Ambition for Ageing was a 7-year programme led by GMCVO and funded by The National Lottery Community Fund with the primary aim of reducing social isolation for people aged 50 and over.
Between 2015 and 2022 they invested over £2 million into over 1,500 small projects. The report examines the legacy of Ambition for Ageing by drawing on the lessons learned over its 7 years of supporting projects to improve age-friendliness and social connections across a range of neighbourhoods.
The recommendations within the report relate to the key learning areas; equality, co-production, making investments, delivering a microfunding programme inclusively, the importance of connectivity within a place, taking a place-based, sustainability, and taking a test and learn approach.
The report includes a process evaluation of Ambition for Ageing's Greater Manchester-wide microfunding programme, Supporting Ageing in Place. In the final year of the programme, over 100 small projects were funded in specfic neighbourhoods to help connect older people locally.
The report is available to read and download below.