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

These are tips on what you can do to help make your local community a more connected one. 

Stay in touch with your older neighbours, especially those who live alone.
Did you know that in Birmingham, almost 57,000 people over the age of 65 live alone? That increases their risk of social isolation and loneliness. People don't need to be lonely. Anyone can create small moments of connection by reaching out to those who are most vulnerable. By keeping in touch with older people that you live close to, you can help build a more connected community. You can start by saying hello when you meet on the street, in the shop, by the bus stop, on your balcony or front/back garden.

  1. Start an activity that can bring people together where they live.
    We set up a £500,000 community micro fund to help people start new activities in their local area. That gave us a great starting point to learn about what works, and what doesn't. Find out how to:
  2. Get involved with a local organisation.
    People who live and work in your local community are best placed to understand the people and the environment in the area. They will know what's going on, who leads the grassroots community groups there and can help direct you in getting involved in different ways. We worked with many organisations in order to understand Birmingham's diverse communities. Our partner organisations were:

    • Age UK Birmingham, an independent local charity working to support the older people of Birmingham. 
    • Age Concern Birmingham, a local charity committed to older people and communities surrounding the city. 
    • Forward Carers, a West Midlands based carer support service who support people caring for an elderly frail, sick or disabled family member.
    • Birmingham LGBT, the city's leading charity advocating for and supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities in Birmingham.
    • Narthex Sparkhill, a charity supporting Birmingham residents living in Sparkhill, south-east Birmingham. 
    • Compass Support, the charitable arm of the Pioneer Group that delivers services for the benefit of residents living in or near Castle Vale, northeast of Birmingham city centre.

Birmingham's Neighbourhood Network Schemes (known as NNS) help older adults lead healthy happy lives. They operate across all wards in the city. Find out more here.