200k Fund to tackle loneliness and isolation in Torbay

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(Last Updated On: May 25, 2017)

A new £200,000 fund has been launched in Torbay, for local organisations and groups to tackle loneliness and isolation in people over the age of 50.

Ageing Well Torbay, a 6 year, Big Lottery funded project to end loneliness and isolation launched a £200,000 Innovation Fund this week, on Monday 22nd May. Available tenders range between £5000 – £25,000 and are open to organisations that can demonstrate they can tackle the 3 key aims of the fund; which are to increase the range of affordable activities available, increase the opportunities for people to benefit from the skills of older people and finally to create better access to affordable technology for information and social connection, as well as increased opportunities between generations to connect.

Ageing Well Torbay are recruiting a panel of older people who will be responsible for making the recommendations as to which projects or activity should receive funding. Applicants over 50 who would like to be on the panel should contact Sue McDermott at Ageing Well Torbay 01803 212638 to register their interest. The closing date for tenders will be the 18th July with a number of information events being held throughout June about the Innovation Fund. More information about the fund can be obtained by phoning Ageing Well Torbay or through Torbay council’s contracts portal.

Sue McDermott, Programme Manager for Ageing Well Torbay says of the launch “Launching the Innovation Fund is a very proud and important moment for the Ageing Well Torbay programme. It creates the opportunity for many groups and organisations to be involved in changing Torbay resident’s experience of being an older person in the area using their ideas, creativity and specialisms.  Equally it enables older people to be in the driving seat of the activities they would like to see funded by and incorporated within the Ageing Well programme.”

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