Read BAB's Latest Update 20/04/17

21 Apr 2017
Welcome to the Bristol Ageing Better regular Update


On the 1st April, 11 new delivery partners started working on new BAB projects all with the aim of improving the lives of lonely and isolated people in Bristol. This continues to be our overarching theme, and BAB is committed to finding the best ways of doing this. As well as simply trialling different projects, BAB also aims to bring organisations together to share good practice, collaborate and collectively address the barriers that exist in the city for lonely and isolated older people.
When I first started with BAB, people would approach me hoping for a share of the big pot of money that BIG had awarded Bristol. I would have to explain that there was not one big unrestricted fund from which I could generously pass to groups who I favoured, but instead a strategic programme of activities that would each be developed and commissioned transparently and with older people at the heart of the process.
I believe that we have mostly corrected these assumptions now, and we work closely with our stakeholders to on delivering the programme and in creating a strong foundation on which future work to improve older people’s lives can be based.
In the spirit of Test and Learn we are always keen to collect the opinions of our stakeholders on the impact BAB is having and I invite you to complete the annual stakeholder survey to help us record our progress.

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Best wishes,

Adam Rees,
Bristol Ageing Better Programme Director


Welcome Tom, our new Learning & Evidence Officer

We are pleased to welcome Tom George to the Bristol Ageing Better Programme Management Team. Tom will be supporting the gathering of learning and evidence from the BAB programme and creating opportunities to share this learning through the BAB partnership. He will be working closely with the Programme Management Team and BAB partners to support evidence and evaluation in individual BAB projects and the programme more generally. Tom has written the following message to introduce himself:

I grew up in Bristol and am thrilled to now have this opportunity to learn more about what this city has to offer older people. My role is Learning & Evidence Officer and I will be involved in capturing and sharing learning and evidence from across the BAB programme whilst working with partners to maximise evaluation outputs.

Partner Highlight

World Jungle

World Jungle is an award winning social enterprise all about building vibrant, healthy and cohesive communities.

They offer cultural workshops and training; health, fitness and dance classes; events including festivals and community fun days; and community projects, development, evaluation & consultancy.

Click here to visit their website
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BAB Stakeholder Survey 2017

2 years into the programme, we are inviting all BAB stakeholders to share their views through our annual stakeholder survey. The survey allows us to capture a quick snapshot of your views regarding the BAB Programme’s impact so far, in addition to the detailed evidence we are capturing through the individual projects within the programme.

The stakeholder survey has only 4 short questions and should not take more than a minute to complete. We thank you for your highly valued feedback.

Bristol: A City For All Ages

Bristol Ageing Better has always been committed to the Age Friendly Cities initiative and is working hard to create a city that is great to grow old in. Recently a group of individuals have gotten together to form a ‘working group’ around all of the different ‘friendly’ city initiatives such as; Age Friendly, Child Friendly & Dementia Friendly. This was to ensure that we are communicating with each other and working in a collaborative way to create a better Bristol for all people.

We have decided to host a week bringing together these different initiatives and highlighting how our work in the city overlaps and aims to reach some common goals. We have created a ‘Bristol: A city for all ages’ week starting Monday June 19th 2017. During the week there will be multiple different types of activities and events being held around the city. All of these will highlight the great efforts that are happening in the city currently to make it a city for all ages. While some are on a more strategic level, others will be activities open to the community.
Closer to the time there will be a list of all the events running during this week.

Click here to find out more about what these events will include
Click here to get in touch with us 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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