The National Lottery Community Fund

The National Lottery Community Fund support Royal Voluntary Service
Grants awarded by The National Lottery Community Fund have helped us to deliver projects and activities that harness the strengths, connections, skills and knowledge of the people and communities we work with.

Drink Wise, Age Well

Drink Wise, Age Well helps people make healthier choices about their drinking as they age.

For many people alcohol can have a positive impact on their lives including increased socialisation and relaxation. Many of us will enjoy alcohol as we get older and may never experience some of the negative effects.

As a society we’re living longer, and many of us will have active and independent lives well into old age. Research even suggests that after the age of 50, people begin to get progressively happier.

However, this isn’t the case for everyone, for some people alcohol can start to have negative impacts as they get older. In the past ten years we have seen a significant increase in harms caused by alcohol to older people.

Drink Wise, Age Well provides information on alcohol and getting older to allow you to make informed choices about your alcohol use. We provide information on alcohol unit guidelines, tips for cutting down and where and how to get help if you need it.

Drink Wise, Age Well also supports health and social care providers and community organisations to recognise and respond to risky drinking in people aged over 50.

Drink Wise, Age Well is made up of five strategic partners. Addaction is the lead partner and with Addiction NI and Drugs and Alcohol Charities Wales (DACW), they provide experience and expertise in frontline alcohol service provision. Project evaluation is led by the Substance Misuse and Ageing Research Team at the University of Bedfordshire.

Within the partnership, Royal Voluntary Service provides expertise on ageing issues and working with volunteers to build personal and community resilience.

To find out more about the Drink Wise, Age Well programme and where it works, visit

Positive Steps

Funding from The National Lottery Community Fund and the Welsh Government is enabling us to work in partnership with British Red Cross to deliver essential services to older people in Wales who find themselves in need of support to regain their independence.

Positive Steps/Camau Cadarn launched in April 2016 and built on the success of our well-established Good Neighbours and community services and the long-standing Red Cross project, Gofal.

We’re working together to help older people living in Wales increase in confidence, improve their mental and emotional wellbeing and reduce isolation.

"We know that many older people need support post crisis stage to get back on their feet which is why the new funding from the Welsh Government is so welcome. Once the Red Cross has provided the short-term bolster of support needed, our volunteers will help the older person get the best out of life with the aim of integrating them back in their community. Our partnership with the Red Cross, which will see the two charities work hand-in-hand, will put the older person first and enable them to receive the best possible care from both organisations."

Sam Ward, Director of Commissioned Services

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