Read BAB's latest Update 26/04/18

26 Apr 2018

With all of our main projects now commissioned and most delivering, the BAB team is starting to look at how we can support our delivery partners to get the most impact.


Our local and national evaluations are looking at how effective the programme is and our Community Researchers are supporting this work across a range of specific projects. In addition to evaluation, we are keen to promote and share learning from all partners. Whether a project changes it delivery based on feedback or adopts a new way of working, this kind of learning often gets lost, but it can be of great use to others delivering similar work.


Over the next few months we will be offering a selection of events that aim to improve the skills of delivery partners or give an opportunity to share and discuss aspects of your work.


I would be delighted to see all of you at our events, not just to sit and listen, but to contribute and help us strengthen the learning coming out of Bristol Ageing Better.

Best wishes,

Adam Rees, Programme Director
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CMF Training: Successful strategies to help you gather sensitive data

Do you struggle to fill in the BAB CMFs? Are you unsure how to explain to older people why we need their sensitive information for our red and blue forms? We understand that delivery partners can find this challenging so we have arranged training specifically to help you feel confident and to make both you and the participant feel more at ease. Collecting this evidence is crucial to aid future prevention and reduction of isolation and loneliness in older people, by ensuring that policy and commissioning accurately reflects their needs.

"Really useful - I feel so much more confident, and understand where these forms fit into the bigger picture" - BAB delivery partner

The training has received overwhelmingly positive feedback and will help you to:

  • Understand why we ask personal or sensitive questions as part of evaluating our projects
  • Develop skills in how to ask research questions
  • Develop confidence in dealing with the consequences of asking personal or sensitive questions

Training will be held on 22nd May at 11am (BAB office) and 5:30pm (Tony Benn House), all completely free. If you work or volunteer for a delivery partner and would like to attend, please email Claire at to book a place.

As well as the training we’ve scheduled, we’ve also put together some guidance on this topic, to clarify and provide further instructions. We hope that this further guidance will help you to feel more confident when completing the CMFs.

*Reminder* Age Friendly Homes: Building Solutions Together

Are you interested in new approaches to housing solutions? Then reserve a place to attend our 'Age Friendly Homes: Building Solutions Together' event. Now open for booking!

One of the key areas of BAB’s
Age Friendly Bristol project is making sure that older people in the city have suitable accommodation that meets their needs. We’re taking a solid step in that direction by running a housing event focusing on older people.

This event will be taking place on Wednesday 9th May 2018 at the Novotel Bristol Centre Hotel from 10:00am to 1:00pm. You can find out more about the event and book tickets
Coming soon, the ‘Here We Grow’ launch events!

Make a booking to attend the ‘Here We Grow’ launch events. Here We Grow is a hybrid book of words, pictures and sounds, centred around the theme, Age Friendly Bristol. Here We Grow has been lovingly shaped and crafted together by older people from Bristol and No Bindings.

No Bindings is a social publishing project which was started in Bristol by Lily Green, a multimedia artist. Lily is a resident of the Pervasive Media Studio at the Watershed. She makes sound recordings and handmade books, which together form publication-podcasts.

BAB collaborated with No Bindings to explore the question, ‘What makes a city the kind of place where you can grow older and be an older person?’.

No Bindings called upon older artists and writers across the city to provide creative answers to this question. On top of this, Lily joined forces with Pat Gregory, a member of BAB’s steering group. Equipped with a dictaphone, the duo collected interviews and stories about what project leaders and older people had to say about how Age Friendly the city is.

The interviews they conducted were focused around nine projects, that reflect the nine factors that make a city Age Friendly, as laid out in BAB’s Age Friendly Charter.

When and where are the launches happening?

The launch events are free, but please do RSVP!
  • Central Library on 23rd May from 6pm to 8pm
  • Stockwood Library on 25th May from 11am to 1pm
  • Junction 3 Library on 4th June from 2pm to 4pm
  • Henbury Library on 6th June from 2pm to 4pm
Click here to make a booking and find out more.
Photograph by Jo Hounsome Photography

Are you making a difference? (And can you show it?)

On 21st May we will be holding an interactive workshop to share and hear experiences within the charity sector of designing projects and proving that they work.

This workshop will cover:

  • Knowing that what you do works - ways of measuring impact and where to go to find these tools.

  • Learning how to find out what has worked for others.

  • How to attract and keep funding through evaluation.

For more information and to register for this free event, click here.

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