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.

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 commenced (Oct 2017) with a 'Call for Applications' from social entrepreneurs.  This was in the form of six co-produced design innovation briefs for social entrepreneurs to respond to by 4/12/17 as part of the first round of funding awards.  (For further information around the awards process please contact Sam Alford at [email protected] or on 07860-595912).

The bids will then be presented to an awards panel consisting of: a person in later life, a health/social care commissioner, the Awards Manager from Unltd and a member from the Delivery Organisation.  This will take place towards the end of January 2018.

If you would like more information please contact:

[email protected] or call (07968) 706101