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

Let's talk co-production principles

Ageing Better in Birmingham had a conversation with members of their Age of Experience group about the principles of co-production.

Watch it to find out how the programme put co-production into practice from the very beginning of the Ageing Better journey. Find out what Experts by Experience recommend for creating a successful co-production culture, including thoughts on early development and how participation from everyone involved can ensure that co-production principles are embedded at every level of a project.

Ageing with Pride: Co-production with the LGBT+ community - Birmingham LGBT

Ageing Better in Birmingham's LGBT Hub (led by Birmingham LGBT) shared how they co-produced their Ageing with Pride Campaign. How did they work with older and younger LGBT+ community members to co-produce the Ageing with Pride Campaign: a campaign to increase the visibility of the 50+ members of this community, combat ageism within and without the community and break down barriers between different age groups? This includes the rationale behind the campaign, how it was designed and the range of co-production opportunities it offered. The campaign participants came from a wide range of ages, backgrounds, sexualities, gender identities, ethnicities, faiths and life experiences.

Co-production in a super diverse city

How the Ageing Better in Birmingham structured their programme around diversity and how this connects to co-production. Watch from programme partners about how the programme was structured around the diversity of the city and the ways in which they sought to create an inclusive environment. You will hopefully gain some insights and ideas for working with and reaching people from a variety of backgrounds.

Supporting Ageing B.A.M.E. communities

Ageing Better in Birmingham discussed how a co-production approach can be used to support ageing Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. How did the programme develop provision and engage participants in developing other support provision? You will hopefully gain some understanding of the value of widening participation by widening activities, rather than restricting activity to what we think people want.