Bristol Ageing Better commits over £200,000 to kick-start new activities to reduce isolation and loneliness

18 Jan, 16 by Kevin O'Malley

Bristol Ageing Better is a partnership of over 150 organisations working to reduce social isolation and loneliness among older people and help them live fulfilling lives.

BAB is committing over £200,000 to help kick-start community activities that will help to reduce isolation and loneliness among older people in Bristol. This scheme is one of the 16 initiatives that make up the BAB programme, funded by the Big Lottery Fund.

The Community Kick-Start Fund will allow organisations and groups to seek up to £2,000 for a new activity that is likely to reduce isolation and loneliness for older people. The successful initiatives will be selected by older people on the BAB Steering group that meets quarterly to review applications to the fund.

The Community Kick-start fund is open to any charity, community group or group of older people with an idea about how to reduce or prevent loneliness in people aged 50 and over. Strong applications would show how the activity is supported by and likely to be of interest to local older people, and how it is likely to continue beyond the kick-start funding. Activities should not duplicate those already happening locally.

Adam Rees, Director of the BAB partnership, said:

“We are pleased to be launching this fund for groups to kick-start new activities. We are looking forward to the creativity and innovation it can bring towards reducing isolation and loneliness among older people in the city.”

The deadline for the first round of Community Kick-start funding is Midday on Thursday 25th February 2016. Applications received after the above date will be reviewed with the second round of applications in May 2016.

If you need any more information about the Community Kick-Start Fund please visit the Bristol Ageing Better website.