Project to help older people in Birmingham awarded £358,742 by Big Lottery Fund

Age UK Birmingham have been successful in their application to the Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities programme. 
Healthy Friends is a project that will support around 1000 older people, over three years, who have one or more long-term health conditions.  The project will help people to better manage their health condition, reduce social isolation, provide access to support services and ensure greater financial resilience. 
It is hoped that by improving older people’s overall health and wellbeing, the pressure on local NHS services will be reduced. 
The three year grant will enable Age UK Birmingham to employ a project manager, four Healthy Friends mentors, an administrator and an information and advice specialist. 
This project will be available to older people in the Bordesley Green, South Yardley, Small Heath, Acocks Green, Stechford, Winson Green, Yardley and Sheldon areas of Birmingham. 
The project will begin in the New Year and recruitment for newly created posts will begin soon. 
Cat Hayward, Chief Executive of Age UK Birmingham said: “We are over the moon to have received funding from the Big Lottery Fund to support older people in Birmingham. 
“Working closely with NHS Birmingham CrossCity CCG ensures that we will have the greatest possible opportunity to reach the people who need our support the most. Their support throughout the application process has been vital and we look forward to supporting older people to become fitter, less isolated and happier.”
Carol Herity, Associate Director of Partnerships at NHS Birmingham CrossCity CCG, added: “We are delighted to be working with Age UK Birmingham on something that has the potential to have such a positive impact on the lives of so many local people.  
“We will be working closely with our practices in the east of the city, to ensure that as many patients are able to access and benefit from the Healthy Friends project as possible.” 

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