This section of the website aims to provide answers to some frequently asked questions regarding the Bristol Ageing Better programme. If you have a question about any aspect of BAB please email:


What is BAB?

Bristol Ageing Better (BAB) is a partnership of individuals and organisations working together to reduce isolation and loneliness among older people in Bristol. We create an environment in which our partner organisations can deliver effective services, share their knowledge of what works, and be noticed by decision-makers.


How is BAB funded?

Towards the end of 2014, we were notified that our application to the Big Lottery Fund was successful and Bristol was awarded £5.9million over 5 years as part of  their Fulfilling Lives: Ageing Better Programme. This programme covers 14 regions across the UK, including Bristol.


What work is BAB currently doing?

The BAB Programme officially began on the 1st April 2015. The BAB Programme Management Team is currently working with partners across the city to develop the 16 projects across the 4 themes of the programme and get them ready to be commissioned. To find out more about current projects and open applications, please visit our Partner’s Area.


How will the money be spent, and who will decide this?

The Big Lottery Fund has approved the 16 project outlines  submitted in April 2014. The BAB Programme Management Team work closely with the Programme Board  and the Big Lottery Fund to manage the budget and ensure that all expenditure is transparent and meets our policy around selecting delivery partners. BAB has a highly collaborative approach to commissioning involving many partners in the design and delivery of services. Decision making panels, involving older people, will make the final decisions regarding which organisations should deliver the different BAB projects.


How is the BAB Programme run?

The Programme Director is accountable for the overall delivery of the programme and is accountable to the Programme Board. He leads the Programme Management Team who are based at Age UK Bristol, and develop the programme, commission delivery partners and coordinate the evaluation of the programme. Click here to visit our Programme Management Team page to find out more. 

The BAB programme is overseen by the Programme Board, made up of partner organisations and local older people.


I am an older person or organisation interested in getting involved. How can I become a partner?

BAB is very keen to involve any person or organisation with an interest in reducing isolation and loneliness in Bristol in the BAB programme. For further information or to become a BAB partner please contact  or sign up to our mailing list.


What is BAB aiming to achieve by 2020?

Bristol Ageing Better has four overall outcome measures that it is expected to reach by the end of the 5 year programme:

  • 20% increase in the numbers of older people who report that they have the amount and type of social contact that they want to reduce isolation and loneliness. 

  • A 20% increase in the number of older people who report that they can influence decisions that affect their local area and how services are designed and delivered.

  • A 30%  increase in the number of older people who are able to contribute to their community through such mechanisms as volunteering, belonging to a forum, steering group or other activity.

  • Contribution to 2 evaluation and learning reports to service planners and commissioners. This will build an evidence base to ensure that future services in Bristol are better planned and more effective in reducing loneliness and social isolation.




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