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Social Participation Examples

Active Together

Active Together is a partnership project which is based at Age UK Bristol.

The project matches volunteers with people living with dementia with whom they share an interest. Each matched pair go out regularly and participate in a shared interest or activity – current outings include cycling, meditation classes, visiting galleries and simply going for a walk and a cup of tea.

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


Active Ageing

Active Ageing Bristol is implementing a sustainable framework and strategy for the development of sport and physical activity for people 55 and over across the greater Bristol area by developing opportunities for older people that are designed to maximise their involvement and build upon their strengths such as walking football and rowing for older people.

Through working collaboratively with key strategic partners and providers, more local people will get into sports and physical activity, volunteering and coaching.

Active Ageing Bristol is a new initiative engaging and enabling people to be active, healthy and happy in later life. In partnership with Bristol Sport Foundation, The Anchor Society and St Monica Trust, with support from LinkAge Network Bristol – Active Ageing (Bristol) has created one of the UK’s first sport and physical activity programmes for older people.


Babbers -What’s On Guide

Every week the Babbers radio show produces a ‘What’s On Guide’ that highlights various activities and things of interest taking place in the city that older people might be keen to go to or take part in. 

The Babbers radio show is run by older volunteers that focuses on topics that matter to older people in Bristol. It is broadcast every Monday between 12pm and 2pm on Ujima Radio.


Tech & Talk computer cafes

BS3 Community have been working with local organisations and the community for a number of years to make their area age friendly, specifically improving wellbeing and reducing social isolation. Projects include supporting Tech & Talk computer cafes that are run in local cafes and offer people the chance to drop in, have a chat and ask for any help needed with tablets, laptops and mobiles.

BS3 Community is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee. As a social enterprise we reinvest any surplus generated from our profitable services into educational, arts, environmental and social projects that we either run directly or support partners to deliver.


BS3 Helping Others

The central vision for this group is the belief that everyone has gifts and talents to share. By becoming involved with others we both give and receive. Volunteers are often in some sort of transition:  from work into retirement; adjusting to having moved home; wanting to change jobs/careers or get back into work after a period of ill health.

BS3 Helping Others was set up in May 2016. When Catherine Wescott arrived in Bristol she didn’t know anyone but wanted to give to the community in some way. Through a random post on Facebook offering help she received encouragement to develop what has become BS3 Helping Others (BS3HO)


BAB Community Navigators

This project offers free signposting and support to older people who want to feel less isolated and more involved in their community. It has been developed to improve older peoples’ wellbeing and social participation by connecting them to activities in the community. The service proactively maps existing activities and supports older people to find and access the most relevant and interesting opportunities. Knowing that many people don’t have the confidence to access new opportunities, the Community Navigators may initially attend the first few sessions with the participant.

Community Navigators Bristol is run by a partnership of trusted local organisations combining their community expertise.  Bristol Community Health is leading the service in south, east and central Bristol, and North Bristol Advice Centre is leading the service in north Bristol.


Asset Based Community Development

Bristol has a range of Asset Based Community Development Projects running across the city that engage and empower older people. Bristol Council’s Community Development team work in targeted areas to work with communities in order to improve their area.

Bristol Ageing Better commissioned 9 organisations to deliver different community development projects with the aim of reducing isolation and increasing social participation.


Growing Bolder

Growing Bolder offers a three day training course that helps those who are over 55 to run their own group. This could be a friends group, a hobby, sports, green or politics group for older people. The training covers creating exciting lessons, publicity and PR, signing people up, troubleshooting, funding, tax, legal status, and keeping the group safe, interesting and grounded.

Growing Bolder uses creativity to bring older people together and challenge them to meet new people and try new things, thereby reducing loneliness and isolation.


Talking Tables

This project engages older people in cookery sessions at 3 of Bristol’s city farms, encouraging shared cooking and a better understanding of produce. The groups also provide an opportunity to meet and socialise with other people.

LinkAge Network is leading this project in partnership with three of Bristol’s city farms; Lawrence Weston Community Farm, St Werburghs City Farm and Windmill Hill City Farm.

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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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The Partnership

Age-friendly Bristol is a partnership made up of Bristol Ageing Better, Age UK Bristol and Bristol City Council.

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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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