OCS, in partnership with Nesta, has launched a £4m Connected Communities Innovation Fund, to get more people aged 50 and over into volunteering roles alongside public services. The ‘Connected Communities Innovation Fund’ will test and scale innovations which address social issues including helping to bring communities closer together, reducing environmental waste and utilising digital solutions to enable volunteering opportunities. 

The fund is now open to expressions of interest for organisations throughout England: eligible projects are invited to submit a short expression of interest by midday on the 30 October 2017.

This £4 million fund will build on work that is already underway to encourage more people aged over 50 to volunteer: