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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.SoSo 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 will...
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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 yo...
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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 fir...
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Looking for support for your community group?

Are you an un-constituted community group based in Birmingham? Are you looking for financial support? Below you find a list of funding opportunities that may help. Some of these are also open to constituted groups, some have specific requirements too, which could be aro...
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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 t...
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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 connectio...
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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 l...
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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 city...
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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-downHi! 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 my...
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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 p...
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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 ...
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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 measu...
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Time in isolation well spent!

Susan, one of our Age of Experience members, shares her thoughts about being in lock-down so far. I have been keeping busy and a daily routine has evolved which includes working on the house and in the garden. I am in the middle of renovating my house and during this lock-down I have ...
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A community in lockdown –local theatre move rehearsals online

How Birmingham based InteGreat Theatre are maintaining togetherness in these challenging timesLoneliness and isolation are increasingly challenging for people while our country is in lock-down. Is there a solution? Well, there is one word that we often use when referring to a group of peop...
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