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The Silver Dreams Fund

Pioneering ways to help vulnerable older people deal more effectively with life-changing events
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Funding size:
£50,000 - £1,000,000
Application deadline:
This programme is now closed

About The Silver Dreams Fund

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This programme is now closed for applications.

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The Silver Dreams Fund was the first of the Big Lottery Fund’s dedicated investments in older people in England, and was run in association with the Daily Mail

With an ageing population it is more important than ever to recognise the positive contribution older people make to society. Older people have a wealth of skills, knowledge and experience that can benefit others. The projects we have funded will pioneer ways of working with older people that will allow them to play a much greater role in their communities. They will be able to influence the local services and facilities that will help them prepare for and manage major life-changes.

Click below for lists of the Silver Dreams Fund projects

The 10 flagship projects


Grant holder – project name


Delivery location(s)

Northern Shape - HenPower


Gateshead, North Tyneside, Cumbria, Birmingham, Lewisham and Hackney for the first two years, with a view to wider nationwide rollout in years three and four.

The Terrence Higgins Trust - Health, Wealth & Happiness


London, Manchester, Birmingham, Brighton and Bristol.

Aquarius Action Project - Time of My Life Birmingham


Birmingham City Council.

Grandparents Plus - Relative Experience


North East region.

Age UK Durham County - Come Eat Together


County Durham, Chester-le-Street, Dales and Mid-Durham.

Compassion in Dying - My Life, My Decision


Replicating in Lancashire, Hillingdon, Oxfordshire, Trafford, South Tyneside, East London and South Lakeland. Scaled down version of the pilot in the London Boroughs of Lewisham and Southwark, Waltham Forest, Westminster, Camden, Ealing, Kensington and Chelsea, Staffordshire, Surrey, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Scene Enterprises C.I.C - North East England 'In Good Hands' Deafblind Support Project


North East region.

Age Concern Barrow and District - Barrow Respectability



Care and Repair England Ltd - Silverlinks


Scaling up in Leeds and Bristol replicating across the country.

The Older People's Advocacy Alliance (UK) - Cancer, Older People and Advocacy


Stoke-on-Trent, Dorset, Bristol, Sefton, Knowsley, Sandwell, Oxford, Gateshead.

Project funding completed by March 2014

List of completed projects

Age Concern Durham County

Grandparents Plus

Care And Repair England Ltd

The Older People's Advocacy Alliance (UK )

SHINE - Spina bifida, Hydrocephalus, Information, Networking, Equality

The Royal National Institute of Blind People

Subco Trust

The Young Foundation

Compassion in Dying

Neighbourhood and Home Watch Network

The Terrence Higgins Trust

The Hampton Trust (Hampshire & Isle of Wright)

Age UK North Tyneside

Rural Action Yorkshire

Age Concern Barrow and District

Active Plus Community Interest Company

Future Roots Ltd

Annie Mawson's Sunbeams Music Trust

The Abbey Community Centre

Eccleshill Youth and Community Association Ltd


Helena Partnerships Limited

Scene Enterprises C.I.C

Sheffield Cubed

Routeways Centre Limited

Derwentside Homes Limited

Derbyshire Association for the Blind Limited

Volunteer Cornwall

Winchester Area Community Action


Options Wellbeing Trust Limited

Aquarius Action Projects

Manor Farm Community Association


Northern Shape

Learning for the Fourth Age-U4A Ltd

York Mind


Silver Dreams Fund Evaluation

This is a summary of the final report which presents the finding of the evaluation of the Big Lottery Fund’s Silver Dreams Fund conducted by Ecorys.