BAB's October update

9 Oct 2018


On 1st October each year, we celebrate International Older People's Day and encourage conversations around the issues that affect them. This is an important element of the day and something that BAB tries to do through all of our projects. I am proud of how older people are involved with and shape our programme, and grateful for the support we get from so many volunteers and participants across the city.

As a part of the day there was a further aim of raising visibility of older people as participating members of society and again this is goal that we continue to work towards. Many of our projects, especially Community Development, support older people to become increasingly involved in their communities and to get involved in how their local area looks and feels. I really enjoy hearing about these stories from our projects, but we are keen to find ways of ensuring that this kind of work goes on far beyond BAB. For now we can share the stories that we have and can share our learning to inspire and encourage similar work to grow and blossom.

Best wishes,

Adam Rees, Programme Director
Partner case study: Community development in Oldbury Court

"I was interested to get involved ‘cause it would help me get out of the house, give me something to do, meet new people and help the community. I’ve been involved in the coffee gathering where we have a good chat and think about what else we could do in the neighbourhood. It’s been brilliant and we get more people to join us each time we hold it. It’s made a lot of difference to me, I’ve met new people and we’ve helped bring other people together." Jerry

Read the full case study.
Launch of LGBT+ Facebook page for the over fifties

You may recognise Sharifa from one of our previous updates introducing her as the LGBT+ Community Developmnet Officer for Older Adults. Since joining the BAB team Sharifa has been busy setting up new events.

To find out more about the activities and events Sharifa is running for older LGBT+ adults follow her new Facebook page.

Date for diaries: BAB Partnership Meeting

The BAB Partnership meeting will be held on Thursday 1st November at Triodos Bank from 11am -1pm.

The partnership is open to representatives from all BAB partners and is a fantastic opportunity to get up to date with the programme's activities, find out about recent work done by partners and network with other organisations or individuals with an interest in reducing isolation and loneliness of over 50s.

All welcome!

Register your place.

Partner case study: Kickstart 'Clay Explorations' Project

'Clay Exploration' ran an activity for older people living in Easton, Ashley and Lawrence Hill. One participant (whose first language is not English) said:

"It was lovely to meet the people there, we still in touch and they help me to find some other crafts activities. I’m feel glad to have met all of them. Also I prove myself doing something that I always wanted to do but I never felt brave."

Read the full case study

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