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

Ageing Better in Birmingham was a seven-year grassroots, asset-based approach that aimed to create a new movement of community action on ageing and isolation across the city of Birmingham. It had four priority areas: geographic areas with a higher risk of isolation (Sparkbrook and Tyburn) and groups with a higher risk of isolation (older LGBT people and older carers).

Local Action Plans were developed and introduced in each of the priority areas in Year 3 of the programme. They were designed to understand the causes of isolation and, through local interventions, create longer-term positive change for older people within the community.

The Muath Trust was commissioned to deliver the Connect Sparkbrook Local Action Plan project. A consortium of organisations was subcontracted to deliver the six activity streams and were core partners of the project. These were: Ashiana Community Project, The Springfield Project, Narthex Sparkhill and Disability Resource Centre.

The six activity streams were:

  • Venue assessments
  • Volunteer management and social prescribing
  • Social media development and ‘Telling Our Story’
  • Resource development
  • Group development and supporting small organisations
  • Creating activity in open and green spaces

The evaluation provides a primarily qualitative narrative that explores the contribution of the Local Action Plan project to the wider Ageing Better in Birmingham programme aims. An iterative approach to the evaluation was adopted to reflect changes in project delivery.

Evaluation of Connect Sparkbrook Local Action Plan