Like many of the Ageing Better partnerships in England, Ageing Better Isle of Wight (known as Age Friendly Island) is a multi-project Programme. Delivered and managed by Age UK Isle of Wight, 16 projects, run by a range of voluntary and community sector and private organisations, have received The National Lottery Community Fund funding to work to reduce social isolation and increase the health and wellbeing of older people.
This report explores how the Programme is working to reduce isolation by exploring how older people access, participate and move between the projects.
Our research found that for some people, likely to be the more isolated or less connected people, accessing the first project can be key. Once people access a project, two forms of support kick in:
In order for this to happen, people need to:
This report identifies what can facilitate each stage of this journey.
This is part of the local evaluation of Age Friendly Island. More information about the findings so far can be found in our interim reports and a ‘Costs and Benefits’ report.
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