Ageing Better in Birmingham is delivered by a partnership of voluntary and community sector organisations led by Birmingham Voluntary Service Council (BVSC). It is part of Ageing Better, the seven-year (2015-2022), £84 million programme set up by The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK. Ageing Better partnerships are based in 14 locations across England, from Torbay to Middlesbrough and the Isle of Wight to East Lindsey. Working with local people, charities, businesses, public sector services and voluntary groups, the Ageing Better partnerships are exploring creative ways for people aged over 50 to be actively involved in their local communities, helping to combat social isolation and loneliness. Ageing Better is one of five major programmes set up by The National Lottery Community Fund to test and learn from new approaches to designing services which aim to make people’s lives healthier and happier.
In Birmingham, people are encouraged to apply for up to £2,000 through the Ageing Better Fund to start new activities for the collective benefit of people over 50 across the city.
So far, the programme has engaged 10,000 people. Reflective of the ‘super diversity’ of Birmingham, our participants are supporting each other out of loneliness and isolation in a way that has been verified by independent evaluation. The programme will leave a transformed landscape for the city. In order to achieve this, Ageing Better in Birmingham is currently working with Birmingham City Council to help make Birmingham an Age-Friendly City, and is supporting the transformation of the voluntary and community sector to offer ongoing effective support to communities into the future.
If you would like to request an interview with a member of the Ageing Better Birmingham team, or with people who have been involved with the programme, contact Elina Rosen or call 01216788808 or 0121 678 8876.
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