Who We Are
BAB is a partnership of individuals and organisations working together to reduce isolation and loneliness among older people in Bristol.
Bristol Ageing Better is funded by the Big Lottery Fund through its Fulfilling Lives: Ageing Better programme. The main purpose of this programme is to support those older people most at risk of social isolation and loneliness to lead more fulfilling lives. The Big Lottery Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK. It puts people in the lead to improve their lives and communities, often through small, local projects. It is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by National Lottery players for good causes. In 2016/17 it awarded £712.7 million and supported more than 13,814 projects across the UK for health, education, environment and charitable purposes.
Bristol Ageing Better is part of a larger network of projects across the UK. These work in 14 different areas to trial diffe rent approaches to reducing isolation and loneliness; in total Ageing Better projects were awarded £82 million.
Big Lottery Fund initially identified 100 local authority areas (districts, boroughs and unitary) to submit an Expression of Interest form. From the Expressions of Interest the committee invited 32 areas to submit a Vision & Strategy application. From these the committee selected 14 successful applications, including Bristol. Bristol was notified about the success of the application in late 2014, and the programme launched in April 2015.
The Big Lottery Fund approved the 16 project outlines submitted in April 2014, which are now being delivered by a partnership of organisations across Bristol. The BAB Programme Management Team work closely with the Programme Group and the Big Lottery Fund to manage the budget and ensure that all expenditure is transparent and meets policy around selecting delivery partners.
BAB has a highly collaborative approach to commissioning, involving many partners in the design and delivery of services. Decision making panels, involving older people, make the final decisions about which organisations should deliver the different BAB projects.
A separate Community Kick-start fund of smaller grants has also been set up through which organisations, groups and individuals can apply for up to £2,000 towards running activities likely to reduce isolation and loneliness. This can be spent on goods – such as sewing machines or yoga mats – and services like room hire and employing an instructor.
The BAB programme will conclude in 2020, and the impact of BAB activity will be measured and evaluated alongside data from other Ageing Better projects.
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