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Guest Blogs: Contributing to Communities

A collection of guest blogs about contributing to communities and volunteering in later life.

Older volunteers taking part in a creative workshop

We are working with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and different sectors to explore how we can get more people involved in volunteering and community activity in later life. Read our latest blogs by Juliet Bouverie (Chief Executive, Stroke Association), Dawn Austwick (Chief Executive, Big Lottery Fund), Izzi Seccombe (Leader of Warwickshire County Council), and London's Deputy Mayor for Social Integration, Social Mobility and Community Engagement - Matthew Ryder.

Placeholder image volunteer carrying plant

Duncan Selbie, CEO at Public Health England, reflects on the role of public health bodies in supporting more people in later life to contribute to their communities.

Placeholder image Volunteer group, Lewisham

Juliet Bouverie, Chief Executive of the Stroke Association, blogs about her experience of chairing our recent Community Contributions in Later Life roundtable.

Placeholder image Community contributions roundtable hosted in Manchester

Matthew Ryder, London’s Deputy Mayor for Social Integration, Social Mobility and Community Engagement, writes that programmes designed to support communities must involve those of all ages.

Placeholder image Mens Sheds Volunteers

Dawn Austwick – Chief Executive of Big Lottery Fund – reflects on the recent Centre for Ageing Better funding roundtable in Manchester.

Placeholder image Woman gardening, Gorsehill, Greater Manchester

Izzi Seccombe, Leader of Warwickshire County Council, reflects on what motivates people in later life to volunteer and how local authorities can widen participation.

Latest research from others

Department for Work & Pensions
11 Jul 2023
This paper outlines the government's response to a consultation seeking views on a new legislative framework for authorising and regulating defined benefit 'superfund' consolidation schemes.
Department for Work & Pensions
20 Jun 2023
This toolkit is designed to provide some ideas and guidance for organisations wishing to encourage pensioners they have dealings with to claim Pension Credit where they might be entitled.
Department of Health and Social Care
15 Jun 2022
This guidance applies to the charging reform implementation support funding. It sets out allocations of the implementation support grant for 2022 to 2023 and guidance intended to assist local authorities.

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