Community Kick-Start Fund

Bristol Ageing Better is committing £250,000 to help kick-start community activities that will help to reduce isolation and loneliness among older people in Bristol.

The Community Kick-Start Fund allows organisations, groups and individuals to seek up to £2,000 for a new activity that is likely to reduce isolation and loneliness for older people. The successful initiatives are selected by older people through the BAB Older Peoples’ Steering Group.

We have already:

  • Approved 59 bids to the Community Kick-Start project and committed £82,000 to the successful bids
  • Reviewed our first 3 rounds of Community Kick-Start Funding

We are currently:

  • Within our fifth round of Community Kick-Start Funding. Information on how to apply is here: Community Kick-Start Fund Applications.
  • Inviting shortlisted kick-start funded projects to apply for Kick-Start Plus funding, in partnership with St Monica Trust. 


Community Kick-Start Fund Projects

Organisation Activity From/To Date
Ashton Vale Club for Young People Cookery lessons and the production of a local cookbook for older people attending the 'Silver Social' group April 2016 - April 2017
Awaz Utaoh Practical English course for older Asian women including talks by the Fire, Police and Ambulance services about how to communicate in emergency situations September 2016 - January 2017
Begbrook Retirement Club Community transport to allow more older people to attend the club March 2016 - March 2017
Bristol & Avon Chinese Women's Group New leisure activities for the group including tai chi and knitting June 2016 - April 2017
Bristol Sikh Temple Older people's lunch club for members of the temple and wider community  June 2016 - June 2017
Coexist CIC Outreach: Community Conscious Training of complementary therapies including massage and mindfulness to staff in care homes and day centres (working with 5 partners) N/A
Changes Bristol Partial funding to set up a wellbeing support group for over 50s in Bedminster. Part-funded by Community Kick-Start Funding.  June 2016 - June 2017
Civil Euro Perspective Drop-in sessions for older people who want to become more active in their community through campaigning, volunteering or small-scale enterprise September 2016 - January 2017
Dhek Bhal Chairs for the hall at Barton Hill Settlement to allow more people to attend the Dhek Bhal elders group N/A
Elderly People's Club English lessons for Chinese elders in Bristol May - September 2016
Golden Agers Enhanced activity provision for existing group, including sewing machines and kitchen equipment Indefinite
Growing Bolder Therapeutic poetry, creative writing and visual art group for a small group of older people culminating in a performance at Avenue House Care Home May 2016 - July 2016
Hanover Housing Living with Sight Loss course for care and housing professionals TBC
Horfield Common C.I.C. 'Men in Sheds' project on the common May 2016 - September 2017
Jacobs Wells Community Hub A year-long programme of craft sessions for older people, using materials from Clifton Hill Textiles and the Scrapstore July 2016 - April 2017
Jacobs Wells Community Hub Tai chi classes for older people in the Jacobs Wells area  September 2017 - March 2017
Lawrence Weston Community Farm A pilot Memory Cafe enabling older residents to share their memories of the area September - November 2016
LinkAge Shirehampton New Age Kurling class (a team game suitable for all ability and mobility levels) May - July 2016
LinkAge Bedminster 'Place-based theatre club' at the RNIB. Up to 40 older people will gather local history and stories about the RNIB to devise a creative event or celebration.  October 2016 - January 2017 
Lockleaze Neighbourhood Trust Gentle exercise group for over 50s April 2016 - February 2017
Malcolm X Elders Sewing classes for over 50s June 2016 - August 2017
Marmalade Trust Creation and hosting of a new website to allow more contact with and referrals for older people N/A
Redcliffe Care Programme of theatre workshops based around the theme of St. Mary Redcliffe Church and the surrounding area October 2016 – January 2017
Sammy's Pop-Up Club Enhanced activity provision for existing group, including exercise and sewing supplies Indefinitely
Southville Community Development Association Programme of activity sessions developed and delivered by Alive! and Sporting Memories Network for older people living in the BS3 area who are isolated and lonely and/or affected by dementia  June - October 2016
South West Bristol Cooperative Learning Trust: Handfuls of Harmony Choir Weekly community choir for Monica Wills House residents and wider community inc. events with local primary schools April 2016 - March 2017
Southmead Development Trust  Set up and initial 6 months funding for a Community Cinema in Southmead August 2016 - January 2017
Southmead Development Trust ‘Men in Sheds’ project in Southmead TBC
St. Lukes Church - Barton Hill 'Coffee Pot' group Increased provision for their regular music sessions in care homes, including percussion instruments for workshops, performances from professional musicians and three day-trips July 2016 - July 2017
The Rock Centre Pilates classes for over 50s July 2016 - May 2017
Ujima Radio in partnership with Muktomoncho Training and studio time to begin a Bengali elders' radio show April - June 2016
Ujima Radio Babbers Group Training and equipment to begin outside broadcasts, particularly in care homes N/A
World Jungle A multi-cultural and intergenerational music group using percussion September - December 2016
Wyldwood Arts A professional older adults acting company based at Monica Wills House. Residents will also go on a behind-the-scenes visit to the Bristol Old Vic September - December 2016
Milestones Trust A weekly social group for older people with learning disabilities or dementia. Includes film screenings, giant board games, healthy cookery and karaoke October 2016 – October 2017
Barton Hill Settlement Chairs for the hall at Barton Hill Settlement to allow more people to attend the older people’s activities including bingo, yoga, etc. N/A
Bristol Indian Association Walking group in St. George including local walks and food served at the St. George Sikh Temple Spring 2017 – Spring 2018
Growing Bolder Horfield Therapeutic poetry, creative writing and visual art group for a small group of older people culminating in a ‘flash mob’ musical celebration  October 2016 – January 2017
Pickleball Bristol A series of free taster sessions of ‘pickleball’, a racquet sport that combines elements of badminton, table tennis and tennis and is suitable for all ages and skill levels. A regular group with a small membership fee will then be established. November 2016 – indefinite
Berchel House Tenants' Group Creation of an artwork for the ‘Window Wanderland’ community arts event in February 2017. The piece will be created by a local artist in collaboration with the tenants. November 2016 – February 2017
Gaywood House Tenants' Group Creation of an artwork for the ‘Window Wanderland’ community arts event in February 2017. The piece will be created by a local artist in collaboration with the tenants. November 2016 – February 2017
Paws for Wellbeing Set-up of an animal-assisted therapy service, offering sessions with trained therapy dogs in care homes. March 2017 – indefinite
Sikh Garden of Remembrance Committee A series of history walks on the theme of World Wars I and II, with a free restaurant lunch. February 2017 – February 2018
Gerry’s Attic Dance  Additional rehearsal space for Bristol’s over 55’s dance company – working with professional dance leader to develop movement and dance skills.  December 2016 – October 2017
Jessica Reid A series of workshops in Westbury-on-Trym, using recycled wood and materials to build and restore household and garden furniture items. June – October 2017
LinkAge Bedminster ‘Clay Explorations’ pottery groups in Bedminster and Stockwood March – May 2017
South Lockleaze and Purdown Neighbourhood Group Crafts sessions, walks and talks on Purdown with outdoor education specialist Steve England December 2016 – March 2017
Zion Community Art Space A monthly memory café for people with dementia and their carers. Spring 2017 – Spring 2018
Greater Bedminster Community Partnership Printing of an updated toilet map for residents of Greater Bedminster. N/A


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