Connect Hackney

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Dementia, anxiety & depression, difficulty leaving home regularly

Increasing social connections and reducing feelings of loneliness

Connect Hackney is a £5.8m programme aimed at enabling Hackney residents aged 50 plus to improve their wellbeing by reducing or preventing isolation. The programme is managed by Hackney CVS and is one of fourteen programme areas in England funded through the six-year National Lottery Community Fund – Fulfilling Lives, Ageing Better programme. The ultimate aim of Ageing Better is to learn which kinds of projects and interventions work best to reduce and prevent the social isolation of older people.

Dementia, anxiety & depression, difficulty leaving home regularly

Connect Hackney is in its second phase of delivery and we are now looking to commission a range of projects that meet the needs of socially isolated older people with complex needs. We have shortlisted these needs under the following three categories:

1.       People living with dementia/Alzheimer’s

2.       People affected by mental health issues, specifically depression and anxiety

3.       People who find it difficult to leave home regularly

We are interested in projects that offer socially isolated older people living with at least one of the identified complex needs, the opportunity to increase their social connections and reduce feelings of loneliness. Bidders can determine the type of activities which would be delivered as part of their project, for example, fun activities, sporting activities, walks for people with dementia, or using technology which better connects older people who struggle to leave home. However, projects should be based on evidence of need and likely impact.

We are looking to award a minimum of one contract up a value of £85,000 for each of the three complex needs themes, (3 x £85,000 contracts). We will consider awarding a fourth contract if any one of the three themes generates a strong response. The total funding allocation for this tender is £340,000.

We held a ‘Meet the funder Q&A session’ for potential bidders to find out more about the opportunity, and ask any questions. Click here to see the answers to the questions asked. 

Bidders are also invited to submit any questions to the Connect Hackney team by 5pm on 13 March 2019 by emailing

The deadline for tenders is 5pm on 20 March 2019

Invitation to tender

Part A: Download the ITT here
Part B: Download the ITT application form here


  1. Project from Phase 1
  2. Profile of social isolation
  3. Community conversations
  4. Programme model
  5. What we learned from Phase 1
  6. Co-production
  7. Data sharing protocol
  8. CMF questionnaire
  9. Code of conduct
  10. Breach of code of conduct