Innovation Fund Partners

A panel of older people were assembled to decide which projects would be funded out of the Innovation Fund, a pot of £150,000. The panel members rigorous commissioning training, to ensure they’d be able to judge the tenders (of which there were 32 to sort and narrow down to 8 who’d receive funding). The Innovation Fund themes were a direct response to feedback from the “Food for Thought” participation events, a large-scale participation event series, to find out what was and wasn’t working for older people living in Torbay, which were attended by over 400 people in later life.

The three key aims of the Innovation Fund were:

  1. To increase the range of affordable activities available
  2. To increase the opportunities for people to benefit from the skills of older people
  3. To create better access to affordable technology for information, as well as increased opportunities between generations to connect

As a result, eight new delivery partners have joined Ageing Well Torbay through the Innovation Fund:

Daybreak – Step One

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Project to create new mental health peer support networks for people over 50, to reduce anxiety, depression and low self-esteem. Daybreak will provide groups, outreach  and engagement sessions (this is already available for people under 50), but older people have a greater likelihood  of being affected by bereavement, redundancy, social connection and confidence.

01803 557801

Community Internet Café – Ellacombe Community Partnership

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Ellacombe Community Partnership will provide a new community internet café with opportunities for older people to expand their existing skills set, socialise and feel valued. This café will also provide free IT training via volunteers as well as low-cost refreshments.


Digital Inclusion – Healthwatch Torbay


Healthwatch Torbay are seeking to bridge the ‘digital divide’ for those unable to use online services and effectively excluded from health and social care resources and services. This project will provide one-to-one support in the community or at home.

08000 520 029

Activities Week/Tea Dances – Karing

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Karing will be hosting a regular tea dance over a 4 month period, on a Sunday which participants have said is the most difficult day of the week in terms of loneliness

They will also host an ‘activity week’ to test out new ideas for activities which have not been tried before, and if successful they will introduce these events on a regular basis.

01803 524799

Media Training – Riviera FM


Riviera FM’s project is offering people over 50 the chance to have media training on all aspects of running a radio station including developing content, presenting programmes, outside broadcasting and developing social media campaigns.

01803 506070

Intergenerational Activities – So-Fly


So-Fly aim to bridge the Intergenerational gap – helping to build mutual understanding and communication through peer-led groups piloting ideas for activities such as a young and old men’s woodwork group, drone flying, skills swapping and also one-to-one matched mentoring.

01803 524903

Hear and Now – Sound Communities


Sound Communities

Sound Communities will bring together younger and older people in local history groups, care homes and communities to record, produce, broadcast and archive local stories and memories across Torbay.

01803 863618

Wellswood Wheels – Wellswood Community Partnership


Wellswood Community Partnership aim to provide a ‘Door to door’ bookable minibus service, for people over 50 including support from an assistant driver and the driver, to walk or be wheeled to the bus, get on the bus, and be helped off the bus safely. 

01803 212638

At the 2017 Ageing Well Festival, these new delivery partners were presented their new funds for their respective projects in a cheque presentation ceremony: