Young and old in Norfolk to benefit from £25,000 fund

Just Regional
Jul 18, 2016 3 mins read

Applications are now open to a £25,000 fund designed to promote intergenerational working and support older people in the county to remain independent for longer.

Norfolk County Council and the Cabinet Office are jointly funding the scheme, which is part of the Love Norfolk Youth Social Action Fund, and aims to get young people volunteering, fundraising and campaigning. The focus will be on projects that encourage young people to work with older Norfolk residents, supporting independence and strengthening intergenerational relationships.

Grants of up to £5,000 can be applied for by charities, community groups, social enterprises and community interest companies for projects working with young people aged 10 to 20 (25 for those with disabilities and special educational needs).
The fund forms part of the County Council’s wider work to increase young people’s skills and employability and to help older people maintain their independence and a good quality of life. The fund will be administered by Norfolk Community Foundation, with funding decisions made by a panel of young people and older people.
Roger Smith, Chairman of Norfolk County Council’s Children’s Services Committee, said: “This fund is an excellent way of helping people gain knowledge and experience for the good of both generations. By volunteering, campaigning and fundraising, young people learn useful skills, develop a greater understanding of the world around them and make a valuable contribution to the lives of others. I hope we get an enthusiastic response to this call for applications and look forward to hearing all about the successful projects.”
Bill Borrett, Chairman of Norfolk County Council’s Adult Social Care Committee, said: “Helping people to maintain and regain their independence is a priority for the county council. With people living longer, we need to find new and innovative ways to support people to have a good quality of life into old age and this is becoming an area of great opportunity and challenge across the country. So it feels absolutely right to get the next generation involved, coming up with ideas and putting them into practice, and making a real difference to Norfolk’s older people as a result.”
This is the second time the fund has been made available after a successful first round last year.
Holt Youth Project was one of the recipients of funding from the first round for their project to provide IT support to older people in the community. Fifteen young people devised the programme and sent out information to target groups including making local presentations and booking free advertising. As a result the project supported local older people to become more confident in using computers and the internet, and helped to build relationships and remove any anxiety or stigma that may have been attached to either age group by the other.
The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday, August 5. Successful projects will be notified in September. For more information or to apply visit http://www.norfolkfoundation.com/funds/love-norfolk-youth-social-action-fund.

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