Who We Are
BAB is a partnership of individuals and organisations working together to reduce isolation and loneliness among older people in Bristol.
Bristol Ageing Better (BAB) receives its funding from the Big Lottery Fund and is accountable to them for the delivery of the programme. Bristol Ageing Better has a structure of governance which ensures there is proper scrutiny and review of the programme activities and a transparent means of setting the strategy and selecting delivery partners.
As lead partner, Age UK Bristol receives funding from Big Lottery Fund for the delivery of the Bristol Ageing Better programme and the Board of Trustees (AUKB Board) is accountable to the Big Lottery Fund for the delivery and expenditure within the Bristol Ageing Better Programme.
The AUKB Board has delegated some of the responsibilities for developing and delivering the programme to the BAB Programme Group but retains the accountability and oversight of finance and compliance.
The Strategic Programme Group provides leadership to the Bristol Ageing Better programme, connects the programme into other projects, people and activities across Bristol as well as approving key decisions such as commissioning arrangements and recruitment.
The group meets every six weeks and has the following objectives:
Scrutiny, review and governance of the programme.
Major Policy and Decisions
Advice and support for the Programme team.
Monitoring of evaluation and outcomes.
Consideration of sustainability of projects
The group also agrees the annual plans and budgets for the programme, maximising value for money and working within Big Lottery Fund guidelines and agreements.
Members of the board act as champions and connectors for the programme, and share best practice both from the project and their own experience working with older people.
Current members of the BAB Strategic Programme Group:
Chair, Age UK Bristol
Chair, Bristol Older People’s Forum
Chief Executive, Age UK Bristol
Public Health, Bristol City Council
Early Intervention & Targeted Services (Adults) Manager, Bristol City Council
BAB funded staff who also contribute to this group:
BAB Programme Director
BAB Porgramme Manager
Principal Investigator, The University of West of England
This group has been in existence since the application stage and has provided specific support around commissioning, recruitment and in particular the Kick-Start panels. The group continue to support these activities, but they can also provide opinions and learned experiences on the development of policy and commissioning for BAB.
The Older People’s Steering Group meets quarterly. It receives information on the progress of BAB and has the ability to raise questions about delivery and to share opinions about the work in progress across the BAB Programme.
BAB currently has over 250 partners, who are kept informed about our work through regular updates and partnership meetings. These partners do not all receive BAB funding and are partners because they agree with the aim of tackling isolation and loneliness and want to work with us on this issue. Partners have identified the importance of a collective voice for third sector organisations committed to improving older people’s services in Bristol.
We have funded more than 50 organisations to undertake work on behalf of Bristol Ageing Better and it is important for us to ensure that the work has an impact and that we learn from the delivery. The Delivery Partner Networks bring delivery partners working on similar projects together to stay in touch, consider opportunities for collaboration and share learning. The meetings also allow us to receive feedback from partners on approaches, contract management and our general support for them.
In March 2017, we held a Delivery Partner Network meeting for the five partners who ran our Wellbeing Pilots. This session allowed everyone to see projects that were working and to learn from each other to improve services for participants. Since then, we have run network meetings for partners in the Community Development and Community Navigator projects and will continue to run these for all of our projects.
These networks allow us to pick a specific topic and encourage partners to discuss learning around the theme. In June 2017 we held an Intergenerational Learning Network meeting that showcased the work of our Learning for Life together project and allowed people space to discuss intergenerational activity more broadly. These sessions are open to any partners or members of the public with an interest in attending.
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