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 Birmingham
Ageing 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 community
By 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 people
Volunteering 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 happy
By giving a little of your time, you can put a smile on someone’s face. Whether that’s changing someone’s light bulb, taking their bins out or simply going for a cuppa – your commitment to ending isolation in over 50s can make someone happy, maybe even change their life for the better!
5. To make sure older people's voices are heard.
Everyone has different confidence levels. By listening to those over 50 who may not feel confident to speak up themselves, and taking their thoughts and opinions into consideration you can have their voices heard. Information from networks will feed into a national picture and be used to campaign and pressurise national government to make a change in the way services are provided for older people.
To start an Ageing Better Network CONTACT US HERE. The Ageing Better Hubs are responsible for promoting, developing and supporting networks and related activities. There are five different Hubs covering different localities/groups. And if you have an idea that you think will cost a little to implement, your network can apply to the Ageing Better Fund.
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