New group will help banish loneliness among elderly in Plymouth
A NEW social enterprise run by older people for older people will set out to banish loneliness.
Plymouth City Council is submitting a funding bid worth up to £6million over six years to the Big Lottery Fund.
The project aims to tackle social isolation by getting older people more involved in their communities and in the design and delivery of services.
Giving people control of the services they receive is a priority as well as supporting social enterprises, a council spokeswoman said.
Cllr Sue McDonald, the Cabinet member for public health and adult social care, said: "As people are living more independently and staying in their own homes, loneliness is potentially an issue.
"There is a wide choice of activities and opportunities for an active social life in the city but we have to make sure people know about them and are given the right support so they can get involved.
"This social enterprise means that older people who have a great deal to offer are given the opportunity to help others."
The council is working on the bid to the Big Lottery Fund's Fulfilling Lives: Ageing Better programme in partnership with the Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning group and a range of voluntary and private sector organisations.
A voluntary or community organisation will be selected to lead the next stage of the bid.
The enterprise will set up and manage a service to help people get involved in activities and their communities.
It will also develop an income-generating business with opportunities for practical work and consultancy and possibly an apprenticeship scheme.