On the 1st April, 11 new delivery partners started working on new BAB projects all with the aim of improving the lives of lonely and isolated people in Bristol. This continues to be our overarching theme, and BAB is committed to finding the best ways of doing this. As well as simply trialling different projects, BAB also aims to bring organisations together to share good practice, collaborate and collectively address the barriers that exist in the city for lonely and isolated older people.
When I first started with BAB, people would approach me hoping for a share of the big pot of money that BIG had awarded Bristol. I would have to explain that there was not one big unrestricted fund from which I could generously pass to groups who I favoured, but instead a strategic programme of activities that would each be developed and commissioned transparently and with older people at the heart of the process.
I believe that we have mostly corrected these assumptions now, and we work closely with our stakeholders to on delivering the programme and in creating a strong foundation on which future work to improve older people’s lives can be based.
In the spirit of Test and Learn we are always keen to collect the opinions of our stakeholders on the impact BAB is having and I invite you to complete the annual stakeholder survey to help us record our progress.
We are always keen to improve our work and to consider new opportunities to tackle isolation and loneliness. We will be discussing this further at our second Loneliness Summit on 5th May, and it would be great to see you there.
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