Upcoming Event: Updates from our Loneliness Community of Interest 

Book your place at the upcoming update event from the Age UK Network’s Loneliness Community of Interest. The event will be held on Wednesday 8th June, 10.00 – 11.30.

There are a few places left at the Age UK Update Event exploring the work of the Loneliness Community of Interest. This event will be held on Wednesday 8th June, 10.00 – 11.30. If you would like to take part, please register using the link here or read on for full details.

Please join us to hear about the discussions we have had, input into our proposed approaches but also to hear about our learning focusing on:

  • Identifying and assessing loneliness risk and need 
  • Guided Conversations and goal setting
  • Community asset mapping and local partnerships 
  • Delivering a multi stranded offer to older people 

The Update Event will be held on Wednesday 8th June 2022, 10.00 – 11.30. If you would like to take part, please register using the link here

For further information about the Event please contact: 

Sarah Jewell: sarah.jewell@ageuk.org.uk or Lauren Chalk: lauren.chalk@ageuk.org.uk 

Ageing Better: A Celebration – Book your place at the final Ageing Better event

Book your place at the final Ageing Better event on Tuesday 28th June from 10:00 – 13:00.

The whole Age UK Network is invited to attend the final Ageing Better event to explore and celebrate the work of the Ageing Better programme, which worked with people aged over 50 to reduce social isolation and loneliness. This session will share key approaches and learning developed by the Ageing Better programme and its partnerships. The event takes place online on Tuesday 28th June from 10:00 – 13:00 and you can find out full details here.

Creative Later Life 2025 – Introductory Meeting on Thursday 9th June

The Age of Creativity have secured funding to begin a new programme of delivery “Creative Later Life 2025” – find out how to join the introductory meeting on Thursday 9th June.

The Age of Creativity are delighted to announce that we have secured funding to begin a new programme of delivery “Creative Later Life 2025”. The goal of Creative Later Life 2025 is to ensure that older people have equity of access and agency across the creative and cultural sector by the year 2025 – click here to find out more. To kick-start this new programme, we will be holding an introductory meeting on Thursday 9th June from 11am to 12pm, to start discussions about the pathways older people can have to creativity. For a meeting invite, please email farrellrenowden@ageukoxfordshire.org.uk – everyone from the Age UK Network is welcome!

We Are Undefeatable Webinar – Upcoming campaign plans

Learn about the latest insights, news and campaign plans for We Are Undefeatable in 2022.

The We Are Undefeatable campaign are hosting a free webinar on 25 May from 10:30 – 11:30, where they will be sharing information around their campaign plans for the year and providing key insights from their winter digital campaign. There will also be chance to hear from guest speakers about how they are working to encourage people living with long-term health conditions to be physically active. Click here for full details.

Upcoming Event: Updates from our Loneliness Community of Interest 

Book your place at the upcoming update event from the Age UK Network’s Loneliness Community of Interest. The event will be held on Wednesday 8th June, 10.00 – 11.30.

The Age UK Network’s Loneliness Community of Interest has been meeting regularly since December and are now hosting an event to provide an update on their progress. The Update Event will be held on Wednesday 8th June, 10.00 – 11.30. If you would like to take part, please register using the link here or read on for full details.

Since the launch of the Age UK Network’s Loneliness Community of Interest on the 1st of December 2021, four groups have been regularly meeting to explores interrelated themes. These are: 

  1. Routes into Loneliness 
  2. Upskilling the Workforce 
  3. Partnership Working 
  4. Multi-stranded Offer 

We would like to bring together local Age UKs from across the Network to hear about what we have been doing and to comment on the thoughts and ideas we have had around supporting older people who are feeling lonely. 

This session will be facilitated by Age UK and will be an opportunity to hear about the topics we have explored, discuss proposed approaches, and to hear about our learning which has focussed on: 

  • Identifying and assessing loneliness risk and need 
  • Guided Conversations and goal setting
  • Community asset mapping and local partnerships 
  • Delivering a multi stranded offer to older people 

The Update Event will be held on Wednesday 8th June 2022, 10.00 – 11.30. If you would like to take part, please register using the link here

For further information about the Event please contact: 

Sarah Jewell: sarah.jewell@ageuk.org.uk or Lauren Chalk: lauren.chalk@ageuk.org.uk 

“The Generation Myth” – Book your place at this year’s David Hobman Lecture

Join Professor Bobby Duffy for the 2022 David Hobman Lecture, discussing the myths and stereotypes around generational trends.

The Annual David Hobman Lecture is hosted by the King’s Institute of Gerontology and explores concepts of ageing and gerontology. This year’s event takes place on Monday 13 June from 17:30 to 20:30 and can be attended online or in person (NB – the lecture itself runs from 18:00 to 19:30). Bobby Duffy, Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Policy Institute, will be discussing the myths and stereotypes around generational trends. Click here for full details, including how to book your place.

“Place Making or Making Place?” – Upcoming event for the Age of Creativity Festival 2022

“Place Making or Making Place?” is an upcoming event as part of the Age of Creativity Festival, to explore the role of older people, creativity and culture in creating ‘vibrant’ places to live.

Taking place on Thursday 19th May from 11:00 – 12:30, “Place Making or Making Place?” is a exploration of the role of older people, creativity and culture in creating ‘vibrant’ places to live. This discussion seeks to explore how different sectors perceive the role of ‘place’ and ‘making’ in relation to creativity and culture and those who experience the most inequality. Click here to find out more, including how to book your place.

Upcoming Live Longer Better Event – 8th June 2022

All Age UKs are invited to attend the next Live Longer Better Thought Leadership National Event on Wednesday 8th June from 10:00-11:30.

All Age UKs are invited to join the next Live Longer Better Thought Leadership Event which will focus on the Health and Care Bill. The webinar takes place on Wednesday 8th June from 10:00 – 11:30. Read on to find out more, or click here to book your place.

The NHS was set up as a single organisation in 1948 – numerous bureaucracies, but one organisation, one family. From 1990, collaboration was stopped and competition began.

We now have an Act of Parliament, the Health and Care Bill which has received Royal Assent, enacting the most significant health legislation in a decade into law. Integrated systems were deemed essential, with their four purposes outlined:

  1. Improving population health and healthcare;
  2. Tackling unequal outcomes and access;
  3. Enhancing productivity and value for money; and
  4. Helping the NHS to support broader social and economic development.

This marks a milestone in the recovery and reform of how health and care services work together. The Live Longer Better programme was designed on these principles, recognising that activity: physical, cognitive and emotional, is an essential part of population health management and MUST be integral to improving community health and longevity.

This Live Longer Better National Event takes a consultative approach with National Clinical Directors.

Register for this event to find out their barriers and hurdles, understand how physical activity can help them quantify the benefits of overcoming these problems and support delivery on their key objectives.

Our LLB National Events have proved extremely popular – over 2,000 delegates have attended our last 7 events with cross sector representation. Delegates confirmed that the events “fully met their expectations”.

This Live Longer Better collaboration between Sir Muir Gray, Optimal Ageing Associates and Active Partnerships provides a unique combination of skills and resources, bringing together the cultures of coaching and health. We look forward to sharing some excellent presentations and speakers around the Live Longer Better work.

Finance Focus – Guidance on Managing Rising Costs

With input costs for businesses rising steeply, Age UK’s Financial Governance Team have put together a guidance document looking into ways to approach this issue.

With many Partners currently attempting to reforecast budgets for 2022-23 in the light of the increase in inflation and many other costs, Age UK’s Financial Governance team has written a guidance document covering the impact of these cost increases for organisations and identifying some ideas on how best to approach this issue. Read on for further details.

Stuart Walker, who is presenting at the next Finance Network Meeting on 25th May (“Forecasting in a time of even Greater Uncertainty”) will make reference to this document and expand upon some of the suggestions made, so do sign up to attend that meeting. It will be an opportunity to hear what Stuart has to say on the subject, and to share your own experiences with your peers in the usual Q&A session which will follow the presentation.

To book your place at the next Finance Network Meeting:

The next Finance Network Meeting will take place on Wednesday 25th May from 11:00 to 12:30. Stuart Walker, Volunteer Consultant at Cranfield Trust, will present on the topic ‘Forecasting in a time of even greater uncertainty’. Click here for more details.

To register your attendance, and / or to subsequently receive a copy of the recording of the event and the slides, please simply send an email to John.Fox@ageuk.org.uk  with your name and role title, the name of the Brand Partner you are representing and the email address to which the follow-up material should be sent.

We would be grateful if you could confirm in your email whether you will be attending on the day or just requesting access to the meeting recording and supporting slides – thank you.

View the Guidance Document

Input costs for businesses have risen at a rate not seen for many years, and certainly not since 2011, when Age UK came into being. We recognise that colleagues right across the network are well aware of the challenges this brings and will be looking into what they can do to mitigate these challenges, or what they should be doing to address them.

This guidance document contains some thoughts and ideas from Age UK’s Financial Governance Team on how to approach this issue which we hope will be helpful.

Get in touch

If you have any questions about the information contained in this document, or would like any further guidance or support, please contact:
David.Chenery@ageuk.org.uk  or John.Fox@ageuk.org.uk.

May Finance Network Meeting – ‘Forecasting in a time of even greater uncertainty’

After a brief break, the Finance Network Meetings return on Wednesday 25th May with the topic ‘Forecasting in a time of even greater uncertainty’. Find out how to book your place below.

Following a break in April in recognition of financial year-end work and Easter, we can now announce that the next Finance Network Meeting will take place on Wednesday 25th May from 11:00 to 12:30. Stuart Walker, Volunteer Consultant at Cranfield Trust, will present on the topic ‘Forecasting in a time of even greater uncertainty’, an update on his earlier presentation. Following this, Steve Chu, CEO of Age UK Sheffield, will give us an update on CASEwork Services. Find out full details of the event below, including how to book your place.

Many of you will remember Stuart Walker’s presentation to us in February 2021, when he spoke about ‘Forecasting in a time of uncertainty’, (we were still in the grip of the pandemic and lockdowns), making the point that when times are uncertain, it is even more important to forecast and just because it’s difficult, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do it.

Forecasting in a time of even greater uncertainty

Stuart is a volunteer consultant with the Cranfield Trust, and we are delighted that he’s agreed to help us once again by updating his previous presentation in light of the current challenging financial environment. Stuart’s updated presentation ‘Forecasting in a time of even greater uncertainty’ will concentrate on the following challenges which we now face:

  • the aftershock of the pandemic.
  • the impact of inflationary pressures on charity reserves and funds held and existing service delivery contracts,
  • National Minimum Wage increases and wages / salaries in general and the associated recruitment and retention issues
  • the increasing cost of living which will impact on all organisations through increased overheads (utility bills, etc)
  • the likelihood that clients will have less disposable income to pay for and engage with services, coupled with the challenge of needing to increase prices to cover increasing costs
  • Potentially lower levels of donations and the impact on fundraising activities.
  • Some reluctance of clients to return to services and services having to be delivered in different ways.

Against this backdrop, careful, prudent business planning and forecasting, including the proper calculation of full cost recovery for every service and activity, will be essential. We know that Stuart will not disappoint in his take on how we should prepare for the next 18 to 24 months.

CASEwork Services

Following this presentation, Steve Chu, CEO of Age UK Sheffield, will give us an update on CASEwork Services CIC Ltd. This organisation is jointly owned by 5 Age UK Brand Partners – Doncaster, North Yorkshire and Darlington, Sheffield, Wakefield District and York. It was established in September 2021 and is providing finance services to all five Brand Partners using the TES finance system used by other Brand Partners.

This will be an opportunity for Steve to share learning where Partners have looked to collaborate / work in partnership together and thus work more efficiently and effectively – an ideal opportunity to learn more about this company and how it might be helpful for your organisation too.

To book your place:

To register your attendance, and / or to subsequently receive a copy of the recording of the event and the slides, please simply send an email to John.Fox@ageuk.org.uk  with your name and role title, the name of the Brand Partner you are representing and the email address to which the follow-up material should be sent. We would be grateful if you could confirm in your email whether you will be attending on the day or just requesting access to the meeting recording and supporting slides – thank you.

The session is open to all relevant management, staff and trustees in Local Age UKs and Cymru Partners. So please share this information with colleagues in your organisation who you feel would be interested in attending.