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Solutions for an Ageing Society

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 one of us to discuss your ideas!

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.

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 it could mean people with just a bright idea to make life better for older people.
Devon based individuals can find more information and application details below.
Somerset based individuals can find more information and application details on Somerset Community Foundation's website.

How can Devon Community Foundation 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. So, what does this mean? 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.

Who is support for?
Support is for individuals over the age of 16 living in the UK

To run a social venture that:

  •  mainly benefits the older people in Devon
  •  needs an Award to ensure its success
  •  offers you a learning opportunity
  •  is a new initiative

Activities are not eligible for an award if they:

  • are part of your paid employment
  • involve political or religious campaigning
  • involve activities outside the law or against public policy; or anything that encourages ethnic, religious or commercial disharmony
  • involve employing people, other than yourself, to carry out most of the project work
  • are to fund living expenses

How to apply?
Awards are available 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.

Please call Lyn on 01884 235887 to discuss your idea and to request an application pack. If successful at this stage, you will be invited to complete a full application.

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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