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Communication Examples

Babbers What’s On

The Babbers present a what’s on section every Monday which informs older people about activities and events in the coming weeks. This had proved very useful to raise awareness about what’s on for older people across Bristol and helps those who do have access or are confident using the internet.

The Babbers is a radio show hosted by Ujima Radio that is run by older volunteers that focuses on topics that matter to older people in Bristol.

 

Age UK Bristol - Information and Advice Service

Age UK Bristol offers a free confidential information and advice service for older people, their families and carers. The service is provided by a team of trained volunteers and offers advice and information on a wide range of issues including Benefits and allowances (including Pension Credit & Attendance Allowance), housing, council tax, priority debts, social care services etc.

Age UK Bristol is an independent charity working in Bristol to offer support and services to older people.

 

The Linkage Network

The LinkAge Network produces regular ‘What’s On’ activity guides for people aged 55 and over in Bristol that can be accessed online or from local libraries and community centres.

The LinkAge Network’s mission is to create lasting solutions that reduce social isolation and loneliness, improve health and wellbeing and strengthen communities. It was created in 2007 by the Bristol Older People’s Partnership Board to facilitate community provision for older people.

 

Here We Grow Podcast series

A podcast series funded by BAB and organised by No Bindings that featured over 30 older people talking about the 8 domains and how they related to their life.

No Bindings run by Lily Green is researching how to directly link the audible and printed parts and how to deliver and distribute the product with the greatest care, impact and meaning for those involved.

 

Community Support at Home

North Bristol Advice Centre’s ‘Community Support at Home’ project offers a free home visit service providing information and support to people over 55 in North Bristol to help them stay independent in their homes and combat social isolation. Their friendly and experienced volunteers can visit older people at home, talk through their individual needs, and provide tailor-made help and guidance.

North Bristol Advice Centre provides free and independent advice and support in North Bristol and South Gloucestershire. They specialise in Welfare Benefits and Debt advice, including representation at tribunal, and can provide basic housing and employment advice. 

 

Bristol Older People’s Forum

The aim of the forum is that every older person is an equal, valued, participating member of the community who can influence the decisions which affect their lives. Their activities include meetings with expert and peer speakers sharing information and gathering the views of older people, giving consultation responses and proactive comment on local authority, NHS, national policy and engaging older people to comment themselves.

Bristol Older People’s Forum (BOPF) exists to promote social inclusion for the public benefit by working with those in the City of Bristol who are socially and economically excluded or disadvantaged on the grounds of their age, relieving their needs and supporting their participation in society.

 

Well Aware

Well Aware is an interactive health and well-being website for local people and also offers a phone service where activities can be read out to the listener. The resource provides support around the home, home maintenance and adaptations, help in getting around / transport, personal health services, socialising, exercising and getting out, emotional support, such as counselling and services for ethnic minority communities.

Well Aware is run by The Care Forum, a health and social care voluntary organisation working in partnership with the area’s local authorities and clinical commissioning groups.

 

Volunteer IT Support Sessions

Bristol libraries have volunteer IT support sessions in almost all libraries. Bristol libraries is a public library service offering free access to books and digital resources in 27 branches & online.

 

The BME Working Group

The BME Working Group is undertaking an audit of the current provision of interpreting at Bristol Community Health and Bristol City Council.

The BME Working Group is a collection of organisation in Bristol who work to identify opportunities to work across services in Bristol and South Gloucestershire to improve awareness, early diagnosis and experience of dementia services for people of BME origins with dementia and their carers.

 

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Age-friendly Bristol

An age-friendly city is a city that encourages active ageing by optimising opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance the quality of life as people age - World Health Organisation

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Bristol Ageing Better

Bristol Ageing Better (BAB) is a partnership of individuals and organisations working together to reduce isolation and loneliness among older people in Bristol.

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History

The World Health Organisation have developed a framework for tackling such wide ranging issues in a way which is designed to improve the quality of life of older people – the Age-friendly City network.

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