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

Report published 11th November 2021.

Ageing Better in Camden (ABC) is a partnership of older people and local organisations in Camden with the aim to develop creative ways for people aged over 50 to be actively involved in their local communities to help tackle social isolation and loneliness. ABC is part of Age UK Camden and one of the 14 National Lottery Community Fund Ageing Better programmes across England.

Two years into the Ageing Better in Camden programme, it was apparent that the approach so far had not enabled them to engage with smaller Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (B.A.M.E.) communities in Camden. To address this, ABC designed and developed a B.A.M.E. Community Action Project (CAP) in 2018 which included finding a way to fund, support and develop the capacity of small B.A.M.E.-led organisations to tackle loneliness and social isolation in older people within smaller minority communities in Camden.

A three-tier partnership was developed and commissioned to deliver the project as presented in the figure below. The partnership is currently made up of seven Black-led organisations who plan and deliver activities to older people in their respective communities. This project was funded until December 2021.

Read the report here