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Transform Ageing​

22 March 2022

How we delivered: 

We brought together 120 people in later life, social entrepreneurs and public sector leaders across the region to better understand the needs and aspirations of people in later life and to identify what would improve their experience of ageing.  

The engagement research culminated in six innovation briefs that we sent out to social entrepreneurs, including some of the people in later life that we had originally engaged. ​The 62 social enterprises that took part were given access to online and in-person resources around design and business innovation. Several were supported to present their work on national platforms, leading to further investment. 

From forest-bathing dementia services to AI enabled memory books, 62 new products and services launched, providing a much greater choice than those traditionally commissioned by the public sector.  

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£ 815 k
of investment in 62 social enterprises, 46% of which were led by people in later life.

£ 3.7 m
return on investment

89 k
people reached by the initiative.

This project created 193 jobs and 800 volunteering opportunities and we found a measureable improvement in social isolation. 

We’re proud of the impact of the Transform Ageing programme - its a great example of how putting people in later life at the centre of the innovation process results in sustainable solutions that improves the lives of people across the region.

Jon Siddall CEO, South West Academic Health Science Network

Category: Public sector & social innovation

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