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Learning Disability Community Development Project

Time to Shine is seeking a delivery partner to help gain a better understanding of how many older learning disabled people are experiencing social isolation in Leeds. They want to know what the barriers are for them in developing meaningful social relationships and how they would like to tackle their isolation and loneliness.

The project is being commissioned between now and September.

  • Application process opened: 27 July 2016 | Download the Application Form below
  • Application process closes: 7 September 2016, discount 5pm
  • Interviews: w/c 19 September 2016

If you have any questions please contact Rachel Koivunen: or 0113 244 1697

Project Specification

The overall aim of the Learning Disability Community Development Project is to find socially isolated learning disabled seniors and work with them to improve their quality of life and reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation. £70,000 is available over 3 years for delivery.

The Project will have two stages:

  • The first stage is to identify 50 learning disabled seniors in Leeds to establish a baseline figure and to find ways of identifying those who are not using services.
  • The second stage will be used to then explore, with learning disabled interviewers, views about social contacts and meaningful relationships and people’s wishes for more/different/improved social opportunities. With this information, the Project will pilot new ways of connecting learning disabled seniors with others, disabled and non-disabled, and with the wider community through enjoyable shared activities.

For more details download the Learning Disability Community Development Project Specification (pdf)

The exact number of older people (50+) living with a learning disability in Leeds is unknown. In 2014, almost 2,500 people 65 and older in Leeds were estimated to have a learning disability. With increases in life expectancy, the numbers are expected to grow by 26% by 2025.

Application Process
Please complete an return applications to by 5pm on Wednesday 7 September 2016.

The application process has been designed to help bidders develop their ideas and show how the suggested project will reach the most socially isolated older learning disabled people in Leeds.

Applications will be scored and applicants must score a minimum of 60% of the overall quality points available (i.e. 60 points out of 100). Applicants who do not meet this minimum threshold will be automatically eliminated from the process and not invited to the discussion.

The application form is available to download below and from the Time to Shine website

About Time to Shine

Time to Shine is a Big Lottery funded programme managed by Leeds Older People’s Forum to tackle loneliness and social isolation. The project is funded for six years through the National Lottery’s Ageing Better programme. Ageing Better is one of Big Lottery’s strategic investments.

The Time to Shine programme aims to ensure that loneliness isn’t an inevitable part of ageing and that through a test and learn approach we have evidence of the models which work in tackling and preventing loneliness in older people.

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