Solutions for an Ageing Society

Final deadline: 15 June 2018

If you have the talent and determination to come up with a new, sustainable venture to meet the needs and aspirations of an ageing population you may be eligible to apply for a Solutions for an Ageing Society grant. Please read on...

There are currently two programmes running in the South West which aim to improve the experience of ageing and which are seeking to identify, fund and support people who want to make a positive difference to later life; we refer to these people as ‘social entrepreneurs’. Both programmes are committed to helping social entrepreneurs to develop their skills and networks to start and grow their social enterprises over time. The two programmes have slightly different emphasises, are funded by different organisations and delivered in collaboration with different partners, but cover the same geographical areas: Somerset; Devon (including Plymouth and Torbay); Cornwall.

We know that people need different types of support at different stages of developing their ideas and enterprises. All the organisations involved in delivering these programmes are committed to working together to ensure that social entrepreneurs receive the right support, at the right time, to help them progress their ideas. We work closely together to ensure that applicants are referred to the most appropriate scheme – all you need to do is get in contact with us to discuss your ideas!

Solutions for an Ageing Society

Offering strategic support and grant awards to social entrepreneurs who are determined to meet the needs and aspirations of people in later life: the programme is looking for early stage social entrepreneurs; people working in the social impact space already; entrepreneurs passionate about making our ageing society a better place; or just people with a bright idea to make life better for older people.

Somerset-based individuals can find more information and application details below.

Devon-based individuals can find more information and application details on Devon Community Foundation's website.

Transform Ageing

Taking a design-led approach to improving people’s experience of ageing: with a £3.65m fund from the Big Lottery, this new cross-sector initiative will bring together people in later life, social entrepreneurs and health and social care leaders to define, develop and deliver new solutions that better support the needs and aspirations of our ageing communities. More information and application details are available on the Transform Ageing webpage.

HOW CAN WE HELP?

We want to harness the experience, expertise and innovation of people to help deal with the challenges, and meet the needs and aspirations, of an ageing population. We are working with UnLtd (the foundation for social entrepreneurs) the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and South West Academic Health Science Network, who recently launched Solutions for an Ageing Society. The programme will offer strategic support and cash for Awards to social entrepreneurs who are determined to meet the needs and aspirations of people in later life.

WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

We are looking for people who have the talent and determination to come up with new, sustainable ventures creating the social impact we need;  problem solvers and ideas people.

We are looking for early stage social entrepreneurs. It could be people working in the social impact space already, entrepreneurs passionate about making our ageing society a better place or it could mean people with just a bright idea to make life better for older people.

We believe radical new approaches are needed to address the challenges and opportunities associated with our ageing population, including poverty and disadvantage. So, we want to connect with the social entrepreneurs who have the energy, innovation and skills to make a real difference.

AMOUNT

The awards are between £500 and £5,000 plus practical support to help you turn your ideas into a reality. We will provide advice and, where appropriate, signpost you to training and mentoring opportunities to give your venture the best chance of success.

CRITERIA

To make sure you and your venture are eligible, please read the Criteria here. Please note, the deadline to apply is June 30, 2018.

TO APPLY

Initially, applicants complete an Expression of Interest by phone. Please call Jocelyn on 01749 344949. If successful at this stage, you will be invited to complete a full application.

CASE STUDY

Our first 'Do It' award from our 'Solutions for an Ageing Society' programme in partnership with UnLtd and funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and the South West Academic Health Science Network, was awarded to Rosina. If you have the talent and determination to come up with a new, sustainable venture to meet the needs and aspirations of an ageing population you too may be eligible to apply for a small grant. Read our case study below:

Rosina, a resident of Wells, writes a column in the local newspaper about loneliness and wellbeing.  She is passionate about developing a supportive community of people who will share their wisdom and knowledge with their peers and develop a 'sense of self', something she says can often be lacking in older people.  A grant of £2,500 will help her set up a friendship group that will ultimately become self sustaining by making craft items to sell at local markets. 

Find out about some established social entrepreneurs, their inspiration and their journeys:

Oomph! keeping care home residents active and improving wellbeing

Memory Matters - giving people living with dementia the respect they deserve

Sporting Memories - sport loving social entrepreneurs tackling dementia

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