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 announcing a brand new commissioning opportunity, and inviting organisations to submit an application to administer a network of former and current BAB beneficiaries.
This network will provide a means of connecting older BAB participants and volunteers to each other, the BAB programme and to other partners. It is hoped that it will involve participants and volunteers from all BAB projects, deliver informal local opportunities to connect and network and encourage members to be ambassadors for BAB and Age Friendly Bristol.
About BAB Participants Network project
Introduction & History
Bristol Ageing Better is a partnership which works hard to create spaces for delivery partners to collaborate and learn from one another. BAB has collated learning from 3 years of delivery to identify what participants and delivery partners need most out of BAB for the remaining 2 years.
BAB has developed a strong strategic brand with awareness amongst organisations and decision makers. There had been less focus on advertising the BAB name to older people because the emphasis has been on celebrating and supporting the individual delivery partners rather than creating a new organisation.
We have had over 7,500 older participants across the programme. However, many of these have only attended one off events. We are working with delivery partners to increase the number of people engaging with ongoing activities, but common feedback from participants is that they don't know enough about what BAB has to offer.
Investigation into similar situations in other Ageing Better areas has shown more successful ongoing engagement through some kind of ‘Participant Network’. For example, Middlesbrough makes all participants “members” of Ageing Better Middlesbrough and keeps them informed through newsletters and coffee meetups in cafes and stores.
Thanet has created a reward card for participants who continue to engage that gives people access to discounts at local stores.
Aim of BAB Participants Network project
Bristol Ageing Better is commissioning a Participant Network that will deliver support and networking to older people and keep them informed of the services on offer through BAB and more generally in the city. The successful delivery partner should deliver a project that:
Download the full invitation to tender for more information [updated 16/03/2018 to include all nine 'at risk' groups as identified by BAB]
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