Tracey Supports BIG Lottery Fund’s Older People Strategy

Tracey has thrown her full support behind the first initiative from the BIG Lottery Fund’s Older People Strategy. The Silver Dreams Fund, valued at £10 million, marks the first tranche of a multi-million pound investment that will help support older people through life-changing events, while encouraging them to get more actively involved in their communities.

A survey commissioned by BIG reveals that 42% of older people fear suffering ill health, while 25% worry about a loss of independence. BIG’s survey also revealed that 40% of older people feel under-valued by society.

The Silver Dreams Fund is looking for 30 innovative ideas for schemes that will help older people, the top five ideas will receive up to an additional £1 million to scale up their project. Interested organisations have until Friday 28 October to submit outline ideas for the Fund.

Tracey says: “I am absolutely delighted to read of the Silver Dreams initiative, having recently held a debate in Parliament on Care and Services for Older People, I am fully aware of the vast challenges facing our ageing population. I would like to take this opportunity to pledge my full support to the BIG Lottery Fund’s Older People Strategy.”