We are thrilled to announce that we are one of 17 social ventures to become a Transform Ageing social venture this November.
What is Transform Ageing?
We successfully responded to an innovation challenge from communities in the south-west, and will receive funding and support to deliver social impact in the region.
We are among the selected ventures supported by Transform Ageing, a first-of-its-kind initiative to change the way society approaches and designs services for people in later life. Funded by the Big Lottery Fund, Transform Ageing takes a community and design-led approach to improve people’s experience of ageing. It brings together people in later life, social entrepreneurs, and health & social care leaders to define the challenges and to support the development and delivery of new approaches to ageing. All ventures responded to six distinct innovation briefs set by local people in Somerset, Devon, Torbay and Cornwall.
Transform Ageing is focused on the south-west of England. It is being delivered by UnLtd, the foundation for social entrepreneurs, The Design Council, Centre for Ageing Better and the South West Academic Health Science Network. Delivery of the programme is supported locally by four organisations: Community Council for Somerset, Devon Communities Together, Torbay Community Development Trust, and Volunteer Cornwall to ensure the challenges meet specific local needs.
Made Open understand that community-led solutions can stimulate positive connections for people who are isolated in one way or another. Our solution is an online community exchange whereby community members can exchange information, services and resources with each other.
We have been working with Torbay Community Development Trust, who have built community resilience using our neighbourhood timebanking system combined with ABCD approaches to support social prescribing.
Following extensive feedback and co-design, we are now embarking on a major redesign and repurposing of our community platform, bringing together:
A community directory that matches members to services or social groups;
A community exchange to offer or request help in exchange for credits;
A place to ask for and find volunteers, funds and equipment;
An exchange of ideas, opinions and event information;
A ‘go to’ place for forming action teams and delivering projects;
A place to mobilise communities around local campaigns;
A social prescribing referral pathway for GPs and healthcare practitioners.