The TED Ageing Better in East Lindsey is taking a test and learn approach, which gives us the flexibility to deliver in a range of styles. Test and Learn means we can recognise and share ideas that have been successful and areas that the project has learnt from.

Ageing Better Projects are being evaluated locally and nationally with the national evaluation being led by Ecorys who were selected by The National Lottery Community Fund as an impartial organisation. Ecorys are analysing the interventions and the difference the programme makes for participants and examine the delivery models that are effective and the sustainability for wider programme delivery.

All participants involved in the TED Programme are requested to complete a survey called the CMF (Common Measurement Framework) which was designed by Ecorys. Participants complete a CMF at the start of their involvement with a project, after six months, at the end of the project and then a final time six months later.  

TED Ageing Better in East Lindsey Publications:


The role housing plays in reducing social isolation and loneliness in East Lindsey

This report highlights learning from the TED programme on the role that housing plays in reducing social isolation and loneliness in East Lindsey. Waterloo independent living schemes provide many older people, who live in East Lindsey and Lincolnshire more widely, with a safe place to live independently. Most schemes provide flats within a main building, and some also offer bungalows on the same…



Loneliness in older people

Many people experience loneliness in older age, especially those over the age of 75, and feeling alone and vulnerable can lead to depression and a serious decline in physical health and wellbeing. According to Age UK, over 2 million people in England over the age of 75 live alone and many of these people go for over a month without speaking to a family member, friend or neighbour. With advancing age, people…



Increasing inclusivity and reaching and engaging older people who are LGBTQ+

This report highlights learning from the TED programme on how we can increase inclusivity and engage with older people who are LGBTQ+. Research has shown that older LGBTQ+ people are particularly vulnerable to loneliness and social isolation. Compared to heterosexuals, LGBTQ+ people are more likely to be single and living alone, they are less likely to be parents and have lower levels of social contact…



CHAPS Platform 50, Men’s Gym Takeover Sessions in Mablethorpe

This report highlights learning from the TED programme on Magna Vitae’s CHAPS (Community Health Activity Project for men) Platform 50, Men’s Gym Takeover sessions at The Station Sports Centre, Mablethorpe. The CHAPS Project CHAPS is a Community Health Activity Project for men aged 50 and over. The project was designed by Magna Vitae and commissioned by TED to: 1) reduce social isolation and loneliness across East Lindsey…



TED Friendship Groups

This report focuses on the learning from our TED Friendship Groups. In 2016, Tea with TED sessions were designed for promotional purposes to spread the message about the TED Ageing Better in East Lindsey Programme, and they were sessions where people aged 50 and over could meet and socialise in safe, age-friendly environments. The Tea with TED sessions were very popular and therefore, after the initial trial period, TED staff continued to host…



TED Banter Bench

With advancing age, people may experience loneliness and can become socially isolated for a number of reasons such as leaving the workplace, a lack of family ties, the deaths of spouses and friends, or through declining health, disability and/or illness. According to Age UK, 3.6 million older people now live alone in the UK, of which two million people are aged 75 or older. 1.9 million older people often feel ignored or…

Engaging lonely/socially isolated older people:

By undertaking research and learning it can help in identifying and removing barriers which enables people to get involved. Some of the barriers that have been identified in relation to engaging older people include: transport, lack of confidence when first attending group sessions, and the practicalities of attending TED sessions whilst managing caring responsibilities.  Awareness of these barriers is essential, particularly in planning events and activities.

  • Using the right language is key to getting people involved – people may not see themselves as ‘old’, ‘isolated’ or ‘lonely’
  • Intergenerational approaches can be a positive way to engage participants who chose not to become involved in activities that are defined as being for ‘older people’
  • It takes time and a variety of approaches to build the relationship, confidence and trust to create the connections required to reach the most isolated.
  • Involvement in volunteering or social action can play an important role in tackling loneliness and isolation.
  • Social infrastructure is not naturally occurring and therefore requires direct investment and support.

The University of Lincoln International Business School have been commissioned to carry out the TED Programme Evaluation. Information about the team can be found here.