Abbeyfield receive Big Lottery funding


Abbeyfield has been successful in receiving £264,944 to deliver a Big Lottery funded Accelerating Ideas project called ‘The impact of volunteering on older old living in residential care settings’.


The thirty month funded project will focus on residents within twenty Abbeyfield Houses in England and Wales. The first year from May 2016 will pilot in 9 Abbeyfield houses in the Dorset and Somerset area, opening up to a further 11 Abbeyfield homes across England and Wales from 2017.

The aim of the project is to increase volunteering activity in those over 75’s. Working with the Institute of Volunteering Research we will measure the impact that volunteering has related to well-being and quality of life, alongside sharing good practice examples of the types of volunteering roles that the over 75 age range can, and want, to be involved in. This comes as the latest data from the Cabinet Office shows that only 21 per cent of those 75 and over formally volunteer, a sharp decline from those under 75.


Click on the below link to read an interview about the reasons behind the project with Tracey Avison, Head of Volunteering:

For further information on the project, contact Tracey Avison, Head of Volunteering on 01727 734112 or

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