• Claudia Wace

Connectforce receives funding from The National Lottery Community Fund

We’re really excited today, because we’ve had our application for the Awards for All funding from The National Lottery Community Fund (TNLF) approved!

It means that we can continue the good work that we’ve been doing to grow the Connectforce community even further.

Growing our community

So far, we’ve been in the development stage of three digital people-led programmes designed to create long-term links between care homes and the community.

Our programmes all work towards the Connectforce mission that our elderly population should not be left out simply because technology is moving on.

We believe that older adults can and should take an active role in an increasingly digital society.

Our initiative is unique because we seek to connect older people to their communities long term through a variety of partnerships.

Facilitating the digital community

To put it simply, we’ve undertaken a pretty mammoth task.

There have been so many ‘what ifs’, ‘how will this work’, and ‘where do we start moments’, but we’re determined to find the answers.

Behind the scenes, we have been working hard to develop our model. We’ve called it the Digital Community Connector, and it’s what we’ve gained funding for to develop further.

Its premise is simple:

Our plan is to establish ourselves as a channel between care providers and the arts world.

The idea is to make it easier to explore volunteer social opportunities with the UK’s elderly to help them feel engaged and positive about their place in modern society.

How we’re doing this

One of our initial projects has been to develop a partnership with the Mountview drama school. The school has provided us with volunteers for our scheme who are passionate about engaging with and having a positive impact on wider society.

We’ve also been working with CW+, the official charity of Chelesa and Westminster Hospital, and Notting Hill Genesis, one of the largest housing associations in London and the south-east. Through these partnerships, we are building relationships to act as a broker between care providers and arts organisations for mutual benefit.

Central to the model will be the huge emphasis on our monitoring and evaluation, so that we can assess how our work is adding value. This will enable us to improve our services meanwhile proving the benefits of the work we do.

We’re so excited and grateful to have received this money so that we can continue to do good for our elders and arts community.


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