In June, we announced that we were offering small pots of funding (up to £250) to support new initiatives and events to increase age friendliness in communities and areas across Bristol.
We were really pleased with the response to the launch of the Age Friendly Community Chest,. We are delighted to have recently funded 20 projects, reaching from Southmead to Southville. Some of these projects include such diverse activities as a men’s shed group making a canoe trailer for disadvantaged children, a healthy eating workshop, and an intergenerational dinner with free transport for older people living in sheltered housing. There will also be many open days happening in the next two months. These include picnics in St Werburghs and Bedminster, open days hosted by Dhek Bhal and Bristol Pickleball Club, and tea parties for residents of Hotwells and Redcliffe.
Image: Board games at Sammy's Pop Up Club.
All of these activities will stimulate changes in the communities in which they take place. Intergeneration and multicultural events will provide enjoyable opportunities for education and cultural exchange, allowing people to meet neighbours they might otherwise not have a chance to connect with. Tea parties held by Bristol Charities will give older people the chance to have their voices heard on what makes their community age friendly and what could improve.
There will also be plenty of opportunities for older people who are not socially active to find out more about activities available to them in a welcoming environment.
Here is the full list of activities that funded through the initiative:
|Members of the men’s shed run by All Aboard will build a canoe trailer for use on Duke of Edinburgh expeditions for young people from special needs schools|
|All Aboard!||Age friendly open day at the watersports centre, with refreshments and taster sessions|
|Begbrook Retirement Club||Bingo afternoons and coach trips|
|Brislington & St Annes Monday Club||A coach trip from Bristol to Swanage|
|Bristol & Avon Chinese Womens Group||Workshop on ‘Eating Well and Staying Healthy’, promoting the benefits of diet and exercise in prevention and treatment of diabetes|
|Bristol Black Carers & Sammy's Pop Up Club||4 intergenerational games afternoons in St Pauls|
|Bristol Charities||A community tea for residents of Hotwells interested in increased community provision for over 50s.|
|Bristol Charities||A community tea for residents of Redcliffe interested in increased community provision for over 50s.|
|Bristol Older People’s Forum||Printing of newsletters to enable older people to find out about issues and developments affecting their city and services and activities available to them.|
|Bristol Pickleball Club||Open day to showcase the benefits of the accessible sport, and day trips to fairs in and around Bristol.|
|Bristol Rugby Community Foundation||Boccia and New Age Kurling sessions.|
|Dhek Bhal||Open day including a free South Asian meal and workshops on health, creative writing and information & advice.|
|Knowle West Media Centre & Knowle West Health Park||‘Happy & Active in Knowle West’ event including information stalls, film screenings, dance performances, afternoon tea and guided walks.|
|Malcolm X Elders||Open day including workshops on Caribbean dance, crochet, singing and tea & tech.|
|New Beginnings Day Service||Funding for four days out for attendees of the day service.|
|Southmead Development Trust||Training for volunteers to be able to drive minibuses, enabling them to transport older people from sheltered housing to events such as intergenerational dinners at the Greenway Centre .|
|Southville Community Development Association: The Monday Club||Handmade card workshop and pamper session (both offering free transport to the venue if required).|
|Southville Community Development Association: LILAC project (Local Isolation and Loneliness Action Committee)||Two drop-in sessions for older people to discuss retirement.|
|St Monica Trust and Way Out West||A community picnic for Bedminster residents, including music performances from an older persons’ choir and children from local schools.|
|St Werburghs Community Association||Picnic in the Park in St. Werburghs, including music, arts and entertainment and offering transport and accessible seating for older people.|
The fund was launched in partnership with the Celebrating Age Festival, and highlights from the activities will be showcased at the launch event on 23rd September at City Hall. We’ll soon have a list of the dates and venues of all the Community Chest events, so keep an eye out on the website for the details.