What is TED?

TED (Talk, Eat and Drink) Ageing Better in East Lindsey is a seven year National Lottery Community Fund Project as part of their Ageing Better Programme which is working with individuals, groups, organisations and local businesses across the district to reduce the experience of social isolation and loneliness for those over 50.

36.4% of the population in East Lindsey are aged over 60 and 80% are living in rural locations.

TED works with several key partners such as East Lindsey District Council, Lincolnshire County Council, Age UK Lindsey, Lincolnshire East Clinical Commissioning Group, and Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Trust. All with the common goal of making the borough of East Lindsey an Age-friendly Community.

The key areas that TED delivers in are Louth, Horncastle, Mablethorpe, Sutton-on-Sea and Skegness, although we do look to cover the whole of East Lindsey. We help to organise self-sustaining Friendship Groups in each area, conduct Age-friendly Business assessments and work with a variety of Delivery Partners to reach a wider community and to also conduct research into the challenges over 50s face as they reach retirement.

If you are interested in getting involved, either by becoming an Age-friendly Business, creating a local friendship group, becoming a TED member, volunteering with our Delivery Partners or taking part in our regular events, contact the TED team ted@lincsymca.co.uk today. TED is managed by YMCA Lincolnshire and is part of the National Lottery funded Ageing Better programme set up by The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK. Ageing Better is one of five major programmes set up to test and learn from new approaches to help designing services which aim to make people’s lives healthier and happier.

Age Friendly East Lindsey

In 2019 a partnership was established between Community Lincs (now part of YMCA Lincolnshire) and East Lindsey District Council (ELDC) to progress East Lindsey’s ambition to achieve Age Friendly Community status, recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) Global Network of Age Friendly Communities. As a result of the partnership a full time post was created to progress the development and success of this work. The Age Friendly Principal Officer post is jointly funded by ELDC and the TED Ageing Better programme. This partnership and programme of work is directly informed by the work of the TED Ageing Better Programme, which ELDC has been a key member and champion of. It has been proven that Age Friendly Environments foster healthy and active ageing.

They enable people to:      

  • Age safely in a place that is right for them     
  • Be free from poverty   
  • Continue to develop personally       
  • Contribute to their communities while retaining autonomy, health & dignity

In September 2019 East Lindsey became a member of the UK Network of Age Friendly Communities; and in 2020 gained a place on the UK Network Steering Group. The Age Friendly Principal Officer is East Lindsey’s contact with the Centre for Ageing Better and represents East Lindsey on the UK Network Steering Group. For any information about this work please contact Jane Berni, the Age Friendly Principal Officer by emailing jane.berni@lincsymca.co.uk

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