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CHSS, as part of a multi-agency collaboration, is evaluating the five year 'Ageless Thanet' project (as part of the Big Lottery's national 'Ageing Better' programme) to reduce social isolation and ensure a better old age for Thanet residents.

The evaluation design draws on the RE-AIM framework which explores impact on process and individual outcomes. A mixed methods approach will be used, gathering data from individuals accessing services and the agencies delivering them. The evaluation will be dynamic with continuous assessment and testing of the initiatives to determine which work in having a meaningful impact on social isolation.

There is a strong emphasis on stakeholder involvement and empowering the community. The project will equip local community researchers with the requisite skills to take forward the evaluation process beyond 2020.

The project, led by SEK (Social Enterprise Kent) will deliver services and activities across five project workstreams:

  • wellbeing - educational, fitness, social and craft activities to enhance health and wellbeing
  • active citizenship - volunteer 'ageing better' champions target and help isolated people in the community
  • planning for later life - advice, support, guidance and life coaching from 'life planners'
  • older entrepreneurs - helping those 50+ to set up or develop small businesses
  • age-friendly businesses - 'Ageless Thanet' kite mark to be developed for display.

Start date: 01/04/2015 End date: 31/03/2020

Funder: Big Lottery Fund via Social Enterprise Kent

Funding: £199,172

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Last Updated: 10/05/2016