BAB Update: Why are we doing this? 03/08/17

7 Aug 2017

Welcome to the Bristol Ageing Better regular Update

Why are we doing this? 

It's a question that many of us ask ourselves a little too often in life, but in delivering the BAB programme it is something we need to ask when thinking about how we can evidence our work.

We have been a given a unique opportunity, with £5.9million over 5 years, to deliver 16 specific projects that each takes a different approach to tackling isolation and loneliness. Some projects, like Age Friendly Bristol, use a more strategic approach by trying to influence local decision-makers to improve services for older people, while others seek to make small changes at community levels.

We must constantly ask ourselves "Why are we doing this?" when we are considering what projects to fund next. However much we would like to do so, this is funding to develop new approaches and to show the effect they have on isolated and lonely older people.

One of the conditions of funding from Big Lottery Fund is to record the distance travelled of people who come to BAB funded projects feeling isolated or lonely. We do this through a questionnaire that we call the Common Measurement Framework or CMF, which allows us to measure the person’s wellbeing when they first come in contact with the projects, follow up throughout their journey, and identify what has worked in reducing their isolation.

These forms have recently been redesigned based on feedback from participants and delivery partners and you can find them on Our Evaluation Tools page on our website. We are hoping the new design will make it more accessible for people to participate in this exciting piece of work, contributing with their experience to shaping the national agenda to tackle isolation and loneliness. The forms include quite a few questions, but it is important for us to prove that people are feeling better and having more social contact because of the projects we fund.

For all of the exciting activities and projects that BAB gets involved with, we must always remember that we are doing this to make those older people in need, less isolated and less lonely. You can be sure that when we commission our next round of projects in the autumn, we will be asking all of the bidders "Why are you doing this?"

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Best wishes,


Adam Rees

BAB Director

BAB Communications Network - Thursday 17th August


The BAB Communications Network will have its second meeting on Thursday 17th August 2017 at the Arnolfini in Central Bristol.

The Network is a fantastic opportunity to meet other people working in communications in Bristol, with an interest in reducing isolation and loneliness, and find out possible collaboration opportunities and new channels to share your current campaigns.

On this occasion, we will be welcoming Liz Bell, Communications Consultant, who will be sharing her expertise on how to approach and build relationships with local media, as well as how to react when approached unexpectedly.

The Network is open to staff and volunteers from community groups and voluntary organisation that are working to improve the lives of older people in Bristol.

This is a free event. Spaces are limited, please book your ticket to avoid disappointment.

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Partner Highlight


Buzz Lockleaze


Buzz Lockleaze is a locally born social enterprise working with the community to enhance employability opportunities, enterprise activity, and access to improved health and wellbeing through healthy food provision.

Buzz Lockleaze are currently delivering our Community Development for Older People project in Horfield and Lockleaze.

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Ageing and Wellbeing: Vision for older adults wellbeing in Bristol


Join Bristol Ageing Better and partners at this event, where we will be showcasing the learning from BAB's 5 Wellbeing pilots projects. Wellspring Healthy Living Centre, Carers Support Centre in partnership with Dhek Bhal, Happy City, Second Step and Oasis-Talk were awarded a total of £75,000 to trial different approaches to solution-focused brief interventions to support those older people whose emotional problems contribute to their loneliness in the Autumn of 2016 to run these 9-month projects.

On the day, we will ask attendees to contribute to a vision for older people's emotional wellbeing in Bristol. BAB will be commissioning a larger Bristol Wellbeing project for older people in late September, this event will be an opportunity to be involved in consultation and feeding your ideas on the vision for these new projects.

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