Ageing Better: The Importance of Connectors During Covid-19 and Beyond

Thu, 11 Feb 2021

12:00 - 13:30

Online

This digital event will explore what partnerships from the National Lottery Community Fund’s Ageing Better programme have learned about the importance of community connectors in tackling loneliness and social isolation, and how the roles of connectors and social prescribing have become even more critical during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Connecting with others is really important for people who are lonely, but they often need support to do so. Connectors therefore help people overcome their emotional and practical barriers to connecting. This skill and knowledge has made connectors even more vital during the pandemic.

At the event, we will hear from several partnerships on the Ageing Better programme, each sharing insights from the 'connector' models that they have used across 5 years of delivery to date. They will address why connectors, and social prescribing more broadly, are important to tackling loneliness both before Covid-19 and now, as well as challenges for connectors which are specific to the Covid-19 context such as:

- Having fewer available services to refer people to
- How to be a connector in a digital context
- Reconnecting people who have been shielding
- We will also help connect participants with each other, allowing them to compare and contrast their own learning.

Please note, this event will be delivery-focused, perhaps particularly of interest to on-the-ground organisations, funders, government and local authorities.

The flow of the event:

In this event, we will hear from three local partnerships from the Ageing Better programme about their experience.

After hearing opening perspectives from the speakers, there will be time for discussions in smaller groups, enabling participants to share their own learning and explore their most pressing questions.

There will be opportunities throughout the event to engage with others and you will be encouraged to make new connections wherever useful to you.

About Ageing Better:

Ageing Better is a six-year, £78 million investment from The National Lottery Community Fund which aims to support people aged over 50 who are experiencing or at risk of social isolation and loneliness, so that they can lead more fulfilling lives, better connected to their communities. 14 local partnerships are working to ensure that people aged 50 and over are:

- less isolated and lonely
- more actively involved in their communities, with their views and participation valued more highly
- more engaged in the design and delivery of services that improve their social connections
- recognised for their positive contribution to society.

Ageing Better also supports:

- services that improve social connections to be better planned, co-ordinated and delivered
- the development of better evidence about how to reduce isolation and loneliness for people aged over 50, in order to improve the design of services in the future.

How to book / contact details:

Book using the link below (Eventbrite)

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