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Local partnerships come together to discuss the ‘Ageing Better Together’ bid run by the ‘Big Lottery Fund’

North East Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is working in partnership with the Older People’s Collaborative and the local council on the ‘Ageing Better Together’ bid.

The ‘Ageing Better Together’ bid is a project to ensure no one in North East Lincolnshire is isolated. Through this project the partners want to help older people get more involved in their communities, especially those living with dementia or carers. Some partners already involved are community and voluntary organisations such as our local Collaboratives, large charities such as Age UK, Alzheimer’s Society, Guided Dogs for the Blind, the Red Cross and local charities like Friendship at Home, Foresight and Grimsby and District at Home. We currently have 300 members involved in this and the number keeps on growing.

These partners aim to achieve helping isolated older people by working with them developing activities, groups and clubs; encouraging health activities and by increasing the support that is available for people with illnesses like cancer or after bereavement. We also want older people to have a say in what the decision made around this project.

Older people can get involved by attending local events throughout North East Lincolnshire. The events that have been held so far have been extremely successful and positive feedback has been given. More events are being held in the near future and we urge older people in the area to come along and meet others in the same or similar situations.

A meeting on the 27th March will be held, where all partnerships will come together, to discuss feedback and confer what will be submitted to the Big Lottery, the submission will take place in April and by July a decision will have been made on whether ‘Ageing Better Together’ has been successful.

Dr Karin Severin, Clinical Lead for North East Lincolnshire CCG said:

“This is fantastic news and if successful the bid will facilitate the delivery of long-term sustainable changes within our community. It also presents a unique opportunity for us to help promote and support a programme where older people have a lead role in identifying what makes a difference to their lives and influencing how the funding will be spent.”

All the public are urged to come along to these events and meetings and have their say. For more information on this please email ab@uni.uk.net or call 0151 486 6737.

Further event dates that the Partnership is attending:

• Scartho Community Week of action: 15-23rd March - Partners will attend each day
• Collaboratives’ Annual Development event: 20th March, Oasis Academy, Wintringham, Grimsby
• Humberston Library, Church Lane, Grimsby: 20th March, 2.30pm
• St Margaret’s, Laceby, Grimsby, 20th March, 10.30am
• Parish Council Forum, 27th March, Grimsby Town Hall, Grimsby, 19:00pm
• Bert Boyden Centre and Communities Together Diversity Day, 29th March, Bert Boyden Centre, Grimsby
• University of the Third Age’s Open Day, 17th April, Memorial Hall, Grimsby
• Partnership Meeting (discussion of submission) 27th March, Fishing Heritage Centre, Grimsby, 10:30am – 12:30pm

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