Sharing #AgeingBetter innovation

The Big Lottery Fund is supporting 15 local partnerships in its £82 million Ageing Better programme. With others I've argued more could be achieved with greater emphasis on digital innovation, and knowledge sharing. Today BIG's plans emerged on Twitter from a meeting of some of the partnerships.

  1. Details of the programme, and suggestions for knowledge sharing, are covered in these posts on socialreporter.com. BIG has been quiet on the issue, then Ken Clemens, CEO of Age UK Cheshire, tweeted from one of the session at the residential event where some of the partnerships were meeting with the BIG Older People team, and with support and evaluation consultants Hall Aitken and Ecorys.
  2. Earlier Shirley Ayres, who does more than most people to share knowledge in this field, had asked about digital engagement, and I followed up.
  3. Ken then posted the picture above of a sheet announcing an online community, which Ageing Better project would be invited to join. It wasn't clear from the sheet whether this would would be an open or closed community, just available to project leaders, or accessible by others. That produced several responses.
  4. Shirley made the point that the programme should be designed for learning - and argued that the bids should be available so we could see who was doing what.
  5. There are many individuals and organisations in the field who could contribute - as Paul Webster flagged up.
  6. I didn't see any responses from @BIGlfOlderPeop or the consultants, but maybe those will come tomorrow once everyone's drawn breath after the event. As I posted here, I was encouraged last week by this response to my earlier suggestions on innovation and sharing.
  7. Subject to more explanation of the community platform, I think the issues, touched on above, include how open it will be; how it will join up with other online activity; and how it will be facilitated. I've written a short paper on exploring solutions and will update then when we know more about BIG's plans. Meanwhile thanks to Ken Clemens for doing so much to keep us informed.
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