The Area Council Manager introduced a report giving an update on developing the project to tackle social isolation in the Dearne, in particular to provide evidence for a model for a self-sustaining programme of support. The meeting noted that external funding had been secured for the project, but the Area Council needed to consider providing match funding of £2,000 in each of 2018/19 and 2019/20. A draft specification for the project had been developed and would be circulated to Members for consideration and comment.
The meeting noted the intentions of Age UK to take forward initiatives in the Dearne, with social isolation being a particular focus. The meeting noted that there will be an opportunity for Age UK to tender to undertake this work or undertake complementary activity in due course.
(i) that Members submit comments to the Area Council Manager on the draft specification for a social isolation project in the Dearne and the Service Director Stronger, Safer and Healthier Communities be authorised to approve the final specification in consultation with the Chair of the Area Councils; and
(ii) that match funding of £2,000 in 2018/19 and 2019/20 be contributed to the project from the Dearne Development Fund, subject to completion of the usual application process.