Call for evidence opened into volunteering among older people

25 Oct 2017 News

The Centre for Ageing Better has launched a call for evidence to capture views from charities and other organisations on how to increase voluntary and community activity among people aged 50 and over.

The Centre for Ageing Better, the charitable foundation which looks to bring about change for people in later life, has launched a survey as part of a wider review being conducted in partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

The review, which is also supported by the Big Lottery Fund, aims to encourage more people in later life to contribute to their communities and get involved in volunteering.

The Centre for Ageing Better wants to capture views from charities, community groups, organisations, researchers and individuals.

It is looking for examples of “what encourages and what prevents people from taking part in voluntary and community activity, as well as insights into the particular challenges and barriers faced by underrepresented groups such as people on low incomes and those with long-term health conditions”.

It is also looking for insights from both personal and professional experience, as well as evidence from formal research and evaluations.

Dan Jones, director of innovation and change at the Centre for Ageing Better, said: “We are looking for stories, experience and insights, both personal and professional. We want to understand how to encourage people in later life to get involved in their communities and stay involved. We’re interested in what motivates people to get involved, how they can be better supported, and where people and organisations are doing this well.

“Of particular interest to us is how to better support people on low incomes and those with long-term health conditions to contribute their time and talents in later life, as we know these people often face challenges to taking part.”

The call for evidence will remain open for the next two months, closing before the end of the year.

It said the views collected will feed into a series of roundtables early next year, and will also help shape the review’s practical recommendations being published next summer, which are designed to inform the work of government, funders, voluntary, public and private sectors.

To submit evidence, click here.


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