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. 

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.

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 Gym Takeover

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.

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.

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.

Communication leads to Community

Social interaction or the ability to relate to others is a basic need

of human life that continues to be critical to the well-being of

individuals in later life (Carstensen, 1991). Communication plays

a large part in these social interactions and the ability to engage

effectively in communication has been shown to be an important

part of an older adult’s life.

Engaging Older Men

The population of older men is growing faster than that of women. Furthermore, the number of men living alone in England and Wales is set to grow from 911,000 today to around 1.5million by 2030. As a result of this ageing and growing (male) population, research conducted by Independent Age and the International Longevity Centre UK (ILC-UK) in 2013 shows that men are now beginning to experience higher levels of social isolation than women

Enhancing Resilience in East Lindsey Communities

The focus of this Learning Report is how TED in East Lindsey

promotes resilience in communities and how lessons from the

Covid-19 context can be drawn on to support communities and

individuals. The report brings together information from a variety of sources, including published documents, case studies from delivery partners, and interviews and focus groups with stakeholders and beneficiaries.

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. Here's more information about the team.

  • Liz Price
  • Ivan Annibal
  • Jessica Sellick
  • Rebecca Herron
  • Jennifer Jackson
Liz Price

Liz is a senior researcher at the University of Lincoln with more than 15 years’ experience of research and evaluation in local economic development, including skills and employment issues, rural communities and infrastructure, and rural services and broadband. Before joining the University, Liz worked in research roles for two district councils and the Learning and Skills Council.  Together with Ivan, Liz will be responsible for the overall management of the project. She will also lead on the quantitative data analysis and monitoring, and production of the quarterly learning and progress reports.

Ivan Annibal

Ivan is Director of Rose Regeneration and Visiting Fellow at the University of Lincoln. Ivan previously had an extensive career in Local Government, being Assistant Director of Development at Lincolnshire County Council for 11 years where he led the authority’s service portfolio around economic development, tourism and the council’s relationship with the VCS sector. Over the last 10 years Ivan has overseen the work of more than 100 commissions. Ivan will lead on the development of the first year and second year final reports, as well as the social return on investment and cost benefit analysis.

Jessica Sellick

Jessica is a business partner at Rose Regeneration.  She is researcher and project manager with more than 15 years’ experience of working across a wide range of local economic development issues, with a particular focus on rural settings. She has undertaken projects on behalf of Government, Local Enterprise Partnerships, Local Authorities, businesses, charities and community groups. Previously she worked in research roles at the New Economics Foundation and DEFRA. Jessica will lead on the baseline analysis and logic model for the evaluation.

Rebecca Herron

Rebecca is a Reader in Operational Research and Systems at the University of Lincoln, and her research interests focus on the application of these ideas to community groups and not-for-profit organisations. Rebecca joined the University in 2004, and her previous professional background includes roles as an Operational Research Analyst with Pilkington Glass Ltd and a Performance Analyst within Nottinghamshire and Nottingham LEAs. Rebecca’s role will focus on qualitative interviewing and engagement, including workshop and focus group facilitation. 

Jennifer Jackson

Jennifer is a Research Fellow at the University of Lincoln. She has been involved with the project management of national and local research in a wide range of areas. She joined the Community Operational Research Unit at the University of Lincoln in 2000 and previously held research at the Universities of East Anglia and Huddersfield. Her research at Lincoln has focused on the community and voluntary sector, health and criminal justice system, local government, employment agencies, housing, ageing support organisations and sports partnerships. Jennifer will assist with the beneficiary interviews and focus groups.

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