Many more of us are going to live to be 100 - each day our life expectancy increases by five hours. Those who live to 100 have around 100,000 extra productive hours. With these anticipated shifts in our population, our society is set to face enormous changes in the coming decades. The impact on our lives, careers, caring responsibilities and retirement are well documented, but the opportunities that this can bring for us as individuals, and for society, are frequently overlooked. We know that giving our time in the service of others has a huge impact on the quality of our lives as we age, and want to support many more people to make the most of their second half.
We supported the growth of 13 innovations that wanted to mobilise the time and talents of many more people aged over 50, to help others, alongside public services in four key areas:
- Supporting children and young people to succeed and find employment through social action
- Supporting parents and families to nurture and encourage children and young people to be healthy and succeed
- Supporting older people to age well
- Supporting resourceful and resilient neighbourhoods
Across the programme £2,721,697 of funding was allocated to 13 innovations who mobilised 16,144 new volunteers, 10,346 of whom were over 50, that in turn supported 438,032 people.
The Second Half fund offered vital learning for future delivery and scaling of innovations which led to some significant and tangible impacts for beneficiaries, volunteers and public services.