Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Comic Relief's Older People's Programme (UK)

from Lynne Maddocks, AVDC Community Engagement Officer

Comic Relief is inviting the voluntary and community sector throughout the UK where older people aged 65+ are developing ideas for action and change, to submit applications through their Older People's Programme. The programme aims to:

· Support older people to bring positive change to their community

· Help older people feel less isolated, especially those who are most excluded such as:

o black and minority ethnic elders

o frail older people with mental health needs

o older carers

o those on lower incomes.

Examples of the types of projects they will fund include:

· Bringing the generations together to learn from each other through, for example, the creative arts or IT

· Older people acting as a resource to other older people and supporting those who may be less physically and mentally able

· Projects that are engaging hard to reach groups

· Activities which generate profits to further social or environmental goals, such as community cafes run by older people.

Most grants are expected to be of between £15,000 and £40,000 per year. Grants may be for up to 3 years.

Previous projects supported include:

· The Somali Senior Citizens Club, London, received a grant of £4,000. The Somali Senior Citizens Club works to reduce isolation and loneliness in Somali men living in London through a daily centre where they can socialise, feel less alone and isolated.

· Age Concern, North East Wales, which received a grant of £81,704 to provide a range of services that help tackle elder abuse.

Information on other projects funded through this programme can be accessed at http://assets.comicrelief.com/cr09/docs/old_people.pdf

Organisations wishing to apply should submit a letter of interest by the 11th January 2010.


Good luck with any applications you may decide to make!