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Author: Age NI
Published on 07 January 2014 12:00 PM

Philip Davis from Comic Relief and George Say celebrate the New Year with the next phase of an innovative funding programme with Age NI to help older people’s groups access financial support.

The Lloyds TSB Foundation had been supporting the project for the past two years with over 50 workshops and specialist masterclasses on fundraising, resulting in nearly £110,000 to deliver activities for older people. Now that Lloyds funding has come to a close, Comic Relief has provided the project with £220,000 over three years to continue this important work.

Linda Robinson, Acting Age NI Chief Executive commented, ‘We are delighted that our First Steps to Funding programme is moving into its Next Steps to Funding phase with the support of Comic Relief. We would like to thank Lloyds TSB for their incredible support to date. With their help, we have assisted local older people’s groups to improve awareness of the financial support that is available to increase and sustain activities for people in later across NI.

'Thousands of pounds worth of grant assistance has been provided to groups who have participated in First Steps to Funding workshops so far. With the support of Comic Relief, we can continue to develop this programme to improve the lives of older people locally.'

Sandara Kelso-Robb, Executive Director Lloyds TSB Foundation for Northern Ireland commented, ‘The Lloyds TSB Foundation for Northern Ireland has been delighted to provide the funding for the innovative First Steps to Funding project over the past two years. The project has supported older peoples groups across Northern Ireland to increase their understanding of the funding process and to raise their skills so they can successfully apply independently for grants to help them continue their good work in the community.

'Over 50 workshops have resulted in nearly £110,000 being raised to deliver activities for older people and the legacy of this project will continue to grow as Age NI progresses its development with funding from Comic Relief. We wish them every success as they drive positive change for sustainability throughout the age sector.'

Carolyn Robertson, UK Grants Programme Manager, from Comic Relief added, ‘We’re very pleased to be supporting this project. I’m sure it will be a very valuable and important project and look forward to hearing how it progresses.’

For further information on the project, contact EJ Havlin, Age NI on 028 9024 5729 or email

For more information: Call Age NI Advice: 0808 808 7575