Read BAB's Latest Update 15/06/17

15 Jun 2017
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June is becoming a month where we see many things coming to fruition that we have been working on for some time. The first two years of Bristol Ageing Better have been about planning, developing and putting things in place and now we are starting to see activities, services and most importantly, positive stories from lonely and isolated older people in the city.

Nothing represents this change better than our new and improved website . The website has always looked great, but with more activities and more delivery, we have tweaked and polished to make it easier for you to see what we have to offer.

Over the coming months we will be putting more information on the website and with a new focus on the learning that is coming out of all of our projects. The “What We Are Learning” section will have overviews of our research and evaluation work as well as holding a library of the materials produced to showcase our delivery partners’ efforts.

After over a year of undertaking evaluation, we are just about ready to launch our new and improved Common Measurement Framework. These questionnaires are filled in by BAB participants when they start and end a project funded through us, and these help us show how our work has made a difference to a person’s life.

Our June will not be complete until we have delivered the “City for All Ages” week next week and launched our Charter for an Age Friendly Bristol. The Age Friendly Bristol project really represents a change for BAB, with the launch of a charter that calls individuals, organisations and decision makers to action in order to make Bristol a brilliant place to grow old. Have a look at our Age Friendly Community Chest fund that can help people make their areas better for older people.

As we get closer to the BAB programmes mid-point, we are moving at a good rate and cannot forget to use the learning to improve our way forward.

Best wishes,

Adam Rees,

BAB Programme Director

A City for All Ages Week: Monday 19th - Saturday 24th June 2017

‘Bristol: A City for All Ages’ is a collaboration between partners across the city working to make Bristol a great place for everyone at every age, focussing particularly on children and older people.

The “Bristol: A City for All Ages” week between the 19th - 23rd June includes activities, talks and events that celebrate the work of our partners and the ways in which we are all similar, and yet sometimes have different needs in different generations, and will shine a light on inter-generational work that is happening in the city.

During the week, BAB is hosting 3 events, make sure to book your place to avoid dissappointment:

Intergenerational Learning Network

When: Tuesday 20th June from 10am - 12pm
Where: Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA

Age Friendly Charter Launch

When: Wednesday 21st June from 2pm - 4pm
Where: Central Library, College Green, BS1 5TL

Intergenerational Stories Night

When: Thursday 22nd June 6pm - 8pm
Where: Salt Cafe, 120 St George's Rd, Bristol BS1 5UJ

Partner Highlight


Knightstone Housing

Knightstone Housing is a leading housing association in Somerset and the West of England, committed to building vibrant, stable and safe communities where people can make their homes. We provide services to over 23,000 people in 11,000 homes, and build around 300 homes a year.

Knightsone Housing are currently delivering a Community Development for Older People project in Old Markey & St Paul's.

Click here to visit their website.
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Make your community more age friendly with help from BAB and Celebrating Age Festival!

The Age Friendly Community Chest is a fund launched in partnership with Bristol Ageing Better, Age UK Bristol and the Celebrating Age Festival. Its aim is to support ideas at a local level that will make Bristol a better place for older people (aged 50+) to live. The fund can offer grants of up to £250 and will be open during June and July 2017 for applications for projects to be run in Summer 2017.

The application process is simple – it comprises just two pages and asks for a description of your project, what benefits you expect it to offer your community and how the money will be spent. Please include your bank details so that if you are successful we can arrange payment of your grant as possible.

If you’re interested in applying, download the application form which includes an information sheet. If you have any further questions, feel free to get in touch with our Project Officer Bianca Rossetti at or on 0117 928 1539.

Deadline: Wednesday 19th June 2017.

Click here to find out more.


BAB Forum Latest Threads

Wed 21 June: Never Too Old to Draw 'Open Gallery' Drawing Session and Curators Talk at the Architecture Centre
Posted June 8th 2017 By Amy Harrison

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Posted June 8th 2017 By Jane

Marmalade Trust organises first ever Loneliness Awareness Week 12-16 June
Posted June 6th 2017 By Amy Perrin

Older men at the margins: a study of older men’s experiences of seeking social engagement and combating loneliness in later life
Posted May 16th 2017 By Paul Willis

Physical activity and bone, may the force be with you
Posted May 15th 2017 By Celia Gregson

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