Creating an Age-friendly Community Together

Community Lincs’ T.E.D. Programme and East Lindsey District Council Announce Partnership

Job Vacancy – Age-Friendly East Lindsey Principal Officer

Join Our Team and Help Us Create an Age-friendly East Lindsey This is a very exciting opportunity to play a vital role in supporting East Lindsey District Council and Community Lincs’ T.E.D. Ageing Better Programme on the District’s journey to achieve ‘Age-friendly Community’ status, as recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) Global Network for Age friendly Cities and Communities. Salary: Up to £28,000 pa (dependent on experience) Hours: 37 per week This collaborative programme between Community Lincs’ T.E.D. Ageing Better in East Lindsey programme and East Lindsey District Council is the first of its kind on the East Coast to work towards the WHO Age-friendly accreditation. Age-friendly environments foster healthy and active ageing. They enable older people to: age safely in a place that is right for them; be free from poverty; continue to develop personally; and to contribute to their communities while retaining autonomy, health and dignity. The role of Principal Officer provides a unique opportunity to be part of this collaboration from inception and to play a key role in the development and success of the programme. The successful applicant will be working directly with strategic partners to support the development and implementation of a district-wide action plan, ensure it remains on track and is delivered within agreed timescales. Deadline for Applications: Wednesday 24th April, close of business Interviews: 7th May and 9th May at Community Lincs, Sleaford Community Lincs is a charity, based in Sleaford, which works throughout Lincolnshire to make a positive difference to the lives of individuals and communities in the region. East Lindsey District Council is geographically one of the largest, and one of the top performing district councils in the country. T.E.D. Ageing Better in East Lindsey is part of the six-year (2015-2021), £78 million National Lottery funded Ageing Better programme set-up by the The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK. Downloads Job Specification Application Form

What’s Your Story – Learning from T.E.D.

The T.E.D. project runs as a Test and Learn model to help direct the learning and understandings that organisations have about the impacts of isolation and loneliness on those over 50 living in rural communities. As part of this case studies are a valuable tool which help the T.E.D. programme to demonstrate the impact of the services we provide, whilst giving a valuable insight into the lives of our volunteers and beneficiaries; framing their experiences, life journey and any teachings they would like to share. To find out more visit our learning page

Taking T.E.D. on Tour

The T.E.D. Ageing Better in East Lindsey programme is thrilled to be welcoming The National Lottery Community Fund representative, Ruth Bamford, on a whistle stop tour of East Lindsey and to take part in some T.E.D. activities. Ruth will be joining the T.E.D. team on Tuesday 5th March. Activities include an I.T. drop in session with Lincs Digital at Chapel St Leanord, where people over 50 are supported to get active online, followed by a networking lunch with T.E.D. volunteers and the Programme Management Group. Ruth will also be awarding three new Age-friendly Businesses, Chapel Garden Centre in Chapel St Leanords and Chuckling Cheese and Wilko’s in Hildred’s Shopping Centre, Skegness. Hildred’s are great supporters of T.E.D. and recently hosted a banter bench for customers to sit and have a chat with centre volunteers and T.E.D. volunteers. Amy Thomas, T.E.D. Programme Manager said, “We’re really looking forward to showing The National Lottery Community Fund around East Lindsey, an area committed to the Ageing Better agenda, and being able to showcase some of the great work being done in the district as part of T.E.D.” Assistant Director (People) Michelle Howard of East Lindsey District Council said; “We are pleased to be working in partnership with the T.E.D. programme and are pleased that The National Lottery Community Fund colleagues are able to visit and see for themselves, the difference that T.E.D. is making in East Lindsey. We would like to congratulate the businesses receiving Age-friendly Business Awards”.

Spring Newsletter

T.E.D.’s latest season edition newsletter is here with the Spring paper. To view or download the PDF please click here.  

Age friendly Business

The Age-friendly Business Award scheme rewards local businesses going above and beyond for older customers and who foster a positive view of ageing. The award is open to businesses and services in East Lindsey operational for at least 6 months and who meet set criteria in the following categories: Accessibility Customer Comfort Marketing and Communications Staff Training and Attitude Local businesses are important to older people, which is why we are working with businesses to raise awareness and encourage use of Age-friendly Businesses. Likewise older people make up a significant proportion of the population and are an important part of our economy – 26% of East Lindsey residents being over age 65. Age-friendly Business status also speaks volumes when attracting customers visiting the area. A report by the Greater Lincolnshire LEP revealed that the highest proportion of visitors were age 55 – 64 years. The award process includes an assessment conducted via discussion with the business manager/owner and a mystery shop to validate the assessment findings. Businesses achieving Age-friendly status receive an award and window sticker to help customer’s identify them as Age-friendly and advertising on the T.E.D. website with direct links to the businesses own website. T.E.D. – Ageing Better in East Lindsey is part of Ageing Better, a programme set up by The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK. Ageing Better aims to develop creative ways for people aged over 50 to be actively involved in their local communities, helping to combat social isolation and loneliness. It is one of five major programmes set up by The National Lottery Community Fund to test and learn from new approaches to designing services which aim to make people’s lives healthier and happier. www.tedineastlindsey.co.uk. The T.E.D. programme is managed by Community Lincs a charity, based in Sleaford, which works throughout Lincolnshire to make a positive difference to the lives of individuals and communities in the region www.communitylincs.com “This is a great opportunity to demonstraste businesses that consider older people in their business approaches. The T.E.D. Age-friendly Business award is proof that these businesses are thinking about older people in their business approach” T.E.D. Programme Manager.