Reading, Place of Culture has announced a £6,000 Ageing Well Pilot, on behalf of the Ageing Well Partnership. The pilot is part of the Reading, Place of Culture initiative and aims to address gaps in participation and social outcomes for older people.
With cultural and creative engagement proving integral to the wellbeing of older people, the Ageing Well Partnership will commission a pilot of £6,000 to consult widely with the providers and users of services for elderly care, in order to investigate and understand the barriers preventing older people from engaging in arts, cultural and heritage events, and to trial opportunities for how they might be overcome.
Programmes should take place primarily in sheltered accommodation, care homes or community venues. There should, however, be encouragement to bring the community in, to participate alongside the residents within a set location. Additional activities can take place in a range of locations, such as hospital wards and outdoor parks and spaces. Project leaders should think creatively and work with diverse community groups, ensuring representation across the consultation process. For example, Arts Council England promote exploring the heritage of various BAMER groups to create unified activities that celebrate and take inspiration from different cultures, as a way to enrich programmes.
The deadline for applications is 18 February 2019 with confirmation of the award between 20 February and 1 March 2019. Projects should start between 4 and 11 March 2019 and end between 26 and 30 August 2019. For further information, please contact: