Ageing Better in Birmingham

Connecting people over 50 in Birmingham to their communities. 

Welcome to Ageing Better in Birmingham's Learning Depository! The programme is closing down and this website functions as an archive and collection of learning from the programme's seven years of delivery. 

Ageing Better in Birmingham began in 2015 to reduce loneliness and social isolation amongst people over 50 and to help them to live fulfilling lives. It was funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and was one of 14 Ageing Better programmes in England working to explore what works in reducing loneliness and isolation through a test and learn approach.  

It was delivered by a partnership of organisations across the city, led by Birmingham Voluntary Service Council (BVSC). It built upon the strengths and skills of individuals and groups to help create sustainable change within communities.

Together, we reached over 10,300 people across the city.

Here you can find out more about what the programme achieved, information about social isolation and loneliness in Birmingham and also resources to support the programme's legacy. 

Have a browse!

Ageing Better in Birmingham 2015 -2022 Infographic

Find out how we worked to get Birmingham's older citizens connected

Useful resources & learning

The Age-friendly Tyburn project was funded through Ageing Better in Birmingham and was a two-year initiative to investigate the degree to which the physical environment of Tyburn contribute to or exacerbate social isolation of older people.

This project was one of five that form part of Ageing Better in Birmingham’s Local Action Plan for the Tyburn area. All Local Action Plans looked at addressing the underlying root causes of older adults’ social isolation within the area.

The requirements of this project were to design, deliver and produce:

  1. An audit of the built environment, with clear findings and recommendations;
  2. A plan setting out how the steps necessary for establishing Tyburn as an Age-Friendly neighbourhood can best be implemented over the longer term (five to ten years).

Here you can read findings of the audit process, and conclusions and long-term plan that will enable the delivery of an ‘age-friendly’ Tyburn neighbourhood.

The initial stages of the project were about exploring and auditing the physical environment and identifying opportunities and ideas to make positive changes. The audit lead to the development and trialling of some of these ideas to enhance the neighbourhood environment so that it becomes more age-friendly and easier to access. The project was delivered by Sustrans and ran until June 2020.

Age-friendly Tyburn REPORT

Age-friendly Tyburn APPENDICES

Projects Evaluation: Second Narrative Report, February 2020

Projects Evaluation: Final Narrative Report, September 2020

Independent evaluation of ‘Age Friendly Tyburn – Creating an Age Friendly Neighbourhood':

Stage 1 Evaluation Report (June 2018 - March 2019)

Stage 2 Evaluation Report (April 2019 - July 2019)