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Tackling Loneliness During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic

This interactive digital event explored the Ageing Better partnerships’ responses to the pandemic, and how to support the recovery of individuals and communities in the longer term.

It was the first event in the Ageing Better programme’s dissemination events series, taking place on 21st May 2020.

The event shared learning from the Ageing Better programme’s 14 partnerships, and considered how they and other organisations were responding to the early phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, applying what they’ve learnt about loneliness.

We also gained an understanding of organisations’ emerging thinking about how to support the recovery of individuals and communities in the longer term, and explore what resources might be needed to enable a more effective recovery for some of the most marginalised and vulnerable communities.

Around 80 people joined the event with many insights shared, 100% saying they would recommend an event like this to a colleague.

It was heartening to hear there is such unity in our thinking regarding recovery and the future.

Outputs from the event:

Please take a look at the insights pack from the event, which includes links to the speakers’ talks.

Empowering communities through micro-funding

This interactive digital event explored how micro-funding can help to tackle social isolation and loneliness in older people.

It was the second event in the Ageing Better programme’s dissemination events series, taking place on 1st July 2020.

We started from a broad definition of micro-funding – as a way of channelling smaller pots of funding to grassroots voluntary and community sector organisations to enable them to make a positive impact to their community. Micro-funding can be particularly effective for organisations that are volunteer-led and less able to access traditional, larger grant funding.

This interactive and collaborative session:

  • explored Ageing Better partnerships’ experiences of developing and managing micro-funding programmes
  • considered how Ageing Better partnerships made funding accessible
  • highlighted how a micro-funding approach enabled partnerships to work with older people in a different way
  • drew out actionable learning about what makes a successful micro-funding programme and principles for delivery that
  • could be applied in charitable funding contexts, within local authorities and elsewhere.

This short film shows what Ageing Better partnerships, volunteers and participants in Greater Manchester and Bristol feel about the value of embedding micro-funding in their programmes.

Around 45 people joined the event with many insights shared, 91% saying they would recommend an event like this to a colleague.

Really positive event. Well timed and organised. Discussion was great

Outputs from the event

Please take a look at the Ageing Better Micro-funding – Synthesis Pack  from the event, which includes links to the speakers’ talks.

What Next? Covid-19 Learning on Tackling Loneliness

This interactive digital event featured learning from the Ageing Better partnerships, focusing on what they learnt about tackling loneliness during the pandemic using a blended model of engagement.

It was the third event in the Ageing Better programme’s dissemination events series, taking place on 20th October 2020.

We heard from four of the local partnerships from the Ageing Better programme about what they learned about tackling loneliness with people over 50 during the Covid-19 pandemic, and what should be taken forward and applied.

The cross-cutting theme of their learning was the importance of a blended model for delivery as we move forwards. Specifically, there were three themes they touched upon:

  • restarting face-to-face activity
  • continuing remote connection (digital, telephone, films, etc)
  • the importance of the role of connectors

There were then smaller group discussions on these three themes, providing opportunities throughout to engage with other participants and make new connections.

Around 120 people joined the event with many insights shared, 100% saying they would recommend an event like this to a colleague.

It was beneficial to hear from other organisations facing the same issues as mine.

Outputs from the event:

Please take a look at the Covid-19 Learning on Tackling Loneliness – Synthesis Pack from the event, which includes links to the speakers’ talks.