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

Maintaining social connections with older people remotely

Socialising and feeling you’re a part of a community is important for mental and physical wellbeing. But for many older people it can be difficult to maintain an active social life due to reduced mobility, health issues or living far from family and friends.

The COVID-19 pandemic and associated social distancing measures have exacerbated these challenges with people not being able to meet friends face-to-face or attend their usual activities. However, avoiding close contact with other people does not mean that you should feel more isolated. Community networks supported by Ageing Better in Birmingham have come up with different ways to build and maintain social connections, even while staying at home. In this briefing, we share some insights and learning to help you keep the social activity going remotely. We include real-life examples, tips and suggestions and identify the best social networks and platforms to use for different purposes.

Staying connected (case studies from Birmingham's community groups during the pandemic)

This short guide is for anyone who organises community groups. It o­ffers guidance and resources to help groups recover from the disruption of COVID-19 and adapt activity. By helping people to connect, Ageing Better groups have made a positive di­fference in the lives of thousands of Brummies. The pandemic and measures taken to protect us have impacted everyone, and in this document, local groups in Birmingham share what they did during the pandemic. It also summarised the government guidance at the time and explored practical implications of restarting activity.

Coming soon: 

A community in lockdown: local theatre move rehearsals online