Transform Ageing aimed to revolutionise the approach to health, wellbeing and social care for people in later life, starting in the south-west of England.
The initiative was funded by The National Lottery Community Fund and was a driving pioneering programme taking a community and design led approach to improve people’s experience of ageing in the UK. The initiative brought together people in later life, their friends, family, social care leaders, social entrepreneurs and policy sector leaders to define, develop and deliver new solutions that better support the needs and aspiration of ageing communities.
Given the demographic shift the UK is experiencing Transform Ageing worked to ensure that we found the best innovations to change the lives of people in later life. To do this:
The social entrepreneurs
We developed six innovation briefs for ambitious social entrepreneurs to apply their creative expertise to in Somerset, Devon, Torbay and Cornwall.
People in later life have positive experiences of ageing
Enhancing independence and wellbeing through improved mobility
Supporting people to prepare for life changes
Supporting, valuing and celebrating carers
Making information accessible, relevant and meaningful
Creating opportunities for people in later life to connect
with other people, communities and activities
Each innovation brief was developed in collaboration with local people to capture their perspectives, experiences and insights into what will make a difference in their communities.
The briefs are designed to encourage social entrepreneurs from the south-west and around the UK to launch new services or products in the region, to directly meet the needs and desires of local people.
Read the full innovation briefs and for more information download the PDF below
We worked with 62 social entrepreneurs and sought for innovations that support us as we age, to stay active, healthy and connected. Social entrepreneurs benefited from:
Transform Ageing was funded by The National Lottery Community Fund and run in partnership with the Design Council, the South West Academic Health Science Network and the Centre for Ageing Better.
Its delivery was also supported locally in the south-west by Volunteer Cornwall, Devon Communities Together, Community Council for Somerset and Torbay Community Development Trust.
This programme is now closed. We currently have funding and support opportunities for:
All applications are made through our application portal,
New funding opportunities will be opening up in Autumn 2020 for England-based social entrepreneurs, so watch this space. We are committed to 50% of our awards going to Black, Asian and minority ethnic social entrepreneurs, and/or disabled social entrepreneurs across all of our funding programmes.
We work with thousands of social entrepreneurs, people who are changing the lives of people across the UK.
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We accept applications from social entrepreneurs providing solutions to any issues. We also have areas that we are focusing on. We encourage social entrepreneurs tackling these focus areas to apply.