Written by Adam Rees, BAB Director
On Monday 20th June we will be welcoming guests to the Bristol Ageing Better “One Year On” event to reflect on BAB’s first year and to tell partners more about our plans going forward. I am very proud of what has been achieved in the last year and we have built a great foundation on which to proceed. The partners we will be celebrating have delivered on projects including Group Work and Peer Support Pilots, Community Kick Start and Community Researchers as well as our great Aardman Animation and Age Friendly Cities.
In addition to celebrating the work undertaken, we will also be looking ahead, setting out the funding opportunities over the next year and issuing a challenge to our partners to consider how they can work together to deliver services.
We will be releasing funding opportunities in the autumn for Community Development and Community Navigation that we would be keen to see delivered by a group of organisations working together. It may be that partners have a particular geographical coverage or that they can deliver one service within the project. One partner may specialise in a certain field while another partner may be able to offer venues or coordinate the reporting.
We have seen great examples of collaboration and joint working through some of our projects already. And in the coming months will be providing public workshops that will support the practicalities of collaboration and will start to facilitate these conversations. There will also be small levels of funding available to support collaborative bidding.
We will release more information about the available support over the next few months but one of the aims of Bristol Ageing Better is about supporting partners to build capacity and become more resilient. Collaborative and consortium bidding are becoming increasingly popular with Councils and Health and we know that Bristol City Council’s new VCS Prospectus will expect this in applications for funding from our sector. We hope that these opportunities through Bristol Ageing Better will support partners to learn more about these models and hopefully start collaborations that can go on to engage Public Sector Funders.
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