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From a distance - Allotment gardening in Birmingham during a pandemic

It's quite surreal at the moment, people avoiding each other, wearing masks.... some places are like a ghost town.​Christine Turley-Cooper, 70In these unprecedented and challenging times, it is heartening to see how local people over 50 are adapting to new ways of being and doing. In this ...
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Milano’s management serve up a tasty free lunch to those serving the Ageing Better community.

Sometimes in our busy day to day lives when there is lots going on around us, it's hard to find time to just sit, chat and get to know others in our community. But, when we do make the effort to take time out, it's quite amazing what we can find out about other people's life history and their person...
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My experiences on public transport – from an older adult with long term disabilities

Maria Mleczko, one of our Age of Experience members, writes about her experiences of using public transport: "My experiences on public transport – from an older adult with long term disabilities"I am aware that this piece of writing may not resonate with everyone, but if I assist in giving just...
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Daffodils

Richard, one of our Age of Experience members, writes beautifully about daffodils. Or really, he writes about life, about connections and feeding your soul. We hope you enjoy, the poem that follows. DaffodilsI read this tapestry the other day. If you have two loaves of bread:Give one to th...
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Tyburn residents increase accessibility for neighbours

"We are looking for solutions that make the environment more inclusive for people over 50 who live here and we do that by working with Tyburn people of all ages."Ridhi Kalaria, Community Engagement Officer, SustransSustrans, a charity that helps create places that are walkable and cycle-friendl...
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Chatting at the bus stop

Have a moan, you're not alone.Waiting on the bus can be an excellent opportunity to chat to others.Diane, our guest blogger and one of our Age of Experience members* is writing about the value of connecting with people when we're out an about. Hello!I've always enjoyed a good chat. Sharing word...
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Christmas at Nan's - A poem

Turkey in the ovenBrussels on the hob - Yeuk!Carols on the tellyRoasties almost cooked.Crackers on the tableKnives and forks for all; Bang! The power's gone againGive the Electric Board a call!Everyone fed and watered:Nan's time for an afternoon nap."Fancy a game of Ludo, dad?""No a walk: now where'...
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Angela's reflections on Ageing Better in Birmingham

"We need to get more services back into our local communities particularly for older people."Angela RichardsAngela Richards, member of our Age of Experience group, shares her thoughts about her involvement in the programme. I do a lot of volunteering with various organisations in Birmingham and the ...
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Cultural perspectives of 'ageing'

Cultural perspectives can have a huge effect on our experience of getting older.Robert Cummins​Robert Cummins, one of our Age of Experience group members, writes about his thoughts about ageing and how it is perceived differently in different cultures. Robert is an avid traveller and a recent trip t...
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Friends from London visit Birmingham Age of Experience members

In October this year, members of Camden's Ageing Better programme, Ageing Better in Camden, based in St Pancras and Somers Town travelled all the way to our great city to meet with their peers from Birmingham, members of the co-production group who are calling themselves "Age of Exper...
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The Stonewall Generation

With BVSC launching the search for a provider to deliver the final project in the LGBT strand of the Ageing Better in Birmingham programme, we look at some of the issues affecting older LGBT adults when accessing, or in, care settings and our aspiration for the Changing Practice in Adult Social Care...
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Bernard found friends in his local area.

"Without the support of the workers and the introductions I would have no contact with the outside world from one week to another."Bernard, over 70 from Tyburn, BirminghamThis is the story of Bernard Green, a man in his 70s from Birmingham who, by caring for his elderly mother and having had knee su...
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Flower arranging, a therapy and a community for Shazia

"I felt more confident and want to do more. It's important to me that I keep active and I want to help others." Shazia, 50 from SparkhillShazia is 50 and lives in Sparkhill, Birmingham, together with her husband and two children, a son and daughter. She used to feel unhappy and very isolated, but th...
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Making Birmingham a friendlier city

People chatting at a bus stop in Tyburn
Local Brummies share their best tips for small talk, and pledge to start conversations with neighbours and people they don't already know. The Make Someone's Day campaign focus on making Birmingham a friendlier city by encouraging citizens to start conversations with people they meet when ...
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Age Better Celebration


Back in July, ​150 people aged 50+ travelled far and wide to come together in Sheffield and celebrate 'Ageing Better'. People from across 14 areas of England came together at Sheffield City Hall to share skills, stories and experiences of growing older. Ageing Better participants...
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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 Pearl...
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