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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, ...
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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 Support Citizens from Tyburn, north-east of Birmingham city centre, have been rewarded for the work they ar...
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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...
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Communities Representative needed for Birmingham City Partnership Board

Birmingham City Partnership Board – Communities Representative The 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 i...
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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 community One 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...
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Pink Sou’westers visit a Byzantine church and celebrate their 10th Anniversary

Pink Sou’westers are a group of LGBT people who offer affordable, accessible and inclusive events for all ages and for people from all over the Midlands. Like many other groups in Birmingham, Pink Sou’westers have benefitted from funding provided by the Ageing Better in Birmingham programme.   ...
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Celebrating the importance of community and the amazing people of Sparkbrook

We joined the Ageing Better Sparkbrook Hub in celebrating Christmas and the people who has made a huge impact in tackling loneliness and isolation in the local area. Attending the event, and listening to Nigel Brookhouse, CEO of Narthex Sparkhill, one of the organisations behind the Sparkbrook Hub, ...
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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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