We're really pleased to announce that the Ageing Better in Birmingham programme is continuing for another year.
We were due to finish the programme in March 2021, but thanks to funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, we are able to extend it until March 2022.
As you will know, we set the programme up in 2015 with the aim to improve the lives of people aged over 50 by addressing social isolation and loneliness and developing creative ways they can be actively involved in their local communities.
Because of the pandemic, projects and activities that were due to take place this year (2020) couldn't go ahead as planned. The additional year will allow for some of these activities to go ahead, and to share learning about what works and how we can create a better Birmingham for people to grow older in.
So far, over 9,000 people have been involved in activities across Birmingham with 60% feeling less lonely.
"This couldn't come at a better time. I've seen the difference the programme has made to people across communities in the city and it's been sad to see the pandemic force some people back into isolation. Having another year of the programme will make a huge difference."
Emma Ackerman, Deputy Director at The National Lottery Community Fund, said:
"We are delighted to be able to give further funding to the Ageing Better partnerships in England thanks to support from National Lottery players."
Stephen Raybould, Programme Director for Ageing Better in Birmingham, said:
"We know how difficult this year has been for many people, and while the response from communities during lockdown was extraordinary, continuing the programme means we can ensure people don't miss out on the support and connections they need as we move forward.
"We will continue to invest in neighbourliness and community action on the streets of Birmingham and look forward to building on the work that has taken place in collaboration with our partner organisations and active citizens across the city."
We've collated some of the activities taking place over the last five years below, have a browse!