New BAB commissioning: The Participant Network

22 Feb 2018

Today Bristol Ageing Better is announcing a brand new commissioning opportunity, and inviting organisations to submit an application to administer a network of former and current BAB beneficiaries.

This network will provide a means of connecting older BAB participants and volunteers to each other, the BAB programme and to other partners. It is hoped that it will involve participants and volunteer from all BAB projects, deliver informal local opportunities to connect and network and encourage members to be ambassadors for BAB and Age Friendly Bristol.

£90,000 of funding is available for an organisation with the skills and capacity to host regular members’ assemblies and develop a sustainable model of engagement and influence for older people in Bristol.

The BAB partnership has worked hard over the last three years to create spaces for delivery partners to collaborate and learn from one another. After three years up and running BAB, has had multiple opportunities to approach new situations and learn what our partners and their participants need most out of BAB for the remaining two years of the programme.

BAB has developed a strong strategic brand with awareness amongst organisations and decision makers in Bristol, but has focused less on creating brand recognition with participants.

In total 7,500 older participants have taken part in BAB projects, but only 543 have completed an entry CMF and 240 have completed an exit CMF. We are working with delivery partners to increase these figures, but common feedback from participants is a lack of knowledge of the whole BAB offer.

Some investigation into similar situations in other Ageing Better has shown successful engagement through some kind of participant network, including in Middlesbrough, Thanet and Torbay.

This invitation to tender is to deliver a project up until March 2020 for which there is in total £90,000 available. Providers will be expected to work with the BAB Programme Management team to coordinate the work and ensure that all BAB partners, participants and volunteers can be involved.

To learn more about the funding and how to apply, find more information on the funding page here.

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