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Age UK Bristol, the Bristol Ageing Better Partnership, ACFA and Ujima Radio have come together to produce a show relevant to the elderly of Bristol. It can help deliver advice, offer ideas to combat social exclusion and loneliness and generally talk about any issue of concern or interest to the over 50s.
ACFA's very own Gail Bowen-Huggett is one of 8 volunteers trained to research, present and produce the weekly, hour long programme on local community radio station - Ujima 98FM. All the volunteers are over 50, with the oldest being a very spritely 78! Most have never worked in radio before, some have disabilities but all share amazing levels of energy and enthusiasm.
The Babbers Team gather with an aptly named Shaun in the City statue - Alright me Babber?! From left to right you can see: Judith Brown, JK Kennington, Paulette North, Ruth Richardson (sitting), Martin Leett, Gail Bowen-Huggett, Yvonne Hawkins, Sue Spratt, Alan Dyte and Jeeves.
The programme celebrates the elderly. Far too often older people are undervalued and isolated becoming invisible to their communities. ‘Babbers’ seeks to redefine the concept of ageing and accentuate the positive aspects of being an older person; they also aim to tackle some of the harder issues so listeners know about others in the same situation and how they are coping.
The show is now looking for sponsors: for £100 per show, the sponsor will be mentioned at least four times throughout the programme. If you're interested please email Bianca Rossetti.
10 August 2015 A Benefits Special - looking at issues affecting the over 50s
Gail Bowen-Huggett and Ruth Richardson present an advice special with a great panel of advisers from WECIL, WRAMAS, Pensionwise and WE Care and Repair, all of whom provide great services to the older residents of Bristol and surrounding area. The show starts with a discussion as to why £5billion worth of pension credit, housing benefit and council tax benefit goes unclaimed each year by older people. Other topics covered include available benefits, pension advice and a discussion of what housing options are available in later life; free advice is available on all of the topics covered on the show. The following organisations can help:
Welfare Rights and Money Advice Support Service (WRAMAS) or call 0117 352 1888 (closed on Wednesdays)
The West of England Centre for Inclusive Living (WECIL) or call 0117 947 9911
WE Care and Repair or call 0300 323 0700
Age UK Bristol or call 0117 929 7537
Citizens Advice Bureau: Pensionwise or call 0300 330 1001
Listen to the show here
27 July 2015 The Babbers look at the Baby Boomers and discuss what it really means to age these days
Tune in to 98FM or listen online at midday to hear the latest show.
20 July 2015 The Babbers cover a variety of topics
Listen to the show here
13 July 2015 Harbour Festival Special: Messing about on the water!
JK and Ruth present a Harbour Festival special with guests from the Underfall Yard, M-Shed and Dhek Bhal discussing some of the activities we can enjoy as well as ways to improve the reach of the Festival. Alan discusses accessibility and Yvonne, our oldest 'Babber' at 78, seen here with Ujima Presenter and 'Babbers' Trainer, Paulette North, tells us all about her experiences volunteering on The Matthew. Listen to the show here
6 July 2015 Families: can’t live with them, can’t live without them!
Gabbi has recovered and is able to join Gail, JK and Martin for the second show. This time we focus on the important role we still have to play as we get older, continuing to help our children and grandchildren as they get older themselves; we discuss care in all its forms: from looking after our grandkids while parents work through to providing accommodation for grown up children (and grandchildren) and touching on the care we might need ourselves in the future. Guaranteed a lively debate thanks to our guests in the studio: Georgina, Caroline, Carolyne and Oli. Thanks as always to the Ujima team, Mike, Paulette and Isaac for holding our hands in the studio. Listen to the show here
29 June 2015 Launch Show - Introducing the Team
The 'Babbers' Team are unleashed: Gail Bowen-Huggett; Judith Brown (seen here at the mike); Alan Dyte and his guide dog, Jeeves; Yvonne Hawkins; John ‘JK’ Kennington; Martin Leett; Ruth Richardson; Sue Spratt. Unfortunately Gabbi was ill but will be on air for the second show.
The show gives everyone a chance to say how and why they're involved as well as discuss some of the exciting topics that will be covered in forthcoming shows. Listen to the show here