I moved to Bristol on Wednesday 23rd September 2015 and started with Bristol Ageing Better the next day. Moving to a new city where I didn’t know anyone or anywhere was quite disorientating and in many ways it was a good start to a project around loneliness. Over the last few years I have learned to find my way around the city, understanding the unique nature of each of the little areas that come together to make up Bristol and gathering memories all over the place.
I know I am lucky to be able to work, walk, drive or cycle around Bristol; to explore the wide range of pubs, restaurants and shops that this vibrant city has to offer. I know I have the confidence to chat to anyone I meet and a loved one at home each night.
When we think about isolation and loneliness, it is the things I am lucky to have that are often the barriers. I hope that over the last 4 years that Bristol Ageing Better has made some difference to older people who are isolated and lonely.
I am so proud of all the projects and have been delighted to visit a few over the last week. Oasis Talk held a celebration for participants of its’ BME Wellbeing project and Alive celebrated its’ Care Home Community Development projects, and both events were full of joy and laughter.
It has been an honour to work with so many of you over the last few years but I have made the decision to leave BAB in the middle of March. With one year left of the programme, we are in a strong position with a fantastic team who will continue to support you and champion the work of our partners inside and outside the city.
Bristol is now my home and I will watch with pride as BAB continues to help tackle those barriers of isolation for older in the city.
A fond farewell from,
BAB Programme Director, Adam Rees
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