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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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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 me...
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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 Ch...
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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.1Ageing Together Week w...
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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, i...
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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 SupportCitizens from Tyburn, north-east of Birmingham city centre, have been rewarded for the work they are ...
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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 l...
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Communities Representative needed for Birmingham City Partnership Board

Birmingham City Partnership Board – Communities RepresentativeThe 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 in...
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How to make friends after 50.

Making friends in later life may not be as easy as when we were younger. If we're over 50, and perhaps retired, it can be even trickier considering we no longer have the daily rythm of activities, and colleagues we meet every day. When we no longer share a common space such as school, work place, or...
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Ex-bobby still on the beat

Baughan House movers and shakers build great connections in the Tyburn communityOne 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 p...
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