Ambition for Ageing Call for Proposals - Providers Sought

Ambition for Ageing is a £10.2 million Greater Manchester level programme aimed at creating more age-friendly places and empowering people to live fulfilling lives as they age. It is funded by the Big Lottery Fund’s Ageing Better programme, which aims to reduce social isolation of older people. GMCVO are the lead organisation for Ambition for Ageing and are responsible for the day to day management of the programme and co-ordination of all delivery partners.

GMCVO has launched a competition to secure providers for the first three Ambition for Ageing Scaled Programmes to be delivered across the eight districts of Greater Manchester where Ambition for Ageing is operating.

To download the bidding and contract documents, and find out how to apply click here.

The first round of Scaled Programmes will include:

Scaled Programme 1 – Festival of Ageing

  • A fun and informative festival in July 2018 to celebrate diverse experiences of ageing. The festival will highlight and celebrate the contributions of people aged over 50 living in Greater Manchester and challenge many of the stereotypes of ageing. The provider will plan and host a series of events and support people in communities to host their own events too.
  • Contract Value – Approximately £80k
  • Deadline for Applications – Thursday 7th September 2017 at 12pm

Scaled Programme 2 – Community Media

  • Lots of people aged over 50 told us that a lack of access to information about what is going on in their communities is a contributor to isolation. We are now looking for a provider who can research this issue and provide an evidence base to help us focus resource where it is most needed. A research and planning stage will take place between October 2017 and April 2018.
  • Contract Value – Approximately £50k
  • Deadline for Applications – Thursday 7th September 2017 at 12pm

Scaled Programme 3 – Community Navigators (Round 1)

  • A community brokerage service which will target the following three target groups:
    • People over 50 with age-related hearing loss
    • Men over 75 living alone on a low income
    • Bangladeshi men and women over 50
  • Evidence tells us that these groups are at higher risk of social isolation due to barriers they may face in engaging with mainstream activities, and that the numbers of people in these groups are likely to grow as Greater Manchester ages. Bidders will be able to apply to deliver the service to one, two or all three groups. The provider/s will connect people together with existing activities, services and organisations. This will help people to be more socially connected and help us to learn about the best ways to support people in these groups.
  • Contract Value – Approximately £300-375k (£100-125k per group)
  • Deadline for Applications – Thursday 5th October 2017 at 12pm

All of the information, including the bidding documents, the contract documents and the application process, is available on GMCVO's Bidding Portal:

  • To create an account, click here. Once you have created your account, click 'Current opportunities' on the left-hand side.
  • If you have already signed up to the GMCVO Bidding Portal, use your existing details to login here and then click 'Current opportunities' on the left-hand side.
  • If you have forgotten your password, to reset it, click here and input the email used to register the account. If you have forgotten your username, it will be included in the password reset email.

On Thursday 17th August, we are holding an Information Event for Potential Bidders in Manchester. This event is for organisations interested in bidding for any of the scaled programmes. It will provide an opportunity to find out more information and ask questions. You can book your place by clicking here.

If you have any questions, please make a note of these and be sure to ask them either at the event on 17th August or through the Q&A Function on the Bidding Portal. To ensure a fair competitive process, we are not able to answer any questions via email or phone call.

To keep up to date on the commissioning process, please sign up to the Ambition for Ageing mailing list by clicking here.

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