Age Concern task groups on social isolation and loneliness

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Last year Age Concern Liverpool and Sefton, working with a large and diverse group of partners, developed a lottery bid to secure funding for a range of interventions aimed at improving services for older people in Liverpool. Sadly, the bid was not successful, but the group has continued to meet to look at how to implement some of the ideas contained within the bid with the aim of reducing social isolation and loneliness. A number of task groups have been established to look at different areas of service provision or issues which particularly affect older people.

Kate Rodenhurst, Project Manager for HOP, and Sophie Clarke at The Reader Organisation, are jointly chairing a task group which will look at arts and cultural provision for older people. This will focus initially on how to involve older people in Liverpool’s City of Readers initiative, and in the wider cultural offer across the city. What is needed to break down barriers and make it easy for people to take part?

As these are questions we’ve been considering at HOP network meetings, and testing through the HOP Pot funding stream, we’ll be feeding in the learning from HOP to the arts and culture task group and the strategic group. If you would like to take part in the arts and culture task group meetings, please get in touch at

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