Age UK Network News Roundup – 17/09/21

Take a look at the latest weekly roundup of news from across the Age UK Network.

Exciting news in this week’s Age UK Network News Roundup, as Age UK Wirral are shortlisted at the Investors in People Awards and Age UK Blackburn with Darwen share details of their Corporate Digital Support scheme. There is also the usual roundup of open roles, including the role of CEO at Age UK Cheshire East. If you have a story from your organisation that you would like us to share with the Network, please let us know at

Age UK Wirral Shortlisted in the Investors in People Awards 2021

Age UK Wirral has made the final shortlist for UK Employer of the Year: Gold in the Investors in People Awards 2021. In a record-breaking year for entries, with nearly three hundred organisations involved, this is an outstanding achievement and one that everyone at Age UK Wirral is proud of.

The Investors in People Awards celebrate the very best organisations and individuals from around the world across various organisational, people, wellbeing and leadership categories. Each year hundreds of organisations from the UK and abroad battle it out to take home one of the sought after trophies to show their award-winning commitment to investing in their people.

“It is a privilege to be shortlisted for this award; a clear indication of the dedication and hard work the team has invested in the organisation.  After the challenges of the last 18 months, I am delighted that the efforts of all of my colleagues have been recognised and I could not be any prouder of them.”

Jamie Anderson, Chief Executive at Age UK Wirral
Corporate Digital Support at Age UK Blackburn with Darwen

Age UK Blackburn with Darwen have recently started a new local initiative in response to their struggle to find IT/Digital volunteers to support older people on a 1 to 1 basis.

When funding for a recent digital project came to an end, Age UK Blackburn with Darwen were unable to find alternative funding to continue. This coincided with one of their long-standing IT volunteers leaving and another taking an extended break, so despite trying hard to recruit replacements, the waiting list for their 1 to 1 IT lessons kept growing.

The charity has had a great working relationship with their local Santander branch in Blackburn for many years, which has provided support with both awareness raising and events. They approached Santander with a longer term corporate volunteering proposal and they agreed to free up a staff members to work for an hour exclusively with an older person on a rolling basis over the course of four weeks.

On the right is a picture of Rachel from Santander with Norma. Norma’s lesson for this week included dealing with update notifications on an ipad and how to save and delete pictures. Both are really enjoying their regular learning sessions together.

Age UK Blackburn with Darwen hope to replicate this initiative with other organisations too and wanted to share their progress with the Network in case this initiative could provide a solution for another Age UK.

Applications open for new Chief Executive at Age UK Cheshire East

Age UK Cheshire East are looking to appoint a new Chief Executive following the decision of current CEO Damon Taylor to move to another role after six years with the Charity. During that time, the charity has evolved considerably and they are now looking for a new person to continue that journey.

Full details, including how to apply, can be found on the Age UK Cheshire East website.

Closing date: 4pm on Friday 1 October 2021

Several new roles at Age UK Milton Keynes

Age UK Milton Keynes currently have several new roles available, including:

Footcare Health Practitioner
Hospital Aftercare Assistant
Independent Living Assistant
Cover Shop Manager
Social Prescribing Manager

Find out full details of all of these roles on the Age UK Milton Keynes website.

Two Vacancies at Age UK Lindsey

Age UK Lindsey works to promote and improve the well-being of older people in East Lindsey, West Lindsey and North Lincolnshire. They currently have two new roles available, please click below to find out more:

Online and Retail Sales Assistant
Shop Manager

Several Vacancies at Age UK Northamptonshire

Every year Age UK Northamptonshire’s team of 270 staff support over 14,000 older people and their families to help them make more of life. Currently, Age UK Northamptonshire have a whole host of open roles which may be of interest, from handyperson, gardening, and home clearance roles, to vacancies for shop managers, support workers, and many more besides.

View the full list of open roles on the Age UK Northamptonshire website.

Several open roles at Age UK Calderdale & Kirklees

Age UK Calderdale & Kirklees are currently recruiting for a Home Help role and a Footcare Practitioner. Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees is a local independent charity that helps over 800 local older people every week, offering activities, events, befriending and information.

Details on the roles can be downloaded below, along with an Application Pack.

Finance Trustee Role at Age UK Nottingham & Nottinghamshire

Age UK Nottingham & Nottinghamshire are seeking a Finance Trustee to join their Board. The Trustees have independent control over, and legal responsibility for, the charity’s management and administration, and the role of the Finance Trustee is to maintain an overview of the charity’s affairs, ensuring its financial viability and ensuring that proper financial records and procedures are maintained.

A full recruitment pack can be downloaded below. Any expressions of interest or requests for application forms should be sent to

Get in touch!

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You can also view a full list of open roles across the network here.

Author: ageukcomms

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