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6 Apr 2017
Welcome to the Bristol Ageing Better regular Update

 

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.

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Best wishes,

Adam Rees,
Bristol Ageing Better Programme Director

 

BAB Podcast: Colin - It's never too late


On 28th February, in celebration of LGBT History Month, we held our first storytelling night, inviting a number of people to tell us a story about their life in Bristol as a member of the LGBT community. It may have been a recent story, or a tale from a different part of their lives, but each one was unique and personal. Colin’s story is about coming out in your 60s and how it is never too late to be yourself. In June 2017 it will be 8 years since Colin, who will be turning 69 this year, came out.

Colin had a good childhood and he was always surrounded by women – his mother, two sisters, grandmother and two aunties. As a teenager, Colin played in a rock band and wanted to become the greatest drummer of all times. Instead, he ended up as an apprentice carpenter. Around that time he found out that he was attracted to the same sex.


Partner Highlight


Oasis-Talk

Oasis-Talk is a social enterprise that provides psychological therapies to people in Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

They offer counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy and a range of group workshops from their base in Downend and from doctors’ surgeries and community venues across South Gloucestershire and Bristol.

Oasis talk are soon to be delivering one of our Wellbeing Service projects which is targeted work with older residents in Easton to understand barriers to accessing psychological support.

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Loneliness Summit 2017


In 2013, while developing the Ageing Better application to the Big Lottery Fund, 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, BAB is 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 amongst 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.

Click here to register your interest.

BAB Forum Latest Threads


FREE Social Outdoor Activities & Recreation Project for Older People - SOAR
Posted March 28th 2017 by John Kennington

How to manage loneliness and isolation?
Posted February 23rd 2017 by Rachel Folan

Flourish Driverless Car Project
Posted January 30th 2017 by Jacqui Boardman


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