Learning Digests

Throughout the BAB projects that we have commissioned, certain common themes have arisen in our learning. We've divided these themes up and will be sharing what we've learned in our learning digests below.

Take a look at our question bank for help reflecting on your learning so far, and remember to let us know!

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Learning from our community kick-start fund 

Learning from how organisations have adapted their activities during Covid-19

Learning about social prescribing 

Learning about mental health and wellbeing


Our key learning and recommendations about mental health and wellbeing. These insights are drawn from our specific mental health services (5 pilot projects and 3 larger services) as well as wider learning from our other projects that work in the community.


Learning from BAB Community Development projects:


Reaching and engaging older people from a variety of backgrounds:


Age-friendly Plans and Successes So Far

In November 2019 we held a partnership meeting to discuss learning from our age-friendly challenge fund projects. 


Involving older people in decision making

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 older people to take part in your project

Finding potential participants and encouraging them to take part in your project is something that many of our partners have struggled with. We've compiled some tips and learning from BAB projects which might help you with recruiting participants.


Inclusive communications

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.


Working in partnership with other organisations

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.


Reducing loneliness and isolation through having supported and motivated volunteers

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


Age Friendly Transport: supporting older people to overcome transport barriers

Transport difficulties can be a big barrier to tackling loneliness and isolation. This document shares our learning so far about how project workers and volunteers can support older people to overcome some of these transport barriers in the short-term.


Using our Common Measurement Framework (CMF) evaluation questionnaires

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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