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Welcome to the BAB Notice Board!

This space has been requested by the partnership to facilitate the sharing of knowledge, skills and resources. It is a forum for working in collaboration with other like-minded individuals and organisations in Bristol.

Any BAB partner is welcome to start or join in a conversation on the thread. Please be aware that the opinions and comments expressed in the threads are visible to all BAB partners, so please keep conversations relevant, respectful and collaborative. 

Content on this notice board is responsibility of those who post them and are not necessarily endorsed by Bristol Ageing Better.  

 

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  Please take a minute to introduce yourself, tell the partnership how you are working towards reducing isolation and loneliness among older people in Bristol. 20 Threads Login to Reply

Stoke Gifford Retirement Village, The ExtraCare Charitable Trust
Posted January 19th 2018 at 15:00 By

The ExtraCare Charitable Trust was founded in 1988 and is a registered charity based in Coventry. The Trust operate retirement villages and smaller housing developments around the Midlands and further south.
Our vision is better lives for older people and our mission is creating sustainable communities that provide homes older people want, lifestyles they can enjoy and care if it's needed.
We're working with our partners South Gloucestershire Council, Bristol City Council and the Homes and Communities Agency to make this pioneering village a reality.
Life at ExtraCare is all about staying active and independent, in a home of your own, in a supportive, friendly neighbourhood community. Get more out of life - with a wealth of social and leisure facilities, activities and opportunities to do more, not less.
Our on-site team can provide emergency assistance 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We can tailor an assessed care package to support your needs, while our award-winning Well-being Service offers advice, information and support to help you stay fit and well.
At Stoke Gifford Retirement Village you'll discover a wealth of social and leisure facilities and activities. These will include a gym, café/bar, shop, hair and beauty salon, village hall and library accessible to the wider community. It will also have a hobby room, IT Suite, greenhouse and well-being centre.
The Village will open late 2018.

Contact details: 0117 440 3570 (reception)
Email: stokegifford@extracare.org.uk
www.stokegiffordvillage.co.uk

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Sense and the Centre for Deaf People
Posted November 22nd 2017 at 08:57 By

Sense is a national charity that supports people who are deafblind, have sensory impairments or complex needs, to enjoy more independent lives. Our expertise in supporting individuals with communication needs benefits people of all ages, as well as their families and carers. Founded in 1955, Sense has developed specialist skills and knowledge in supporting people to communicate, express themselves and grow in independence. This experience now enables Sense to help people with a much wider range of disabilities. We have specialist one to one support services in Bristol including a Communicator Guide service for people with acquired dual sensory loss which tends to be age-related.

The Centre for Deaf People based in Bristol has a vision where everyone can participate in all aspects of life in the city, whatever their level of hearing. The majority of our staff and trustees are Deaf or hard of hearing themselves and we fully understand the impact of living with hearing loss. We can share experiences and provide practical information and advice on dealing with the challenges hearing loss brings which often affects older people.

Contact details:
Sharon Bryant
Sense Operations Manager (South)
Mobile: 07799 647 887
Email: sharon.bryant@sense.org.uk

David Melling
Director
Centre for Deaf People, Vassall Centre, Gill Avenue, Fishponds, Bristol, BS16 2QQ
Tel: 0117 9398653
Email:david@centrefordeaf.org.uk

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Staying Steady - strengh & balance exercise programme LAUNCHING SOON!!
Posted October 25th 2017 at 14:15 By Lynn

Staying Steady – strength and balance exercise LAUNCHING SOON!
Public Health in Bristol City Council has developed a programme called Staying Steady in collaboration with 5 partners to deliver strength and balance exercise to older people with 3 broad aims:
1. Reduce risk and fear of falling
2. Increase physical activity in older people
3. Reduce social isolation and improve health and wellbeing

This programme will be part of an integrated 3 tiered model of strength and balance exercise in Bristol. People will be able to self-refer to the Staying Steady programme and we hope that partners working with older people will signpost them to Staying Steady. The programme will be delivered by people qualified as: Level 3 exercise professionals, exercise on referral and postural stability instructor (PSI), in settings with facilities for ongoing exercise opportunities eg leisure and communities centres. Providers will be working with voluntary and community services/activities to support people to engage in this programme but also very importantly, to link individuals with other services/activities in the community to support their health and wellbeing. So if you’re interested in linking up please let me know. We are currently finalising our marketing and communications materials which we will share with partners very soon. In the mean- time if you would like to know more please contact me.

Lynn Stanley, Public Health Principal, Bristol City Council lynn.stanley@bristol.gov.uk



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BDP 50 + Crowd and Champs
Posted October 18th 2017 at 15:07 By Kathryn Talboys

BDP has had the 50+ population of drug and alcohol users on its agenda for nearly ten years. From undertaking research with older users, to developing a targeted DOH 3 year Innovation Fund Project 2013/16, to retaining the 50+ Crowd as a weekly safe space for older users, to developing the role of Champions with BAB and harnessing the power of 50+ lived experience of drug and alcohol use , to influencing the national Advisory Council for the Misuse of Drugs strategy for those substance users 45+, to making the older service user core business for drug and alcohol services through local, national and international profiling of their specific needs and what responses work, to locally building the substance use awareness capacity of 50+ agencies; the 50+ treatment population has grown from 2% to 18% (34% alcohol) and is only set to rise and we are most willing to share this expertise to ensure the inclusion of this population having to challenge the barriers of substance use as well as age. We welcome any discussions ; please call Kathryn Talboys on 0117 987 6009.

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GRowing Bolder Bristol
Posted October 15th 2017 at 16:47 By Barbara Bloomfield

We offer enjoyable creative groups to people at risk of loneliness and isolation. Our model gets course members to inspire each other to try something new and one workshop group is running right now in October and November, you are welcome to join. In January, we shall start a new training event for people who want to start their own modest community circle or friendship group but need support to achieve that.

We are both experienced counsellors who have w9rked with couples, individuals and families for many years. Mary Everett is a former psychiatric nurse and Barbara Bloomfield is a counsellor and writer of several books about relationships. We are both trained IAPT counsellors with experience of aiding many patients with mental health issues. we are looking for partners in the Talking Therapies and Arts strands of the latest BAB funding programme. Please contact. Barbara.bloomfield@icloud.com


Posted October 16th 2017 at 10:17 By Ross

Hi everyone, sorry to have missed the workshop last week. we operate a gym that's committed to improving the quality of life for older adults. we've been working with 50 to 90 years olds since 2007. We offer strength training classes,, balance and conditioning classes and adult weightlifting classes that are attended by older adults who want some help to make daily tasks like lifting heavy things simpler. we'd really like to get involved with this project in any way we can. We find older adults gain an awful lot from actually attending the gym- however any of our classes can be delivered elsewhere if that was simpler.



Really interested in the Bristol city councils " staying steady" project and active ageing Bristol's project in particular


Posted October 16th 2017 at 10:59 By

Hi everyone, sorry to have missed the workshop last week. we operate a gym that's committed to improving the quality of life for older adults. we've been working with 50 to 90 years olds since 2007. We offer strength training classes,, balance and conditioning classes and adult weightlifting classes that are attended by older adults who want some help to make daily tasks like lifting heavy things simpler. we'd really like to get involved with this project in any way we can. We find older adults gain an awful lot from actually attending the gym- however any of our classes can be delivered elsewhere if that was simpler.



Really interested in the Bristol city councils " staying steady" project and active ageing Bristol's project in particular


Posted October 25th 2017 at 14:17 By Lynn

I have posted some details about Staying Steady which is launching soon. If you would like to know more please contact me directly lynn.stanley@bristol.gov.uk


General Building Blocks discussion/ organisations
Posted October 13th 2017 at 12:56 By BAB

Vicki Morris- The Care Forum
We are interested in collaborating to support better opportunities for Equalities Groups. We are looking to partner with organisations who work with ‘hard to reach’ groups, and who like to have fun!
Karen Lloyd- Active Ageing Bristol
Project type: Set up to transform attitudes to, and opportunities for, sport and physical activity. This fully inclusive programme will build on existing provisions and develop new opportunities to encourage people aged 55 and over to become and stay active.
Looking for partners to work collaboratively on a citywide application. Based on a city wide geographically located ‘hub and spoke’ model, the proposed project will create a sustainable framework for delivery of a range of activities including walking for health, walking sports, cycling, tai chi and strength and balance sessions.
Barbara Cook- Urban Soul
We are setting up a new community interest company (community arts based) offering textiles of Asia, Africa and Europe stitch and words for wellbeing. We are committed to low access adult groups offering creative wellbeing projects best suited to a particular need.
Lynn Stanley- Bristol City Council Public Health
Looking for opportunities to collaborate where our new project may complement another bidder’s project and can generate cross referrals. Our project is: ‘Staying Steady’: Delivering strength and balance exercises to older people in order to:
Get older people active
Reduce the risk/ fear of falling
Reduce social isolation
Get people linked in to other activities/ services
Kirsty Woodard- Ageing Without Children
Aimed at older people who have no children through choice, circumstance, infertility, bereavement, estrangement or distance. Interested in reducing isolation by connecting people ageing without children together and developing resilience in later life.
Anya Mulcahy-Bowman – Barton Hill Settlement
We are part of the Community Navigator project and cover Barton Hill and surrounding areas as an organisation. We are interested in collaborating around tackling loneliness and isolation and connecting and empowering individuals to create their own solutions.
Angela Lockhart-Dibble – Acting Out
We have an excellent working model but we have gaps with community links. At present we work with 4- 40 year olds but we would like to extend to the over 50s demographic as well.
Guide Dogs UK
Sensory/ Pan disability
Sharon Bryant- Sense
Project- Accessing community and social groups (particularly for people with sensory needs)
Looking to partner with organisations supporting people with sensory needs or arts based organisations with creative ways of supporting people experiencing loss.

Rhian Loughlin- Wellspring HLC
Project- Physical activity/ Creative arts/ Intergenerational/ BME wellbeing/ Accessing community and social groups
We work with GPs in inner city and East Bristol.

David Melling- Centre for deaf and hard of hearing people
Interested in: Improving social isolation, mental health and wellbeing/ improving access to social gatherings. Looking to collaborate with like-minded organisations to improve the lives and welfare of those with hearing loss.


Posted October 15th 2017 at 16:40 By Barbara Bloomfield

GrowingBolderBristol. Relationships and Family Counsellors, Barbara Bloomfield and Mary Everett have run several cohorts of this creative group for over 55s. We have a great model that brings people at risk of loneliness and isolation together and inspires them to try new things and start their own community groups or circles. Our workshops are running now and in January we shall be running training courses for community heroes who want to run groups. Looking for partners in the Talking Therapy strand or the Arts strand. Barbara.bloomfield@icloud.com


Community Development Worker Post
Posted August 31st 2017 at 10:07 By tracey dowling

Bristol Charities is recruiting for a Community Development Worker Henbury/ Brentry Area

Are you looking for a job where you can give something back to the local community? Do you want to make a difference to people 50+ in Bristol?

for full details please visit https://www.bristolcharities.org.uk/about/careers

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Active Together for Dementia
Posted August 8th 2017 at 15:52 By Clare Havard

Active Together is a BCC funded project matching people living with dementia to a volunteer with whom they share an interest. The pair go out together regularly and participate in the shared interest/activity. Examples of activities people are currently participating in include cycling, swimming, going to a meditation group and simply going for a walk and a cup of tea in a cafe.
The project was originally based at Volunteer Bristol@Voscur and has just moved to our new base at Age UK Bristol.
Now that we're settled we are recruiting volunteers - anyone interested please contact clarehavard@ageukbristol.org.uk

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Meet Talking Money
Posted July 25th 2017 at 11:08 By Fran Bainbridge

Good morning Bristol Aging Better community!

Talking Money is a Bristol based charity that tackles poverty by supporting individual through difficult financial times including debt, benefits and energy. Often many situations in life can crop up and create unexpected financial problems along with health problems, isolation, independence and undue stress and worry. We're here to help, not judge and seek transformation in our client's lives.

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Hello from Marmalade Trust
Posted June 8th 2017 at 13:37 By Jane

Hi everyone,

I'd like to introduce myself before posting. I'm currently undertaking a marketing internship with Marmalade Trust, https://marmaladetrust.org/, and as an experienced copywriter I'm producing for our MailChimp, marketing emails, promotional material etc to promote our services helping vulnerable people feel less isolated and lonely. I'm there until the start of July, hope to chat to many of you in the near future.

Best,

Jane Scaife
Tw @janescaife

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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 at 15:45 By Paul Willis

This is new research study based at the School for Policy Studies at University of Bristol. More details about the study's aims and objectives below and on our webpage http://www.bristol.ac.uk/sps/research/projects/current/older-men-at-the-margins/. We are seeking the assistance of services in the local Bristol area and neighbouring areas that run groups and group-based activities for older people, including men 65+. If you think your service can assist us by circulating information about the study to men 65+ who access your service or volunteer for your service, please get in touch with the lead investigator Paul Willis: paul.willis@bristol.ac.uk or 0117 3310640

We would like to hear from you. We will be interviewing men 65+ to November 2017.

In collaboration with Age UK, this project seeks to identify ways of alleviating loneliness and reducing isolation for older men (65+) across three marginalised groups: 1) older men living in rural areas who are single or living alone; 2) gay and bisexual men who are single living alone; and, 3) men who are carers for significant others. The project includes a fourth group, single older men (65+) who do not belong to the above three groups, for comparison. The overarching aim is to develop an in-depth understanding of the ways in which marginalised groups of older men seek to maintain social engagement and social participation in later life. This includes participation in formalised interventions targeted at reducing loneliness. The research will identify ways in which social care services could better take account of the social wellbeing of older men from marginalised and hard-to-reach groups. Findings will be disseminated through engagement workshops and through practice-oriented resources.

The project is funded by the NIHR School for Social Care Research to September 2018 and has ethical approval from the National Social Care Research Ethics Committee.

Kind regards,
Paul Willis

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Physical activity and bone, may the force be with you
Posted May 15th 2017 at 19:52 By Celia Gregson

Hi, academics based at the University of Bristol are organising a public engagement event about physical activity and bone health for older people, details are as follows :-

Title: 'Physical Activity and Bone: may the force be with you'
A University of Bristol Public Engagement Event in association with the National Osteoporosis Society

Tuesday June 27th
Start time : 18.00
Finish time : 19.30
Location : @Bristol Science Centre, Rosalind Franklin Room

Eventbrite link: Your event URL is https://www.eventbrite.com/e/physical-activity-and-bone-may-the-force-be-with-you-tickets-34285499853

Posted by Celia Gregson, geriatrician and bone researcher

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How to manage loneliness and isolation?
Posted February 23rd 2017 at 10:17 By Rachel Folan

Taster sessions -

On 28th of February and the 7th March 2017, Happy City will be running two taster sessions looking at older people’s experience of loneliness and talking about novel ways to improve and manage feelings of loneliness.

These taster sessions are taking place at Windmill Hill City Farm, Philip St, Bristol BS3 4EA from 10 - 11.30am.
These sessions are open to people who are aged 50+ and who feel lonely or isolated within their community.

We will be exploring simple and gentle ways to increase wellbeing and reduce feelings of loneliness.

There is an eight-week course that follows on from these taster sessions, which will offer older people in Bristol the chance to learn simple ways to increase wellbeing and reduce loneliness through mindfulness and wellbeing practices.

The Wellbeing Course starts on 4th April and runs for 8 weeks. Participants will come together as a group once a week on Tuesdays from 10am to 1pm at the Windmill Hill City Farm, Philip St, Bristol BS3 4EA.

The 8-week course is free of cost and we can also help with transport costs.

If you are interested or know someone who might benefit from this course, please get in touch with Byron or Clairelouise by email Byron@happycity.org.uk or by telephone 01454 774463 or 07474408024

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E-petition: Increase healthcare spending now to a minimum of 10.6% of GDP to save our NHS
Posted December 15th 2016 at 14:02 By Silvia Jimenez Cruz

Message from Judith Brown, Chair of Bristol Older People's Forum:

Our NHS and Social Care are in crisis.Staff shortages abound; ambulances wait for blocked beds, but people need care at home, and social care is missing because of Government cuts to councils. Don't let the crisis be a tragedy, raise our spending to the level of other G7s now.

According to the King's Fund 8/6/16 the USA, Sweden,Germany,France,Belgium,Denmark,The Netherlands,Japan,Canada,Austria all spend more % of their GDP than we do. The G7 countries spend an average of 10.6%GDP. The NHS is currently being asked to cut millions of pounds via Sustainability Transformation Strategies at a time when the whole system is in crisis.Our NHS must be protected, it is the one thing which stands for Britain, that all citizens, no matter how poor, have access to free healthcare.

click here https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/174565 to sign the petition.

Kind regards,

Judith Brown
Chair of Bristol Older People's Forum

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E-petition: Increase healthcare spending now to a minimum of 10.6% of GDP to save our NHS
Posted December 15th 2016 at 13:40 By Silvia Jimenez Cruz

Message from Judith Brown, Chair of Bristol Older People's Forum:

Our NHS and Social Care are in crisis.Staff shortages abound; ambulances wait for blocked beds, but people need care at home, and social care is missing because of Government cuts to councils. Don't let the crisis be a tragedy, raise our spending to the level of other G7s now.

According to the King's Fund 8/6/16 the USA, Sweden,Germany,France,Belgium,Denmark,The Netherlands,Japan,Canada,Austria all spend more % of their GDP than we do. The G7 countries spend an average of 10.6%GDP. The NHS is currently being asked to cut millions of pounds via Sustainability Transformation Strategies at a time when the whole system is in crisis.Our NHS must be protected, it is the one thing which stands for Britain, that all citizens, no matter how poor, have access to free healthcare.

click here https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/174565 to sign the petition.

Kind regards,

Judith Brown
Chair of Bristol Older People's Forum

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Oasis-Talk a new BAB partner
Posted December 6th 2016 at 17:06 By Vicki Palmer

We are running a pilot BAB project in Easton to find out what are the barriers for Elders in Easton to accessing mental health services. We are recruiting an Elders Community Worker to help us with the pilot where the volunteers in the project will help us design the services their communities need. We have partnered with Nilaari to form a steering group to oversee the project, and to which we will recruit volunteer members from the community

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British Red Cross collaboration
Posted November 18th 2016 at 12:40 By Helen

Hello,

As many of you will know, the Red Cross delivers several Independent Living Services locally including the Home from Hospital Service, the Assisted Discharge Service and the Mobility Aids Service.

We are not bidding on any of the BAB tenders directly. However, we would welcome any suggestions for how we could contribute to other offers and bids.

Helen Sipthorp
Service Manager
hsipthorp@redcross.org.uk

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Community Room Hire
Posted October 25th 2016 at 17:03 By Abigail Holloway

I work with the Support to Older People team for Bristol City Council. I am the Housing Support Advisor for many sheltered housing schemes in Avonmouth and Shirehampton; and across Bristol.

My job role involves ensuring Older People who live in our sheltered housing schemes have access to services that they can benefit from, including financial, mental, emotional and health support. Part of my job role is to ensure and enable community engagement, to help prevent social isolation and loneliness.

I don’t know think many organisations are aware, but all of the sheltered housing schemes we manage have fully accessible community rooms, with disabled toilets and kitchen facilities that can be hired at a good rate. This money then goes into a community fund for tenants to use to pay for day trips and entertainment thus helping with social isolation. Tenants are also able to join in these activities and groups.

Do you know of anyone/organisations/classes that are in need of rooms and wish to hire? Groups that currently use our community rooms across the city include fitness classes for older people, Linkage, Slimming World groups, U3A groups, etc.

We have a lovely community room with TV and access to the garden in Shirehampton, including a kitchen, disabled toilet and access with ample parking, who are in need of funding through the hiring of the room?

Our team often witness social isolation and loneliness among our tenants, and believe these lovely community rooms could be put to good use, and essentially become hubs for older people across the city.

If you would like to hire these rooms, or know someone/charity/organisation that may be interested, please contact me at abigail.holloway@bristol.gov.uk

Thank you,

Abi Holloway


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Window Wanderland seeks partners
Posted October 7th 2016 at 14:46 By Lucy Reeves

Hello,
My name is Lucy and I started a project called Window Wanderland last year. I came along to the event at the council house last week and think that my project has a lot to offer when it comes to asset based community development.

What is it? Window Wanderland is an event where residents make a display in their windows or gardens. This can be just for one night or a weekend, these windows form a trail which brings everyone in the neighbourhood out into the streets. It is free for participants, transforms the houses into something special and gets everyone smiling and chatting. It is a positive, simple to understand idea for the community to develop itself, it is not dictated or top-down, and reflects the diversity of any area. We celebrate the difference between people and share the images to inspire others.

The idea came out of my own isolation of being house bound for many years and wanting to create something accessible for everyone to be part of.
Seven events have happened this year so we have lots of experience of it now. We have worked out the best way to enable areas to make their own versions, one of the events is run by a 73 year old.
Here are some quotes from the surveys :
"Really enjoyed making our display - my 10-year old granddaughter (175 miles away) came to make it with me, great excitement, I loved having her here, we had such fun"
"I walked along streets I'd not been to in over 15 years, it was lovely to go down memory lanes too!"
"I'm 73 and my husband died last Sept. Knitting all the flowers for my window display kept me focused and gave me a definite goal, which helped. I'm now thinking what to do next year! Although the weather was appalling, I wrapped up and went out in the rain and enjoyed many of the displays."
"It was wonderful seeing lots of people - especially families walking around in the dark. It changed the feel of the streets after dark. Rather than feel scary or dangerous they felt magical and fun."
If this project speaks to you please look at the website windowwanderland.com and contact me on windowwanderland@gmail.com and maybe we can work out a way to make them happen together.
Thanks so much,

Lucy, just turned 50 and proud of it!

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Bristol set to become the most dementia friendly city in UK
Posted September 14th 2016 at 11:50 By Amanda Cole

BRACE Alzheimer's Research and the Bristol Dementia Action Alliance are working together to help make Bristol businesses the most dementia friendly in the UK. Through a series of free short workshops we are inviting all whose work or way of life involves them with dementia, these are also forums to build new collaborations through networking opportunities. Herewith the invitation to our next event:
People with dementia live in all of our communities and they and their carers are very likely to be among your clients and customers. That’s why dementia is your business.By undertaking some simple actions, you can make their experience a better one and ensure you are compliant with the Equality Act 2010. Through small, inexpensive changes you can make a big difference to your staff and customers alike. It’s good for business and it’s the right thing to do.

Hosted by law firm QS Burroughs Day, we are inviting you and/or a colleague to a short workshop which could help put you at the vanguard of dementia friendly businesses in Bristol. It’s good for business and it’s the right thing to do.

Business Dementia Friendly Workshop, Thursday 26th January 2017

09.30 am Business networking opportunity

10.00 am QS Burroughs Day – a welcome

10.15 am Prof Stephen Lisney, BRACE - The Quest for Answers through Science

10.25 am Tony Hall, Chair, Bristol Dementia Action Alliance (BDAA) - How to be dementia-friendly at work

It is our aim to make Bristol business the most dementia friendly city in the UK. Please book a place via this link:
www.alzheimers-brace.org/Event/dementia-friendly-business-workshop.

Thank you

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Age Friendly Homes: Building Solutions Together
  If you have any thoughts, views and answers to these questions in the context of Age Friendly Housing please include them in this forum. This is also a space where you can connect with other organisations with the same goal in mind. 1) What is working well 2) What are the barriers 3) What do we need to do to get these ideas to happen in Bristol? 0 Thread Login to Reply
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Introduction to Asset Based Community Development with Cormac Russell
Posted May 2nd 2018 at 12:48 By Bianca Rossetti

We are delighted to welcome Cormac back to Bristol to deliver this two day intro to ABCD. It’s being held on Monday 4 & Tuesday 5 June. It cost £200 per practitioner who can bring a member from the neighbourhood/community for free. This is for anyone working neighbourhood based in a paid or voluntary capacity and wants to develop their practice. Not to be missed. For further details click on the link below.
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/asset-based-community-development-in-action-open-workshop-for-practitioners-services-vcs-and-tickets-45375155311

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People Power
Posted May 1st 2018 at 09:41 By Bianca Rossetti

An event for active citizens, community organisers and builders, activists and anyone who is taking action on something they care about in the city. This event will be on Tuesday 19 June at the Trinity Centre starting at 6:30pm. It will be an open space event where people can share what they are doing and learn from other likeminded people. Booking available soon.

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Empowered Communities 2020: The future of community development
Posted May 1st 2018 at 09:40 By Bianca Rossetti

Institute for Social Action Research is at the end of a one study for the Local Trust on the future of community development. We are really lucky they are coming to Bristol before their report is launched in July. They want to test their findings with practitioners from our City on 24 May at 3pm. There are limited places. For further details click on the link below:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/empowered-communities-in-the-2020s-tickets-45493261570

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Mayors Conversation with Community Workers on the One City Plan
Posted May 1st 2018 at 09:39 By Bianca Rossetti

Marvin would like to share the emerging One City Plan with you before its launch in June. The event takes place on May 9 and starts at 1:30pm. There are a few places left so please book on if you want to attend. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mayors-conversation-with-people-who-work-in-communities-and-the-one-city-plan-tickets-44455575824

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Older men at the margins study: seeking participants (men 65+ with hearing loss)
Posted April 27th 2018 at 16:16 By Paul Willis

I’m currently leading a 2-year research study in collaboration with Age UK that seeks to identify ways of alleviating loneliness and reducing isolation for older men (65+) across marginalised groups – one of these groups is men 65+ with hearing loss. The overarching aim is to develop an in-depth understanding of the ways in which marginalised groups of older men seek to maintain social engagement and social participation in later life. This includes participation in formalised interventions targeted at reducing loneliness. If you think your service could assist us with passing on details about this study to men from this group (experiencing hearing loss), please contact me on paul.willis@bristol.ac.uk telephone 0117 3310640.

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Men in Pubs Workshop 12th April 2018
Posted March 5th 2018 at 14:45 By Paul Willis

A workshop for people working in health and community services, interested publicans and older community members in Bristol.
At the White Harte Bristol, 54-58 Park Row, Bristol BS1 5LH
Thursday 12th April 10-1.30pm.

We're a group of researchers at the University of Bristol and we want to explore how local pubs provide an important social space for older men and can help reduce loneliness in later life. We'd like your help in developing this research from an idea into a project. You are warmly invited to join us for a half-day workshop at the White Harte Bristol. Join us for a pub quiz, short talks on loneliness in later life and the history of men and ale houses, and lots of discussion about the role of local pubs in building social connections for older men and reducing loneliness. This event is FREE and lunch is on us! The workshop is funded by The Brigstow Institute, University of Bristol: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/brigstow/

Please register using the Eventbrite link below by 3rd April 2018 - spaces are limited. Registration link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/men-in-pubs-a-workshop-tickets-43695062107
Please note this will be an alcohol-free event.

For more information contact project lead Paul Willis, senior lecturer in social work: paul.willis@bristol.ac.uk

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Communications Network: Troubleshooting
Posted March 1st 2018 at 10:59 By Rosie Kelly

At the last Communications Network Meeting we had planned to hold a troubleshooting session, in which Communications Network members could share knowledge and experience.

Unfortunately our training ran over and we ran out of time, so we've shared some of the topics you were interested in discussing below. If you have knowledge to share in any of these areas, please reply to the thread.

* What makes communications (eg, on Facebook, Twitter and websites) inclusive of LGBT communities?

* How can we communicate complex data in a simple way? Tips and tricks welcome!

*Where could we get advice and guidance on creating a communications strategy?

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New Proud to Care jobs board for Bristol
Posted January 11th 2018 at 15:16 By Rosie Kelly

Hello all

Happy New Year! Please scroll down to see the latest information about Proud to Care, a new jobs board from Bristol City Council. The jobs board is now launched at www.proudtocarebristol.org.uk and the latest count is 56 jobs from 32 providers!

If you are a provider, you can add vacancies by emailing proudtocare@bristol.gov.uk for more details.

For more information contact:

Lorna Crouch
Senior Marketing and Communications Officer
Bristol City Council

T: 0117 35 74359
E: lorna.crouch@bristol.gov.uk

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Improving Access to Psychological Therapies for Older Adults Conference
Posted October 4th 2017 at 14:31 By Rosie Kelly

This conference may be of interest to BAB partners, particularly as one of the new commissioning pots is focused on Talking Therapies for older people. Spaces on the conference are limited, so please book quickly if you are interested in attending!

This free event is open to IAPT Practitioners, Commissioners, Service Managers, Clinical Leads, Third Sector Providers including carer support services; GPs and Community Nurses, Social Care Staff, Older People’s Community Mental Health Teams and Memory Services, and anyone with an interest in Older People’s Mental Health and the interface with IAPT services.

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies for Older Adults Conference

Wednesday 8th November 2017, 10:00-16:00

Reading Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading, Berkshire, United Kingdom, RG1 1QH

Confirmed Speakers
Professor Alistair Burns, Professor of Old Age Psychiatry, University of Manchester & National Clinical Director for Dementia and for Mental Health in Older People
Ursula James, National IAPT Programme Manager, NHS England
Judy Leibowitz, IAPT clinical Lead and Head of IAPT Camden Psychological Therapies and Wellbeing Service
Dr Maria Alicia Vicencio-Silva, Counselling, Psychotherapy & Group Therapy Services Manager, Age Concern
Dr Peter Bagshaw, General Practitioner, Clinical Lead Dementia, Mental Health, Learning Difficulties, Adult Safeguarding South Gloucestershire CCG, Director South West Clinical Network for Dementia

Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/iapt-older-adults-conference-tickets-37414276107

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Unspoken Words
Posted September 20th 2017 at 12:03 By Oliver Gamblin

Spit & Polish present a free poetry performance
Unspoken Words
Sat 23rd
City Hall Bristol

Part of the Celebrating Age Festival
https://celebratingagefestival.co.uk/

Jonny Fluffypunk and Tom Dewey, two of the south west’s finest performance poets, have been working with two seemingly disparate groups to create a unique showcase of poetry.

Jonny has been working with a group of poetry enthusiasts aged 55+ at the Beehive Centre, St. George.
While Tom has been working with a group of Young Carers aged 13-16 at The Carers Support Centre in Fishponds.
The two groups have then come together to share their experiences and create a unique performance of poetry.

These are voices which are too often not heard on the stage and for these two groups to perform together is even rarer.

This performance will challenge stereotypes and is guaranteed to be entertaining, touching and inspiring.

This performance is free and will feature sets from Jonny Fluffypunk and Tom Dewey.

This project has been possible due to Creative Seed Funding from Bristol City Council and support from Arts Council England.

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Southmead Project ‘Paddle to Parliament’
Posted August 30th 2017 at 12:43 By Silvia Jimenez Cruz

Posted on behalf of JK Kennington:

On Wednesday 30th August, the Southmead Project launched ‘Paddle to Parliament’. This event will see Mike and Terry Peirce (combined age of 147 years) joining up with JK Kennington and Pete Wraith to paddle their way from Devizes in Wiltshire to the Houses of Parliament London.

The launch coincides with the Bristol Rugby and Bristol Sport Foundation official unveiling of their support for the charity and its work with victims and survivors of child abuse.

The purpose of the exercise is to draw the attention of politicians and decision makers to the current challenges faced by the Southmead Project and many charities providing child abuse support services where inconsistent or non-existent funding of their activities is concerned.

In order to address these issues and on behalf of victims and survivors of child abuse, the Southmead Project is asking for ways to be found where Parliament can unite in order to consider the problem in its entirety and identify appropriate budgets that are consistent and, essentially, extend beyond the Government’s term of office.

For more information about this campaign, please contact JK Kennington on john.kennington0@gmail.com.

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Free Poetry Workshops
Posted August 18th 2017 at 12:21 By Oliver Gamblin

Are you aged 55+?
Are you interested in poetry?
Have you ever thought about writing poetry?

Spit & Polish are offering a series of free poetry workshops, suitable for anyone with an interest in poetry, regardless of experience.
The workshops will be led by one of the UK's best performance poets.
Participants will learn how to write and perform poems through a series of fun, interactive workshops.
Participants will then have the opportunity to perform at this year's Celebrating Age Festival.
The first workshop is Wednesday 23rd August 12 - 2pm at the Beehive Centre by St. George's Park.
If you are interested, email gamblinoliver@gmail.com

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When debt becomes life or death
Posted July 25th 2017 at 11:11 By Fran Bainbridge

What's this event about?
What happens when you are in debt and the sheer stress means you struggle to cope? What happens when you are unable to cope and you can't manage your mental and emotional health let alone anything else, like money, bills, work and family? And so the circle continues.

Talking Money believes that this circle needs to be broken and that the negative relationship between money and mental health is on a concerning rise.

What will happen?
We are hosting a must see panel discussion and Q&A with Marvin Rees (Mayor of Bristol), Dr Maria Barnes (Senior Research Associate, Suicide Intervention Programme), Sim Ilyas (Client Service Manager, Aperture IVA Debt Management) and others. We will be seeking ways to protect those who are vulnerable because of debt and money worries and invite you to join us!

Not only do we wish to spark debate and ideas, we are inviting influencers, policy makers and leaders to unite in making a change. It will be a fantastic opportunity to network, create partnerships and consider ways we can make Bristol more inclusive and resilient.

The Programme
Arrival 5pm
Introduction 5.30pm
Panel discussion 5.40pm
Q&A 6.10pm
Networking, exhibitors and canapes 6.45pm

For more information and accessibility
Please visit our Eventbrite page to book your free place: https://goo.gl/WzCSE6

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Wed 21 June: Never Too Old to Draw 'Open Gallery' Drawing Session and Curators Talk at the Architecture Centre
Posted June 8th 2017 at 15:21 By Amy Harrison

The Architecture Centre hosts a Drawing from Memories ‘open gallery’ session for the young at heart.
Held at the Architecture Centre, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol, BS1 4QA
Wednesday 21 June 2017 13:00-14:30/14:30-16:00

Hear a short talk by the curator on our current exhibition 'Murdered with Straight Lines', an exhibition of Garth England's drawings of Bristol. Garth England lived most of his life in South Bristol, his remarkable collection of drawings were mainly drawn from memory during his later years in a residential home. Be inspired by the exhibition and take part in a creative activity to capture recollections of the city and finish with a cup of tea.

Session one: 13:00 – 14:30
Session two: 14:30 – 16:00

Book here via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/never-too-old-to-draw-tickets-34906915524 or call the Architecture Centre on 0117 9221540

More information: https://www.architecturecentre.org.uk/whats-on/never-too-old-to-draw/

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Marmalade Trust organises first ever Loneliness Awareness Week 12-16 June
Posted June 6th 2017 at 17:11 By Amy Perrin

Marmalade Trust, a Bristol based charity that supports lonely and isolated people has organised the first ever Loneliness Awareness Week, taking place 12-16 June. This week leads up to the Jo Cox Loneliness Commission's 'The Great Get Together.' We are starting off fairly low key this year but we thought it was important to start something this year as loneliness is a key issue receiving greater attention. We hope it's a week that gets bigger and gains more attention year on year.

A highlight of our week's events is a premiere screening of short film Lorna, Tuesday 13th June from 18.30. Lorna is a look through the window of social isolation, and how changes within our society and technology are increasingly fuelling it. It’s a film that delivers a resonating message about loneliness and poignantly brings the issue into the light. You can read more about it here https://marmaladetrust.org/loneliness-awareness-week/ We hope members of BAB will support us by buying a ticket. Be part of the first ever Loneliness Awareness Week and help make loneliness everybody's business. Thank you.

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Bristol pilot for new dementia care product, Music Memory Box
Posted April 28th 2017 at 18:42 By Jas

We are a Bristol-based social design studio called Studio Meineck. We are looking to work with Bristol-based care organisations and families of people living with dementia in order to test and improve our new product, Music Memory Box.

This is an opportunity for families and care organisations to try:
1. A multi-sensory tool for exploring and triggering fond memories
2. An activity for the whole family to share in
3. A new way to connect and communicate with your loved one

Music Memory Box is a kit that you can fill with objects and photographs. Its technology allows you to play songs through objects. Think object jukebox and desert island disks combined!

We are looking for enthusiastic families to keep a Music Memory Box for 2 months. We are interested to see how people use our product, what benefits it brings and we will be looking for honest feedback in order to make it better.
If your organisation works with families who you think might be interested in joining the pilot, please get in touch at info@studiomeineck.com or direct them to http://www.studiomeineck.com/pilot in order to register their interest online.

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FREE Social Outdor Activities & Recreation Project for Older People - SOAR
Posted March 28th 2017 at 15:37 By John Kennington

This is a new BAB Community funded project called SOAR starting on Thursday, 20th April provided by Natural Opportunities
https://sites.google.com/site/naturalopportunities/soar-group

We are offering 3 or 4* isolated Older People** in your community (one of four community groups in each project) the weekly opportunity to:

• be picked up by our Bristol Community Bus from a convenient point locally around 10 am

• be taken on an outing to another group’s favourite local outdoor activity venue such as a City Farm, Community Garden or a park and enjoy being a guest for up to 3 hours

• look around, talk to people and join in any activities if they want

• socialise over a free lunch at midday made (or arranged by) the host group

• be brought back home on the BCT bus and dropped off just after 3 pm

Each of the four groups, including yours, will act as host for one of four Thursdays so

• everybody gets to visit a different part of the city

• we’ll all meet some new older people and make some new friends

• each group is a guest at 3 other groups choice of venue and food

• each group hosts a day enjoying choosing the venue and the food (we pay)

• everybody gets 5 fun 5 Ways to Wellbeing days out.

NB You, the befriender or someone else local, will need to act as the local organiser.

5 weeks? That’s because the 5th week is a ‘treat’ where everybody goes on a slightly different outdoor activity – maybe to somewhere outside the city like The Community Farm near Chew or maybe on a boat trip.

* I’ve put 3 or 4 because you might want to add a ‘befriender’ within your group of isolated older people. We want people to feel confident enough to enjoy the first day and join us again and they might be happier if they have someone they know with them – someone already engaging – this is your choice as you know them, we don’t. We fund four people either way.
** The Older People should be over 50 years old, be from an economically disadvantaged Bristol ward and, most importantly, be socially isolated in your opinion.

Please contact us as soon as possible to express an interest, there are only 16 places available city wide on each project.
email us at jk.kennington@naturalopportunities.uk

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Flourish Driverless Car Project
Posted January 30th 2017 at 14:54 By Jacqui Boardman

Designability is a design charity based in Bath, specialising in designing technology for ageing and health conditions. We are working with several other partners on a project about driverless cars of the future. You can find out more about the project here: http://www.designability.org.uk/researchproject/flourish/

We are designing the controls and information display that will be inside driverless cars of the future, which might include something like a current dashboard but might also be very different from this.
How you can help
We are in the early stages of designing the display and controls for older people to use, and we are interested in your opinions – we are keen to hear from current drivers, people who used to drive, and people who have never been drivers. You do not need to have any specialist knowledge, and we will keep your answers anonymous.
We would be grateful if you could complete this https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/7BZY7KC short survey by which asks for your views and ideas about the design of the controls that will be inside the vehicle. You do not need any specialist knowledge to complete the survey, and it should only take a few minutes.
Please respond by 31st January 2017

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Wellbeing Champions for Older People - Apply now for your place on this FREE Training course
Posted December 20th 2016 at 13:55 By Rachel Folan

We have moved the dates for the Wellbeing Champions Training for Older people to 1st and 15th March 2017.

Training to be a Wellbeing Champion will equip older people to be able to promote the wellbeing and happiness of others, encourage people to share their great ideas for wellbeing in older age and inspire them with examples of how to age well.

Are you interested or do you know anyone who would be interested in helping us to promote wellbeing for older people? Would you like some more information about the programme?

Follow this link http://bristolageingbetter.org.uk/news/do-you-have-what-it-takes-to-be-a-wellbeing-champion/ or call Rachel on 07474 408024 or email rachel@happycity.or.uk

Rachel

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Menopause Support Day, Sunday 11 December
Posted November 21st 2016 at 12:33 By Beccy Golding

The South Bristol Menopause Support Day will be a supportive, self-help, sharing day for anyone going through or interested in the menopause, intended to have a relaxed, informal atmosphere with a lot of laughs, frank discussions and irreverence.
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Windmill Hill City Farm, Sunday 11 December.
Arrive 9.30am to start 10am promptly.
Cost £20. If this is difficult for you get in touch - no one should be unable to come due to lack of funds.
The day is all about support and sharing. Please bring a contribution towards a shared lunch.
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Places are limited and must be booked in advance. Contact beccy@makeamove.org.uk with any questions and to book.
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The day will include information and self-help tips from expert practitioners including: • creativity & mindfulness • two midwives with 30+ years experience will do 'the science bit' - what exactly is happening to our hormones, and how that effects body & mind • nutrition • reflexology • Yoga & Yoga Nidra
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Format of the day:
• Intros
• Practitioner sessions
• Shared lunch
• Mindful walk
• Sharing tips & info - things that work for you - everyone is invited to contribute to this session - please think of something you can share
• Group discussion & feedback
• Yoga/relaxation session to end
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Small print:
Everyone who identifies as female is welcome to attend. There is no age restriction. Everyone is welcome regardless of sexuality, disability, ethnicity or any other reason for disadvantage. The day is primarily aimed at women who live in south Bristol, but women from further away will not be excluded. The venue is accessible and near public transport routes.
The day is not for medical diagnosis or advice - it's about a group of women getting together to share their experiences. If you are worried or have medical questions please see your GP.
Funding is from the Filwood, Knowle & Windmill Hill Neighbourhood Partnership Wellbeing Fund. Organised by Beccy Golding with tons of fab support from Make a Move www.makeamove.org.uk

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Do you have what it takes to be a Wellbeing Champion?
Posted October 18th 2016 at 13:48 By Rachel Folan

Happy City, a charity set up in Bristol to improve lives through a focus on happiness, have been funded by Bristol Ageing Better to provide a free 2-day course on how to introduce the 5 ways to wellbeing in your community.

The Five Ways to Wellbeing are a set of evidence-based actions which promote people'swellbeing.

They are: Connect, Be Active,Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give.

These activities are simple things individuals can do in their everyday lives.

Being a Wellbeing Champion means promoting the wellbeing and happiness of others. Whether that is the wellbeing of your family, friends, colleagues, or people in your community,Wellbeing Champions provide the chance for others to discover the 5 Ways to Wellbeing.

Wellbeing champions make a difference by getting people talking about ways to wellbeing and happiness. They encourage people to share their great ideas for wellbeing in older age, and inspire people with examples of their own.

Are you interested? If yes, all you need to be is over 50, willing and able to share your learning with older people in your community, and available
to attend two whole day sessions (10am to 4pm) on the 16th and 30th Novemberhere in Bristol (venue to be announced). If you would like an application form please email training@happycity.org.uk

Places are limited so please apply now to avoid disappointment.

I look forward to hearing from you!

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Interested partnership work for Community Navigators Project
Posted October 6th 2016 at 17:29 By Kevin Chong

Bristol and Avon Chinese Women's Group was formed in 1989 and aims to provide a comprehensive range of support and services to Chinese women and their families in and around Bristol.

We are currently commissioned by BAB to run two projects:

1. The Living Well project is targeted at older members of the Chinese community to encourage them to stay active (both mentally and physically) and making new friends at the same time by participating in Knitting and Tai Chi.

2. The Multicultural Cookery Class brings together elders from different communities to share culture and meet people from outside their normal circles through the common language of food.

Unlike other BME communities, the Chinese community is widely dispersed throughout the city (a circumstance historically rooted in their chosen profession), which makes the elderly especially vulnerable to isolation, contributing to a downward spiral towards dementia and other mental and physical health issues.

We are interested in taking part in larger tenders, but due to the limitations of our group we are unable to tackle undertakings on a geographical scale by ourselves, such as the Community Navigators Project, and so we are looking for partners to share the workload with.

We have an extensive knowledge of the Chinese community and look forward to working with others to unlock the hidden issues in our community.

If you would be interested in forming a partnership with us, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at: admin.bacwg@btconnect.com or 0117 9351462.

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Partners Wanted - Community Development for Older People
Posted October 4th 2016 at 10:30 By David Cottam

LinkAge will be bidding for the contract for The Strategy, Coordination and Organising Service. Success will require Linkage to have close collaboration and effective partnership with those organisations that are successful in securing the other contracts, and help to progress "The LinkAge Network ". We feel that LinkAge is well placed to support other deliver partners to fulfil some of their contractual obligations, but more importantly support best practice and be the conduit for efficient and effective test and learn opportunities and to role out of activity to reach more isolated and lonely older people.

If you would like to have an exploratory chat about how your organisation might work in partnership with the LinkAge then please get in touch: david.cottam@stmonicatrust.org.uk

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'Drop in for Free Tea, Cake, Friendhip and Fun!'
Posted September 23rd 2016 at 15:48 By Judith Brown

Bristol Older People's Forum invites you and yours to drop in to Broadmead Baptist Church between 12.30 and 4 on Wednesday October 5th for free cake, tea, fun and we hope friendship! All welcome- it's our offering to you in Celebrating Age Fortnight! Looking forward to seeing you! Judith Brown Chair.

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Bristol set to become the most dementia friendly city in UK
Posted September 14th 2016 at 11:53 By Amanda Cole

Bristol set to become the most dementia friendly city in UK
Posted September 14th 2016 at 11:50 By Amanda Cole
BRACE Alzheimer's Research and the Bristol Dementia Action Alliance are working together to help make Bristol businesses the most dementia friendly in the UK. Through a series of free short workshops we are inviting all whose work or way of life involves them with dementia, these are also forums to build new collaborations through networking opportunities. Herewith the invitation to our next event:
People with dementia live in all of our communities and they and their carers are very likely to be among your clients and customers. That’s why dementia is your business.By undertaking some simple actions, you can make their experience a better one and ensure you are compliant with the Equality Act 2010. Through small, inexpensive changes you can make a big difference to your staff and customers alike. It’s good for business and it’s the right thing to do.

Hosted by law firm QS Burroughs Day, we are inviting you and/or a colleague to a short workshop which could help put you at the vanguard of dementia friendly businesses in Bristol. It’s good for business and it’s the right thing to do.

Business Dementia Friendly Workshop, Thursday 26th January 2017

09.30 am Business networking opportunity

10.00 am QS Burroughs Day – a welcome

10.15 am Prof Stephen Lisney, BRACE - The Quest for Answers through Science

10.25 am Tony Hall, Chair, Bristol Dementia Action Alliance (BDAA) - How to be dementia-friendly at work

It is our aim to make Bristol business the most dementia friendly city in the UK. Please book a place via this link:
www.alzheimers-brace.org/Event/dementia-friendly-business-workshop.

Thank you
Amanda Cole amanda@alzheimers-brace.org

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BDP 50 + Crowd and Champs
Posted October 18th 2017 at 15:04 By Kathryn Talboys

BDP has had the 50+ population of drug and alcohol users on its agenda for nearly ten years. From undertaking research with older users, to developing a targeted DOH 3 year Innovation Fund Project 2013/16, to retaining the 50+ Crowd as a weekly safe space for older users, to developing the role of Champions with BAB and harnessing the power of 50+ lived experience of drug and alcohol use , to influencing the national Advisory Council for the Misuse of Drugs strategy for those substance users 45+, to making the older service user core business for drug and alcohol services through local, national and international profiling of their specific needs and what responses work, to locally building the substance use awareness capacity of 50+ agencies; the 50+ treatment population has grown from 2% to 18% (34% alcohol) and is only set to rise and we are most willing to share this expertise to ensure the inclusion of this population having to challenge the barriers of substance use as well as age. We welcome any discussions ; please call Kathryn Talboys on 0117 987 6009.

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Paid/Volunteer Roles For Activities For Over 55s
Posted July 28th 2017 at 11:34 By Zehra Haq

We are looking for people who are able to run sessions for over 55s from BAME communities such as: flower arrangements, jewellery making and low impact physical exercise for over 55s.
The sessions could be 1-2 hours long and would take place at Dhek Bhal, Malcolm X, Easton Community Centre and The Church of God of Prophecy, Easton. They could be arranged for short or long term, with flexible times and dates. These could be a paid or volunteer roles.
This would be a great opportunity to engage with over 55s from BAME communities and learn more about their culture. Language would not be an issue as they can all speak some English and they are very good at giving peer support to each other. We could also organise additional language support if necessary.
Please contact Ramona Amuza or Naheed Kausar on 0117 914 6671 or 0117 914 6672 for an informal chat or email: ra.dhekbhal@yahoo.com.


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Health and Wellbeing Activity Co-ordinator - Job Advert
Posted May 16th 2017 at 10:04 By Zehra Haq

A new Partnership Collaboration Project for Bristol BME Elders- Malcolm X Elders, Golden Agers, Evergreen and Dhek Bhal is being set up to address isolation & loneliness within older people. Dhek Bhal will be the lead partner for this project.

If you have a positive outlook, are outgoing and organised, please apply.
You must be over 18, have a valid UK work visa and read, write and speak English.

As Dhek Bhal's employee you will be required to work closely with our 3 partner organisations - Malcolm X, Evergreens and Golden Agers - all based in Bristol Central area.

Your duties include supporting older people by organising health and social care activities and establishing good relationship with health and community based organisations offering programs for the wellbeing of the elderly.

Salary Offered: £23,398 - £24,964 (pro-rata) Dependant on skills and experience
Hours: 24 hours per week (part-time)
Location: Dhek Bhal, Barton Hill Settlement, Bristol, BS5 0AX
Contract Type: Fixed Term – 4 year funded contract (after successful probationary period)
Benefits: 28 days annual leave per annum plus statutory and Bank Holidays
(pro rata)
Contributory Pension Scheme (5%)
Mileage at 35p per mile

Closing date: 9 June 2017
Interview date: 21 June 2017

Start Date: 3 July 2017


If you are ready to take up the challenge as our new Health and Wellbeing Activity Co-ordinator, please complete the application form and return it to us as soon as possible, contact The Admin Team on 0117 9146671. Please note if you have not had a response within 30 days of your submitted application please assume you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

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How to manage loneliness and isolation?
Posted February 23rd 2017 at 10:19 By Rachel Folan

On 28th of February and the 7th March 2017, Happy City will be running two taster sessions looking at older people’s experience of loneliness and talking about novel ways to improve and manage feelings of loneliness.

These taster sessions are taking place at Windmill Hill City Farm, Philip St, Bristol BS3 4EA from 10 - 11.30am.

These sessions are open to people who are aged 50+ and who feel lonely or isolated within their community.
We will be exploring simple and gentle ways to increase wellbeing and reduce feelings of loneliness.

There is an eight-week course that follows on from these taster sessions, which will offer older people in Bristol the chance to learn simple ways to increase wellbeing and reduce loneliness through mindfulness and wellbeing practices.

The Wellbeing Course starts on 4th April and runs for 8 weeks. Participants will come together as a group once a week on Tuesdays from 10am to 1pm at the Windmill Hill City Farm, Philip St, Bristol BS3 4EA.

The 8-week course it free of cost and we can also help with transport costs.

If you are interested or know someone who might benefit from this course, please get in touch with Byron or Clairelouise by email Byron@happycity.org.uk or by telephone 01454 774463 or 07474408024

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Bristol Shopmobility
Posted November 18th 2016 at 10:36 By Diana Morgan

We are an organisation who hire equipment to those with mobility impairments to assist them getting around the City Centre area. We are a charity based in the Cabot Circus Car Park and we open 7 days a week 10 -4.30. Our charge is £1 per hour but we also offer up to 5 hours free car parking. We also offer equipment for longer term hire to enables users to go on holiday, use equipment at home following an operation or just to get around their local neighbourhood and socialize. Fur further information please ring 0117 9559083.

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