Who We Are
BAB is a partnership of individuals and organisations working together to reduce isolation and loneliness among older people in Bristol.
What was the project?
The project was created to test a model of delivery for community development for older people that engages Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT+) people across Bristol. The project was designed and developed with local older people in the driving seat, creating a replicable model of best practices that aims to reduce social isolation and loneliness among older LGBT people.
What did the project do?
The aim of community development with the older LGBT+ community was to engage with service providers and local partners to help create an LGBT+ friendly environment.
The project involved the creation of new social activities for the LGBT+ community such as yoga for the over fifties and intergenerational walking.
How to get in touch
For further information about this project please email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 0117 928 1539
Why did BAB fund it?
Although there are, already existing LGBT+ over 50’s groups in Bristol there is a distinct lack of variation and choice within the groups.
Many of the groups are central and for most who are isolated, it is not always possible to make it into the centre of Bristol. The more vulnerable groups are over the 70’s, transgender men, non-binary, woman and disabled.
BAB wanted to fund a project that would be accessible to all LGBT+ older people in Bristol and offer a variety of activities.
This project was led by an Advisory Group of older LGBT+ people who are now connected into Bristol Older People’s Forum. Over 25 people were involved in this group through the life of the project having their say and voicing their views of the communities they represent. Much of the project was about raising the profile of older LGBT+ people and this was done through training, pop-up stalls in community venues to engage with local residents and even a space at Bristol Pride.
Although this project has now ended, it is hoped that a formal older LGBT+ presence at Pride will continue to be supported by the festival beyond the BAB-funded project. During LGBT History Month the project collaborated with a local retirement village to mark the occasion with residents and the local community. The event was well-received featuring a panel discussion, short films, and performances. Some of the groups set up through the project were made sustainable beyond BAB funding, including Women’s walking football.
It is important for those who work with older people to feel confident in reaching and engaging LGBT+ individuals, creating an environment that is inclusive and welcoming. In February and March 2019, The Diversity Trust ran two workshops for projects within the BAB programme as well as other organisations working with older people in the city. The workshops were co-developed with individuals aged 50+ who identify as LGBT+ as well as BAB’s LGBT+ Community Development Officer for Older Adults. The Diversity Trust are happy for their training resources to be shared:
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