I'm very proud of the work that we have done so far with partners through BAB and you can see updates of this work on our website.
My team does a fantastic job, working with organisations and older people across the city but as Programme Director, I can spend a lot of time in meetings, talking about strategies and not seeing much of Bristol or the older people who benefit from BAB programmes.
It’s always really special when I get the chance to visit a project and meet participants, volunteers and project staff.
We have a fantastic extended family of people who contribute to BAB, from the 40+ staff funded by BAB in different organisations to the army of volunteers contributing more than 500 hours each month to delivering activities for lonely and isolated older people in Bristol. Some members of the BAB extended family have been nominated for VOSCUR awards for their contributions to their community and we’re absolutely delighted!
A core principle of BAB is that older people are at the heart, with involvement in commissioning, Kick-Start, recruitment and managing the programme. This week we have hosted staff from other Ageing Better areas keen to hear about our Kick-Start project, and they were able to meet our panel and some beneficiaries of the programme.
In a few weeks we will be hosting representatives from 20 cities from across the UK, meeting to share their experiences of running Age Friendly Cities. It’s been important to us to ensure that older people and their stories play a part in these visits.
As you’ll see in this update we are starting to collect even more fantastic stories from our delivery projects, and it’s important for us to make sure that we listen to these stories. By keeping real people and their experiences at the heart of what we do, we can make sure what we learn continues to benefit the older people of Bristol and beyond.
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