The coalition government has announced that a new £2 million fund will be made available to help community and volunteer-led projects provide extra support to older people, next winter.

The government say that the extra funding, jointly from the Cabinet Office’s Centre for Social Action (which supports programmes that encourage people to create positive change through social action) and the National Tripartite Group (a group made up of NHS England, Monitor, the Trust Development Authority and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Care), will help older people stay healthy in their homes or recover from illness more quickly, which in-turn will reduce pressures on A&E departments or delayed discharges from hospital.

Grants will be made available to voluntary and community-led services who use ‘social action’ to maintain or improve the health and well-being of older people in the UK.

Minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd said:

“We want to make sure that older people have the support they need next winter. There is already some excellent work being done in the voluntary sector and this partnership is about finding the best programmes and supporting them to do more.

“It is also about building a case to encourage more commissioners to look at the wider role that the voluntary sector can play in supporting people in their own homes.”

Applications to the fund can be made via the Social Investment Business Group (SIB Group), who already manage the Social Action Fund on behalf of the Office for Civil Society in Cabinet Office. The group also manages the Social Enterprise Investment Fund for the Department of Health.

The changes come as part of a government initiative (promoting social action) to encourage more people to lend their time and skills to volunteering and other forms of ‘social action’ in order to contribute more to society.

Critics argue that the changes are all part of David Cameron’s ‘Big Society’ ideology, which they claim is designed to replace state administered support with charity-led welfare and healthcare in a cynical bid to reduce the size of the welfare state.

       
  • BrettJohnson2

    uh huh – most of that will get swallowed up on “admin ” no doubt – and basically people who need real help will never even be contacted – we hear so much about all these programs – yet funny enough i have never even had anyone even enquire if i was dead or alive – let alone offer help

  • BrettJohnson2  £2 million isn’t going to go very far. It’s is important to note that the SIB Group edited their web page to remove the size of the grants minutes after we published this article. In turn we had to do the same with this article. It seems that no one is prepared to admit the size of these grants (we had little choice but to edit our article) because both the government and the SIB Group know it won’t go far.

  • BrettJohnson2  £2 million isn’t going to go very far. It’s is important to note that the SIB Group edited their web page to remove the size of the grants minutes after we published this article. In turn we had to do the same with this article. It seems that no one is prepared to admit the size of these grants (we had little choice but to edit our article) because both the government and the SIB Group know it won’t go far.

  • BrettJohnson2

    thank you for your reply WNS editor  – i note they are on about “social care ” on the BBC this morning – basically saying that we will soon reach the stage of more elderly people with NO relatives to care for them , something they obviously do not realize ( or care about ) is the fact that thousands of older people ,many of whom are disabled EARLY in life – have to manage NOW with no help – no support – and the threat of what little money they do get being taken away from them if they are judged ” not disabled enough ” under the new PIP regulations and tests .

    of course , we will now get all sorts of half baked promises leading up to the next election – YET when the politicos come to your door and you ask them pointed questions – they seemingly have to be somewhere else  , so people should not be fooled – we have now arrived at the state of “you are on your own buddy ” so far as “social care ” go’s – which is disgusting when we seemingly can send so much of the money “we don’t have ” abroad – or waste it on things like HS2 that will benefit the few rather than the many

    what the idiots in westminster do not seem to get , is that these cuts are FALSE ECONOMY  , and if they gave us just a bit more ( or stopped trying to take what little they do give ) many of us COULD still manage and not HAVE  to bother the system or other people  , but as any sort of “common sense ” is missing ( as usual imo ) – we will see older and sick /disabled people suffer further  – but then those in the westminster “bubble ” care little for the likes of us – and DON’T let them tell you any different people !!

  • I am puzzled. Didn’t the gov’t recently cut the budget for ‘Social Action’ administered by the SIB group? And just how far do they think this £2 mil. sum go among all those in need? AH! Got it. It will buy plenty of ‘good’ publicity for a beleaguered administration – and perhaps a few more jobs in (or increase the profits for) SIB?
    Cynical? At nearly 76 – YOU BET!