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

Here we have gathered publications specific to social isolation and loneliness in Birmingham. 

Grassroots groups and community development resources
  • Asset-Based Community Development
  • How you can make a difference in your community
  • Top tips for setting up a local group
  • Overcoming barriers to joining in activities
  • Involving older adults in creating services and activities (coproduction)
  • Coproduction with diverse communities
  • Coproduction with the LGBT+ Community (video)
  • Coproduction in a super-diverse city (video)
  • Supporting ageing Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities (video)
  • Co-production principles (video)
  • Getting older men involved in activities
  • Acocks Green Men in Sheds share their experiences
  • Women's-only groups reduce social isolation
  • Intergenerational activities
  • Digital tools for creating grassroots activity
  • Building social connections with older adults remotely
  • Micro funding to enable digital inclusion
  • The role of local organisations in reducing loneliness and social isolation
  • Tyburn Walking Maps

Evaluations linked to Ageing Better in Birmingham
  • Tyburn Hub Local Action Plan (no link)
    • Tyburn Local Action Plan Evaluation
    • Tyburn Local Action Plan project evaluation 2020
    • Age Friendly Tyburn "The Built Environment" - Stage 1 evaluation report
    • Age Friendly Tyburn "The Built Environment" - Stage 2 evaluation report
      • Age Friendly Tyburn Audit report 2019 (101 pages)
      • Age friendly Tyburn Audit 2019 - Appendices
  • Sparkbrook Local Action Plan "Connect Sparkbrook" (no link)
    • Connect Sparkbrook Evaluation
  • LGBT Hub Local Action Plan: Ageing with Pride
    • Ageing with Pride Campaign Evaluation
    • Ageing with Pride marketing and communications: end of campaign review
    • Ageing with Pride: Co-production with the LGBT+ Community (video)
  • Carers Hub Local Action Plan: Carers Voice (no link)
    • Carers Voice Evaluation - Executive Summary
    • Carers Voice Evaluation
  • COVID-19
    • Adapting to COVID: Guidance for community groups
    • Risk Assessment template for community groups during COVID-19