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Community with a knack for beating the January blues

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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.

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Ageing Together Week was organised as part of Ageing Better in Birmingham, to raise awareness of all the enjoyable opportunities people over 50 in Birmingham have to connect with people around them.

Launched on Monday 21 January, there were over 35 activities taking place across the city during the week. 

The week kicked off with the Midlands Art Centre's project to help reduce isolation in the community by involving people aged 65+ in the Arts. Since then, one Ageing Better carers group have linked up with the project, enjoying afternoon tea and live entertainment such as a comedy routine from Barbara Nice, live jazz music and dancing. To find out more about projects for people in later life at the Midlands Arts Centre, contact Lucy Rix, Community Engagement Producer on 0121 446 3261 or email

There were also four First Aid training sessions provided by St John Ambulance free of charge. Almost 50 people gained access to first aid knowledge and skills, increasing their confidence so that they can take action by becoming local community champions who are able to help others in their community.

St John Ambulance provided first aid pocket guides and certificates for everyone, and the workshops covered:
  • how to do CPR
  • using a defibrillator
  • recovery position
  • bleeds, burns and head injuries
  • how to deal with clinical shock

If you'd like a session for your community group in Birmingham please contact Miriam Aslam (Community Development Officer) by emailing Miriam on

The most important aspect of the 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 that they don't have to be lonely or isolated as there are activities they can join. 

Most of these activities still take place, such as Kingstanding Thursday Club, a carers group that meets every Thursday; Mboka Mosika, a weekly African group that meets for gentle Rumba dancing: ballet dancing for the over 50s LGBT+ community, book clubs, coffee mornings... there are lots of things happening across the city!

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