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

NIAMH invests in volunteer managers

In February and March NICVA and Volunteer Now delivered a bespoke two-day ILM level 3 Award in Leadership and management to 8 staff from NIAMH as part of the Reaching Out: Connecting Older People development and support programme. 

Volunteers connecting older people

In this Volunteers’ Week we want to celebrate the work of the people who volunteer in Big Lottery Funded Reaching Out Connecting Older People (ROCOP) programme. Volunteers are crucial to the delivery of many of these projects.

Strategies for engaging the hard to reach

Many of us are aware of people or groups of people that we would like to engage more with but that currently do not come along to our events or make use of our services. These strategies will help you to be more engaging and accessible.

Engaging the Hard to Reach

Over thirty people from nineteen organisations recently attended a training session on ‘Engaging the Hard to Reach’ in NICVA as part of the Big Lottery Fund Reaching Out: Connecting Older People development and support programme.

Charity registration – not everyone has got the message

The Charity Commission issued a December deadline for all charitable organisations to make themselves known to the Commission however there are still organisations which have not already done so.

ROCOP grant holders applying their learning

NICVA currently offers development and support opportunities to all of the Big Lottery Fund Reaching Out Connecting Older People (ROCOP) grant holders.

ROCOP Grant Holders Attend Networking Event on Measuring Impact

Seventy-one people attended the fourth ROCOP development and support programme roundtable event on 17 October 2014 in The Black Box, Belfast hosted by NICVA. The theme for this event was “Measuring your impact”.

Fundraising In To The Future

Fundraising tips for organisations working with older people

Volunteer for Inspirational Dementia Project

Volunteers are needed for My Life, My Way, an inspirational project, delivered by Age NI, to support older people with dementia, and their carers, in the Belfast and Northern Trust areas.

Reaching Out: Connecting Older People – Getting your message across

The ROCOP programme recently held training on how to create a key message for their Big Lottery, Reaching Out: Connecting Older People project,

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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