Community Kick-Start Fund

Bristol Ageing Better has committed £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.

This project is no longer accepting applications. 


We have:

  • Reviewed 10 rounds of Community Kick-Start Funding, in collaboration with our Older Persons Commissioning Panel
    Approved 141 bids to the Community Kick-Start project and committed £229,332.24 to the successful bids
    In partnership with St. Monica Trust, supported a further 10 projects with slightly larger grants, to build upon the success of their Kick-Start funded initiative

Community Kick-Start Fund Projects

You can also view all of the projects, including speicifc locations and details of target groups worked with, on this Google Map


3rd Stage Dance Co Ballet classes for older people

Above and Beyond Contribution to renovation of older care ward at BRI

Able Care Homes Music therapy in care homes

Aerospace Bristol Reminiscence box activities at cafes and in care homes

Age UK Bristol Kitchen equipment, printer and sewing machine to support the introduction of an additional weekly day service at The Withywood Centre

Age UK Bristol Transport to enable more older people to attend Integrated Community Clinics in South Bristol

Age UK Bristol Volunteer training for 'Active Together with Dementia' project

All Saints Clifton Dementia café at the church

Ambition Lawrence Weston Men in Sheds group

Arnolfini Forming older people's group and running workshops at the gallery

Ashton Vale Club for Young People Cookery lessons at Silver Social, including creation of recipe book

Ashton Gatehouse Skills-sharing intergenerational sessions with older people and children from a local secondary school at Ashton Court

Avonmouth Community Association Walking netball club

Awaz Utaoh English conversational and practical sessions for older South Asian women

Barton Hill Settlement New chairs for 6 different groups working with older people

Begbrook Retirement Club Community transport to allow more people to access the club

Begbrook Retirement Club Exercise sessions for club members

Berchel House Tenants' Group Participation in 'Winter Wonderland' in Bedminster in Feb 2017, including sessions led by a professional artist to help residents create window displays

Blaise Weston Community Social Club Monthly art workshops for older people and children

Bangladeshi Bristol Women’s Group Weekly coffee and activity morning

Board Mill Trust Community noticeboard in St. Annes

Bristol & Avon Chinese Women's Group New leisure activities including tai chi, knitting and flower arranging

Bristol & Avon Chinese Women's Group New activities at the Vassall Centre including gardening, gadget lessons and qi gong: room hire, tutor fees and equipment

Bristol Amblers Walking Group Printed programme, minibus hire, website creation and bus tickets to attract more people to the group

Bristol Community Friendship Club Advertising, transport and craft supplies to enable the group to reach more isolated older women

Bristol Cooperative Gym Resistance training sessions for over 50s

Bristol Indian Association Walking group in St. George including local walks and lunches

Bristol Older People’s Forum + Urban Soul Weekly creative writing workshops

Bristol Rugby Community Foundation Recording and broadcasting sporting memories of older people at existing groups, workshops and events

Bristol Sikh Temple Weekly lunch club

Brislington Over 50s Forum Community festival in Brislington to raise awareness of the forum and other wellbeing activities in the area

Buzz Lockleaze Cooking classes

Buzz Lockleaze Regular games afternoons aimed at older men

Buzz Lockleaze Weekly gardening sessions

Buzz Lockleaze Animation course

Buzz Lockleaze Weekly knit and natter group

Chichester House Over 55s Community Games for older residents for use in the community room

Civil Euro Perspective Drop in sessions for older people who want to become more active in the community through volunteering or small-scale enterprise

Coexist CIC Outreach: Community Conscious Training in basic massage techniques and mindfulness to staff in residential homes/day centres to use 1:1 and in group settings with older people

Contact The Elderly Monthly library-based tea party group at Stockwood Library

Dhek Bhal 10 NHS-approved chairs for community hall to encourage more older people to attend

Dhek Bhal Day trips for South Asian elders

Eastville Park Methodist Church Weekly friendship and exercise group

Elderly People's Club English lessons for older Chinese people

Elderly People's Club Weekly exercise group

Elderly People's Club Crochet group for Chinese elders

Evergreens Day trips for elders from the Caribbean community

Festive Friends Christmas meal for older people

Fishponds Friendship & Exercise Club Promoting group through taster sessions, providing day trips and starting New Age Kurling sessions

Gaywood House Tenants' Group Participation in 'Winter Wonderland' in Bedminster in Feb 2017, including sessions led by a professional artist to help residents create window displays

Gerry’s Attic Dance / Julia Thorneycroft Additional rehearsal space to allow company to grow

Golden Agers Resources including sewing machines to enable the group to offer activities to more people

Golden Agers Laptops and software for IT classes

Greater Bedminster Community Partnership 'Toilet map' showing restroom facilities offered for free to the public by local traders

Growing Bolder Workshops to create art and poetry with older people for a show

Growing Bolder New Growing Bolder group in Horfield including ‘flash mob’

Growing Bolder for Carers Art therapy group for older people who are carers for family members

Hartcliffe & Withywood Angling Club Fishing group for older people including free transport

Hartcliffe and Withywood Community Partnership Two new clubs in the Symes building in Hartcliffe - film club and singing/games club

Henbury & Brentry LinkAge Hub Singing group in Henbury

Henbury and Brentry Community Council Development of community café in community centre, enabling cookery lessons and evening meals for older people

Holy Trinity Hotwells Memories cafe

Horfield Common C.I.C. 'Shed Men' project on the common

Inner City 50+ Photographers Photography course in St Pauls

Impermanence Dance Theatre Social events for older people at Kings Weston House, including live entertainment

Jacobs Wells Community Hub Urban Village Dance' sessions

Jacobs Wells Community Hub Regular, informal arts and crafts sessions

Jacobs Wells Community Hub Tai Chi classes

Jessica Reid ‘Build and Decorate' carpentry and woodworking classes

Journalling for Beginners Journalling group in a café 

Knowle Older People Exercise classes followed by talks from visiting speakers

Lawrence Weston Community Farm ‘Herbs for Health’ monthly gardening sessions for older people

Lawrence Weston Community Farm Memories cafe

Lawrence Weston Community Farm Sessions based at the farm and Blaise Weston Court focused on 'food and wellbeing'

LinkAge Bedminster ‘Place-based theatre club' from Part Exchange Co

LinkAge Bedminster Clay explorations' groups in Stockwood and Bedminster

LinkAge Shirehampton New Age Kurling in Shirehampton

Local Isolation & Loneliness Action Committee Laptop for over 55s social and computer café in BS3

Lockleaze Craft Craft club 

Lockleaze Neighbourhood Trust Gentle exercise class

Lockleaze Neighbourhood Trust Ukelele club for older people

Lockleaze Neighbourhood Trust 'Soup and Singing' Karaoke-based social club

Lockleaze Neighbourhood Trust Arts and crafts sessions for older people

Malcolm X Elders Sewing classes

Malcolm X Elders Open day to reach new older people

Marmalade Trust New website design and development to enable more referrals to services

Meadow Vale Community Centre Chairs for community centre

Milestones Trust Service User Social Group New evening social club: venue hire; digital movie projector and screent.

Mindful Walking Group Walking and art group

Natural Opportunities Community transport  to allow older people to visit new nature-based activities as well as 'special treat' trips x 2

Original Spinners Dance sessions for people with Parkinson's Disease

Pakistani Welfare Organisation Lunch club for older Pakistani men

Pakistani Welfare Organisation Sewing class for older Pakistani women

Paws for Wellbeing Animal Assisted Therapy sessions in care homes and at the BRI

Paws for Wellbeing Expand animal assisted therapy sessions to reach people in their own homes

Pickleball Bristol Pickleball club including free taster sessions

Redcliffe Care Programme of theatre workshops from Part Exchange Co

Redland Older People Exercise classes followed by talks from visiting speakers

Revive Fitness Classes Equipment for older people’s fitness classes in various locations

Sammy's Pop-Up Club Enhancing activity provision to allow more members to join

Sammy's Pop-Up Club Christmas celebration in St Pauls including intergenerational workshops

SCDA in Partnership with Alive! and Sporting Memories Sporting Memories to deliver training to Alive! facilitators to create a programme based on both charities’ work with older people

Seated Dance & Exercise Class Dance and strength training classes for care home residents

Sikh Garden of Remembrance Committee ‘Walk and talk’ group including talks about World Wars I and II

Somali Male Elders Group Monthly meeting for older Somali men

Somali Womens Group Monthly lunch club for older women from the Somali community

South Lockleaze and Purdown Neighbourhood Group Programme of woodcraft, educational, outdoor recreation and social activities

South West Bristol Cooperative Learning Trust Community choir at Monica Wills House, including concerts with local primary schools

Southmead Creative Writing Group Venue hire and resources for volunteer-led creative writing class

Southmead Development Trust Monthly community cinema

Southmead Development Trust  Establishing 'Men in Sheds' group

Sporting Memories Sporting Memories group for older people with learning difficulties

St. Lukes Coffee Pot Increased provision for music sessions including percussion instruments and professional musicians, as well as coach trips for residents of local care homes

St Monica Trust Series of wellbeing café events

St Monica Trust Intergenerational singing sessions in partnership with ‘Bring Your Own Baby’ choir

St. Pauls Arts & Crafts Group Craft club for older people

St. Pauls Community Development Project Film club for older people

Studio Meineck Music Memory Box workshops in partnership with Bristol Black Carers

The Beehive Centre IT sessions for older people enabling them to use email and Skype, etc.

The Beehive Centre Art therapy group

The Rock Centre Free older peoples' pilates classes

Travelling Tea Pot Arts and crafts activities for residents of local assisted housing facility

Trinity Community Arts Pottery classes

Ujima Radio Training to establish Bengali elders’ radio show

Ujima Radio Babbers Group Training and equipment for the Babbers team to begin off-site broadcasting, including in care homes

Wellspring Healthy Living Centre ‘Singing for Wellbeing’ group

World Jungle Multi-generational and multicultural music group

Wyldwood Arts ‘Chat Back’ intergenerational drama group in Monica Wills House

Wyldwood Arts ‘Chat Back’ intergenerational drama group in St. Pauls

Yarn Over Coffee Craft Group New venue and advertising to expand knitting group in BS3

Young Bristol Rowing members' club for older people

Zion Community Arts Memories cafe

Zion Community Arts Weekly 'heritage group' exploring local history

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