Improving opportunities for older people

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Supporting councils to provide a better quality of life for older people through local services – ‘Ageing Well’

DWP commissioned the ‘Ageing Well’ Programme and implemented it in partnership with the Local Government Association (LGA) over a 2 year period which ended in March 2012.

Over 100 single tier councils in England took part in the programme. The original aim of the programme, and now its legacy, is to support councils to provide a better quality of life for older people through local services that are designed to meet their needs now, and in the future.

The programme recognises the huge contribution that people in later life make to their local communities. An important aspect of the programme is helping to improve the efficiency of local services in the current financial climate while still maintaining quality services.

We have published full and summary reports of the evaluation of the Ageing Well programme.

The Ageing Well legacy website captures the learning from the programme and provides practical advice for councils and their partners with case studies, written guides, videos, toolkits, useful websites and other resources.

These provide continued support to those councils who took part in the programme and are also designed to encourage use by those councils and partners that were not able to benefit from the support the programme provided.

The Ageing Well group on the LGA’s Knowledge Hub aims to share best practice and provide a place for councils and partners to share their own findings and discuss the issues with others who have a shared interest.

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