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Working together to make the Isle of Wight a great place to grow old.

The Ageing Better Programme is an exciting partnership funded by The National Lottery Community Fund making the Isle of Wight a great place to grow old, while tackling social isolation.

About the Ageing Better Programme

In March 2015, the Age Friendly Island partnership was successful in securing £5.7million for a period of 5 years from The National Lottery Community Fund to combat social isolation amongst local older people.

This exciting partnership of 11 organisations, under the heading AgeFriendly Island, aims to make the Isle of Wight a truly great place to grow old.

Led by Age UKIW, the partnership is made up of organisations committed to building an Island that values, respects, engages and actively supports older people, with the voice of older residents at the heart.

The need for an Age Friendly Island

Currently 24% of people living on the Isle of Wight are over 65 and by 2021 this is expected to rise to 28%, meaning the Isle of Wight has more older adults than school aged children.

Age Friendly Island will play a key role in planning for the needs of this growing older population.

Our vision for an Age Friendly Island is one where policies, services and structures related to the physical and social environment are designed to help and support older people to 'age actively', enabling older people to live safely, enjoy good health and stay locally involved.

You can find out more about Age Friendly Island by:

Calling: (01983) 525282

This project is part of the Age Friendly Island partnership. Age Friendly Island is part of Ageing Better, a programme set up by The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK. Ageing Better aims to develop creative ways for older people to be actively involved in their local communities, helping to combat social isolation and loneliness. It is one of five major programmes set up by The National Lottery Community Fund to test and learn from new approaches to designing services which aim to make people’s lives healthier and happier.