The Centre for Ageing Better runs the Community of Practice for the Healthy Ageing Challenge, which is funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
Click below to find out more about the Healthy Ageing Challenge, UKRI and the Centre for Ageing Better.
The Healthy Ageing Challenge supports the UK government’s Ageing Society Grand Challenge to ensure people can enjoy at least five extra healthy, independent years of life by 2035, while narrowing the gap between the experiences of the richest and poorest.
The aim of this challenge is to enable businesses, including social enterprises, to develop and deliver products, services and business models that will be adopted at scale which support people as they age. This will allow people to remain active, productive, independent and socially connected across generations for as long as possible.
Through the challenge, government will bring together UK businesses and researchers to support people to stay in their homes for longer, tackle loneliness, and increase independence and wellbeing.
It is part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, which brings together leading researchers and businesses to tackle today’s most important societal issues.
The intention is to delay the need for additional care and support through the development of new products and services to support an ageing society.
Extensive consultation has been undertaken with the healthy ageing community, including care providers, businesses, investors and third sector bodies, to help shape the content of the Programme, explained by Challenge Director George MacGinnis in his pre-launch blog.
The Centre for Ageing Better developed the Healthy Ageing Challenge Framework to stimulate ideas and provide thinking points for the ISCF.
In addition, these two reports commissioned by UKRI have fed into the Programme development:
UKRI works in partnership with universities, research organisations, businesses, charities, and government to create the best possible environment for research and innovation to flourish.
Operating across the whole of the UK with a combined budget of more than £8 billion, UKRI brings together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and Research England.
UKRI are an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, both to government and internationally, and are supported and challenged by an independent chair and board. UKRI are principally funded through the Science Budget by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
Find out more on the UKRI website.
The Centre for Ageing Better is a charitable foundation, funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, and part of the government’s What Works Network.
The UK’s population is undergoing a massive age shift. In less than 20 years, one in four people will be over 65. The fact that many of us are living longer is a great achievement. But unless radical action is taken by government, business and others in society, millions of us risk missing out on enjoying those extra years.
The Centre for Ageing Better is a charity working to create a society where everyone enjoys later life. It creates change in policy and practice, informed by evidence, and work with partners across England to improve employment, housing, health and communities.
The Healthy Ageing Challenge Fund Community of Practice team are based with the Centre for Ageing Better. The team is comprised of:
- Kristina Leonnet – Senior Innovation and Change Manager
- Veronica Hawking – Project Manager
- Annette Holman - Project Manager
- Louise Cooper – Administrative Assistant