Ageing Better aims to support people aged over 50 who are experiencing or at risk of social isolation and loneliness, so that they can lead more fulfilling lives, better connected to their communities.
14 local partnerships will work to ensure that people aged 50 and over are:
- less isolated and lonely
- actively involved in their communities, with their views and participation valued more highly
- more engaged in the design and delivery of services that improve their social connections
- recognised for their positive contribution to society.
Ageing Better also supports:
- services that improve social connections to be better planned, co-ordinated and delivered
- the development of better evidence about how to reduce isolation and loneliness for people aged over 50, in order to improve the design of services in the future.
Our fifth thematic learning report is on the topic of micro-funding.
We have found that micro-funding was a powerful approach that enabled our partnerships to reach underserved communities and put people aged 50+ in the lead to develop the projects and assets most important to them.
To find out more please read our summary report which gives an overview of the approach and it benefits here: Micro-funding: Empowering Communities to Create Grassroots Change
This is complemented by our detailed evaluation report, which supports the findings and our technical report, which explains the research methodology.
Many of our Ageing Better partnerships have been working on Community Connector and Social Prescribing type schemes, which were reviewed in our report from November 2018: Learning report 2 – Community Connector schemes. The following video explores experiences of people aged over 50 involved in these schemes and the positive effects on their lives at two of our partnerships: Brightlife Cheshire and Ageless Thanet.
People in the Lead
Each of the 14 local partnerships use the strengths and assets of people aged over 50 and the wider community to find what works best in their area. People aged over 50 are driving decision-making and governance, and play a key role in co-designing and delivering project activities.
As a result, services will be better planned, more coordinated and delivered in a way that works for the local community.
The Centre for Ageing Better
We have awarded a ten-year, £50 million endowment to The Centre for Ageing Better. Their aim is to support a good quality of life in older age and promote the benefits of an ageing society by bridging the gap between research, evidence and practice. The Centre is part of the What Works Network in England.