Who We Are
BAB is a partnership of individuals and organisations working together to reduce isolation and loneliness among older people in Bristol.
This page presents our library of learning and evaluation resources regarding services and activities to address loneliness and social isolation.
We have grouped it into the following sections:
Mental health and wellbeing
Community grants and micro-funding
Food and nutrition
Adapting to Covid-19
Click on the headings below to read the reports.
Over October 2020, we ran a series of webinars sharing learning from the last 5 years of the BAB programme. These events were filmed and are available to watch on YouTube. Please click on the links below.
In order to help inform future commissioning and service delivery in the city, BAB has captured the collective learning and recommendations from seven existing providers of social prescribing services.
Key findings and recommendations from the evaluation of BAB Community Navigators social prescribing service, evaluated by UWE Bristol and BAB Community Researchers.
This document provides a summary of the evaluation findings relating to the BAB Community Navigators social prescribing service
The final evaluation of the Community Webs project, funded by Bristol Ageing Better and Better Care Bristol. Community Webs supports, enables and equips GP patients to access social activities and non-medical support services available in their local community.
Our key learning and recommendations about mental health and wellbeing. These insights are drawn from BAB’s specific mental health services (5 pilot projects and 3 larger services) as well as wider learning from other BAB-funded projects that work in the community.
Learning specific to BME wellbeing:
Oasis Talk Elders Pilot Project.
Research was undertaken by Oasis Talk during their BAB pilot project, identifying some of the barriers to accessing mental health services faced by BME adults aged 50+.
Key findings and recommendations from BAB’s ‘test and learn’ community development projects, evaluated by UWE Bristol and the BAB Community Researchers. Published in October 2020.
A summary of the above full-length report
A ‘live document’ of initial findings and observations from the evaluation of BAB Community Development projects, undertaken by UWE Bristol and Community Researchers.
Learning from Alive Activities, as presented in March 2019. Working in four care homes, the project focused on developing connections between residents and with the local community, enabling residents to have more of a voice-over what they want to do.
Learning from BAB’s community development projects based in St Pauls and Old Market, delivered by Livewest (formerly Knightstone).
Learning from BAB’s community development projects based in Greater Bedminster, delivered by St Monica Trust.
Reflections from some of the BAB community development projects about what sustainability might look like for a community group and how community development workers can support this.
An evaluation of BAB’s Community Kickstart Scheme. UWE and a team of Community Researchers used interviews with funded groups to assess the strengths and limitations of the scheme, identifying areas for further improvement.
In November 2017 BAB facilitated a shared learning event with the Ageing Better programmes working in Birmingham, Thanet, Hackney and Cheshire. All were at different stages of delivering initiatives similar to BAB’s Community Kick-Start fund. This report outlines the learning from this event.
At the beginning of 2018, BAB made some changes to the way in which the fund was administered. This learning report reviews the challenges and successes of the fund to date, and the changes implemented to allow it to reach even more isolated older people.
The presentation shared at a BAB learning event about food and loneliness in September 2019. It includes UWE’s initial findings from the evaluation of Bristol Meets The World and Talking Tables, along with the key learning and recommendations from all three BAB food and nutrition projects.
Key findings and recommendations from two of BAB’s food projects, evaluated by UWE Bristol. Published in October 2020.
A summary of the above report
BAB intergenerational pilot projects (Learning for Life Together):
Collective learning and recommendations from seven organisations about group activities that take place online or via the telephone instead of face-to-face.
Learning event - Online and telephone activities (recorded below).
Friends Ageing Better (FAB) final project report: An overview of the Friends Ageing Better (FAB) project including key learning, recommendations and adaptations to Covid-19.
BAB group activities pilot projects (Group Work Peer Support):
Key learning from all group activity pilot projects
Bristol and Avon Chinese Women's Group
Bristol Drugs Project
Carers Support Centre
Cruse Bereavement Care
Growing Support Pilot 1
Growing Support Pilot 2
Life Cycle UK
NCBI and Bristol Black Carers
University of Bath
Five organisations in the BAB partnership shared their learning about adapting their activities during Covid-19.
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