The Big Lottery Fund announces funding of £82m

September, 2014 biglottery

The Big Lottery Fund announces funding of £82m is being distributed to reduce social isolation of older people in 15 areas across England.

The cash is aimed at helping up to 200,000 people and testing approaches to improve services.

Projects will range from music and activity clubs to befriending schemes and awareness training.

There are 10.8 million people aged 65 or over in the UK with 3.8 million living alone, many without regular contact with friends or neighbours.


The areas to receive funding are:

  • Birmingham (Birmingham Voluntary Service Council) £6,000,000
  • Bristol (Age UK Bristol) £5,897,662
  • Camden (Age UK Camden) £4,494,248
  • Cheshire West and Chester (Age UK Cheshire ) £5,104,190
  • East Lindsey (Community Lincs) £2,696,388
  • Hackney (Hackney CVS) £5,866,500
  • Isle of Wight (Age UK Isle of Wight) £5,725,414
  • Leeds (Leeds Older People’s Forum) £5,985,918
  • Leicester City (VISTA) £4,950,784
  • Manchester (Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation) £10,222,679
  • Middlesbrough (Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind) £5,998,248
  • Norwich (Voluntary Norfolk) £4,495,264
  • Sheffield (South Yorkshire Housing Association) £5,920,107
  • Thanet (Social Enterprise Kent) £2,987,300
  • Torbay (Torbay Community Development Trust) £5,998,032

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