We are fast approaching the midpoint of Bristol Ageing Better and what a 913 days it has been!
Over 4000 older people have engaged with different activities and we have committed just over £4.5 million to projects seeking to tackle isolation and loneliness through a variety of approaches.
In the last year especially we have commissioned nine Community Development projects and three Community Navigator contracts which are all now developing well.
We are particularly excited to see the formal launch of the Community Navigators projects at the Celebrating Age Festival and to encourage people to access this fantastic service.
Despite all of this exciting work, the BAB Programme Management team aren’t resting on their laurels! Another round of Community Kick Start funding closes on Friday 6th October and we are preparing to release several large commissioning opportunities on Sunday 1st October 2017.
These opportunities will reflect the learning we have collected through work we have done to date. The projects come from evidenced need in the city and are based on projects across the BAB programme so far which have found things that work and things that don’t.
We have collated this learning and from it we have developed business cases for a range of services that aim to help build confidence and wellbeing in older people in order to tackle their social isolation. Watch this space for more information!
Linkage has just appointed three new Community Development Coordinators, who will be supporting groups and organisations that work in an asset-based way and which include and involve over 50s in decision making and community life.
The new Community Development workers, Tracy, Wendy and Magda, will be working in North, South and Central/East Bristol, bringing organisations together and identifying gaps in provision.
You can find out more about the scheme and get in touch with the Community Development Coordinators here.
Storytelling Evening -October 3rd
We are hosting the third BAB storytelling night on Tuesday 3rd October at St Paul's Learning Centre, starting at 6.45pm.
This time our theme is "Proud to live in Bristol," and we are asking members of black and minority ethnic communities to take part, to mark Black History Month.
Know someone who would love to take part? We want to hear stories about the people, places, organisations and experiences that make them proud to live in Bristol.
Community Navigators Bristol offers free signposting and support to older people who want to feel less isolated and more involved in their local area.
The scheme is launching at the Celebrating Age Festival on Saturday, where there will be plenty of opportunity to meet the Navigators and find out more.
Friendly, trained ‘navigators’ will make contact with older people, get to know them and share information about what’s happening where they live. Whether it’s meeting people, becoming more active, rekindling old hobbies, volunteering or learning something new, the community navigator can point the older person in the right direction.
Find out more about the Community Navigators scheme and how to get involved here.