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From Jamaica to Birmingham

Millicent Gobbinsingh, 66, of Newtown, Birmingham, tells us more about her experiences of coming to England, and about taking part in the Ageing Better in Birmingham programme.   Millie was born in Port Antonio, Jamaica. When her parents decided to seek a better future for the family, they left...
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A neighbourly Xmas in Birmingham

Every Christmas there are stories around older people and how you can get involved to help a lonely elderly person by volunteering. Usually this means befriending, either by phone or in person. Whilst having a volunteer come round for a cup of tea and a natter can be great - even life-changing for s...
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The street was our kingdom, our safety net

As we approach Ageing Together Week 2019, Nina, one of our Age of Experience members with extensive involvement in the Ageing Better in Birmingham programme, shares her experience of growing up in Birmingham. Read her story below.    "Growing up in the 1960s and 70s was great. I would play...
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New project: Connect Sparkbrook

Not long ago, a new project called Connect Sparkbrook, launched in Sparkbrook. It’s part of the Ageing Better in Birmingham programme and will be delivered by The Muath Trust. With a focus on Sparkbrook as an area, it aims to improve connectivity and reduce isolation for people over 50. The project ...
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Proud Baggies launch the 1968 Club - A campaign to help reduce loneliness amongst the older LGBT+ population

Proud Baggies, West Bromwich Albion’s official Supporter Group for LGBT+ fans has launched a campaign in support of reducing social isolation amongst LGBT+ elders. In association with Ageing Better Birmingham and with support from Birmingham LGBT’s Ageing with Pride programme, The ‘1968 Club’ will o...
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Get involved with Ageing Together Week 2019!

  Ageing Together Week takes place across Birmingham from Monday, January 21 to Sunday, January 27, 2019 to raise awareness of isolation and spread the message that people do not need to be alone. Citizens, community groups and organisations are encouraged to get involved.   By 2020, in Bi...
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Birmingham Wellbeing Portal Making a Big Difference


Wellbeing Portal launched to support Birmingham citizens   Birmingham residents who are looking for local activities, support and services that encourage wellbeing and an active and healthy lifestyle can now search a new online directory called Route2Wellbeing that describes over 1,500 local, c...
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Circus skills in Edgbaston

DEMCAF– Helping carers and the Dementia sufferers they care for, to be less isolated and more involved with the local community Demcaf are an Ageing Better in Birmingham group who meet on the first Tuesday of every month at St Georges church, Edgbaston to provide a support network, activities and so...
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Addressing older people's isolation in Sparkbrook

A new exciting project is starting in Sparkbrook, Birmingham. This is a call for partners to come forward and engage with the project.  This project, as with the development of the Ageing Better Hub, recognises that other organisations, not engaged with the Collective, deliver services for and ...
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New project aimed at making Tyburn an 'age-friendly' neighbourhood

Sustrans is delivering Age Friendly Tyburn, a project aimed at increasing an ‘age-friendly’ neighbourhood and reducing social isolation by creating a positive long-term improvement of the physical environment in the Tyburn Ward. This project is funded by BVSC and is part of the Ageing Better in Birm...
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Helping others along the way

“Moving On” Recently, we visited “Moving On” a group with a positive attitude, caring, supporting and helping others along the way. The members of Moving On are carers who have feel that meeting monthly is great for friendship and support amongst members. They come together for a chat and also ...
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I would have been just sitting at home watching TV if I hadn’t come to this group

  We all love to see fresh flowers, tastefully displayed and showing off nature in all its loveliness and colour, but to arrange them so that they look their best takes a little practice. Thanks to support from the Ageing Better in Birmingham programme, Samreena Begum, with the help of Nita Upa...
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Zumba, salsa, dominos and sewing in Acocks Green

Meeting each Tuesday at the Church of God of Prophecy in Acocks Green, people get moving with regular Zumba classes, sewing, dominos and trips to the seaside. We caught up with people who attend the group for various activities. Enid and Delbert, a lovely couple who have been married 60 years. Origi...
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15 weeks of utter bliss

Beautiful Flowers, New Skills and New Friends for the Ladies of Tyseley…. We all love to see fresh flowers, tastefully displayed and showing off nature in all its loveliness and colour, but to arrange them so that they look their best takes a little practice. Thanks to support from the Ageing Better...
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Do you have what it takes to make your neighbourhood a better place to grow older in?

The answer is YES. Everyone can reduce isolation and make communities better places to live and grow older: All you need is a bit of time! Isolation and loneliness is on the government’s agenda. Since her recent appointment as loneliness minister, Tracey Crouch has revealed that she was approached b...
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Council conducting survey to improve neighbourhoods

Birmingham Council wants your views!   Birmingham City Council would like to hear your opinion on how local residents, community organisations and public services can work better together in your local area, to improve your services and your neighbourhood. This survey is about the consultation ...
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New green paper for Birmingham on community cohesion - read it in summary and in full here

        The Birmingham Community Cohesion Strategy Green Paper outlines a Birmingham in which individuals and groups can live with trust in their neighbourhoods, those from different backgrounds and in local institutions. It vision for a more integrated Birmingham. You can find b...
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Birmingham hoping to become leading location for LGBT people to grow older

Birmingham LGBT aims to make Birmingham the leading location for LGBT people to grow older   Birmingham LGBT is launching Ageing with Pride, a year-long campaign aimed at promoting the lives and lived experiences of older LGBT people across the city, focusing on highlighting the positive contri...
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Barmy knitters becoming close-knit friends

You don’t have to be Barmy to join this Ageing Better Knitters group – but it helps!   One of the Ageing Better groups that we visited recently is called Barmy Knitters, a gathering of 7 or so ladies who sit together, chat, drink tea and knit or crochet some lovely colourful items destined for ...
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LGBT Survey about attitudes and awareness

Are you part of the lesbian, gay, bi and trans community in Birmingham? We want to hear from you! ABIC Ltd, an evaluation company based in Leamington Spa is  undertaking an evaluation of the Ageing with Pride initiative, which is part of our programme. Ageing with Pride is a project that seeks ...
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