March 31 sees end of Bristol Ageing Better and First Contact projects

The Care Forum specialises in improving the health and wellbeing of people across the South West.

Recently, some of the ways we’ve been doing this has been through supporting local older people to stay connected with their community with our Bristol Ageing Better funded Greater Fishponds Community Champions project, and by our involvement in the Community Navigator Partnership, which supports voluntary sector services to provide support to older people across East, Central and South Bristol, as a partner within the BAB Community Navigator scheme.

At Greater Fishponds Community Champions, we’ve helped people over the age of fifty to build connections and create lasting relationships by getting involved in their local community. By reducing isolation and loneliness, this helps to improve the health and well-being of our participants and at the same time, it serves to strengthen the Greater Fishponds community at large, creating a vibrant and thriving area for local residents.

The project has run for three years, and will be finishing on March 31st 2020. The project was managed by The Care Forum. The Care Forum is part of the Bristol Ageing Better (BAB) partnership. Led by Age UK, the partnership has £5.9 million in Lottery funding for Bristol and includes 150 organisations working together to reduce social isolation and loneliness among people over 50, helping them live fulfilling lives. There have been many success stories during this projects existence and you can find out more about them here.

The Care Forum would like to thank everyone involved in supporting or engaging with these projects over the past 3 years.

 Another service drawing to a close at the end of March is the First Contact Scheme, which helps the over 50s to access basic services and support in Bristol. People can complete the First Contact checklist through a number of means, including through partnerships agencies, online or by post. The checklist allows service users to check the box of any service or organisation they wish to be contacted by, with all forms being processed centrally by The Care Forum.

 Some of the First Contact partners and their associated services include Age UK for financial advice, Centre for Sustainable Energy for energy advice, and Avon Fire & Rescue for fire safety visits. In the past year nearly 100 people around Bristol have been able to access basic services and support through this scheme.

 The Care Forum continues to provide a wide range of services in both Bristol, B&NES, Swindon and South Gloucestershire – if you want to find out more or how you can get involved, then please get in touch.