Commissioning opportunities – Connect Hackney

Connect Hackney Commissioning Opportunities

Ageing Better

Connect Hackney currently has two commissioning opportunities. The first is for an embedded researcher to deliver the evaluation of the Connect Hackney programme and its associated projects. The second is for community activities for older people in community spaces.

Connect Hackney aims to improve the wellbeing of Hackney residents aged 50 and over by reducing or preventing loneliness and isolation. The £5.8m six-year programme (2015 – 2021) is one of 14 programmes across England funded by Big Lottery Fund’s ‘Fulfilling Lives, Ageing Better programme.  We are working with the diverse communities of Hackney and our partners to understand the different things that can help over 50s stay connected and active in ways that suit them.

Our outcomes for the programme are:

Outcome 1
Increased numbers of older people who are socially isolated, engage in meaningful and enjoyable activities which result in new friendships, sustained networks, improved resourcefulness, more confidence and thus, ultimately, a better quality of life.

Outcome 2
Increased numbers of older people who are at risk of social isolation, engage in meaningful and enjoyable activities which result in new friendships, sustained networks, improved resourcefulness, more confidence and thus, ultimately, a better quality of life.

Outcome 3
Embed an asset model towards ageing and older people, where the latter are more actively engaged in the community and valued for the contributions they make.

Outcome 4
Increased direct involvement of older people as they age in shaping policy and holding key stakeholders to account, leading to stronger partnerships and more effective, better coordinated delivery which reduces social isolation.

Commissioning opportunity 1 > embeded researcher
We are excited to launch this invitation to tender for an embedded researcher to deliver the evaluation of the Connect Hackney programme and its associated projects.

Building an evidence base and sharing learning across our Hackney partnership and with the other 13 programmes around England is a key feature of the Ageing Better programme.  Connect Hackney is now half way through and the evaluation contract for phase 1 of the programme has come to an end and we are seeking a new evaluation partner.

The tender price for this contract is capped at £250k and the closing dates for bids is 12pm on Monday 12th November 2018.  If you have any questions after reviewing the specification, please e-mail them to info@connecthackney.org.uk

Commissioning documents:

CH Embedded Researcher Spec 011018 PART A

CH Embedded Researcher PART B

CH Appendix 1 Projects from Phase 1

CH Appendix 2 Profile of social isolation

CH Appendix 3 Community Conversations

CH Appendix 4 Programme model

CH Appendix 5 What we learned from Phase 1

CH Appendix 6 Co-production

CH Appendix 7 Data Sharing Protocol

CH Appendix 8 CMF Questionnaire

CH Appendix 9a Code of Conduct

CH Appendix 9b What happens when our code of conduct is breached

CH Appendix 10 Role of Ecorys

Commissioning opportunity 2 > community activities
Earlier this year, we invited organisations to bid to deliver ‘community activities for older people in community spaces’.  We have been unable to allocate the full amount of funding available and are issuing the invitation to tender again. We have also revised the delivery targets.

The reason that we are commissioning this work is that older people tell us on a regular basis that they would like access to more places to meet people and socialise. This means comfortable and accessible places to meet for both structured activities and to enjoy more informal time with others in a relaxed environment.  There is a particular interest in projects that involve dancing, arts, crafts, music, and/or food and an enthusiasm for sharing skills and interests with people from other age groups (intergenerational but not just young people).

Please note that the purpose of this commissioning strand is for activities that complement existing projects or new activities that are relatively low-cost to run.  The main focus of this strand is providing access to places/activities for older people to socialise and have fun.   Examples could be social coffee clubs, dances, crochet circles, gardening groups, cooking projects, games nights etc.

£80k is available for this strand of work and bids are capped at £20k for project delivery taking place from January 2019 to December 2020.   Please e-mail info@connecthackney.org.uk if you have any questions and please do not apply for the same activity or project if you have previously submitted a bid to this commissioning strand.

The closing dates for bids is 12pm on Wednesday 21st November 2018. 

Commissioning documents:

CH Community Activities PART A

CH Community ActivitiesPART B

CH Appendix 1 Projects from Phase 1

CH Appendix 2 Profile of social isolation

CH Appendix 3 Community Conversations

CH Appendix 4 Programme model

CH Appendix 5 What we learned from Phase 1

CH Appendix 6 Co-production

CH Appendix 7 Data Sharing Protocol

CH Appendix 8 CMF Questionnaire

CH Appendix 9a Code of Conduct

CH Appendix 9b What happens when our code of conduct is breached

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