Reducing social isolation among older people in England.
The Big Lottery Fund are investing £70 million in England to improve the lives of older people.
Listen to Ron who has used his own experience of isolation to help us shape our investment as part of our co-design group.
The Big Lottery Fund is now in the process of creating the Centre for Ageing Better, a £50m world-leading hub for the gathering and application of evidence to identify what makes for a better quality of life in older age, combining the highest standards of evidence generation with a commitment to practical change.
With the aim of empowering older people to stay active, healthier and happier for longer, it will promote the positive role they play within society and actively engage older people in the shaping of its work.
Thirty two Local Authority areas across England have today been shortlisted for a share in a £70 million funding package under the Big Lottery Fund’s Fulfilling Lives: Ageing Better programme tackling social isolation for vulnerable older people. The area partnerships will be led by local voluntary organisations.
The areas have been selected out of 100 identified Local Authorities applying for funding of between £2 million and £6 million for activities that will engage older people in key decision making and shaping priorities for local action.
Launched in March and delivered in association with the Daily Mail, the initiative will make funding available in around 15 to 20 local areas, over a period of up to six years, to pilot area-wide, voluntary service led local authority partnership projects to improve the lives of older people. Awards will be made in Spring 2014.
Fulfilling Lives: Ageing Better is part of The Fund’s older people investments which in total is pledging at least £160 million (see notes to editors for breakdown) to support initiatives that respond to the needs of vulnerable older people in England and across the UK through to 2015.
Nat Sloane Big Lottery Fund England Chair said: “An ageing society can be an opportunity rather than a threat if we plan for it. Fulfilling Lives; Ageing Better is a timely investment in projects and initiatives that will help us all to look ahead and build a plan for future generations of older people to enjoy a better quality of life.
“The Big Lottery Fund is placing older people in the driving seat of change, ensuring their voices are at the heart of the design and delivery of this £70m investment in tackling social isolation.”
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