Big Lottery Fund allocates £82m to programme for reducing isolation of older people

The Big Lottery Fund has allocated £82m to reduce social isolation among older people as part of its six-year Fulfilling Lives: Ageing Better programme.

Partnerships made up of voluntary, statutory and private sector organisations will work to ensure that local services are better planned, coordinated and delivered, and the scheme will target up to 200,000 older people.

Fifteen organisations have been chosen to lead the development of more detailed plans to tackle social isolation and projects will start in summer 2015.
The largest award – for £10.2m – was allocated to the Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation, which supports local voluntary action.

The GMCVO Ambition for Ageing programme will commission groups in eight local authority areas from 1 April 2015. John Hannen, programme manager at the GMCVO, said the scheme would start by making small investments of £100 and upwards in local schemes, with the potential to scale up over the five-year project.

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