£250,000 funding to help older people in Cumbria be more active announced

A funding pot of £250,000 to support a scheme to provide older people in Cumbria and in particular those with or at risk of long-term health conditions, new and improved opportunities to be more active has been announcement.

Active Cumbria, part of Cumbria County Council’s public health team, manages the reconditioning fund and is one of several active partnerships across England involved in a national programme, Live Longer Better, run by former NHS knowledge director Sir Muir Gray. . The movement aims to enable people to live better lives for longer, reduce the need for health and social care and reverse the effects of lockdown.

Statistics show that by 2043, 31.4% of people in Cumbria will be aged 65 and over, compared to 23.9% in England. Research also shows that inactivity increases sharply with age, 29.1% of 65-74 year olds are inactive, with this figure rising to 44.7% for 75-84 year olds.

Live Longer Better in Cumbria brings together sectors and partners from across Cumbria who share the mission of improving the health and quality of life of older people.

Now organizations, groups and delivery partners are invited to apply to the Reconditioning Fund which supports the Live Longer Better in Cumbria program to develop new and increased opportunities for older people to be more active. A maximum of £10,000 per application is available from a total funding of £250,000.

The Fund will particularly focus on activities that increase physical capacity and movement, resilience and health; reduce the risk of, and delay or prevent dementia; and preventing and minimizing the effects of disease and multimorbidity, including long COVIDs.

Active Senior Development Manager of Cumbria, Bruce Lawsonsaid: “We have a clear role to play in reducing inequalities in health and wellbeing in our county and the Live Better Longer in Cumbria scheme and the Reconditioning Fund will allow us to directly support partners working with older people and, together, to provide them with opportunities to be more active.”

Live Longer Better in Cumbria is supported by Cumbria Public Health Director Colin Cox, Colin comments; “As Cumbria’s older population continues to grow in numbers, it is vital that initiatives such as Live Longer Better in Cumbria encourage our older communities to participate in more physical activity. The preventative benefits of activity are widely known, and this program aligns with our goals of reducing health inequalities in Cumbria, enabling our older people to enjoy longer and healthier lives.

Healthcare professionals, charities and physical activity providers who currently work with older people or who have an interest in working with older people are actively encouraged to apply for the Reconditioning Fund and should contact Clare in the first instance. Paling, Active Cumbria Older Adults Program Run by email to [email protected]

A funding pot of £250,000 to support a scheme to provide older people in Cumbria and in particular those with or at risk of long-term health conditions, new and improved opportunities to be more active has been announcement.

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