New fund to help the elderly

A £100,000 Day Opportunities Fund has been launched to help reduce social isolation and promote independence in older people across Dumfries and Galloway.

The funding from Putting You First is split evenly between the region’s four areas: Wigtownshire, Stewartry, Nithsdale, and Annandale and Eskdale. It is intended to ensure older people and carers can access and support a wide range of local activities designed to help them to keep mentally and physically active, lead a more fulfilling life, feel less isolated, make a contribution and support others.

Applications will be considered for projects or activities which achieve at least one of the following:

• Older people feel less isolated and lonely

• Older people and carers have improved health and wellbeing

• Older people have developed new skills that support independence

The fund was developed as a result of a seminar attended by around 50 people from across the region.

Ann Stephenson, joint planning and commissioning manager – older people, who organised this seminar, said: “Social isolation can be a real problem for some older people and we want to help older people in Dumfries and Galloway take part in activities which can help increase their independence and social interaction.

“The fund will be administered locally by a local community planning partnership panel using a simple award process. There are a number of excellent projects already running across the region and this fund is designed to support activities which will complement existing provision so it is important that anyone considering applying to the fund speaks to the relevant public health practitioner for their area before they submit an application.”

The fund is not there to support one-off events such as Christmas meals or day trips or to support individuals.

For further information and to view and download the full terms and conditions and an application form, go to