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Active Ageing

Our Active Ageing fund is supporting innovative and experimental approaches that put older people at the heart of our efforts to tackle inactivity.

We’re investing up to £10 million of National Lottery money into 20 projects across England that are working to reduce the number of inactive older adults. 

The projects we’re funding are also using sport and activity to help tackle problems such as poor mental health, dementia, loneliness caused by bereavement, and addiction.

An Active Ageing project in action

Why we invest in older people

Our Active Lives research shows that you’re far more likely to be inactive the older you get.

The Chief Medical Officer defines an inactive person as someone who, over the course of a week, does not achieve a total of 30 moderate intensity equivalent minutes of physical activity. 

Just 18% of 16-34-year-olds are inactive, but this figure rises to 27% of 55-74-year-olds and 49% of over 75s.

It’s also true that those who are least active stand to benefit the most by getting active when it comes to their health and happiness.

The situation is exacerbated by the fact we have an ageing population – the number of people aged 60 or over is expected to pass the 20 million mark by 2030 according to the Office for National Statistics – so it’s important we invest now to help change behaviours.

What we want to achieve

This is quite simple. In each of the projects we invest in, we want to see the number of people who are inactive go down.

Each of the projects were selected as they support inactive older people to achieve at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity per week.

We also want to build the evidence base about this diverse group in terms of their behaviours and attitudes, as well as learn how they should be targeted and what approaches do and don’t work.

We want to find out what can be scaled-up or replicated across the country to make a significant difference to many more people’s lives.

Funded projects

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