Solutions for an Ageing Society

We are delighted to announce the first 'Do It' award from our 'Solutions for an Ageing Society' programme in partnership with UnLtd and funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and the South West Academic Health Science Network.

RosinaRosina, a resident of Wells, writes a column in the local newspaper about loneliness and wellbeing.  She is passionate about developing a supportive community of people who will share their wisdom and knowledge with their peers and develop a 'sense of self', something she says can often be lacking in older people.  A grant of £2,500 will help her set up a friendship group that will ultimately become self sustaining by making craft items to sell at local markets. 

If you have the talent and determination to come up with a new, sustainable venture to meet the needs and aspirations of an ageing population you too may be eligible to apply for a small grant. Please read on...


We want to harness the experience, expertise and innovation of people to help deal with the challenges, and meet the needs and aspirations, of an ageing population.

We are working with UnLtd (the foundation for social entrepreneurs) and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, who recently launched Solutions for an Ageing Society. The programme will offer strategic support and cash for awards to social entrepreneurs who are determined to meet the needs and aspirations of people in later life.


We are looking for people who have the talent and determination to come up with new, sustainable ventures creating the social impact we need;  problem solvers and ideas people. We are looking for early stage social entrepreneurs. So, what does this mean? It could be people working in the social impact space already, entrepreneurs passionate about making our ageing society a better place, or it could mean people with just a bright idea to make life better for older people.


Do It awards are cash awards of between £500 and £5,000 plus practical support to help you turn your ideas into a reality. We will provide advice and, where appropriate, signpost you to training and mentoring opportunities to give your venture the best chance of success.


To make sure you and your venture are eligible, please read the Criteria here


Initially, applicants complete an Expression of Interest by phone. Please call Jocelyn on 01749 344949.   If successful at this stage, you will be invited to complete a full application.

Find out about some established social entrepreneurs, their inspiration and their journeys:

Oomph! keeping care home residents active and improving wellbeing

Memory Matters - giving people living with dementia the respect they deserve

Sporting Memories - sport loving social entrepreneurs tackling dementia


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