The TED Ageing Better in East Lindsey was taking a test and learn approach, which gave us the flexibility to deliver a range of styles. Test and Learn means we could 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 were analysing the interventions and the difference the programme makes for participants and examine the delivery models that were effective and the sustainability for wider programme delivery.

All participants involved in the TED Programme were requested to complete a survey called the CMF (Common Measurement Framework) which was designed by Ecorys. Participants completed 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.

Digital Inclusion During Covid-19

Prior to the COVID 19 pandemic, TED in East Lindsey completed a learning report on digital skills with ageing populations, featuring a case study of the work of Lincs Digital. Lincs Digital were commissioned as a dedicated TED in East Lindsey delivery partner before COVID 19. TED in East Lindsey and Lincs Digital identified issues relating to ‘digital inclusion’ in rural and semi-rural (ageing) populations.

Adaptation, flexibility and engagement

In this learning report the focus shifts slightly to providers, but incorporates findings from prior learning reports, as well as case studies, monitoring data and delivery partner and programme management meetings. Here consideration is given to encapsulating the challenges of COVID 19 for providing services and portraying ‘adaptation’ in the sector as a learning legacy for future sustainability.

Working in Partnership

In this report we highlight some of the challenges these partnerships face, as detailed in the literature, before showing how one TED delivery partner is implementing partnership work on the ground through a more informal and opportunistic approach. Working together allows organisations to share not only resources like funding but also expertise.

ConnecTED at Distance?

This report considers the role of a specific form of delivery: telephone contact through the ConnecTED telephone befriending service TED established early in the pandemic, along with increased telephone use and befriending by TED’s commissioned delivery partners. It draws on 4 case studies of befriending (three through the ConnecTED service and one with Age UK Lindsey’s telephone befriending service), interviews with stakeholders, project case studies, good news stories and contract monitoring data.

Shifting Sands

In this report we reflect on over 6 years of learning from TED in East Lindsey. Our partners, the University of Lincoln International Business School and Rose Regeneration have reported on research which the programme commissioned for a period of 2 years. This report is a reflective on learning reports and case studies the programme has produced to date. It does so by principally detailing core ways, or ‘shifting sands’, in how we both think about, and engage with, ageing populations from different perspectives (or lookouts).

Talk, Eat and Drink (TED) Ageing Better in East Lindsey – Final Evaluation

This report presents the findings of a two year formative and summative evaluation of TED (Talk, Eat, Drink) in East Lindsey. The evaluation has been conducted on behalf of YMCA Lincolnshire by the University of Lincoln and Rose Regeneration.

Everyone’s Business? A review of TED in East Lindsey’s Age-Friendly Business Accreditation 2021

In this report we review the Age-friendly Business Award and its impact on businesses and customers before, during and after the Covid-19 Lockdowns.

Ageing without children in rural Lincolnshire: an exploratory study

Written by Prof Mo Ray, from the Healthy Ageing Research Group at the University of Lincoln, this report explores the lives of people ageing without children in rural coastal areas. Using interviews, this report explores the topics of pathways to ageing without children, perceptions of people ageing without children, health and wellbeing and many more themes. Facilitated in partnership with TED in East Lindsey.

Stronger Together- a co-production toolkit from Ageing Better

If you’re using co-production to involve people in the

design of services that impact them and their communities,

then this toolkit is for you.

In this document, we introduce co-production, explain

how to use the toolkit, and preview all the tools and

resources you will find within it.

Whether you’re just starting out with co-production, or

looking to refine your methods to meet a specific challenge,

we hope you will find plenty of useful insights and inspiring

stories in the toolkit.

For a more comprehensive list of Learning Reports please visit here. Additional learning resources can also be found here.

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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