T.E.D. Ageing Better in East Lindsey is working with individuals, groups, organisations and local businesses across the district to reduce the experience of social isolation and loneliness in our 50+ population.

T.E.D. Ageing Better in East Lindsey

T.E.D. Ageing Better in East Lindsey is working with individuals, groups, organisations and local businesses across the district to reduce the experience of social isolation and loneliness in our 50+ population.

 

In the East Lindsey area we are working with several committed partners, including: East Lindsey District Council (ELDC), Lincolnshire County Council, Age UK Lindsey, Lincolnshire East CCG, Louth Seniors Forum and Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Trust. Our ambition is for East Lindsey to become an age friendly community and we encourage older people to take part, join in and get involved in helping T.E.D. to provide services, which will build an age friendly, and active, community.

 

If you are interested in getting involved, either by becoming an age friendly business, creating a local friendship group, becoming a T.E.D. member, volunteering or taking part in our regular events, contact the T.E.D. team ted@communitylincs.com today.

 

T.E.D. is managed by Community Lincs and is part of the National Lottery funded Ageing Better programme set up by the Big Lottery Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK. Ageing Better is one of five major programmes set up by the Big Lottery Fund to test and learn from new approaches to designing services which aim to make people’s lives healthier and happier.

Volunteering

There are two main volunteer roles: T.E.D. Friends, who will provide outreach and befriending to isolated individuals, connecting them to groups and social networks. The second is the T.E.D. Community Researcher volunteer role, which will empower older people to help measure the impact of the T.E.D. project within their own locality, to sustain the provision of services in the long term. Community Researchers will also assess businesses and services for how “age friendly” they are, conducting research and promoting ‘Top Tips’ to create a more secure and welcoming atmosphere for older people.

Age Friendly Businesses and Services Award 

T.E.D. is developing an Age Friendly kitemark in collaboration with local businesses, services and older people to remove or minimise barriers facing older people as consumers and to recognise and reward existing good practice and commitment to older customers and service users. Lincolnshire is leading the way for other Ageing Better Areas with this work, and learning from an initial consultation and awareness raising event has contributed to the national programme. A ‘Task and Finish’ group is currently developing the accreditation process, and the opportunity will then be marketed and trialed with a number of service providers.

Asset Mapping and Network Development

We are building upon existing datasets and recent asset mapping to establish a good understanding of provision available to over 50s, where gaps might exist, and how activities and services can be expanded to reach more people. This includes the need for better and more co-ordinated transport solutions, which we will be tackling through our strategic commissioning of services.

Initially, asset mapping data will be used to develop a T.E.D. branded Network of voluntary and community sector groups, themed around activities and services that appeal to people over 50. We will work with T.E.D. Network members to increase their sustainability and capacity by providing organisational health checks, funding advice and shared promotional opportunities.

Commissioned Services

Asset mapping data and local consultation will be used to inform the commissioning of activities and services to help us to deliver the outcomes of the project. This is not to say that T.E.D. will provide grants to local organisations – rather that required activities and services will be identified by the T.E.D. Team, volunteers and older residents, and then contracted by an independent Commissioning Panel using an open procurement process. T.E.D. will boost provision for the over 50s by £1M over the life of the project.

Get In Touch

Find out more about T.E.D.

Contact the T.E.D. team on 01529 301966 or email ted@communitylincs.com. There’s lots more information on the T.E.D. website.