Big Lottery Fund grants Camden partnership £4.5 million over 6 years for partnership programme to support isolated older people

Age UK Camden has been awarded £4,494,248 by the Big Lottery Fund over 6 years for Ageing Better in Camden (ABC), a partnership programme to support 11,800 socially isolated older people across the borough. The work will include borough-wide services and also more focussed neighbourhood work in Kilburn, St Pancras/Somers Town, Regents Park (West Euston), and Gospel Oak.
Age UK Camden is the lead body and accountable to the Big Lottery, but most of the services will be run by other organisations selected by the ABC partnership with older people. ABC’s other backers include other local voluntary organisations, Camden Council, Camden Clinical Commissioning Group, University College London, and the Guardian. Camden was one of only fifteen areas in England chosen by the Lottery under its Fulfilling Lives, Ageing Better Programme to pilot new ways to reduce loneliness and social isolation, and provide better evidence for the impact of such largely preventive services..
In addition to neighbourhood work, based on local research, ABC will also target communities of interest most at risk of isolation – for instance Bangladeshi older people, older men, older people from lesbian, gay, bisexual, & transgender communities. Full details on the Age UK Camden website.


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