Tackling Older People’s Social Isolation within the Wakefield District

Wakefield @ 130

We are launching Round III of our Elderly Person’s Social Isolation Fund which is inspired by the celebrations surrounding the 130th anniversary of Wakefield being granted city status.

We believe it is more important than ever that we engage with our older citizens as social isolation is increasingly being recognised as an urgent issue.

Wakefield @ 130 is designed to encourage a series of events and activities, which will engage older people in local communities across the Wakefield District. At least 130 elderly people will be engaged in local communities through a series of celebratory events. It will be an opportunity for them to recall their own personal stories of living within their communities and share these with today’s younger generation including their sons, daughters, grandchildren and even great grandchildren. Their stories/activities could be about:

  • A special moment in Wakefield’s history
  • Their journey to becoming a resident of the District
  • Inspirational experiences from their own lives
  • An activity that brings about an improvement in the facilities available within their local community

The outcomes we’re looking for are:

  • Re-engaging older people with their friends and neighbours
  • Developing new friendships
  • Improving self confidence
  • Increasing mental and physical health through activities outside the home
  • Re-introducing people to regular activities within their local community
Funding Profile

Wakefield @ 130 is designed to work in around 10-15 local communities, engaging up to 2,000 older people across the Wakefield District. The average grant available is likely to be in the region of £3,000. This is an opportunity to maximise the impact of any potential match funding available through your own organisation.


The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday 6 March 2020 and we aim to distribute funds before the end of March. Funding allocated must be spent within 12 months of receipt. All supported projects will be required to submit monitoring information including case studies.

Related Documents

EPSIF Application Form Round III.doc
146.5 kB · 19/02/2020

EPSIF Information and Funding Criteria Round III.pdf
209.9 kB · 05/02/2020


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