Reaching Out: Connecting Older People

The Big Lottery Fund Reaching Out: Connecting Older People (RO:COP) Development and Support Programme has been delivered by NICVA to all RO:COP grant holders since October 2011.

The £20 million Big Lottery programme funds projects to enable older people at risk of exclusion or isolation to lead fuller, connected lives as valued members of their community. It focuses on older people who could be perceived as ‘hard to reach’.

NICVA provides training and support to grant holders to develop the skills of their volunteers, committee members and staff on a bespoke basis.

Typically we provide training for the participating organisations on the following topics: 

  • governance 
  • leadership and management
  • engaging with the hard to reach
  • tender commissioning

Resources for RO:COP grant holders.

Read more about the Reaching Out: Connecting Older People Programme

Programme News

NICVA in action in Volunteers' Week

In this Volunteers' Week we celebrated the success of NIAMH Volunteers and staff from the Living Well, Living Longer project who recently took part in NICVA's Management of Volunteers course.

Planning for Sustainability

The first roundtable networking event of 2016 took place in NICVA on 4 February. Over 40 people attended the one day event designed to help BIG Lottery funded groups to think about and plan the sustainability of their projects.

Early Christmas present for COP grant holders

May not be the best wrapped present you get this year but nevertheless a good one, we think. 


People and Communities NI funding update

Big Lottery People and Communities funding will open in January 2016 with a budget of £60 million for communities in Northern Ireland

Up close with Veronica Gray

The new Director of the Adult Safeguarding charity, Action on Elder Abuse, took time out of her busy schedule to tell us about the work of Action on Elder abuse here in NI.

RO:COP Lobbying and Campaigning Roundtable Networking Event

The bi-annual RO:COP roundtable event took place on Wednesday, 11 November in NICVA and was a great success.

Home is where the hurt is

This weekend saw the launch of Detail Data’s third data story as part of the European Conference on Domestic Violence at Queens University, Belfast.

The difference development makes

NICVA has been working with The Big Lottery Fund Reaching Out Connecting Older People (ROCOP) grant holders since 2011 supporting them to deliver their outcomes and effectively manage and deliver their projects.

Improving skills and confidence through TQUK

NICVA delivered the three -day TQUK Level 3 Award in Education and Training as part of the Reaching Out: Connecting Older People (RO:COP) development and support contract. 

Cancer Focus gets its message across

Social media training was delivered to a group of Reaching Out: Connecting Older People grant holders to help build their confidence using social media and give them tips and techniques as to how to use Facebook and Twitter more effectively.

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Roisin Kelly

Skills Development Coordinator

Reaching Out: Participant Organisations Map

Participating Grant Holders

Abbeyfield Belfast Julianne Skillen
AMH Men's Shed Eoin McAnuff
Action on Hearing Loss Kathy McCann
Age Concern Causeway Leah Glass
Age NI Jacqui Corscadden
Age No Barrier (Disability Action) Karen Graham
Alzheimer's Society Bernadine McCrory
Arthritis Care Staying Connected Project Mary McConville
Ballee Community Association Margaret McKeown
Belfast and Lisburn Women's Aid Lorraine Moore
Bogside and Brandywell Health Forum Tommy Carlin
Cancer Focus Northern Ireland Anne Devlin
Cancer Lifeline Liddean McStravog
Carers Trust Northern Ireland Sean Caughey
Carnlough Community Association Patricia McConnell
CAW Golden Years Project Linda Watson
Creating Connections (The Black Box) Sarah Jones
Creggan Country Park Karen Healy
Crossroads Care Richard Best
Cruse Bereavement Care Paul Finnegan
Deafblind NI Norman McCrudden
Dove House Community Trust Bronach McMonagle
Engage With Age Margy Washbrook
The FACT Project (Fermanagh and Armagh Connected Together) Sharon Howe
HURT (Have your tomorrows) Dessie Kyle
Kaleidoscope Kerry Rooney

Kinship Care NI

Caring for Kin

Leona McMenamin

Michelle Dixon

Living Well Living Longer (Beacon) Louise Hughes
Mid and East Antrim Agewell Partnership Deirdre McCloskey
MindWise Jackie McCaughey
Newington Day Centre Margaret McCrudden
North Belfast Partnership Alexey Janes
North West Ageing Well Together Austin Kelly
O4O Age Concern Cookstown Ltd Margaret Gilbert
Positive Futures Agnes Lunny
Reminiscence Network NI Marian Ferguson
Rights for Seniors Ciaran Arthurs
South City Resource and Development Centre Adrienne Magill
Springfield Charitable Association Roisin Bradley
TWN - Training for Women Network Kathleen Magennis
Upper Andersonstown Community Forum Ltd Rosie Nicholls
Waterside Women's Centre Geraldine Compton