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The OPAG Conference

Making An Age-Friendly Neighbourhood

We held a second conference on Tuesday 29th September from 9.30am-4pm upstairs at the Tobacco Factory Theatre.


Building on the success of our February 2015 mini-conference at Southville Centre, the aim of the day was again to bring together people and organisations from across Bristol providing services and activities for older people who live in the BS3 area of South Bristol, in order to:

• Share information about the different organisations across Bristol which work with older people who live in BS3.
• Showcase what is being done now to reduce isolation/loneliness of older people.
• Tell you more about Our Place and Bristol Ageing Better.
• Discuss how we can come together to make a more 'age-friendly' neighbourhood.

Outline of the day:

  • 9.30 Doors open - entrance on Raleigh Road. There is a lift up to the Tobacco Factory Theatre & bar.
  • 10 - 11.30 Morning speaker session: Bristol Ageing Better, LinkAge, Our Place, CPCE (Combining Personalisation and Community Empowerment)
  • 11.30 - 2pm  Time to talk with each other! There will be a dozen tables set up with information from a range of organisations and we have allowed plenty of time for browsing. So, visit the stalls and mingle. Coffee and teas will be on sale in the bar, and the cafe on the ground floor also sells sandwiches.
  • 2-3.30 Afternoon speaker session: OPAG (Older People's Action Group), Alive!, Social Prescribing Service, WOOP (What's On for Older People)
  • 3.30- 4pm A chance to chat some more & start new conversations

This is the poster we shared

This is the information we sent out:

What is Our Place?
The GBCP Our Place project celebrates the very many older people (aged 50+) who lead full and active lives, often contributing greatly to communities like ours. However, we are aware that some older people become chronically isolated and/or lonely.
• Bristol City Council research suggests that 1 in 10 older people feel very lonely or very isolated; they tend not to have a meaningful conversation or interaction with anyone for a week or two at a time.
• In the GBCP area that’s between 5-600 older people.
• Our work is also seeking to develop ways to stop other older people from becoming isolated and/or lonely.
We want to support those older people who would currently describe themselves as isolated and/or lonely to re-engage with their community in ways that they feel comfortable with and would enjoy.

Why are you inviting us to a conference?
In order to undertake any meaningful work to reduce isolation/loneliness of older people we need to develop an understanding of what life is like for older people in the GBCP area:
• What is good and what is bad about their lives; • What they have got and what they feel is missing; • What they can do and what they find difficult to do that they would like to do; • Why they can do what they do and what they feel is stopping them from being able to do what they would like to do; • If they are not isolated/lonely:
◦ why do they think that they are not isolated/lonely?
◦ what do they think would help to reduce the number of older people who are isolated/lonely?

The views, opinions, experiences and suggestions of older people in the area are critically important in shaping the work and developing ways to achieve the goals of Our Place. We also need to have a clearer idea about what is on offer to older people who live in BS3 from a range of organisations, how they can work more effectively together and where there are gaps.
• It is organisations which provide services for older people, or that older people can join in with, which will be essential in achieving the goals of Our Place and BAB by, for instance, providing choices of things for older people to do.

What will the conference be like?
Arrive at 9:30 for registration for a 10.00 start.  The day will include presentations and plenty of free time for discussion and networking; we will finish by 4pm.  A number of tables will be set-up as a 'market place' for organisations to showcase what they do.

n.b. there will be no refreshments provided but the café-bar will be open.

Any other questions?
If you want to know more or want to book your free ticket please email Ruth Green on<> or phone the Southville Centre on 0117 9231039