Tackling malnutrition in older people living at home in Scotland

COVID-19 Emergency Fund

The COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on major issues affecting older people such as loneliness, isolation, and food security and what has been abundantly clear during this crisis is we all need food.

Nutrition and hydration are crucial to everyone's health and well-being and especially so for older people. It is important to highlight that malnutrition is a significant threat in older age and the social risk factors that can contribute to malnutrition have been exacerbated by this pandemic.

To support this, Eat Well Age Well opened the Small Ideas Big Impact COVID-19 Emergency Fund for individuals and organisations who have previously applied to our Small Ideas Big Impact Fund. Projects could apply for funds up to £1000 to support immediate community responses to Covid-19. Applications were expected to have a focus on providing food access and address social risk factors that can contribute to malnutrition.

In total we received 17 applications, requesting a sum of £13,105.09 across 9 Scottish Health Boards.

In total we have funded 10 projects across Scotland with a total of £7490 of grants issued to support older people during this crisis. For more information on the projects please click here.

Case Studies

Healthy Valleys

In 2019, Healthy Valleys received a grant from the Small Ideas, Big Impact Fund to support the set-up of 'Nourish & Natter', a social food club for older adults. When the COVID-19 pandemic reached Scotland, Healthy Valleys received additional emergency funding to help adapt their project.

Click here to read their case study.

Edinburgh Community Food

Working in partnership with Pilmeny Development Project, Edinburgh Community Food received a grant help create a new dementia friendly health and wellbeing newsletter 'Leithers Together' during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Click here to read their case study.