Nesta launches waste challenge

Published on Tuesday, 10 July 2012 10:07
Posted by Scott Buckler

Nesta's Centre for Challenge Prizes has today launched two 'Giving Challenges' to tackle isolation in old age and waste reduction

The challenges invite people to submit ideas on how to bring people together in new ways to combat these pressing environmental and social concerns.The Giving Challenges have been set to encourage community innovation in the giving of time, skills and resources for social good. They are funded by The Cabinet Office and will see one idea from each of the challenges awarded £50,000.

The challenges:

Age Well: Isolation and loneliness in old age is a growing concern. This challenge tasks organisations and groups to develop ideas to reduce the isolation and / or increase the mobility of vulnerable older people by creating new opportunities for people to give time, skills and resources.

Waste Reduction: The UK is only at the tip of the landfill when it comes to waste and more needs to be done to tackle the issue at every level. Organisations and groups are being asked to submit ideas to reduce waste through prevention, reuse and / or recycling by creating new opportunities for people to give time, skills and resources.

Both challenges are searching for solutions that have the potential for scale and sustainability, while also creating new opportunities to engage the community in their delivery.

Vicki Purewal, head of Centre for Challenge Prizes at Nesta, explains, "The Giving Challenges have been set to motivate people to consider two prominent and growing social conundrums facing communities. Through the challenge prizes we want to encourage the development of new ways to make use of community-level giving to have a big impact on the pressing social concerns of isolation of older people and waste reduction."

Minister for Civil Society Nick Hurd said, "We want to make it easier and more compelling for people to get involved in their communities. That's why we set up challenge prizes to give organisations an exciting opportunity to come with ideas to solve social issues such as tackling isolation in older people or helping reduce waste in our communities. We want to hear about ideas that make a difference but also mobilise people to get involved.

"These new projects will complement the Innovation in Giving Fund and the Social Action Fund, already set up to encourage giving."

For each challenge, 25 entries will be shortlisted and given the support and opportunity to develop a detailed plan for their idea. Five concepts for each, with the potential for sustainability and scale, will then receive up to £10,000 and professional advice to set up and test their projects before a winner for each challenge is selected in September 2013 and awarded £50,000.

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