As we are approaching the end of year one milestone for a lot of projects, now seemed like a good time to celebrate some of your successes over the last year. There have been lots of fantastic achievements to celebrate. Here are just a few of them:
- Age UK County Durham won the National Lottery Award’s Best Health Project for their Come Eat Together project with 12,746 votes! John Torode from MasterChef sprung a surprise visit on the project to tell them the good news. Staff involved in the project went to Pinewood Studios in September 2014 to formally collect their award.
- Grandparents Plus featured on the BBC One Lifeline appeal in December 2014. The appeal, presented by Gloria Hunniford, featured two sets of grandparents who stepped in to look after their grandchildren to prevent them ending up in care. The appeal was a fantastic promotional opportunity for the organisation.
- Volunteers and beneficiaries from Aquarius took part in an event for staff at the Big Lottery Fund Birmingham centre to celebrate Older People’s Day on 1 October. Volunteers talked about their experiences of ageing to raise awareness of issues facing older people and answered they questions staff had.
- Scene Enterprise visited the Big Lottery Fund office in Birmingham to deliver training in Deafblind Awareness. Staff found the course thought provoking and felt it gave them a better understanding of what it is like to live with deadfblindness and how to recognise and help people with the condition.
- The Barrow Respectability project featured on the James Martin BBC TV series, Meet the Street, in December. The celebrity chef is heading a national campaign designed to bring communities closer together and tackle social isolation. Hairy Biker, Dave Myers, returned to his home town of Barrow to meet residents and help them set up new social networks.
- Alan Richards, volunteer on the HenPower project, has been recognised by the Prime Minister for his contribution to the North East community. Alan received the Points of Light award for making a noticeable difference to the lives of those around him.
The Ageing Better team are looking forward to receiving your year one reports and hearing about further successes of your projects and seeing the progress you are making towards meeting your project outcomes.
At the Big Lottery Fund, we are continuing to support older people through our Ageing Better programme. Our England committee signed off 14 projects in March totalling £77,847,470, giving them the go ahead to begin delivery. We have also awarded a £50 million ten year endowment to the Centre for Ageing Better which aims to support good quality of life in older age and promote the benefits of an ageing society by bridging the gap between research, evidence and practice.