About Nesta

Nesta is an innovation foundation. For us, innovation means turning bold ideas into reality and changing lives for the better. We use our expertise, skills and funding in areas where there are big challenges facing society.

Check out the five finalists for the Ageing Well Challenge Prize chosen from the origingal shortlist of 24. 

Each of the five finalists will receive funding of up to £10,000 and support to set up and test their innovations over a six month period. The idea that demonstrates the most success will be awarded the £50,000 prize.

Helen Platt Ltd, Radio Club

Radio Club is a weekly live radio show where up to 15 older people are the weekly contributors. The 'call-in' format has been developed to support older members of the community by allowing them to socialise live on air from the comfort of their home - chatting and sharing stories. As members, they talk about anything and everything, giving them a chance to chat, whilst creating great content for the listeners -as well as some radio stars of the future.

NANA - comfort food café

A comfort food and community cafe run by older ladies from the local area.  For older ladies it's a chance to get out the house, meet new people, and put their skills to good use, and for everyone else it's a place to enjoy proper hearty home cooked food at a reasonable price.

The After Work Club

Anetwork to engage, inspire and connect men; to help redefine their retirement. They are building a task force of retired men who use their skills to make positive changes in the wider community and by doing so reclaim a sense of personal value and purpose, reduce their risk of social isolation and equip themselves to be better able to face the challenges of ageing.

Stonewall Housing, One Small Step

Run by Stonewall Housing, One Small Step aims to make it easier for volunteers in London to help isolated, older LGBT people with small day-to-day tasks such as changing a light bulb or walking the dog. They plan to create an app to help facilitate volunteering and connect people with those in their local area.

Age UK Exeter, Tools Company

Tools Company, part of Men in Sheds,enables men to repairbroken and old garden and trade tools to send to local UK charities and to Africa for business start-up schemes. Using donated tools and volunteer buddies they give older men with complex needs a chance to reconnect with meaningful, practical activity.