Working together to tackle loneliness in Poole

Borough of Poole and partners in the “Poole Tackling Loneliness in later life partnership” are delighted to be selected as one of 20 partnerships across England to be part of the first stage of the Place Based Social Action programme launched by the Big Lottery Fund and Department of Digital, Culture Media and Sport (DCMS). 

The partnership is developing a plan to encourage more older people to be active in their local community, with the number of over 85-year-olds in the town set to increase by a third (33%) over the next ten years. The plan aims to get people volunteering to befriend older people so they can access activities, become more independent and live more fulfilled lives. 

The core partnership includes the Borough of Poole, Poole Council for Voluntary Service, Faithworks Wessex, Livability Holton Lee, Poole Over Fifty Fives (PO55) and Bournemouth University working together with other key local partners and communities to help tackle loneliness in Poole. 

The Place Based Social Action programme is funded using £4.5 million of Government and National Lottery money. It aims to support communities to put social action at the heart of plans which make a positive difference in the local area. It gives people the opportunity to contribute meaningfully to the design and delivery of local services by bringing together communities, local authorities, public sector organisations, service providers, civil society organisations and businesses to address local priorities.

Cllr Karen Rampton, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Communities and Equalities, Borough of Poole, said: “No one should feel lonely in older age. We are looking forward to continuing our work with partners and local communities to find effective ways to help people who feel lonely in later life in Poole. We want people to feel connected, involved and enjoying life in their community.”

Chris Beale, Chief Executive, Poole Council for Voluntary Service, said: “This is good news for Poole. This project will build on the enthusiasm and commitment of many people in Poole to help their families, friends and neighbours who find themselves lonely. This is all about local communities helping each other for the benefit of everyone.”

Between now and December 2018, the 20 partnerships will work with Locality, the national network for community organisations that bring local people together to meet local needs, to design their local social action plan. In early 2019, up to 10 of these 20 partnerships will go on to be awarded funding of up to £240,000 for three years to put their plans into action. 

If you would like to hear more about the partnership or get involved in this project, please contact Chris Beale on chris.beale@poolecvs.org.uk, 01202 682046 or Amy Gallacher at the Borough of Poole on a.gallacher@poole.gov.uk 01202 633398.

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