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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?

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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