Community Lincs’ T.E.D. Programme and East Lindsey District Council Announce Partnership
Community Lincs’ T.E.D. Ageing Better in East Lindsey programme and East Lindsey District Council (ELDC) have formed a unique partnership; we will be working together towards achieving Age-friendly Community status for the East Lindsey District as recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities.
This collaborative programme between Community Lincs’ T.E.D. Ageing Better in East Lindsey programme and East Lindsey District Council is the first of its kind on the East Coast; it is also the first district in the UK to work towards the WHO Age-friendly accreditation.
ELDC will co-fund and manage, with Community Lincs’ T.E.D. programme, an Age-friendly Principal Officer role. The Principal Officer will play a key part in the development and success of the programme; they will be working directly with strategic partners to support the development and implementation of a district wide action plan.
Gail Jackson, CEO of Community Lincs and T.E.D. Strategic Lead, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be working in partnership with ELDC on this exciting opportunity. Our T.E.D. programme has been active across the district over the last four years and the achievement of Age-friendly Community status will be a wonderful part of T.E.D.s legacy in the area.”
Michelle Howard, Assistant Director (People) at East Lindsey District Council, said: “Older people make up a significant proportion of East Lindsey’s population and this is projected to increase. People aged between 55 – 64 years of age also represent the highest proportion of visitors to East Lindsey. With that in mind it is vital that the district is as accessible and welcoming as possible for older people and that people are able to live and age well in East Lindsey. We are delighted to be working alongside the T.E.D. programme to achieve Age-friendly community status.”
This partnership is directly informed by the work of the T.E.D. Ageing Better programme throughout East Lindsey, which ELDC has been a key member and champion of. Age-friendly environments foster healthy and active ageing. They enable older people to:
- age safely in a place that is right for them;
- be free from poverty;
- continue to develop personally; and
- to contribute to their communities while retaining autonomy, health and dignity.
T.E.D.s engagement with older people and partners, evaluation, research and delivery to date has provided an evidence base about the needs and gaps in provision for socially isolated older people in East Lindsey. Working towards Age-friendly status is an opportunity to view and assess existing learning, services and policies across all sectors through an ‘age friendly’ lens; focussing attention on the issues of particular relevance to older people and to us all as we age.
The T.E.D. – Ageing Better in East Lindsey is managed by Community Lincs and is part of Ageing Better, a programme set up by The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK. Ageing Better aims to develop creative ways for people aged over 50 to be actively involved in their local communities, helping to combat social isolation and loneliness. It is one of five major programmes set up by The National Lottery Community Fund to test and learn from new approaches to designing services which aim to make people’s lives healthier and happier. www.tedineastlindsey.co.uk.