Here's a video which explains what Transform Ageing has been doing since launch and what happens next.

Transform Ageing is a pioneering programme taking a design-led approach to improving people’s experience of ageing. Funded by the Big Lottery Fund, this new cross-sector initiative is about bringing together people in later life, social entrepreneurs and health and social care leaders to define, develop and deliver new solutions that better support the needs and aspirations of our ageing communities.  

By placing people in later life at the heart of the design process, the programme aims to actively engage their insight, thereby increasing their influence and support to deliver solutions which will better meet their needs. In turn, Transform Ageing will support commissioners to feel more confident in incorporating new services and interventions into mainstream care supply chains and social entrepreneurs to scale their effective solutions more sustainably.

The programme is being delivered through a partnership led by Design Council, alongside UnLtd (the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs), the South West Academic Health Science Network (SWAHSN) and the Centre for Ageing Better.  The local element is provided by Volunteer Cornwall as the delivery organisation and was launched back in April 2017.

The programme initially convened people in later life and their friends and families, with health and social care leaders and social entrepreneurs in Cornwall in a series of workshops to address the 'Exploring the Challenge' phase in the Summer of 2017.

Having undertaken the workshops, the next phase in Oct 2017 began with a 'Call for Applications' from social entrepreneurs who were required to respond to six co-produced design innovation briefs.  Budding social entrepreneurs then 'pitched' to an awards panel in January of this year.  The first round of bids have just been completed and several awards have been made and two of those went to Cornish ventures.

The second round has now opened and further details can be found at (alternatively please contact Sam Alford at [email protected] or on 07860-595912).  THESE AWARDS ARE OPEN TO ANYONE WITH A GOOD IDEA.  You may not consider yourself an 'entrepreneur' at this stage but, with the support and coaching offered by Unltd as part of this programme, this is your chance to get your idea off the ground.

If you would like any further information about the programme or how you can get involved please contact:

[email protected] or call (07968) 706101