Funds available: Gospel Oak and Haverstock Activities Programme

ABC has funds for organisations to deliver activities specifically in the Gospel Oak and Haverstock area.

From January 2020 ABC would like to commission four contracts which will provide activities for people aged 60+. These activities would need to be ‘Warm Welcome’ Community Activities which are supportive, well run activities in their local community. This in turn will help older people to reduce their social isolation and loneliness through attending these activities, making connections and building networks.

ABC is looking to award up to four contracts in this locality. Funds of £10,000 for one year are available to organisations who are able to provide a range of activities in the area.

Expectations:

  • Older people will be involved in the design and delivery of the activities

  • Over the one year period 45 older people will attend activities

  • Outreach to new people will be a key part of the work with 40% of participants being new to your organisation

  • The identified ‘Warm Welcome’ which we would expect to see incorporated into any funded activities will be met and evidence of that provided. These are:

    • Meeters and greeters to be available to welcome all attendees and provide support to those who need it

    • Phone calls made to attendees before the activities to remind them it is happening, as needed

    • Follow up phone calls made after the activities to those who didn’t attend

    • Support with assisted transport where necessary

  • You will work with our evaluation partners to measure the difference your activities make to older people’s levels of social isolation and loneliness. This will involve significant levels of data collection and sharing. Please see Appendix 2 for example information

Priorities

In order to increase the range of activities available and broaden access to a wider range of groups who may struggle to access current provision ABC has identified the following priorities;

  • Provision of evening and/or weekend activities

  • Support and inclusion of those with dementia or sensory loss

  • Active involvement of Black and Asian Minority Ethnic community (BAME)

Criteria

Your organisation doesn’t need to be based in Gospel Oak and Haverstock but the project you apply for must be for the benefit residents of this area.

Bidding process

The deadline for completed bids is 9am on Thursday 3rd October 2019. We aim to have notified successful bidders by mid October with contracts starting on 1st January 2020. We intend to award up to four contracts.

There is a briefing session open to all interested organisations on Wednesday 28th August 2019 from 12- 1pm at Tavis House, 1-6 Tavistock Square, WC1H 9NA. Please register attendance at ageingbetterincamden@ageukcamden.org.uk

If you have any questions on the guidance or the application form please contact ageingbetterincamden@ageukcamden.org.uk, questions will be answered from 26th August to 12 noon 27th September. All questions and answers will be published along with the Invitation to Tender documentation on the Ageing Better in Camden website.

All supported projects will be required to submit regular monitoring information including case studies. You will also work with our evaluation partners to measure the difference your activities make to older people’s levels of social isolation and loneliness. This will involve significant levels of data collection and sharing. Please ensure you have built sufficient admin support into your budget. Please see Appendix 2 for example demographic information.

Further Information

Application Form

Programme Guidance (August 2019)

Appendix 1 - Big Lottery Fund Fulfilling Lives Ageing Better Programme Information

Appendix 2 – Example monitoring information

Appendix 3 – Sample Service Level Agreement Contract

Appendix 4 – Appraisal criteria