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Bristol Ageing Better is a partnership of over 280 organisations; each one committed to the same goals of tackling social isolation and loneliness and making Bristol a great place to grow old. BAB is nothing without the partnership and it has always been a key belief of mine that we should do nothing without the involvement of partners.

The BAB Programme Management team does a fantastic job of coordinating all elements of the programme including communications, commissioning, budgets and learning, but they need the partnership to support our activities, bid for contracts and to contribute to the outcomes of the programme.

Earlier this week we worked with Bristol Older People’s Forum to run a learning network looking at Ageing and Wellbeing with the aim of bringing together a range of groups to discuss the situation in Bristol. We wanted to know what is currently happening, what needs to happen and also what we can do collectively to influence decision makers.

Learning from the network event will inform decisions around £850,000 worth of funding which we are releasing on 2nd October - showing the value that we place on collaboration.

Read more about our partnership work

Best wishes,
Adam Rees, BAB Programme Director

Help make Bristol an Age Friendly city

What can you do to help Bristol become an Age Friendly city? BAB is gathering together projects which encourage active ageing and which enhance quality of life as people age.

It's all part of a drive to make Bristol part of the World Health Organisation's Global Network of Age Friendly Communities.

Whether you're doing relevant work that we should know about or just have an idea for how to make Bristol more Age Friendly, we want to hear from you.

Find out more and get involved.

BAB funded events

As part of the Celebrating Age Festival, BAB funded the Age Friendly Community Chest.

These grants of up to £250 were designed to allow people to put on events and taster sessions in their local area to help make it a better place to grow old.

Applications came in thick and fast, and the chest is funding everything from coach trips to picnics and pamper sessions to open days.

You can find a full list of the events that are taking place on the BAB website here, and find out more about the Celebrating Age Festival here.

A lively ageing and wellbeing event

Bristol Ageing Better’s first learning network around ageing and wellbeing was a great success, with more than 40 stakeholders attending. The event was designed to explore how positive wellbeing and good mental health contribute to combating isolation and loneliness in older people.

Programme Manager Carly Urbanski said: "We had a brilliant mix of people in the room with different opinions and experiences, and the feedback from this event has been really useful to us.”

Read more here.

BAB Forum Latest Threads

Community Development Worker post
Posted August 31st 2017 at 10:07 By Tracey Dowling

Southmead Project 'Paddle to Parliament'
Posted August 30th 2017 at 12:43 By JK Kennington

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

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BAB update 17/08/17: Piloting the way forward

BAB update 03/08/17: Why are we doing this?

BAB update 20/07/17: All about stories

BAB Communications Network August 2017

BAB update 06/07/17: Age Friendly Bristol - make an offer

BAB update 15/06/17: Things falling into place

New funding opportunity: Age Friendly Community Chest

BAB events: Storytelling night and intergenerational learning network

BAB update 01/06/17: A city for all ages week

BAB Update 18/05/17:  Just another city?

BAB Update 04/05/17: Every step of the way...

BAB Update 20/04/17: Stakeholder Survey 2017

BAB Update: Loneliness Summit 2017 06/04/17

BAB Update 27/03/17: Thank you for being a part of BAB’s journey  

BAB Update 09/03/17: Reaching out to those most at risk of isolation and loneliness

Invitations to Tender - Community Development LGBT & Stockwood and Integrated Community Clinics 28/02/17

BAB Update 23/02/17

BAB Update 09/02/17: Community Kick-Start – funding fresh, exciting activities across the city

BAB Update 26/01/17: LGBT and Ageing in Bristol 

BAB Update 12/01/17: Happy New Year and welcome to the first BAB Update of 2017

BAB Community Kick-Start Fund: 4th Round Closes Tomorrow! 05/01/17

BAB Update 15/12/16: Oh, what a year (and what an update!)!

BAB Update 01/12/16: Learning

BAB Update 17/11/16: The Notice Board is yours!

BAB Update 03/11/16: Five fresh approaches to boost mental health and wellbeing

BAB Update 20/10/16: First Contact Checklist

BAB Update 06/10/16: Little Book of AWE 

Community Development tenders open today! 30/09/16

BAB Update 22/09/16: Celebrating Age Festival 2016

BAB Invitation to Tender – Community Webs 15/09/16

Reminder BAB Workshops - Collaborate – Connect – Action 08/09/16

Don't Forget! BAB Partnership Meeting this Wednesday 07.09.16

BAB Commissioning - Community Navigator 01/09/16

BAB Community Kick-Start open! 31/08/16

A Guide to Bristol Ageing Better 25/08/16

Invitation to BAB Community Development for Older People Blueprint Launch 23/08/16

BAB Workshops - Collaborate – Connect – Action 19/08/16

BAB Update 11/08/16: Test. Learn. Repeat.

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