Time to Shine takes a very positive view on learning. We have developed a ‘test and learn’ approach to finding out what works to reduce loneliness and social isolation among older people.
We encourage all of our partners to try new things, question whether they work and why they do or don’t work. The most important thing is to learn from this and use that learning to improve things in the future.
We are sharing what we, and our partners, have learnt, through a range of resources and a programme of events, running from July 2021-January 2022.
Our evaluation and learning approach
Who we learn from, and our key learning themes.
Key learning: co-production
We have found that authentic and genuine co-production results in effective and successful projects and activities.
Key learning: strong and equal partnerships
We have shown that strong and equal partnerships create great outcomes for all.
Key learning: flexible projects
We have found that one size doesn’t fit all and projects need to be flexible in their design and approach.
Key learning: person-centred approaches
A person-centred approach recognises that everyone has something to offer and understands that seldom heard groups may need additional support
Key learning: trusted relationships
We have found that the projects which successfully achieved their outcomes developed trusting relationships between staff, volunteers and participants
Key learning: friendship
Successful projects have encouraged and fostered true friendship outside of the initial activity.
Key learning: Covid-19 crisis
We have added this key learning point, to ensure we identify and capture the opportunities for learning created by the crisis.
Key learning: digital technology
Many organisations have used digital technology to help older people stay connected.
Time to Shine stories
Real stories about real people that illustrate how and why they got involved in Time to Shine and other local projects, and how they feel as a result.
Training for Time to Shine delivery partners with remaining spaces available for other organisations that work with older people.
Films and photography from Time to Shine for sharing, learning and raising awareness.
Project Case Studies
A closer look at some of our individual projects
Read the findings of our local evaluator about the programme's impact city-wide
Tips and Advice
Reports from our local evaluator, focusing on specific topics