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Age Unlimited Scotland

Application deadline 7 February 2011

We are looking for people in their 50s and 60s with the spark of a good idea to make their communities a better place. The Age Unlimited Scotland programme gives small teams and individuals the training, support and opportunity to gain funding to help bring their good ideas to light!

We aren’t looking for experts - we know that people over 50 already have great experience, knowledge and skills to change things for the better in their communities. You can read more about some of the innovative ideas which have improved communities across Scotland, from last year’s Age Unlimited Scotland programme here.

Maybe your idea will create a more positive environment for people in your local community? Maybe you have experience which could motivate others in your community to get involved? Maybe your skills could be used to create a project which supports isolated people in your community? Maybe you are approaching retirement, are recently retired or have been made redundant and are looking for a new challenge? If so we want to hear from you - it’s your time to shine!

Next steps:

Interested applicants should call us on: 01382 229521, email: or visit our website: for further information and an application pack; the application deadline is 7 February 2011 (midnight). Short-listed candidates will be invited to a one day workshop in a local Scottish city in February; giving applicants the chance to refine the idea, work out the next steps to make it live and have a chat with the Age Unlimited Scotland team. From this day, up to 20 participants will be awarded a place on our intensive programme, which includes:

§ Workshops – March – June 2011 - five single day workshops in enterprise; marketing; finance; presentation skills - the business skills you will need to make your venture robust

§ Mentoring - a mentor with relevant skills and expertise will work with you on a one-to-one basis, acting as a critical friend and supporter

§ Presentation - on completion of the full programme you have the opportunity to present to an expert panel to gain up to £10,000 of grant funding to test and prove your concept in the community.

All funding is awarded on a competitive basis and is aimed at developing new services; we cannot fund building acquisitions or capital investments

§ Aftercare support – to make sure that you are fully supported after the programme is finished, we will provide you with one-to-one monthly advisory sessions