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Lord Filkin appointed Chair of Centre for Ageing Better

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Fulfilling Lives Ageing Better
Release date:
20 11 2013

Lord Filkin CBE has been appointed Chair of the Big Lottery Fund’s Centre for Ageing Better. The Fund is investing £50 million into a vital new hub for gathering of information and evidence to identify what makes for a better quality of life in older age.

Nat Sloane, Big Lottery Fund England Chair said: “I am very pleased that Geoffrey Filkin  has agreed to be the founder Chair of the Centre for Ageing Better. This Centre is a key part of the Big Lottery Fund’s work to help older people to live a healthy and active older age. Lord Filkin combines a wide range of experience of public life, with a deep knowledge of the topic and a passionate commitment to making a difference, as was shown in ‘Ready for Ageing’, the cross-party House of Lords committee report which he chaired.”

Lord Filkin said: “I am delighted to be able to address our biggest social change, our ageing society, through my appointment as Chair of the new independent Centre for Ageing Better.

“The Centre aims to be a world class What Works Centre , promoting evidence of what makes for a better life in older age to empower older people, present and future, to continue living fulfilling lives. To ensure it has impact it will also be a ‘do-tank’, actively promoting its evidence and the wider changes in society needed to help realise healthier happier longer lives.

“These are big, bold ambitions and I am delighted that The Fund is supporting its foundation and funding to help set it up with a clear strong role and secure continued funding as a fully independent organisation.

“Older people’s values, views and needs will be central to our work and we will listen to and involve them throughout. We also want strong partnerships with a wide range of sectors and organisations which can jointly work together to address how we change and adjust to be ‘Ready for Ageing’.  We look forward to working with academic bodies, voluntary organisations and with local government, public health, business and services providers and policy makers. The work of these partner organisations will be critical in helping our society adjust to embrace the great potential benefits of longer life.

“We are now recruiting a talented Board and will consult widely on the Centre’s priorities, methodology and business plan with partner bodies. We aim to have the Centre operational later in 2014.”

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Notes to editors

  • Further information on Centre for Ageing Better  
  • The Centre for Ageing Better will be independent of Big Lottery Fund
  • It is envisaged that the Centre will become a full member of the ‘What Works’ centre network across Government and has provisionally signed for the Centre to be part of it subject to the Centre’s Board to agree formally in 2014.
  • Since 2004, the Big Lottery Fund has awarded close to £25.4 million in grants benefitting older people across England through its demand led funding programmes such as Reaching Communities and Awards for All.
  • The Fund’s pledge to older people investments currently includes: Silver Dreams Fund - £10 million; Fulfilling Lives: Ageing Better - £70 million; Centre for Ageing Better - £50 million; Research for Impact - £5 million and around £25 million to 52,000 veterans through Heroes Return 2.
  • The Big Lottery Fund, the largest distributor of National Lottery good cause funding, is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised for good causes by the National Lottery.
  • The Fund is committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need and has been rolling out grants to health, education, environment and charitable causes across the UK. Since its inception in 2004 BIG has awarded close to £6bn.
  • The Fund was formally established by Parliament on 1 December 2006.
  • Since the National Lottery began in 1994, 28p from every pound spent by the public has gone to good causes. As a result, over £30 billion has now been raised and more than 400,000 grants awarded across arts, sport, heritage, charities, health, education and the environment.