Final Report: Leicester Ageing Together (LAT): Evaluation Report

dc.contributor.authorHinsliff-Smith, K.
dc.contributor.authorBrown, Jayne
dc.contributor.authorPatel, Naina
dc.description.abstractExecutive Summary According to the Office for National Statics (2018) the UK population has been steadily getting older and this trend is projected to continue. In 2016, there were 11.8 million UK residents aged 65 years and over, representing 18% of the total population – 25 years before, there were 9.1 million, accounting for 15.8% of the population. Linked to these statistics over 9 million people in the UK – almost a fifth of the population – say they are always or often lonely, but almost two thirds feel uncomfortable admitting to it (British Red Cross and Co-Op, 2016) and over half (51%) of all people aged 75 and over live alone (ONS, 2010). The Leicester Ageing Together partnership, known as LAT, has been working since October 2015 to reduce isolation and loneliness in older people in Leicester. So far, they have reached almost 6,000 older people, nearly half of whom were aged 80 years plus. This large and extensive programme recruited over 1,300 volunteers, as well as funding local jobs worth £1.5 million. LAT is part of Ageing Better, a programme set up by The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder to date of community activity in the UK. Ageing Better aimed to develop creative ways for older people to be actively involved in their local communities, helping to combat social isolation and loneliness. It was one of five major programmes set up by The National Lottery Community Fund to test and learn from new approaches to designing services which aimed to make people’s lives healthier and happier. This report commissioned by the LAT board in December 2018 was conducted by De Montfort University and reports the findings of a qualitative evaluation conducted at the end of the funding stream for the programme. The evaluation aimed to gauge the views and experiences of beneficiaries, stakeholders and provider organisations who were involved in the delivery of the programme. This evaluation was conducted over a four month period in early 2019 and where possible aimed to gain insights from across a range of ethnic groups, contexts and viewpoints. In total 50 participants shared their experiences of the programme, for which the evaluation team at De Montfort and LAT are extremely grateful. This report should be read with the understanding that the views shared in this report are not necessarily the views of everyone involved in the programme. They are time specific based on hindsight offering a snap shot of views at the end of the programme rather than throughout. The findings relate to data collected over a months in 2019 involving 50 participants who were at the time of data collection actively engaged in an activity as a beneficiary or were delivering programmes as a provider. The majority of the views shared in this report are generated from the 35 older people classed as the LAT programme beneficiaries with a further 15 interviews undertaken with provider and stakeholder organisations. This evaluation did not seek the views of the LAT board members. Ageing Better, the Big Lottery funders or organisations that were no longer offering LAT funded activities. The findings and therefore the recommendations are solely based on the evidence gathered during this evaluation exercise and it would be useful for these to be considered in light of the other extensive evaluations that have been commissioned not just for the Leicester programme but others commissioned across the sector. For example at the time of submitting this final report we understand there is an ongoing national evaluation by the Big Lottery which is anticipated to have cross cutting themes to other local evaluations. It would be wise, therefore, to review these in the context of Leicester and other UK Cities and similar programmes aimed to support loneliness and social isolation amongst older people (those aged over 50) and the communities to which they live. The report findings aim to capture the essence of the LAT programme including highlights, strengths and opportunities for future learning for similar programmes of activity.en
dc.funderOther external funder (please detail below)en
dc.funder.otherLeicester Ageing Together/VISTAen
dc.identifier.citationHinsliff-Smith, K. Patel, N. Brown, J. Leicester Ageing Together (LAT): Evaluation Report. Jan 2020en
dc.publisherDe Montfort Universityen
dc.researchinstituteInstitute of Health, Health Policy and Social Careen
dc.subjectolder peopleen
dc.subjectsocial isolationen
dc.subjectNational Lotteryen
dc.titleFinal Report: Leicester Ageing Together (LAT): Evaluation Reporten
dc.typeTechnical Reporten
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