Neighbourliness campaign launching in Erdington

By 2020, almost 57,000 people aged 65 plus will be living alone in Birmingham, increasing their risk of being isolated. These proportions are higher than the England and regional figures. ​Recent studies suggest that feeling alone and isolated can contribute towards stress, low self-esteem, disturbe...
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Birmingham mum pays tribute to 'supportive' boss over son's happiness

A working mum from Birmingham says her "flexible and supportive" boss has helped turn her home life around. To mark Carers Week 2019, which kicked off on June 10, Jo Whiting is speaking out about balancing working with caring for her son, Levi to help launch a brand new awards scheme for Birmingham ...
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Up to £10,000 available for new, innovative community projects that can help older people over 50

As Ageing Better in Birmingham enters its final years, we are keen to ensure that local, community-led grassroots projects are able to test out new and exciting ways of engaging with older people and beginning the process of making local neighbourhoods and communities more age-friendly. Through the ...
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£4.9million in grants to benefit of older people, people with disabilities and people with mental health conditions in Birmingham.

If you're connected with a local group or organisation supporting adults, they might be eligible to apply for a grant from Birmingham City Council. The council has approved spending of up to £4.9 million over the next three years in Prevention and Communities. This approach will invest the Council's...
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Birmingham Walking Football team achieve World Cup glory

The team celebrates in their kit
A group of friends who formed a football team to help tackle feelings associated with isolation, bereavement and marriage breakdown are reveling in World Cup glory after winning the title for England at the first ever Walking Football World Cup last weekend (June 1 and 2). Men United AKA Pele's Pear...
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Ageing Better in Birmingham at Birmingham Pride Festival 2019!

This weekend we are particularly excited about InteGreat Theatre 's participation in the Birmingham Pride Festival - with a float supported by Ageing Better in Birmingham. Join InteGreat Theatre as they participate in this year's Birmingham Pride Festival - with an AMAZING float and performances by ...
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Age Friendly Tyburn - report launch

Sustrans is delivering Age Friendly Tyburn, a project to reduce social isolation by creating positive long-term improvements on the physical environment of this area of North Birmingham. They are supporting the residents as co-designers to identify aspects of the urban environment that make travel a...
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"I never thought I’d have the level of confidence that I have now!”

This is the story of Carole Judd, a local woman, who is registered deaf and found herself isolated from the wider community. Two years ago, Carol's friend introduced her to a craft group which has helped her regain her confidence and develop her skills as an artist. She is no longer isolated but now...
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It only takes one person

This is the story of Zed, from the LGBT community in Birmingham, who didn't realise he was isolated until taking part in an Ageing Better in Birmingham campaign called Ageing with Pride. When Zed met Danni, younger in age and with a similar ethos to himself, the two immediately hit it off. The two w...
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Brummies with a focus on the over 50s make people “feel alive” with ballet, tap dancing, jazz and fusion.

​Weekly dance classes help older Brummies find their feet, socialise and make friends. In October last year, the dance group was successful in applying to the Ageing Better Fund, part of the Ageing Better in Birmingham programme, which focuses on reducing isolation for people over 50.  Patrick ...
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Community with a knack for beating the January blues

The most important aspect of Ageing Together Week was to highlight activities organised by local people across the city, with the aim of reducing isolation for people over 50, and help them realise they don't have to be lonely or isolated as there are activities they can join. 1 Ageing Together Week...
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International Women's Day 2019

Nina and Heather, two awesome women from Tyburn, north of Birmingham city centre, got involved with International Women's Day on 8 March 2019.  Both were excited to take an active role in campaigning for women's rights and gender equality - this year's campaign focused on gender balance. Nina, ...
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Tyburn residents rewarded for tackling isolation in the over 50s

"These guys are doing all of this for free, and it is so important to us that we show every single one of them just how much we appreciate their efforts and hard work." - Sarah Powers, Compass Support Citizens from Tyburn, north-east of Birmingham city centre, have been rewarded for the work they ar...
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Celebrating over 50s in Birmingham

A fantastic FREE event celebrating Birmingham's over 50s taking place on 29 March at Austin Court in Birmingham. Bollywood dancing, art, food and more!    Our annual "Spring Forward" event for people over 50 in Birmingham is this year focussing on making connections and staying positive in...
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Communities Representative needed for Birmingham City Partnership Board

Birmingham City Partnership Board – Communities Representative The Birmingham City Partnership Board is seeking to recruit a Communities Representative to provide a communities-based perspective on board matters, and to contribute to the board’s agenda based on this perspective. The role will work i...
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How to make friends after 50.

Making friends as adults is not as easy as when you're younger. Making friends when you're over 50, perhaps retired - can be even trickier. No longer having the daily rythm of activities, or a space where we are put together with people in our community through classes at school, or a work place, ca...
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Ex-bobby still on the beat

Baughan House movers and shakers build great connections in the Tyburn community One of the groups funded by Ageing Better in Birmingham is a sitting exercise group which takes place at Baughan House, a sheltered accommodation complex in Pype Hayes, north Birmingham. The class has been going for the...
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Pink Sou’westers visit a Byzantine church and celebrate their 10th Anniversary

Pink Sou’westers are a group of LGBT people who offer affordable, accessible and inclusive events for all ages and for people from all over the Midlands. Like many other groups in Birmingham, Pink Sou’westers have benefitted from funding provided by the Ageing Better in Birmingham programme.   ...
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Celebrating the importance of community and the amazing people of Sparkbrook

We joined the Ageing Better Sparkbrook Hub in celebrating Christmas and the people who has made a huge impact in tackling loneliness and isolation in the local area. Attending the event, and listening to Nigel Brookhouse, CEO of Narthex Sparkhill, one of the organisations behind the Sparkbrook Hub, ...
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From Jamaica to Birmingham

Millicent Gobbinsingh, 66, of Newtown, Birmingham, tells us more about her experiences of coming to England, and about taking part in the Ageing Better in Birmingham programme.   Millie was born in Port Antonio, Jamaica. When her parents decided to seek a better future for the family, they left...
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