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Proposals are being invited from local not-for-profit groups for projects aiming to prevent social isolation among local people aged 50+, targeting LGBT+ older people.
Please contact Josh Fergeus, Connect Hackney Commissioning Lead, for further information: 020 7923 1962,

What is Connect Hackney all about?
Connect Hackney is a Big Lottery funded programme aiming to reduce and prevent the social isolation of local people aged 50+. Groups may bid for a 1 year contract of up to £20,000 working with LGBT+ older people. Delivery may commence between September 2016 and January 2017.

What is social isolation?
Connect Hackney has defined social isolation in the following way: ‘Someone who has an unwilling disconnection from social contact who sees friends and family in person once a week or less (not counting people you live with or people who provide paid care or support)’

Main Objectives:
• Reducing and preventing the social isolation of older people (50+) in Hackney
• Celebrating older people’s contribution to society – stigma busting – tackling ageism
This is an older people led programme which has been developed in consultation with local older people, supported by our survey of almost 600 older Hackney residents, and informed by a cross-sector partnership of voluntary and community groups, local authority, health sector and other public sector staff.

What do we expect from organisations which aspire to be part of Connect Hackney?

That they should:
• have comprehensive experience of working with and for over 50s and be able to evidence how they involve them in all aspects of the service/activity provided;
• be not-for-profit, and a member of, or able to join, City and Hackney Together. To see the prospectus and membership form please click the following link:;
• demonstrate that they follow vulnerable adult safeguarding best practice;
• have a track record of working in Hackney;
• through the application form, submit a clear proposal indicating their experience and skills; and
• commit time within their project to training, partnership working and the evaluation process.
We welcome proposals from organisations that are willing to collaborate with other organisations (partnership bids) provided they can demonstrate relevant experience, and describe their role within the partnership and the outcomes that each organisation will deliver.

Successful organisations will be required to take part in the local Connect Hackney evaluation and the national Ageing Better evaluation and applicants should consider this when completing the application form.
Organisations led and run by older people are encouraged to apply.
Organisations led and run by BAMER, LGBT+ or disabled people are encouraged to apply.

What is the tender process?
The deadline for application will be Friday 12th August 2016 at 12pm. Applications will be assessed and shortlisted by the Connect Hackney Commissioning Working Group, and a decision will be made by a Commissioning Panel by the 26th August 2016. Both the Working Group and the Commissioning Panel will include local older people.

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