How can we lend a hand to isolated people over 50 in Birmingham?

Well we can start by looking at what we can do together! That is exactly what citizens of Birmingham have done. By starting new or expanding on existing community groups, people in Birmingham are organising activities for isolated older people.  A movement is underway which we hope will continu...
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Ageing with Pride campaign awarded to Brmingham LGBT

Ageing with Pride awarded to Birmingham LGBT   The project, one of several within the LGBT Community Local Action Plan, is co-designed with older LGBT people. It is an intensive campaign through effective marketing and communication approaches using community development and active citizenship....
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50 years of being gay - most of it spent in the closet

Born 1954, Michael shares his experiences of being gay and staying in the closet for much of his life. In this great blog post, we get to know a man who felt he had to confine to the norms of society, which at the time he grew up was not accepting sexuality outside the heterosexual spectrum. Speakin...
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Connect Sparkbrook: Addressing Older People’s Social Isolation awarded to The Muath Trust

Exciting new project in Sparkbrook Connect Sparkbrook: Addressing Older People’s Social Isolation is a two-year, ward-wide project, capable of reaching all parts of the Sparkbrook Ward and all its communities. The project will have two work streams: Connecting Communities with a focus on place, to a...
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Yoga, Pampering and “Trips Out” at Hamstead Hall Carers

Caring for a loved one, particularly one who is suffering from dementia, can be lonely and isolating, so it’s good to be able meet with others who are in the same position, talk about shared experiences and offer support and guidance to one another. Located at the border of Sandwell and Birmingham, ...
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Ageing Well in Birmingham

Ageing Well in Birmingham   Birmingham City Council in partnership with Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) invite you to an engagement event about the development of a new Birmingham Ageing Well Strategy. This Ageing Well event has two main aims, and they are: To provide...
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Hearing Birmingham: A Debate on the City's Future

The Ageing Better community is invited to attend Hearing Birmingham: A Debate on the City's Future   On the 24th May,  The Hearings, a not-for-profit organisation co-founded by the founders of Intelligence Squared, The Week and openDemocracy are organising an event which will exp...
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Using digital tools when travelling by bus

National Express West Midlands is offering FREE workshops around using their digital tools when travelling by bus.   The bus company, one of the largest bus operators in the UK, will support you in becoming a ‘tech savvy’ senior or an overall ‘bus genius’, to help make traveling by bus as easy ...
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Coming together over Domino and Crafts

A Group for 60+’s that was Reborn, thanks to Ageing Better In Birmingham funding The Pathfinders Domino and Craft club runs every Friday lunchtime at the Birmingham Community Association in Small Heath – members are treated to a tasty lunch and then they can relax and play dominos, “make and create”...
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Birmingham Community Innovation Fund welcomes new proposals

Birmingham Community Innovation Fund is welcoming new proposals which can support the three priorities: supporting social participation and loneliness; carers; and preventing homelessness. The fund is delivered by Birmingham City Council in partnership with Crowdfunder to match funds raised by proje...
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Ageing Better Awards 2018

Citizens rewarded for their “life-changing” work Kind-hearted neighbours who have “changed the lives” of the lonely and isolated across Birmingham have been rewarded for the work they are doing to boost the physical and mental health of those most in need. Citizens at the heart of our programme, hav...
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Spring Forward

"The sun came out and shone on us all on the 26th of March 2018"   On Monday 26th March 2018, Ageing Better in Birmingham held its annual Spring Forward event that is coordinated by Groundwork West Midlands and the Age of Experience group. The aim of Spring Forward is to celebrate the positive ...
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Birmingham charities win awards for excellence

  Two charities in Birmingham among eight winners of the 2018 GSK IMPACT Awards.  A prestigious national award for improving health and wellbeing in communities across the UK, has been awarded to two charities from Birmingham. Birmingham LGBT , who provides a wide range of health and ...
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Digital Skills Beginners Workshop

  Google's Digital Garage in Birmingham is offering new learning opportunities! Google's Digital Garage is arranging short workshops to offer digital skills coaching from beginner’s level to more advanced levels in relation to Spreadsheets , Staying Safe Online , Writing for Social Media and Di...
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I’ve got my life back

HIV sufferer praises ‘life-changing’ support group in Birmingham An HIV sufferer who had “nothing to get up for” has praised the “life-changing” impact of a Birmingham support group which has helped him get his life back – as figures show the number of people with the condition in the city has incre...
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Doing It Better with Ageing Better

The Ageing Better LGBT Hub held a session of discussions in February – “Doing It Better With Ageing Better” –  to enable group organisers to learn from each other and find out more about how the Hub can offer support.  The group looked at a draft ‘Top Tips’ for groups and organisers, which...
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I couldn’t have dreamt about what we achieved.

  Nina, who have shared her story on our blog over the last couple of weeks, speaks to us about being ‘on the edge of a nervous break-down’ and how Ageing Better in Birmingham helped her to overcome adversity. The 55-year-old mother of four lost her confidence while working as a quality control...
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Nina's guest blog: St. Patrick's Day

This is the second blog post from our guest blogger Nina Mildenhall. To read her first entry click here: Nina's Story and to read her 2nd entry click here: Queen's 90th Birthday   One of my favourite Ageing Better events was when we organised a St. Patrick Day Party! We had such a lovely time a...
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Nominations open to the Ageing Better Awards 2018

Citizens are at the heart of Ageing Better in Birmingham. They are the driving force in arranging and leading new activities to reach out to isolated people over 50. So far, over 4,700 people in Birmingham have been involved in starting something amazing within their communities to help people over ...
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Ageing Better in Birmingham tender opportunity – Carers Voice (Older Carers Local Action Plan)

Ageing Better in Birmingham is out to tender for the provision of Carers Voice; a Project within the Older Carers Local Action Plan. Further information on our Priority Area Local Action Plans can be found on our website at https://www.ageingbetterinbirmingham.co.uk/latest-news/update-priority-area-...
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