Bristol Ageing Better (BAB)

The Bristol Ageing Better (BAB) programme is £5.9million of Lottery funding for Bristol and is a partnership working to reduce social isolation and loneliness among older people and help them live fulfilling lives.

The BAB programme aims to reduce isolation and loneliness in older people in Bristol across four main themes:
1. Creating the Conditions to reduce and prevent loneliness
2. Identifying and Informing older people at risk of loneliness
3. Working with Communities to increase services & activities available
4. Supporting Individuals to live fulfilling lives

The Care Forum is pleased to be working in several areas with Bristol Ageing Better:

Greater Fishponds Community Champions
The Community Champions is an exciting new project which will enable local people to make connections and get more involved with other people and groups in their communities. This project will run for two years working within the neighbourhoods of Hillfields, Frome Vale and Eastville and we will be inviting residents of Greater Fishponds to act as:
• Community Champions –who will be given full support and training in asset based community development to work in the community so they can identify gaps in services and develop projects which will support people to make connections with other local people and groups in their community.
• Considerate Friends – who will be trained and supported to visit premises, facilities, activities and services to make assessments and recommendations to ensure they are age appropriate.
• Sign posters – members of the community with access to older people such as business owners and those who work in the area who can help promote the project by having posters and leaflets.
• Steering group member – The project will be overseen by a steering group made up of local people who will guide the direction of the project.
While the target audience for the project is the over 50’s living in Hillfields, Frome Vale and Eastville, and we are aiming for 50% of our volunteers to meet these criteria, recruitment to the roles is not exclusive to these criteria and we would welcome anyone with an interest to get involved.

If you are interested in getting involved as a volunteer, or on the steering group please contact Claire Littlejohn Greater Fishponds Community Champions Project Worker or 0117 958 9325 the role descriptions can also be found
Please note my working days are Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays

BAB Community Navigator Partnership
This partnership will provide BAB Community Navigators to work across communities, providing one to one support for the loneliest older people in Bristol.
Community Navigator volunteers will provide older people with support to help them feel less lonely, healthier and happier. This will take the form of spending a few hours each week to visiting isolated older people over about three sessions.
Community Navigator volunteers will also explore with older people their interests and signpost to local activities and groups which they may find interesting. A vital part of this service is that Community Navigator volunteers will also join the older person at these events to start with to provide a bit of extra support.

If you are interested in getting involved as a Community Navigator Volunteer, please contact Greg to register your interest on 0117 900 2648 or email him at Training and support will be offered to help you in your role.

Voluntary Sector Service Development within the BAB Community Navigator Partnership
The Care Forum will be supporting voluntary sector services providing support to older people across East, Central and South Bristol, as a partner within the BAB Community Navigator scheme. The Voluntary Service Sector Development Officer will work with services and communities to increase the number of available activites and support for older people.
TCF can offer opportunities for local organisations to develop service provision within their communities by signposting to small funding grants to support expansion, training and equipment. The aim is for services to provide quality, appropriate and accessible support to older people across these areas. TCF will support the maintenance of the WellAware database, and ensure information is updated to support the work of the Community Navigator volunteers. For more information contact Business Support on 0117 9654444 or

For more information about the Community Navigators Project visit the Bristol Community Health website

First Contact
The Bristol Ageing Better (BAB) First Contact scheme is a partnership of agencies in Bristol including: Bristol City Council, Avon Fire & Rescue, advice agencies and charities.
The partnership is trying to ensure that any residents over the age of 50 in Bristol are able to access the services and support they may need.
Bristol Ageing Better is a wide Partnership of older people and organisations across Bristol who are working together to develop services and support for older people that address isolation and loneliness.
For more information contact Well Aware