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Giving and taking - community contributions

‘Community contributions’ is a funny term that spans formal volunteering, community activism and the more casual friendly help that older people might offer. Lots of us would help a neighbour fix a problem or give someone a regular lift, but we don’t always consider it volunteering.

BAB has been working with the Centre for Ageing Better to try and collect evidence around community contributions. We’re currently looking for two paid Community Researchers to help conduct a study focusing on the Ashley ward. If you or someone you work with might be interested, you can find out more here.

Volunteering opportunities within BAB are many and varied. We are so grateful for people who volunteer some time, whether producing, researching or presenting for the BABBERs on Ujima, sitting on our steering groups, Kick-start panels or our Strategic Programme Group, or evaluating the programme as one of our Community Researchers.

Across the projects we fund, volunteers take many forms. Steering group members, volunteer organisers, Community Navigators, community activists and volunteer drivers all help to keep things running smoothly.

Volunteers are a huge help to us in delivering the programme, but I believe that we aren’t the only people benefitting. Having people in Bristol contributing to the improvement of their surroundings helps them feel part of a community – and it also helps to build a feeling of community around them.

As we consider the sustainability and legacy of the programme, I believe that a core part of this will be the volunteering that has been created and embedded in all parts of Bristol.

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Best wishes,


BAB Programme Director Adam Rees

Clarification questions - Building Blocks for Wellbeing

The clarification period for the Building Blocks for Wellbeing commissioning has now concluded, and to help potential bidders we have uploaded the answers to some commonly asked questions to the BAB website.

You can find the clarification questions here - the original FAQs are also available on the Building Blocks web page, along with more details about the commissioning.

Don't forget - the deadline to apply for the funding is midday on Monday 27th November 2017.

A royal flush for Bedminster Toilet Map

To mark UN World Toilet Day, Bristol Ageing Better is celebrating the brilliant work done by one Kick-Start funded project - Bedminster Toilet Map.

Older people suffer more from continence problems than the general public, and not being confident about finding a bathroom can leave many older people unable to leave the house.

Bristol Ageing Better Programme Director Adam Rees said: “There are many things that can contribute to isolation and loneliness. Feeling unable to leave the house because you’re worried about being able to find a loo shouldn’t be one of them.

“We were very pleased to fund Ben Barker through the Community Kick-Start fund to update the much-used Bedminster Toilet Map.”

Read more here.

Community Kick-Start: What we’ve learned

Last week we hosted colleagues from other Ageing Better areas around the UK.

We gathered to share what we've learned from running our Community Kick-Start fund, and to learn how similar models have worked in other communities around the country.

Learning from this event will feed into BAB’s mid-point review of the Community Kick-Start fund and be used to improve the project. We also hope it will be valuable for other Ageing Better areas, particularly those still in the early stages of delivering this project.

Find out more about what we've learned here.

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Transport partner for bids
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