Age UK Network News Roundup

A roundup of news from across the Age UK Network.

Here is a quick roundup of news from across the Age UK Network, including Age UK Herefordshire & Worcestershire’s training courses for staff, carers, clients and families as well as a job opportunity at Age UK Somerset.

Age UK Herefordshire & Worcestershire Training Solutions

Age UK Herefordshire & Worcestershire’s Training Solutions team have been successfully delivering a range of health and social care training and management training for over 10 years. The training is delivered by experienced and qualified health professionals, along with experienced trainers with specialisms in areas, such as First Aid and Manual Handling. Age UK Herefordshire & Worcestershire an Open College Network accredited centre and a member of the approved trainer provider list for Worcestershire County Council. 

Courses are successfully being delivered via Zoom and face to face courses will hopefully resume in mid-April (following government guidelines). They have already been delivering zoom training sessions to participants as far as Scotland so we wanted to let you all know about our fantastic courses that staff, carers, clients and families can attend. Below are just some of the courses we are currently delivering:

  • Moving and handling
  • Dementia awareness
  • Adult safeguarding
  • End of life and bereavement

If you would like to book or learn more about our courses you can view information on our website.

Or contact our training solutions team on 0800 008 6077 or training@ageukhw.org.uk.

Job opportunity at Age UK Somerset

Age UK Somerset are looking for a new Ageing Well Manager to join their team. Are you an experienced Manager with an enthusiasm and passion for exercise and wellbeing?  Do you have an appreciation of how it can improve quality of life for older people? If so, you might be the person Age UK Somerset are looking for to run and develop all aspects of their ‘Ageing Well’ service!

Find out all the details on the Age UK Somerset website.

Closing date: 22nd April

Get in touch

If you have a story from your organisation that you would like us to share with the Network, please let us know at signpost@ageuk.org.uk.

Important Changes to the DBS Verification Process for local Age UKs

Local Age UKs need to make a change to the verification process for your DBS checks to make sure Age UK doesn’t receive confidential information about your employees and volunteers.

Age UK have been receiving some emails from GBG notifying us of the progress of DBS checks requested by local Age UKs. This means we receive personal, confidential information about your employees and volunteers which we shouldn’t have access to. To make sure that we don’t get these emails, the Disclosure Manager at your organisation will need to log in to the GBG system and change the verification process so that Age UK doesn’t get any notifications. An explanation of how to do this is linked below.

GBG have a number of User Guides available on the home page when you first log-in, these provide step-by-step instructions on most activities including how to change your Disclosure Manager and Verifier. If you have any questions, please contact: safeguardingteam@ageuk.org.uk.

Age UK have recently agreed our DBS policy and procedure, this provides clarity on our decision-making on the use of DBS, especially at Basic level where there is no set criteria on the roles this applies to. It also includes guidance on the required frequency of checks and how long personal data will be stored for. If you don’t have a DBS Policy and procedure, and would like to see a copy of the Age UK version as an example, please email safeguardingteam@ageuk.org.uk.

Age of Creativity Festival – opportunity for local Age UKs

Have your say on the content for this year’s Age of Creativity Festival.

The Age of Creativity Festival is led by Age UK Oxfordshire and Age UK, supporting older people across England to have more accessible, age friendly opportunities to get creative. This year’s festival takes places throughout the month of May. We would be very grateful for your help to make this year’s festival happen – please join us on Thursday 8th April between 12-1pm as we shortlist festival content and co-devise a ‘creative calendar’ for older people who lack digital confidence.

This meeting is a chance to tell us about the older people that you support locally and pick creative content to meet their needs. Every local Age UK is welcome to take part and all brand partners will be offered the chance to include their logo on our mass marketing as recognition for your time and input.

We welcome colleagues from a wide range of roles, so if you focus on marketing, community development, day services, dementia teams, carers support or strategy, please get in touch to receive a meeting link and take part.

To get involved, please contact: farrellrenowden@ageukoxfordshire.org.uk

To find out more about the Age of Creativity Festival please visit: festival.ageofcreativity.co.uk

Age UK Network News Roundup

A roundup of news from across the Age UK Network.

Here is a quick roundup of news from across the Age UK Network, including a Community Champions Award for Age UK East Grinstead & District, and job opportunities at Age UK Manchester and at Age UK Westminster.

Community Champions Award for Age UK East Grinstead & District

Age UK East Grinstead & District have received a Community Champions award for their work to support local older vulnerable people throughout the Covid-19 crisis. The award was given by Mims Davies, MP for Mid Sussex, who said:

“The work that was put into the setting up of the East Grinstead Covid Support for residents of East Grinstead was phenomenal. The result was a fabulous operation that completely supported anyone that asked for help.”

Find out more and read Mims Davies’ full statement on the Age UK East Grinstead website.

Job opportunities at Age UK Westminster

Age UK Westminster currently have two vacancies: Head of Services; and Marketing & Communications Officer. To find out all the details, please head to the Age UK Westminster website.

Job opportunities at Age UK Manchester

Age UK Manchester also have two vacancies: Ageing Well Development Worker; and Home Care Coordinator. To find out all the details, please head to the Age UK Manchester website.

Get in touch

If you have a story from your organisation that you would like us to share with the Network, please let us know at signpost@ageuk.org.uk. Our Team is at reduced capacity for the next two weeks but we will be able to share your story after that.

Good news stories from across the Network!

A set of good news stories from across the Network, from TV appearances to redevelopment work!

We’ve received some good news stories from across the Age UK Network to share with you! Age UK Dacorum has teamed up with Nickelodeon UK for a new TV show, Age UK Barnsley’s work with Wortley Golf Club has been featured on regional news, and Age UK Sheffield are set to start work on redeveloping a Coach House into a cafe and community hub. You can find out more about each of these stories below. If you have a story from your organisation that you would like us to share with the Network please let us know at signpost@ageuk.org.uk.

Nickelodeon UK Teams Up with Age UK Dacorum for New TV Show ‘Goldie’s Oldies’

Age UK Dacorum has been working with Nickelodeon UK on a brand new show ‘Goldie’s Oldies’, which celebrates intergenerational relationships. The live-action series premiered on Monday 15 March.

Goldie’s Oldies revolves around the life of teenager Goldie – played by Imogen Faires – whose life is turned upside down when her family move from the U.S. to England to live with their Grandpa Maury (Gareth Hale, Hale and Pace) and his ‘70 something’ roommates.

As well as focusing on intergenerational relationships, the programme aims to encourage healthy eating and Nickelodeon UK has also worked with Age UK Dacorum to donate Magic Bullet blenders to older residents in Dacorum.

Click here to find out more!

Wortley Golf Club tees up Age Friendly success with Age UK Barnsley

Members and staff at Wortley Golf Club have teamed up with Age UK Barnsley to deliver weekly lunches to older residents in a number of villages in the Penistone area.

Members of the golf club have generously donated to fund the scheme and golf club staff prepare the food. Age UK Barnsley’s staff and volunteers then deliver the meals to the happy recipients. It’s more than just a meal delivery service as this video (courtesy of BBC Look North) shows. The video shows Club Steward Paul Hutton, Age UK Barnsley’s Sharon Haggerty and service user Shirley Everett telling us more.

Age UK Sheffield’s Coach House Redevelopment Set to Start

Age UK Sheffield are thrilled to announce that they have received formal permission from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to start the redevelopment of the Old Coach House in Hillsborough Park, after signing the lease with Sheffield City Council. This is a big step forward for the project which will see the grade II listed building converted into a cafe and community hub that will provide activities and events for the community.

The lease that was officially signed on March 1st includes a long term lease for both the Old Coach House building and the Potting Shed that sits to the side of the Walled Garden. Once converted, the Potting Shed will be used to provide dementia friendly activities from crafting and woodwork to gardening and sewing.

Age UK Sheffield are hoping that the restoration and building work will begin in April.

You can find out more about the project on the Age UK Sheffield website.

Two upcoming care webinars

Age UK’s Health Influencing Team and SCIE are both holding upcoming webinars on care. Find out how to book for either event.

There are two upcoming webinars on care which you may wish to attend. The first webinar is hosted by Age UK’s Health Influencing Team and will unpack the latest developments following the publication of the Government’s White Paper on the Health and Care System in England. The second webinar is organised by Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) and looks at delivering safe, face-to-face adult day care. You can find out all the details of both webinars, including how to register, below.

The Future of the Health and Care System webinar: White Paper, ICSs and what it means for you | 31 March from 4:00 – 5:00pm

The Health Influencing Team are hosting a webinar which will unpack the latest developments following the publication of the Government’s White Paper which sets out changes to the way the Health and Care System will operate in England. This webinar will look at what these changes are, why they are happening and what opportunities there may be for Age UK Network and the wider VCSE.

We will be hearing from the Head of Health Influencing, Ruthe Isden on the White Paper, Age UK Sutton on their experiences of working within their local health and care system and Roger Davidson the Director of System Transformation at NHS England on how it will work.

You can sign up to the webinar here.

There’s an opportunity to suggest questions on sign up but you can also send through any questions to healthinfluencing@ageuk.org.uk by Wednesday 24th March.

The webinar will be taking place on Microsoft Teams, once signed up we will send through a diary invitation with the link.

The webinar will be recorded for you to view at your convenience. If you cannot attend but have a question, please do still submit it and we will be happy to try to answer it.

Delivering safe, face-to-face adult day care | 24 March from 13:30pm – 14:30pm

This webinar aims to support the safe delivery of adult day care services by highlighting key guidance including SCIE’s Delivering safe, face-to-face adult day care guide, providing practical examples, supporting connections with other providers and responding to key questions from the sector.

To register, please click here.

Covid-19 Vaccine Uptake – Template press release for local Age UKs

Download a template press release on Rustie Lee’s work to highlight the importance of the covid-19 vaccination for older people.

Age UK’s Media Team has been working with TV personality, chef, actress and singer Rustie Lee to highlight the importance of the covid-19 vaccination for older people, especially those in Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities.

We have issued a press release to national newspapers on Monday 15 under embargo until Wednesday 17 March and we have also issued this release to a list of media contacts at publications specifically aimed at a BAME audience.

In addition, we have produced a template press release for local Age UKs which can be edited and shared with your local media contacts if you have time. This press release is also embargoed until Wednesday 17 March.

The local template and an accompanying photo can be downloaded on The Loop here.

If you are unable to access The Loop please email: theloop@ageuk.org.uk

If you have any questions about this press release, please contact: media@ageuk.org.uk

Vaccine Uptake Webinar Tonight

CORE (the Coalition of Race Equality Organisations) has organised an event to offer reassurance to people who are unsure about the safety of the vaccines. This event is taking place tonight at 6:30pm and you can sign up below or find out more information here.

We apologise for the short notice but we have just been made aware of this event and still wanted to let you know in case you can attend tonight.

Brand Partner Websites Update & Maintenance – 7.30pm Tonight

Brand Partners will be unable to make edits to their websites between 7pm-8pm tonight (16 March) while the latest updates are installed.

The latest updates for Age UK Brand Partner websites will take place tonight (16 March) at 7.30pm. This maintenance will see a general upgrade to the Content Management System (CMS) as well as a number of fixes. All Brand Partner sites will be affected, so staff who manage the website for your organisation will not be able to access the CMS between 7pm and 8pm tonight. You shouldn’t see any major change to your site and there is minimal downtime expected. Our Network Digital Team have also sent this information to their mailing lists, so staff members who manage your website should be aware of this maintenance.

Research study on the use of visual identifiers for people with dementia in hospital

Researchers at the University of Leicester would like to talk to relatives or carers of people with dementia about their experiences.

Researchers at the University of Leicester are conducting a study into the use of visual identifiers for people with dementia in hospital. They would like to talk to relatives or carers of people with dementia who have been admitted to hospital within the last few years. They’re looking to hear about their experiences and any issues they faced.

The study recognises that little is known about whether symbols such as the forget-me-not, the butterfly scheme and identifiers such as special wristbands help to improve the care of people with dementia in hospital. The University therefore would like to hear people’s views.

The study involves people taking part in a telephone or online interview. All information is kept confidential and will be unidentifiable in any research outputs. The project is funded by the THIS Institute (a registered charity).

If you know of any relatives or carers of people with dementia who might be interested in taking part in the study, please invite them to contact Liz Sutton at es225@le.ac.uk for more information.

Free webinar: Employment Law Update

Stephens Scown are running a free employment law update webinar. Topics will include employment and immigration.

Stephens Scown (who run our free HR Express service) will be running a free employment law update webinar on Thursday 25 March from 10am – 11am via Teams. Find out all the details, including how to book, below.

Topics will include:

Employment:
  • a flexible working revolution? Exploring the benefits of new and innovative ways of working and what employers need to keep in mind
  • a review of key recent developments and a look ahead to what’s coming including:

    • those tricky Covid questions (including around the extension of furlough, long Covid, testing and the vaccine)
    • new statutory rates of pay
    • potential reforms of post-termination restrictions
    • some interesting recent case law around managing anonymity in internal disciplinary procedures and how far training your managers will take you in defending allegations of harassment
Immigration:
  • the post Brexit immigration system – what does this mean for your workforce going forward?
  • an introduction to applying for a Skilled Worker sponsor licence to continue to recruit and employ overseas workers

The webinar will conclude with a Q&A.

To book a place on this free webinar, please email: events@stephens-scown.co.uk to receive the webinar login details.

If you are unable to join the webinar live, you can still email to register your interest, and receive the materials after the webinar is completed.