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Innovative ideas wanted to help improve life for the elderly

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: September 17, 2013

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PEOPLE with innovative ideas for improving opportunities for older people across the Staffordshire Moorlands are invited to a workshop to help them bid for money to get their ideas off the ground.

Working in partnership with the Beth Johnson Foundation the authroity is seeking to kick start services that encourage the over 50s to be healthy and active and continue to live independently.

The council's Innovation Fund of £50,000 was set up support new ways of working with older people to help them age well.

Funding has already been awarded to projects including a men's over 60s group, a series of walks for stroke survivors, a community cafÈ, and a community project aimed at reconnecting the generations.

Groups and individuals with their own ideas are invited to attend a workshop at Moorlands House, Leek on Monday, September 23, where they can discuss and refine their proposals before putting them before the funding panel.

Applications for grants of £250 to £1,500 are welcomed and higher amounts may be considered for special projects.

Places for the workshop must be booked by Monday, September 16.

Forms are available from the Staffordshire Moorlands Webs i t e www.staffsmoorlands.gov.uk the Beth Johnson Foundation website www.bjf.org.uk or for people who do not have access to the internet please call 01782 844036

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