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08 Jan 2018

Ambition for Ageing seeks bidders for new Working Potential contract

Are you an organisation with the right local reach and connections to partner with us? Have you got the vision and insight to help us understand the journey that carers over 50 undertake on their way to employment? Are you able to identify not only the barriers and challenges that they face, but how best to support them overcome these?


Ambition for Ageing has today issued an invitation to tender for an exciting new action research project. Its objective is to gather and collate as much information as possible around how to equip over 50s in Bolton, Salford and Wigan who are currently carers, but considering full or part time employment opportunities, to the point of being ‘job ready’. At the same time we are seeking to assist employers in becoming as age friendly as possible.


Many carers have a wealth of untapped potential. Encouraging and mentoring them to increase their level of social activities and interactions – including going into part or full time work – will serve to boost self-esteem, reduce social isolation and assist wider integration into local communities.


By actively seeking partners who can engage with this group of people and collaborate with us on exploring, developing and evaluating what makes for a successful outcome, Ambition for Ageing is setting out to make a real difference to the quality of carers’ lives. We state this with complete confidence on the basis that carers will be working closely with us as co-researchers on the project, ensuring that real voices are both heard and heeded.  


Ambition for Ageing, led by GMCVO, will be providing all necessary guidance, ongoing reviews and assistance to help the winning bidder meet the requirements of the project.


The successful contractor will be required to fully engage with the Common Measurement Framework as part of the Big Lottery Fund’s national Ageing Better programme.


If you are a potential bidder or would like to find out more about the project, please go to our Working Potential portal where you will be invited to create an account to view all documentation, including FAQs, and to submit any questions via our Q&A Function.


Deadline for receipt of applications: 12 noon on Tuesday 20th February 2018  (applications received after this time will not be considered).


We recommend that all organisations interested in applying attend the Bidding Engagement Event, detailed below. This will give prospective applicants the opportunity to learn more about the project principles, the delivery model and the approach GMCVO is looking for.

Eccles Gateway Centre Community Rooms 2 and 3, Salford – Friday 26 January 1.30pm – 3.30pm.

Click here to book your place.