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Local Brummies deliver knitted angels

On a grey Wednesday at the beginning of December 2020, members from the Ageing Better team and people involved with the programme met up with a filming crew in Birmingham. We were filming an advert for the National Lottery. As you know, Ageing Better in Birmingham is funded by the National Lottery C...
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Birmingham hairdresser, council worker and museum employee scoop Carer Friendly Business Award

Committed businesses described as "beacons of light amid the bleak COVID landscape" have scooped awards for helping people across Birmingham in an unpaid carers role. The winners of the Carer Friendly Business Awards, created by Forward Carers, were announced during a virtual ceremony on Carers Righ...
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2nd lockdown, a poem

 Nina, a member of the Age of Experience group, has written a poem called "So" which is about the second UK lockdown. So So it's Lockdown again for the second time, If we all help each other, we will be just fine, So get each other's numbers and keep in touch, Make those's extra phone calls, it...
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Diwali in lockdown 2020

Sharda Lavingia, a member of our coproduction cohort the Age of Experience group, writes about how she and her husband joined an online community celebrating Diwali through the UK lockdown in November 2020.  Sharda writes:Diwali is celebrated over 4 days, usually around October a...
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A Pandemic Christmas Carol for 2020

Our own Richard, one of our Age of Experience group members, have written a Christmas Carol for 2020. We'll be reading this to friends over zoom over the holidays, and hope it brings some cheer to you as well.  Download PDF File Here

Ageing Better in Birmingham continues for another year!

We're really pleased to announce that the Ageing Better in Birmingham programme is continuing for another year.  We were due to finish the programme in March 2021, but thanks to funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, we are able to extend it for another year. As y...
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Supporting grassroots leaders in the UK - funding opportunity


Ageing Better in Camden has just launched The Multiplier – a UK wide programme to find, fund and support grassroots leaders who are bringing people together in their communities and bridging divides. The Cares Family and UnLtd are looking for 10 people to join The Multiplier programme in its fi...
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Looking for support for your community group?

Are you a community group based in Birmingham looking to start a new activity? Here you find a list of funds, organisations and businesses that offer financial support, grants and funding.  Some of these are focusing on specific themes such as the environment, young peo...
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Help others in Birmingham

Can you help us encourage others in Birmingham to reach out to people who are isolated and lonely in our city? We think it's fantastic that people in Birmingham are committed to helping each other out to and connecting with those who haven't got anyone they can speak to. We want ...
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Ageing Better changed my life.

On 7 October 2020, we talked to BBC WM about how our programme has helped people through the pandemic. Listeners also heard from Cindy who used to enjoy being on her own, living with social anxiety and avoiding large crowds. She's a member of a group called St Martin's Friends which is fun...
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Birmingham restrictions - Guidance for community groups

Birmingham canals by Brindley Place
In order to control the virus, and because of the rising number of cases Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihull became 'areas of intervention' on the 15 September. This means that residents cannot meet with people from outside their households.  To support community groups to keep connecti...
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Confidence in coproduction

Sam Julius, Community Project Coordinator for our Age of Experience coproduction cohort shares her thoughts. Sam works at Groundwork West Midlands, a partner organisation to BVSC who helps deliver the Ageing Better in Birmingham programme. Like all good things...
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A Bottom Drawer

I wonder if any ladies (and possibly men) remember a mysterious place known as 'A bottom drawer'. Apart from the obvious that is! Well, young ladies used to keep items, often of a practical nature, such as, linens, utensils and household items, towards a possible marriage. It was probably something ...
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Carer Friendly Business Awards aims to make Birmingham the first 'Carer Friendly City'

Birmingham businesses which "prioritise and support carers" across the city are being encouraged to take part in an annual awards programme. For the second year running, Forward Carers has launched the Carer Friendly Business Awards in a bid to make Birmingham the country's first 'carer friendly cit...
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Rainbow Pooch Pride – Promoting the special relationship between Human and Dog

They say that the experience of owning a dog is quite unique and very different to other relationships, a life affirming friendship that promotes physical and mental wellbeing - something that has become even more important in these times of pandemic lockdown and personal isolation. We spoke to Gina...
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Shielding, losses and recharging

Sharda, our newest Age of Experience member, shares her experience of being in lock-down Hi!  My name is Sharda Lavingia and I am a full-time carer for my partner and also a mindfulness trainer. I'm in my 60s and my partner and I have both been shielding during the last few months because ...
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On a mission to make Birmingham the first Carer Friendly City

Carers Week runs from 8th to 14th June 2020 and because of the COVID-19 crisis it is a little different from normal because it remains impossible to run events and activities which involve people meeting together in a physical place. Many carers we have spoken to during this time have emphasise...
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Spirits lifted as art group finds ways to socialise virtually

Restrictions won't stop members of Birmingham-based group keeping connections going.  Members of Yardley Ventures Craft Group, a community arts group based in Stechford, East Birmingham, usually meet every Tuesday at Stechford Baptist Church. However, the COVID-19 ...
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Birmingham Carers supported through the pandemic

This Carers Week - The Ageing Better Carers Hub writes about their response to Covid-19, and how they are supporting carers who live in Birmingham.   For many carers this has been a particularly difficult time as they try to maintain their caring support to loved ones. It has been&nbs...
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Brummies in lockdown

People involved with Ageing Better in Birmingham share their experiences of living in lock-down.  Jeraldene:  Jeraldene is one of our Age of Experince group members. She says: "I am aching a lot because I'm sitting so much but apart from that I am doing well." The social distancing me...
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