with people from a range of different backgrounds. This information represents the initial findings of this work for members of the community as part of an ongoing process......

Update: Community Consultation to develop a Local Action Plan for Older Carers

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 Carers to co-design the content of the Local Action Plan. This has been achieved through a series of conversation events with Older Carers and a wider reaching survey. An overview of the findings from this work is contained within this document to provide a public update on the progress of the development of the Local Action Plan.   Causes of isolation for Older Carers in Birmingham......

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......