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TRANSFORM AGEINGCREATING A BETTER EXPERIENCE OF AGEING

Transform Ageing aims to revolutionise the approach to health, wellbeing and social care for people in later life, starting in the south-west of England.

Bringing together people in later life, social entrepreneurs and commissioners of health and care services, Transform Ageing will define, develop and deliver new people-centred solutions that better support the needs and aspirations of older people.

Transform Ageing is Funded by Big Lottery and run in partnership with the Design Council, the South West Academic Health Science Network and the Centre for Ageing Better.

Its delivery is also being supported locally on the ground in the south-west by Volunteer CornwallDevon Communities TogetherCommunity Council for Somerset and Torbay Community Development Trust.

WHY TRANSFORM AGEING IS NEEDED

The UK is undergoing a demographic shift with potentially far-reaching consequences for society, the economy and public services provision. A vastly improved life expectancy, one of the great triumphs of the last century, looks set to be one of the great challenges of this one.

We need innovations that will reduce demand for services through preventative approaches, tackle causes rather than symptoms and help people to be better prepared for the challenges of later life. We need to build these innovations in collaboration with people in later life and their communities.

Through a knowledge-based, collaborative effort to reimagine what it means to have a good later life, we will transform the experience of ageing, breed systemic change and create a replicable, sustainable model for services all over the UK.

HOW TRANSFORM AGEING WORKS

Transform Ageing ensures that we find the best innovations to change the lives of people in later life and that they reach them as quickly as possible.

  • We enable people in later life and their support network to feel able to contribute to how and what services are commissioned in their community.
  • We bring together people in later life and social entrepreneurs with ideas to transform ageing.
  • We back high potential social ventures from across the country at start up and scale up, offering a comprehensive package of funding and support.
  • We work with local healthcare commissioners to drive adoption and create impact.
  • We will convene a national network of supporters to contribute to and learn from our work.

 

INNOVATION BRIEFS

The Transform Ageing team has been working to connect the needs and desires of local people in later-life, with the innovations and ideas of social entrepreneurs.

We have developed six innovation briefs for ambitious social entrepreneurs to apply their creative expertise to in Somerset, Devon, Torbay and Cornwall.

  • Steps to a positive future

    People in later life have positive experiences of ageing

  • Mobility and transport

    Enhancing independence and wellbeing through improved mobility

  • Life Transitions

    Supporting people to prepare for life changes

  • Caring about carers

    Supporting, valuing and celebrating carers

  • Right information, right time

    Making information accessible, relevant and meaningful

  • Making connections

    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.  Applicants will need to describe how they will meet the outcomes of one of the innovation briefs.

The briefs are designed to encourage early stage social entrepreneurs from the south-west, and scale it level social entrepreneurs from around the UK, to launch new services or products in the region that will directly meet the needs and desires of local people.

Transform Ageing call out for applications

Read the full innovation briefs and more here:

 

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Meet the Transform Ageing social entrepreneurs

Read the full list of social entrepreneurs we’ve backed to Transform Ageing.

APPLY FOR AN AWARD

Can you help us tackle one of the innovation briefs? We’re looking for social entrepreneurs with ideas to transform the experience of ageing, whether that is the lives of people in later life, their family, friends or carers.

We’re looking for entrepreneurs with an idea as well as more established social ventures that are looking to scale their business. The programme will run in the south-west of England (Devon, Torbay, Cornwall and Somerset).

The programme is in the south-west, a largely rural area. We are particularly keen to work with social entrepreneurs who have ideas and solutions which will support people in later life in these rural communities.

We are supporting early stage social entrepreneurs  and those who are ready to scale:

 

Early stage awards

Do It Awards are designed to help you turn your ideas into real ventures. We provide 1-to-1 support, connections to specialist advisors and funding.

Grow It Awards provide support to those who have proven their commitment and have successful ventures which are ready to grow or become self-sustaining.

Inspire Awards are for local people improving the experience of ageing; sharing knowledge, experience and ideas with others to turn new ideas into action that will improve later life. Activity must be delivered in the SW in Devon, Torbay, Somerset or Cornwall and must benefit people in later life.

To apply for an award please read the list of criteria to make sure your application will be suitable.

DO IT AND GROW IT AWARDS CRITERIA
We support individuals who are:
  • Aged 16 or over and living in the UK
  • Not part of an established organisation
To be eligible your idea must:
  • Have a real social impact
  • Fulfil a clear need and demand
  • Have clear outputs and goals
  • Provide a learning experience or opportunity
  • Meet the outcomes of one of the innovation briefs
  • Beneficiaries must be UK based
Ideas and ventures are not eligible for an Award if they:
  • Are part of your paid employment
  • Involve political or religious campaigning
  • Involve activities outside of the law or against public policy, or anything that encourages ethnic, religious or commercial disharmony
  • Involve employing people other than yourself to carry out most of the work
  • Are mainly for people to achieve academic qualifications
  • Are to fund living expenses
WHEN CAN I APPLY?
Throughout the year we have three opportunities for social entrepreneurs to apply to UnLtd for an Award.
Should your Expression of Interest pass our initial assessment you will be sent further application documents to complete along with a detailed breakdown of the application process. Below are the key dates for Do It or Grow it Awards in 2017/18:
Expression of Interest Opens Expressions of Interest received on or before: Final submission date for application documents: Final decision meeting week commencing:
5th March 2018 16th April 2018, 9am 14th May 2018 25th June 2018
2nd July 2018 13th August 2018, 9am 17th September 2018 29th October 2018

Ventures Awards

Scale it Awards are aimed at established social ventures, who are ready to scale up and require investment to do so. These social entrepreneurs are ready to further their impact by taking on grant funding, expert business support and potentially raising investment.

Up to £50,000 of grant funding is available alongside bespoke support and help to raise further investment.

VENTURES AWARD CRITERIA
We support individuals who are:
  • Aged 16 or over and living in the UK
  • Not part of an established organisation
To be eligible your venture must:
  • Have a purpose to deliver impact to people in later life
  • Deliver it's impact in the south-west of England (withing 12 months of the Award)
  • Ideally have been operating for more than 36 months and have a track record of social impact and traded income
Ideas and ventures are not eligible for an Award if they:
  • Are part of your paid employment
  • Involve political or religious campaigning
  • Involve activities outside of the law or against public policy, or anything that encourages ethnic, religious or commercial disharmony
  • Involve employing people other than yourself to carry out most of the work
  • Are mainly for people to achieve academic qualifications
WHEN CAN I APPLY?
Throughout the year we have three opportunities for social entrepreneurs to apply to UnLtd for an Award.
Should your application pass our assessment criteria and due diligence you may be invited to pitch at one of our pitching panels.
Applications open Applications close Pitching panels week commencing
25th June 2018 23rd July 2018, 9am 1st October 2018
28th August 2018 17th September 2018, 9am 29th October 2018

 

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