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

During the initial phase of the COVID-19 crisis and the first countrywide lockdown, Ageing Better Groups paused all face-to-face activity. The programme’s community development workers, or “Network Enablers”, encouraged and supported groups to move activity online and utilise the transition fund to prevent social isolation. However, it soon became apparent that digital exclusion was an issue for members in some of the groups that were attempting to adapt activity to maintain social interaction during this challenging time.

To better understand groups’ challenges when migrating online, Ageing Better in Birmingham set up a test and learn project, trialling different approaches such as peer learning to increase digital access and skills amongst participants, and to gain a better understanding of what activities work well online.

This report specifies the learning about this and includes case studies from the programme.

Micro funding to enable digital inclusion