Building Connections: Devon Highlights

1st January 2019 - 31st December 2020

The image on the right shows older people from another Creativity Centre project, The Merry Widows project.

Devon Communities Together has received £98,900 from The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest community funder in the UK, for a new project to support older people (aged 55+) living in rural areas of Devon who are at risk of isolation and loneliness.

The funding has been awarded following a successful bid for a slice of the Building Connections Fund, a partnership between Government, The National Lottery Community Fund and the Co-op Foundation which was set up in response to the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness to support projects that prevent or reduce loneliness. 

The Devon HIGHLIGHTS project is led by Devon Communities Together and is the result of a partnership bid with members of the Devon Senior Voice Network, The Creativity Centre Educational Trust (CCET) and Ageing Without Children. It aims to improve the quality of life and physical and mental wellbeing of its participants and will support the start-up and sustainable development of new, local place–based group activities that respond to the needs and desires of local participants. New HIGHLIGHTS groups will be developed and supported across six target communities in rural Devon. Each group will be supported to hold fortnightly half-day group sessions, each developing community projects of participants’ choice. Grants of up to £200 per group will be available to fund group activities and it is anticipated that over the life of the project (January 2019 – December 2020) that 200 people will directly benefit from Devon HIGHLIGHTS and a further 200 will benefit indirectly from the community activities and projects the groups create.

Read the press release we created to launch the project here.
READ AN article from the Guardian featuring Ageing Well Without Children, a Devon HIGHLIGHTS partner: 'over 1 million childless people over 65 are "dangerously unsupported" '

To find out more about Devon HIGHLIGHTS, please contact Dawn Eckhart by emailing dawn@devoncommunities.org.uk or calling 01392 248919.