Ageing Better in Birmingham is reducing isolation and loneliness and improving wellbeing for people over 50 across the city. It is funded by a £6million, six-year grant from The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK. It is delivered by a partnership of voluntary and community sector organisations led by Birmingham Voluntary Service Council (BVSC) and is part of the six-year (2015-2021) Ageing Better national strategic programme.
In Birmingham, people are encouraged to apply for up to £2,000 through the Ageing Better Fund to start activities for the collective benefit of people over 50 across the city.
So far, the programme has engaged over 8,500 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.
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