In 2013, while developing the Ageing Better application, we held Bristol’s first summit on loneliness that looked at best practice from outside of Bristol and set a challenge to the city to test and learn new initiatives to help people get the level of social contact that they want.
On May 5th, I am proud to be hosting Bristol’s second Loneliness Summit in partnership with Age UK Bristol to raise awareness of the impact of loneliness on people and communities. The summit will showcase achievements of some of the BAB partners to date in tackling social isolation among older people but will also allow space to encourage ideas sharing and to heighten our awareness of the impact of loneliness across all age groups and different communities with opportunities to hear about some of the work already underway.
One of the strengths of Bristol Ageing Better has been the wholehearted support we have received from our partners across all sectors. We are pleased that BAB is invited to be part of a range of activities for older people across Bristol and our forthcoming Age Friendly Charter will take this further, encouraging everyone in Bristol to think about how they can make their community better for older people.
Through all of this work, we must not forget that the overarching aim of Bristol Ageing Better is to tackle isolation and loneliness for older people. It is easy to connect this topic to any number of activities but we must always return to this main challenge.