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Setting up a community group in Sparkbrook: The Eat Well Together Club

Kheira Mohammed from the Eat Well Together Club explains how a group of women came together over coffee mornings and a cooking club, funded by the Ageing Better in Birmingham programme. she was managing the charity shops and by speaking with customers she came to realise that the women in the local ...
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Consultant required to support Birmingham in becoming an Age-friendly City

Consultant required As the Ageing Better in Birmingham programme nears its end, Birmingham Voluntary Service Council (BVSC) and its partner Birmingham City Council, is looking to build on the success of Ageing Better through an application to the World Health Organisation's Age-friendly Cities schem...
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Sheltered housing residents in Great Barr start gardening club

Gardening club started by tenants in sheltered housing, keeps boredom at bay and bodies active. John Wycherly is in his seventies and lives in a flat as part of a sheltered housing scheme in Great Barr, north of Birmingham. Together with other residents there, he started a garden...
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"We appreciate each other more now." How a Birmingham community group kept going through the pandemic


This interview is about "SAR-RAMZS Cooking club, funded by Ageing Better in Birmingham as part of the Multi Cultural Community Group (MCCG). On March 23rd 2020, the British government announced that the country was going into lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic. People were asked to stay indoors and o...
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Campaign to help people reconnect with their local community following a year of social restrictions


The Ageing Better in Birmingham programme is launching a campaign to encourage people over 50 to feel confident and safe to take part in activities when it is allowed to do so again. The programme, which has been running in Birmingham for the last six years, aims to reduce social isolation and lonel...
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Creative Gardening with Nina

During the second lockdown I noticed the Creative Gardening Group on Facebook. I love gardening! I get my green fingers from my father who sadly passed 10 years ago on New Year's Day.  So I went though the photos of my flowers from my garden, I ...
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LGBT+ History Month


February has arrived and with it, LGBT+ History month which is an annual celebration that provides education and insight into the issues that the LGBT+ community faces. It's an excellent opportunity to teach young people about the history of the gay rights movement and to promote an inclusive modern...
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Making Birmingham an Age-friendly City

Birmingham City Council has committed to achieving the World Health Organisation's Age-friendly City status for Birmingham. Ageing Better in Birmingham will help the council achieve this during our final year, and our Age of Experience members have already taken an active part in supporting thi...
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Remembering Jeraldene Dew

"It was a very sad day for Ageing Better in Birmingham, and in particular the Age of Experience group, when we learnt of the passing of one of its members. Maria Hughes, the LGBT Hub's Network Enabler, pays tribute to Jeraldene: "Jeraldene was a courageous, forthright and determined woman, who was a...
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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 until March 2022. 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?

File Name:For current live funding opportunities (updated 16 March 2021) download this word document (9 pages)File Size:68 kbDownload File Are you a community group based in Birmingham looking to start a new activity? Here you find a list of funds, organisations and businesses th...
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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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