November Update

1 Nov 2018

Welcome to the Bristol Ageing Better regular update

This morning we held a BAB partnership meeting and I was delighted to welcome over 50 partners to the Foundation on St. Georges road. The cynic in me often thought that previous partnership meetings were well attended because of the funding on offer, but the last few meetings have definitely proved me wrong and shown that people still want to meet, contribute and share the work they are doing, even without the incentive of commissioning!

There was such a fantastic buzz in the room today and I was so happy to observe new people meeting, projects sharing ideas and even some collaborations developing there and then. In addition to our core aim of tackling isolation and loneliness, Bristol Ageing Better has also had a secondary focus of encouraging a vibrant and cooperative third sector, and the event today was a great indicator of this. As my focus increasingly moves to legacy and sustainability, I find myself thinking that it is more important than ever to keep these events going in order to support each other and to find ways of working together for the benefit of older people in Bristol.

As if that wasn’t enough for one day, this afternoon we have also submitted Bristol’s application to join the World Health Organisation’s Global Network of Age-friendly Communities. It has been quite the journey to get to this point and we are grateful for the support we have had from partners to get the application prepared. If you visit the Age-friendly world website, each community has a profile page with the words “Committed To Becoming More Age-Friendly” proudly next to their name. With this application to the Global Network Bristol is saying that we want to be a great place for older people and that we are working together to achieve this goal. During the process we have had hundreds of older people contributing and so many organisations have offered to make their work more age-friendly.

In the next Age-friendly update on 22nd November, we will be sharing more information about the next steps and how you can still contribute to making this a city that is a place to grow old.

Adam Rees, Programme Director
First Contact Checklist

The First Contact Checklist is a way for agencies to cross refer services for older people. We recently heard from the Carers Support Centre who utilised the Checklist to help a participant.

"It is really good to know that the support is there when I need it."

Read the full story here

The First Contact Checklist is being relaunched on 15th November. The event relaunch is open to voluntary sector organisations already involved with the checklist and those who would like to find out more.

Register your place here.
Lola's experience of community development

LiveWest are a housing association who bid to support community development for older people in their area. One of the projects focuses on Old Market. We heard from them how the project has impacted on one resident, Lola.

"There has been major changes for Lola, since becoming involved with the BAB project. Lola has started to put herself first, she now visits the doctor when needed and is on board with her medication. Lola definitely feels more included, by attending the Art club, and Tea & Talk, being sociable, is a lot less scary, Lola has made some new friendships, produced some fantastic art work..."

Read the full case study.
Age Friendly Bristol

On Thursday 1st November we submitted our Age Friendly City application to the World Health Organisation!

This is the culmination of three years worth of consultations, events and the creation of our Age Friendly Charter. Wish us luck!

Find out more about Age Friendly Bristol

We also publish an Age Friendly monthly update which gives you all the latest news and stories. Sign up to the Age Friendly mailing list.
 

Age Friendly Belfast - Older and Wiser...

Adam recently visited Belfast on a learning exchange with age-friendly colleagues in October and wrote a blog post for the Centre for Ageing Better about his experience and what he learnt.

"The opportunity to visit Belfast for a steering group meeting, as part of the UK Network of Age-friendly Communities was always going to be exciting, especially as it was being held in a city that has historically seen so much tension between its citizens. Even today, while other parts of the UK think they are overloaded with Brexit talk, there is a very physical and practical element that makes the current negotiations even more critical in Northern Ireland..."

Read the full blog post

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