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About Bristol Ageing Better

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

We create an environment in which our partner organisations can deliver effective services, share their knowledge of what works, and be noticed by the people who matter.

The BAB partnership is led by Age UK Bristol and funded by the National Lottery Community Fund as part of their Fulfilling Lives; Ageing Better programme.

In July 2013 Bristol was shortlisted as one of 32 local authority areas to apply for between £3m and £6m for projects lasting 2-6 years. The Bristol Ageing Better (BAB) partnership was formed and Age UK Bristol were appointed as lead partner in October 2013 after a lengthy consultation process with older people and VCS organisations.

Currently BAB is a partnership of over 150 organisations interested in reducing isolation and loneliness among older people. Our partners represent a very wide spectrum of organisations, including statutory, voluntary and commercial organisations. Delivery of the 16 projects within the programme will be undertaken by BAB partner organisations.

The Programme Management Team, based at Age UK Bristol, is responsible for commissioning delivery partners and the ongoing project management and evaluation. The BAB programme is overseen by the Programme Board, made up of strategic partner organisations and local older people.

In July 2014 Bristol was selected as one of only 14 areas in the country to be awarded Ageing Better funding from the Big Lottery Fund. We have received £5.9million for a programme lasting until March 2020.


The programme aims to reduce isolation and loneliness in older people in Bristol through 16 projects across 4 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 the services and activities available

4. Support Individuals to live fulfilling lives

Details of the partnership, projects and programme can be found on the Bristol Ageing Better website.