Age friendly scheme for local cafes
Age UK Bristol, through its project Friends Ageing Better (FAB), has been working with cafes and businesses in Bishopston and across Bristol to bring people aged 50 and above together to find out what’s going on locally, helping people make local connections.
Silvia Jimenez Cruz, FAB project worker, says: “We know that many older people can experience isolation, particularly after losing a partner or through reduced health and mobility, or retiring from their jobs. FAB works with local businesses and organisations to provide older people with incentives and opportunities to get out and about, meet neighbours and enjoy more of what the city has to offer.”
FAB runs regular café meet ups, called ‘catch up cafes’ across Bristol to bring people together. These can happen in a number of different locations, in high street cafes, community centres, even in a Sikh Temple. They are calling on cafes to sign up to FAB and offer a discount for older people in Bristol and/or host one of the ‘catch ups’.
Cafes can offer a discount or incentive to encourage older people in on a particular day or time, to encourage more customers to come through the door during quiet times. By offering discounts for people at quiet times, you can also encourage older people in your community to get out and about and socialise.
For example Boston Tea Party on Gloucester Road offers a reduction on tea and cake on a Tuesday afternoon during the monthly catch up café session. Other businesses such as Alchemy 198, have stepped up and provide a discount on drinks during the week evenings, as well as hosting a very popular disco for over 50s on the last Wednesday of the month.
FAB membership stands at around 1,000 older people and growing – it’s completely free for over 50s to join and requires minimal information. FAB members are invited to catch up cafes in their neighbourhood, special events such as tours and talks at places of interests and discounts from cafes and local businesses.
Please visit www.ageukbristol.org.uk or call 0117 440 4301 for more information.
If you run a business and would like to make it more age-friendly by encouraging older people to come as customers, please get in touch with the Friends Ageing Better team on 0117 440 4301 or email firstname.lastname@example.org