NICVA meets Connecting Older People grantholders

17 Oct 2011     Last updated: 20 Jun 2014

In June 2011 NICVA was awarded the development and support contract from the BIG Lottery fund to work with Reaching Out: Connecting Older People grant holders.  NICVA has agreed to work in partnership with Stratagem and Stellar Leadership to deliv

To date four groups have been awarded grants and NICVA held an information session for grant holders today (17 October) helping the groups to network and find out more about the support and training available to each of them under the Reaching Out: Connecting Older People programme.

NICVA will be working with groups over the next 3-5 years providing one to one support, bespoke and structured training.  Those funded to date are:

  • Ballee Community Association
  • Crossroads Caring for Carers (NI) Ltd
  • Springfield Charitable Association Ltd
  • Southcity Resource and Development Association.

The Reaching Out: Connecting Older People Programme

In June 2010 the BIG Lottery launched the Reaching Out: Connecting Older People programme.  £20 million is available for the programme, which is open for applications until 2012.  The programme funds projects that enable older people at risk to lead fuller, connected lives as valued members of their community. 

The programme supports projects that focus on older people aged 60 and over; last from 3-5 years; target older people at greatest risk of exclusion and/or isolation; and involve older people in designing and managing the project.

In addition, the Big Lottery Fund put in place a development and support programme, delivered by NICVA, to support and build the capacity of grantholders to ensure the effective delivery of their projects and their outcomes.

For more information on the development and support contract, contact Roisin Kelly on 028 9087 7777 or email [email protected]

For further information on the Reaching Out:  Connecting Older People fund please visit the Big Lottery Fund website.

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