This morning we held a BAB partnership meeting and I was delighted to welcome over 50 partners to the Foundation on St. Georges road. The cynic in me often thought that previous partnership meetings were well attended because of the funding on offer, but the last few meetings have definitely proved me wrong and shown that people still want to meet, contribute and share the work they are doing, even without the incentive of commissioning!
There was such a fantastic buzz in the room today and I was so happy to observe new people meeting, projects sharing ideas and even some collaborations developing there and then. In addition to our core aim of tackling isolation and loneliness, Bristol Ageing Better has also had a secondary focus of encouraging a vibrant and cooperative third sector, and the event today was a great indicator of this. As my focus increasingly moves to legacy and sustainability, I find myself thinking that it is more important than ever to keep these events going in order to support each other and to find ways of working together for the benefit of older people in Bristol.
As if that wasn’t enough for one day, this afternoon we have also submitted Bristol’s application to join the World Health Organisation’s Global Network of Age-friendly Communities. It has been quite the journey to get to this point and we are grateful for the support we have had from partners to get the application prepared. If you visit the Age-friendly world website, each community has a profile page with the words “Committed To Becoming More Age-Friendly” proudly next to their name. With this application to the Global Network Bristol is saying that we want to be a great place for older people and that we are working together to achieve this goal. During the process we have had hundreds of older people contributing and so many organisations have offered to make their work more age-friendly.
In the next Age-friendly update on 22nd November, we will be sharing more information about the next steps and how you can still contribute to making this a city that is a place to grow old.
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