Try something new, get involved, have fun.
LinkAge works with people 55+ and local communities to facilitate inspiring social activities that enrich lives, reduce isolation and loneliness and promote active participation.
The charity's motto of ‘Involve, Inspire, Enjoy’ reflects their philosophy, that people 55+ have a right to rich and fulfilling life experiences and have an active place in society. LinkAge provides a mechanism for older people to get involved and to take responsibility/lead developments within their local community.
LinkAge welcomes all people over 55 including people from diverse backgrounds and communities, who might have been effected by isolation and loneliness, to become active citizens in their local community.
Engaging people within their local community helps them to meet new people, learn new skills, develop new friendships and generates resilience to face difficult times. LinkAge is a Bristol based partnership initiated by Bristol City Council and the Older Person’s Partnership Board in 2007. The core partnership consists of Bristol City Council, St Monica Trust, The Anchor Society and Macmillan Cancer Support with individual geographical hubs supported by Bristol and Anchor Almshouse, St Monica Trust and Bristol Charities. LinkAge's work is also now funded by the Cabinet Office’s Local Sustainability Fund and delivered by Big Lottery Fund.
LinkAge also undertakes outreach work in the form of:
linkage - proud to be part of bristol ageing better
Organisations and individuals working together to reduce isolation and loneliness amongst older people across Bristol.
Bristol - A brilliant place to grow old
Bristol Ageing Better (BAB) 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. As part of this, we are applying to the Big Lottery Fund for a significant amount of funding as part of their Fulfilling Lives; Ageing Better Programme. In particular, we want to involve older people themselves in designing and providing services and focus on what is regarded as best practice.
It is thought that 10-15% of older people feel lonely “often” or “always”.
For more information please go to www.bristolageingbetter.org.uk
the key features of our working model are:
We are older person / community led – we
draw together knowledge and expertise from local older people, the community and professionals to support them to develop new activities and connect with isolated older people.
recognise that every community is unique. Only by listening to them –and using the social capital that exists - can we successfully develop communities that are vibrant, active, and value and care for their older people.
We co-operate with others rather than compete, by
proactively developing partnerships with organisations at all levels
- community, citywide, regional, national, international
- voluntary, public, private and educational sector
taking an entrepreneurial approach – each new partnership can generate new opportunities
encouraging and facilitating joint working with organisations with similar goals
raising awareness of all opportunities for older people – not just with LinkAge
We have a clear vision and are action focused - we
have a strong vision and mission, outcome-focused
regularly review our progress to improve what works and discard / learn from what doesn’t
are opportunistic/ solution focused
build in sustainability
Strong, recognised and trusted brand built by proven results that is
led by the community and older people
reputable and trusted
LinkAge is about partnership working and we want to bring communities together to raise awareness about everything that is happening in the local area for people over 55.
We are very grateful for the support that we have already received from; individuals, community groups, charities, volunteers, local support services, housing providers, local businesses and many more. We want to continue to build a network of support to ensure that everyone over 55 has easy access to what you want and what you need.
This could be anything from being able to raise concerns to the local police about safety, finding help around health worries or money worries (which we can help with by signposting), to wanting to set up a Zumba class, join a film club, or learn or improve your computer skills!
LinkAge especially thanks the organisations who have been investing in us since 2007. These are:
LinkAge came out of the Older Persons Partnership Board that sat within Bristol City Council and began with two pilot hubs in Lawrence Hill/Easton and Bedminster/Southville. Due to the innovative practice and success of these two pilot hubs LinkAge is now rolling out across the city.
LinkAge would also like to thank all the people who have supported and continue to support us. as Without you we wouldn’t be able to accomplish what we do. We can accomplish even more by working together. We want to continue to engage with older people and empower them to influence positive change within their communities and the city.
We would also like to say a special thank you to the Older Person's Partnership Board and Bristol Older People's Forum as we wouldn't exist without you. Thank you!
LinkAge is working closely with partners so we can signpost you to different agencies or support services that may be able to help you.
There is normally a small charge to attend activities that are set up through LinkAge as this helps us to covers costs and makes sure that it is sustainable in the longer term.
LinkAge Bristol - Create Centre, Smeaton Road, Bristol, BS1 6XN
Call: 0117 353 3042