The Centre for Social Action has partnered with the Centre for Ageing Better to launch the Age-friendly and inclusive volunteering fund. The fund has been set up to develop and document models of good practice in supporting older people’s voluntary and community activity.
Successful projects will:
• Sustain lifelong contributions and help people remain involved throughout major life changes such as bereavement, caring or developing a health condition
• Help people connect to and take part in voluntary activities and opportunities that suit their life circumstances, including informal and self-organised contributions; and/or
• Provide practical support to include older people who currently face barriers to volunteering (for example due to health, language, cultural or social factors)
It follows the recent publication of Age-friendly and inclusive volunteering: Review of community contributions in later life by the Centre for Ageing Better in partnership with the Department for Digital, Media, Culture and Sport (DCMS). The review found that many older people who would benefit most from contributing to their communities encounter practical, structural and emotional barriers which prevent them from taking part, or from remaining involved as life changes. It called on voluntary organisations to do more to tackle these barriers.
This fund seeks to stimulate new approaches and identify good practice that other organisations can learn from and replicate.
Voluntary or community organisations or social enterprises can apply – the lead applicant must be a registered charity or community interest company.
Up to five grants of approximately £40,000 to £60,000 each, from a total fund of up to £250,000 are available.
For further information and to apply, visit: www.ageing-better.org.uk/age-friendly-and-inclusive-volunteering-fund
Deadline: Monday 10 December 2018, 12:00