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How we have supported 70 of Birmingham's community groups since April 2021


Since April this year, the start of our seventh and final year, the programme has seen an increase in community activity across the city. As COVID-19 restrictions have gradually lifted, our Ageing Better Fund panel has been busy looking at applications from community groups who want to bring people ...
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An Age-friendly update

During the autumn of 2021, BVSC in conjunction with Birmingham City Council and stakeholders from across the city will be submitting an application to the World Health Organisation (WHO) for recognition as an Age-friendly City and membership of the WHO's global network of Age-friendly Cities. The Ag...
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Birmingham's Community Development Practice Hub

**An update** Things are progressing well with the setting up of a Community Development Practice Hub in Birmingham.  The project is tasked with creating a resource to address disparate and disjointed approaches to community development in Birmingham to enable more confident, connected and capa...
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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. Kheira works as an events officer for ISRA UK. A few years ago, she was managing the charity shops and by speaking...
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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 has launched a campaign to encourage people over 50 to feel confident and safe to take part in activities now that it is allowed to do so again. The programme, which has been running in Birmingham for the last six years, aims to reduce social isola...
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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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Financial support for community groups

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 people or social isolation, some h...
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