Our work with Nesta

 Support volunteer helping a man in his home picture

Support volunteer helping a man in his home

Nesta logo Nesta is an innovation foundation. Its mission is to bring together great ideas from around the world.

Nesta supports ideas that tackle the challenges society will face in the future. This includes an ageing population and stretched public services.

The British Red Cross and Nesta have worked together since 2013. With Nesta’s backing, we grew our First Call - Support at Home service. 

Helping people recover from a crisis

First Call - Support at Home helps vulnerable people to recover from crisis. It also allows older people to remain independent at home.

We launched the service in Leicester and Rutland in 2013. To do this, we worked with the Centre for Social Action Innovation Fund, a partnership between Nesta and the Cabinet Office. 

Since launch, the scheme has supported 900 people.

The success of First Call - Support at Home in Leicester and Rutland inspired Nesta to continue supporting the British Red Cross. 

Nesta teamed up with The Big Lottery Fund’s Accelerating Ideas programme. This partnership has given the British Red Cross £825,000 over five years.

This investment has allowed us to expand First Call - Support at Home. With Nesta’s backing, we’re able to help more vulnerable people across the UK.

If you represent a charitable trust or a statutory funder and want to find out more about our work or to make a donation, please contact Sophie Kosky-Hensman.