Key funders over the last 5 years have included the Big Lottery Fund, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), and latterly Comic Relief and Nationwide. Both DCLG and Comic Relief have additionally entrusted EAC with responsibility for funding and managing local service delivery programmes on their behalf, and through these we have been able to forge close partnerships with over 25 local organisations.
We have continued to work with DCLG and Nationwide in 2015/16 and are committed to make these projects into a success that will leave a lasting legacy of housing and care options services and a better awareness of support available for the older people that the funding will benefit.
FirstStop delivers information and advice to older people and their families in an expert and flexible manner, with various outlets at its disposal, including; live chat, telephone advice, email responses, local casework and outreach events as well as distributing information through the HousingCare website which attracts over four million views a year.
Further information on previous evaluation of the FirstStop model by the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research can be viewed here.
If you would like to talk to EAC and FirstStop about sponsoring an advice or research project then please contact our Chief Executive, John Galvin. His contact details can be found here.
Previous and current sponsors of FirstStop
Partnerships are in EAC’s blood, and shape how it seeks to deliver its mission. Our key national partners in developing FirstStop are Care & Repair England, the Housing Learning and Improvement Network (Housing LIN), Age UK and Foundations. As well as continuing to maintain, and build upon, the strong relationships that EAC and FirstStop have forged with these partners, we are always seeking to work with other organisations, agencies and bodies that share our goal.
To this end we have recently worked with Legal & General and Bournemouth University to fund the position of a PHD student, Andrew Harding, in order to undertake some research on the short and long-term outcomes of expert housing options advice.
EAC’s over-riding ambition is to extend the reach of FirstStop Advice, a free, independent and impartial service to help older people live safely and well at home. We welcome any opportunity to talk to potential partners who could help achieve this. If you work on behalf of a national organisation that you feel has similar goals to EAC and FirstStop then please get in touch with our Chief Executive, John Galvin, or our Advice Services Manager, Frances Auger. Their contact details can be found here.