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Ageing Better

Birmingham LGBT can support individuals or groups of LGBT people as part of the Ageing Better in Birmingham programme

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What is Ageing Better?

Ageing Better is an exciting initiative for people aged 50 and over, offering the opportunity to get involved in events, activities, meeting new people and exchanging new ideas about how 50+ can connect with each other.

Ageing Better in Birmingham can support people of all ages to set up new groups and activities which will be attractive to people who are 50 and over. If you’ve got a hobby or interest to share, a good idea to develop, or simply if you want to get out and socialise more, Ageing Better can help. Ageing Better in Birmingham will also offer opportunities for 50+ people to get involved with discussion and decision-making, to provide solutions to combat the social isolation that people may face as they get older.

Birmingham LGBT runs the Ageing Better LGBT Hub, which can provide practical support, access to finance and promotion of LGBT groups and activities, so that 50+ LGBT people can have a wider range of options for socialising and making new friends.

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What would you like to do?

  • Would you like to get together with others for tea cake and chat?
  • Perhaps you fancy going on a trip to a place you’ve never been before?
  • Do you have a special interest in books, films, handicrafts? Or perhaps you like to talk about spirituality, history, LGBT rights?
  • Fancy taking the plunge and meeting new people, making new friends?
  • Would you like to share your hobby, interest or favourite place to visit with others?
  • Do you think more can be done to support LGBT people as they get older, so they don’t become isolated and alone, or have to ‘go back into the closet’?

Then the Ageing Better LGBT Hub wants to hear from you!

You can:

Join in Ageing Better Network activities
You can find out about what activities are planned by clicking on the ‘View All Events’ button on this page. You can also sign up to receive the LGBT Hub newsletter by email or post. If you’ve got ideas about the kind of events you’d like to take part in, we would love to hear from you.

Set up Ageing Better Network activities
The LGBT Hub can also help you set up your own Ageing Better Network and run your own group or activities. If you are already in a group, it can become an Ageing Better Network and get supported to develop and try new ideas.

Join the LGBT 50+ Forum: ‘Ageing Well Together’
And contribute towards creating a better life for LGBT people who are 50 and over. Ageing Well Together meets once every two months to discuss the issues LGBT face as they get older and what can be done to tackle the root causes of social isolation for the community. The group also organises other activities which anyone is welcome to attend.

Join the ‘Age of Experience’ group
Designing activities, scrutinising the work of the programme and meeting up with other 50+ people from all walks of life – the Age of Experience group acts as an advisory voice to the Ageing Better in Birmingham Programme, with support and training.

How can we help you?

Whether you want to set up a new group, or you are developing an existing group – we can help.

Whether you are experienced in running a group or you’ve never done it before – we can help.

Whether your idea just needs a bit of practical support, or you need funding to get it going – we can help.

Whether your activity is for the benefit of part of the LGBT community, the whole community, or open to all communities – we can help.

Whether your group is all 50+ or a mix of age ranges – we can help.

If your group is reaching out to isolated LGBT people who are 50 or over – you can become an Ageing Better group.

If you are a person who wants to get out and about, make new friends and try new experiences - you can join Ageing Better groups.

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Getting Started: help with setting up or developing your Ageing Better group

We will arrange an informal meeting to discuss the kind of activity and group you’d like to set up, look at the ideas you have and the people you know would like to be involved and see how your group can become an Ageing Better group.

We can look at what is needed to set up your group, in terms of funding, practical support and access to other resources. We can also look at different ways to reach out to isolated LGBT people who can really benefit from your group and activities.

If your group activities require funding, we can assist with your application to the Ageing Better Fund; helping you work out what you need and how much it will cost.

The Ageing Better Fund can pay towards the costs of events and activities set up by groups for the benefit of older people. Grants range from £50 to £2000.

For example, it could pay for:

  • Publicity costs
  • Food and drink
  • Vehicles or transport
  • A trainer or facilitator

The LGBT Hub is now offering FREE training to members of the community who are interested in setting up activities, or who already organise but would like to develop their skills. The training takes place on Saturday 11th November, from 9.30am to 4pm, at Birmingham LGBT Centre, and lunch is included. More details on this infosheet.

Getting the message out there: promotion of your Ageing Better group

We will use the assets of Birmingham LGBT and Ageing Better in Birmingham to promote your group and support you to set up your own promotional activity.

We can help with:

  • Designing a flyer
  • Writing a press release
  • Setting up social media accounts, e.g. Facebook
  • Joining mailing lists

and much more.

Once you’re group has activities to promote, we also include them in a monthly ‘listings’ document, which we can print out and make available to you, as well as promoting in social media and other publications and websites. Check out What’s Going On.

LGBT Hub October 2017 Newsletter

LGBT Hub September 2017 Newsletter

 

Having your say: 50+ Forum "Ageing Well Together"

We have set up a Forum for older LGBT people, to enable them to have a voice and influence in planning services relevant to their needs.

It is important that the voices of older LGBT people are heard by decision makers. Ageing Well Together provides a safe place to hold discussions and bring in ideas.

Ageing Better in Birmingham has funding to invest in practical solutions which can tackle the root causes of social isolation for older LGBT people, and you can help decide what these solutions could be.

Ageing Well Together meets every other month to discuss a wide range of topics, and also organises other activities. Get in touch for more information.

 

What's going on? sharing information and linking with other groups

Birmingham LGBT is linked with many community groups and statutory and voluntary sector organisations, which may be able to support your group or individual members.

Linking with other groups and agencies will help sustain and build your group.

We produce a monthly list of events which Ageing Better LGBT groups are organising. You can download them here:

October 2017

September 2017

We will arrange an informal meeting to discuss the kind of activity and group you’d like to set up, look at the ideas you have and the people you know would like to be involved and see how your group can become an Ageing Better group.

We can look at what is needed to set up your group, in terms of funding, practical support and access to other resources. We can also look at different ways to reach out to isolated LGBT people who can really benefit from your group and activities.

If your group activities require funding, we can assist with your application to the Ageing Better Fund; helping you work out what you need and how much it will cost.

The Ageing Better Fund can pay towards the costs of events and activities set up by groups for the benefit of older people. Grants range from £50 to £2000.

For example, it could pay for:

  • Publicity costs
  • Food and drink
  • Vehicles or transport
  • A trainer or facilitator

The LGBT Hub is now offering FREE training to members of the community who are interested in setting up activities, or who already organise but would like to develop their skills. The training takes place on Saturday 11th November, from 9.30am to 4pm, at Birmingham LGBT Centre, and lunch is included. More details on this infosheet.

We will use the assets of Birmingham LGBT and Ageing Better in Birmingham to promote your group and support you to set up your own promotional activity.

We can help with:

  • Designing a flyer
  • Writing a press release
  • Setting up social media accounts, e.g. Facebook
  • Joining mailing lists

and much more.

Once you’re group has activities to promote, we also include them in a monthly ‘listings’ document, which we can print out and make available to you, as well as promoting in social media and other publications and websites. Check out What’s Going On.

LGBT Hub October 2017 Newsletter

LGBT Hub September 2017 Newsletter

 

We have set up a Forum for older LGBT people, to enable them to have a voice and influence in planning services relevant to their needs.

It is important that the voices of older LGBT people are heard by decision makers. Ageing Well Together provides a safe place to hold discussions and bring in ideas.

Ageing Better in Birmingham has funding to invest in practical solutions which can tackle the root causes of social isolation for older LGBT people, and you can help decide what these solutions could be.

Ageing Well Together meets every other month to discuss a wide range of topics, and also organises other activities. Get in touch for more information.

 

Birmingham LGBT is linked with many community groups and statutory and voluntary sector organisations, which may be able to support your group or individual members.

Linking with other groups and agencies will help sustain and build your group.

We produce a monthly list of events which Ageing Better LGBT groups are organising. You can download them here:

October 2017

September 2017

Want to find out more?

Get in touch

For an informal chat, please contact us using the contact form or email below

Maria Hughes, Network Enabler, Ageing Better LGBT Hub

mariahughes@blgbt.org

0121 643 0821

Help with setting up your Network

We can meet and discuss the kind of activity and network you’d like to set up, look at the ideas you have and the people you know would like to be involved and see how this can become an Ageing Better Network.

We can look at what is needed to set up your network, in terms of funding and practical support, and access to other resources. We can also work out how you can demonstrate that your Network is achieving the Ageing Better Principles.

If your network/ activity requires funding, we can assist with your application to the Ageing Better Fund; helping you work out what you need and how much it will cost.

The Ageing Better Fund can pay towards the costs of events and activities set up by groups for the benefit of older people. Grants range from £50 to £2000.

For example, it could pay for:

  • Publicity costs
  • Food and drink
  • Vehicles or transport
  • A trainer or facilitator

Contact the Network Enabler for more details.

Promotion of your Network

We can use the assets of Birmingham LGBT to promote your Network, through social media and other free advertising; as well as linking in with the wider promotion of Ageing Better in Birmingham. we can also support you to set up your own promotions.

We can help with:

  • Designing a flyer
  • Writing a press release
  • Setting up social media accounts, e.g. Facebook
  • Joining mailing lists

and much more

Older LGBT People’s Forum

We will set up a Forum for older LGBT people, to enable them to have a voice and influence in planning services relevant to their needs.

It is important that the voices of older LGBT people are heard by decision makers. This Forum can provide a safe place to hold discussions and bring in ideas.

Ageing Better in Birmingham: The LGBT Perspective

An opportunity for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities around Birmingham to discuss tackling the causes of social isolation for LGBT people who are 50 and over

Birmingham LGBT is holding an Ageing Better event for members of the community who are interested in discussing how to ‘age better’: how to stay socially connected and supported by each other and how social investment could be utilised to strengthen these community networks.

The event will be based around two workshops, which will look at:

  • The issues older LGBT people face, and how the LGBT community can work with other stakeholders to tackle the root causes of social isolation.
  • ‘Asset mapping’ the LGBT community: finding out the places and people who support the LGBT communities in Birmingham.

This event will also be the launch of the Older LGBT People’s Forum, a membership group which will give a voice to older LGBT people, to enable them to discuss issues in further depth, influence the Ageing Better in Birmingham programme and feed into the LGBT Local Action Plan: investment in the LGBT community.

This event is for anyone who identifies as lesbian, gay, bi or trans who lives, works or socialises in Birmingham. We are especially keen to encourage LGBT people who are 50 and over to attend.

This is a free event, and lunch is provided. If you have any specific dietary requirements, please contact the organiser – details below.

If you do not fall into this group but you are still interested in the event, or wish to find out more about Ageing Better in Birmingham (LGBT Hub), contact Maria Hughes on 0121 643 0821 or email mariahughes@blgbt.org

Links with other LGBT and/ or older groups

Birmingham LGBT is linked with many community groups and statutory and voluntary sector organisations, which may be able to support your Network or individual Network members.

Linking with other groups and agencies will help sustain and build your Network.

AGEING BETTER NETWORK EVENTS