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Nesta Over 50s Volunteering

by | Jan 23, 2017 |

Of interest to Organisations dealing with Volunteers, Older People, Children and Young People, Parents and Families

The Office for Civil Society and Nesta, the innovation foundation, have announced three new grant funds totalling £4million to explore how more charities and public services can better tap into the skills and experience of volunteers over 50 for the benefit of all society.

Eligibility

Each of the three funding streams has its own eligibility criteria. The NESTA news page has the details where you select the specific fund that is of interest and then click on More Information within the introductory paragraph to obtain the relevant eligibility criteria.

What For?

With life expectancy in the UK increasing, a valuable opportunity has opened up for greater numbers of volunteers to share their skills and talents with others in later life – offering a rewarding experience for both sides.

Older volunteers already make an important contribution in supporting our hospitals, schools and local councils, and in roles such as magistrates, first aiders and youth club leaders. As people live longer and research shows volunteering can contribute to wellbeing in later life, these new funds will explore how more can be encouraged to volunteer and how their talents and experiences can be retained.

The three funds now open to application are:

  • The Second Half Fund – Sharing Time and Talents for Life: Will support the growth of new ways of mobilising the time and talents of people aged over 50 specifically in support of: children and young people, parents and families, ageing well, creating resourceful and resilient local places.
  • Join In Stay In: Will award grants to behavioural science experts for organisations to undertake Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs) to understand what works best to encourage volunteers to continue to give their time regularly.
  • Give More Get More – Exploring Intensive Volunteering: Will support organisations to trial intensive volunteering placements for people over 50 – approaching or in retirement – that work alongside public services. These might include ‘gap years’, such as those VSO offers for experienced volunteers to give their time abroad.

How Much?

  • The Second Half Fund – Sharing Time and Talents for Life: Will provide grants of up to £250,000
  • Join In Stay In: Will award grants of up to £50,000 and significant non-financial support
  • Give More Get More – Exploring Intensive Volunteering: Will award grants of up to £100,000

Deadline

Each of the three funding streams has its own deadlines. The NESTA news page has the details where you select the specific fund that is of interest and then click on More Information within the introductory paragraph to obtain the relevant deadline.

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