Who We Are
BAB is a partnership of individuals and organisations working together to reduce isolation and loneliness among older people in Bristol.
In order to address loneliness and social isolation, it is important to first establish the foundations for a high-quality service. This page presents our library of learning and evaluation resources regarding these strong foundations.
We have grouped it into the following sections:
Coproduction and the voice of older people
Partnership and collaboration
Learning and recommendations from the Babbers Radio Show, a weekly community radio show run by and for people aged 50+ in Bristol.
We asked our partners to reflect on how older people are currently involved in the decisions made within their projects and organisations. We also asked them for their ideas about how this could be improved.
Finding potential participants and encouraging them to take part in your project can sometimes be a challenge, especially when aiming to involve those who are experiencing loneliness or isolation. We've compiled some tips and learning from BAB projects.
This report explores how BAB projects have used technology to reach and engage people aged 50+. What has worked well and why? What advice do they have for others?
In August 2019, projects within the BAB programme came together to reflect and share their learning about engaging men aged 50 and over. This topic was chosen because, across the programme, there have been significantly fewer male participants than female participants. This report outlines the key learning.
Staff and volunteers across the BAB programme came together to learn how to make their work more inclusive and accessible for older people with sight loss, hearing loss, dual sensory loss or experience of substance misuse. Led by Sense, Bristol Drugs Project and the Centre for Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
Research tells us that those aged 85+ can be at particular risk of loneliness and isolation. This Digest shares learning about using a storytelling approach to engage with this age group. Led by University of Bristol and Stand + Stare from the Tangible Memories Project.
Learning from two workshops led by The Diversity Trust aiming to ensure that those who work with older people feel confident in reaching and engaging people who are LGBT+. The workshops were co-developed with individuals aged 50+ who identify as LGBT+ as well as BAB’s LGBT+ Community Development Officer for Older Adults.
This Learning Digest presents the learning, discussions and ideas from two workshops which explored how to better reach and engage older Somali women in Bristol. These workshops were run by Midnimo Women’s Group, a a self-organised local community group formed in 2017 for Somali women.
Learning from workshops run by Carers Support Centre in conjunction with Bristol & Avon Chinese Women’s Group (BACWG). BAB want to ensure that staff and volunteers working with older people in Bristol feel equipped to identify older carers, to make their projects inclusive for older carers, and to be more aware of the support available for them.
This Learning Digest presents the key learning and ideas from two workshops run by Bristol Dementia Action Alliance.The aim of these workshops was to learn more about how organisations and individuals can reach, engage and include older people with dementia within their community activities.
In March 2018 BAB's Communications Network received training on inclusive communications and discussed their experiences of this. Here we share this learning and provide you with tips on how to make your communications more inclusive.
Looking to make your project more accessible or inclusive? Read our initial learning from other BAB projects to help you reflect and improve.
Partnership working is central to the entire BAB progamme. Here we share the learning from across our projects about successful ways to work alongside other organisations, from the very beginning of a partnership through to the end.
This report looks at older volunteers in the BAB programme. What have BAB projects learnt about involving volunteers aged 50+?
Many of our projects involve volunteers, and they often play a key part in a project’s effectiveness at tackling loneliness and isolation. Here we share our learning on how to support your volunteers and get the best from them
Learning from across our projects so far about the best ways to complete BAB's CMF evaluation questionnaires, including practical tips and preparations to make in advance.
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