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Department for Work and Pensions unveils new funding to keep people active at 60 - 25 November 2010

Community groups in 30 areas across the country will soon be able to bid for money to help older people keep active and make the most of their later lives.

As part of its Big Society ambition, the Government is providing £1 million to fund ‘Active at 60’, a project that will help older people who are most at risk of loneliness and social isolation.

The programme is being administered by the Community Development Foundation (CDF), who will distribute the funds to 30 local funders currently being selected. Once announced, these local funders will allow community groups in their areas to bid for grants between £250 and £3,000.

Each local community organisation within the selected areas will recruit at least one Active at 60 Community Agent who will volunteer their time to help motivate, encourage and organise people within their own communities to become more active, physically, socially and mentally. Active at 60 Community Agents will be from the communities they are helping, they will know what will work best, and will have the flexibility to design innovative ways of encouraging and inspiring activity.

Once the local funders have been announced for this programme, we will publish further information on how groups can apply for funding. For information on which areas have been selected to recieve funding and to read the full press release, visit the DWP website.