Age UK Parliamentary Briefing on Women’s Health Strategy

Age UK has written a Parliamentary Briefing to assess the Government’s new ten-year Women’s Health Strategy. View both the strategy and the briefing here.

Following a call for evidence and the publication of its Vision for Women’s Health, the Government has now published a ten-year Women’s Health Strategy. Age UK has written a Parliamentary Briefing to assess the Government’s strategy, which you can find here. The briefing includes a summary of what we are pleased to see for older women in the strategy, as well as the further commitments we would like to see included.

If you have any questions or any feedback relating to the Women’s Health Strategy, please get in touch with luke.pilot@ageuk.org.uk.

Age UK Network News Roundup – 12/08/22

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

There are still plenty of open roles in this week’s Age UK Network News Roundup! Age UK Cheshire East have several vacancies, including a Dementia Activity Worker role, meanwhile Age UK Redbridge, Barking and Havering are seeking a Digital Outreach Worker.

As always, if you have a story from your organisation that you would like us to share with the Network, such as recent events, campaigns, or awards, please let us know at signpost@ageuk.org.uk and we’ll add it to the next roundup.


Several Vacancies at Age UK Cheshire East

Age UK Cheshire East currently has several vacancies available, including Drivers, Home Helpers, and a Dementia Activity Worker.

The Dementia Activity Worker will support people living with dementia to maintain their skills, to benefit from activities, company and friendship; and to have some fun. You will receive training in Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy and you will help to plan and deliver a programme of activities in their day centre in Macclesfield and some outreach sessions across the eastern part of Cheshire East.

Find out full details on the Age UK Cheshire East website.

Two open roles at Age UK Redbridge, Barking and Havering

Age UK Redbridge, Barking and Havering are looking for a Senior Manager (Engagement, Facilities and Day Opportunities) to manage and develop a range of services that are responsive to the needs of older people living in a multi-cultural borough.

They are also seeking a Digital Outreach Worker to facilitate outreach visits to promote referrals to the Digital Inclusion Service for older people across Redbridge, Barking and Havering and enable participation of clients who are unwilling or unable to attend volunteer-led sessions.

Find out more on the Age UK Redbridge, Barking and Havering website.

Closing dates: 23rd & 30th August


Age UK Blackburn with Darwen seek a new Befriending Services Co-ordinator

Age UK Blackburn with Darwen are looking to hire someone who is well organised, self-motivated and able to further develop a quality service for the role of Befriending Services Co-ordinator.

Find out full details on the Age UK Blackburn with Darwen website.

Closing Date: 5th September


Information and Advice Adviser Vacancy at Age UK Merton

Age UK Merton are seeking an I&A Adviser to play an essential role in the response to the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, working directly with older people to triage and identify needs and provide advice to help people to access high quality support.

The role will provide information and advice, including casework, in a wide field of subjects, including welfare benefits, housing, health, community care, and local services, to older adults (state pension age and above) across the London Borough of Merton.

Find out more on the Age UK Merton website.


Head of Finance Role at Age UK Plymouth

Age UK Plymouth are recruiting for the key role of Head of Finance. This role will involve; overseeing and producing management accounts, taking responsibility for payroll, producing budgets and forecasts, financial planning and analysis, liaising with auditors, making improvements to procedures and controls, and working closely with the Chief Executive Officer and the Senior Management Team.

Find out full details on the Age UK Plymouth website.

Closing date: 12th August


Two vacancies at Age UK Wigan Borough

Age UK Wigan Borough are currently advertising for two roles: Operations Manager and Home Helpers.

The Operations Manager will be responsible for leadership and management of the Support at Home, Information and Advice and volunteer-led General Enquiries teams. Meanwhile, the Home Helpers will support the shopping and cleaning service for older people.

Find out full details on the Age UK Wigan Borough website.

Closing date: 15th August


Activities Programme Co-Ordinator at Age UK Sutton

Age UK Sutton are looking for a new Activities Programme Coordinator! In this role, you will plan and deliver an exciting and varied programme of activities throughout the London Borough of Sutton, to increase opportunities for older people to connect in a way that suits their needs and goals.

Find out full details on the Age UK Sutton website.

Closing date: 21st August


Lots of open roles at Age UK Coventry & Warwickshire

Age UK Coventry and Warwickshire currently have a number of vacancies available, click below on each job title to find out more.

Marketing and Fundraising Manager – Deadline for applications 4th September

This new role is designed to maximise the profile of the charity and fundraising income generation through activities to support the strategic priorities of the charity.

The post holder will be an active member of the leadership team and will contribute towards the strategic development and operational management of all areas of the organisation.

Marketing and Fundraising Officer – Deadline for applications 4th September

This new role will assist the Marketing and Fundraising Manager in maximising the fundraising income of the charity by supporting with fundraising events, campaigns, corporate partnerships and other activity.

Retail Roles

Age UK Coventry and Warwickshire run a number of high street and Re-use outlets and currently have vacancies in this area from shop assistants to managers.  Please see website for more details.

For further information and to apply for any of the vacancies please visit the Age UK Coventry & Warwickshire website.


Two Vacancies at Age UK Somerset

Age UK Somerset currently have two roles available: Information & Advice Officer (part-time) and Information and Support Manager.

Find out full details of both roles on the Age UK Somerset website.


Information and Advice Advisor Role at Age UK Richmond upon Thames

Age UK Richmond upon Thames are seeking an Information and Advice Advisor. The role will include providing information on a wide range of queries, over the telephone, by email, and in person – referring and signposting where necessary into other Age UK Richmond services and other support provided by their partners.

Find out full details on the Age UK Richmond upon Thames 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.

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

We Are Undefeatable Launches Summer Campaign – “Move to your mood”

We Are Undefeatable is back on TV across August, with coverage of the campaign’s new summer PR activity, #MoveToYourMood, now live.

The new We Are Undefeatable TV advert and summer campaign “Move To Your Mood” has now launched! Find out all about the new campaign below, including ways to get involved.

We Are Undefeatable is back on TV. The campaign will be running on TV, video on demand, billboard ads in key activation areas and across social media until 31st August.

Alongside the new TV advert, coverage of the campaign’s new summer PR activity, #MoveToYourMood, is now live. Keep an eye out for media and press coverage of the 3 follow-along routine videos featuring We Are Undefeatable case studies with the campaign’s celebrity ambassador, Gok Wan.

There’s a video for whatever your mood is each day, whether you’re Feeling Relaxed, Needing A Boost or Feeling Energised. These are available on YouTube and the We Are Undefeatable website.

We Are Undefeatable would like to thank you for all your support of the campaign so far. They would now really appreciate your support in getting behind this exciting new phase of the campaign, encouraging people living with long term health conditions to move more in a way that suits them.

Some ways you could get involved with the campaign include:

  • Asking your colleagues and local networks to share the new campaign assets on their social channels and to sign up to the Supporters Hub to keep up to date with the campaign and have access to assets and resources.
  • Sharing the content from We Are Undefeatable’s social media channels, where it will be posted across their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
  • Supporting the Move To Your Mood press activity and share the message that getting active is all about doing what works for you.
  • Creating your own social media posts using new campaign creative materials. Head to the ‘Social Media’ folder on the Supporters Hub where there are a range of new images, videos and suggested messaging you can use. Please tag the We Are Undefeatable campaign and use the #WeAreUndefeatable hashtag too.
  • Linking the campaign to your own activities and services on offer locally.
  • Featuring the Campaign launch in any upcoming newsletters that are shared with your target audiences and members.

Download resources from the Supporters Hub

To help support you in bringing the campaign to life, there are several new resources available on the Supporters Hub.

  • New imagery for Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, featuring the new campaign faces.
  • New videos which can be used on social media.
  • There is also a range of resources from previous years, including posters and leaflets available in both print and digital formats.

Age UK Network News Roundup – 05/08/22

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

There are lots of open roles in this week’s Age UK Network News Roundup! We start at Age UK Redbridge, Barking and Havering who are looking for a Senior Manager to manage and develop a range of services. Elsewhere, Age UK Blackburn with Darwen are seeking a new Befriending Services Co-ordinator, Age UK Merton have an I&A Advisor vacancy, and Age UK Cambridgeshire & Peterborough are looking to fill two open roles.

As always, if you have a story from your organisation that you would like us to share with the Network, such as recent events, campaigns, or awards, please let us know at signpost@ageuk.org.uk and we’ll add it to the next roundup.


Age UK Redbridge, Barking and Havering seek a Senior Manager (Engagement, Facilities and Day Opportunities)

Age UK Redbridge, Barking and Havering are looking for a Senior Manager (Engagement, Facilities and Day Opportunities) to manage and develop a range of services that are responsive to the needs of older people living in a multi-cultural borough.

Find out more on the Age UK Redbridge, Barking and Havering website.

Closing date: 23rd August


Two open roles at Age UK Cambridgeshire & Peterborough

Age UK Cambridgeshire & Peterborough are currently recruiting for two vacancies.

They are looking to hire a Community Warden in Cambridge city, as well as a Triage Officer to be the first point of contact for their Information and Advice Service.

Find out full details on the Age UK Cambridgeshire & Peterborough website.

Closing date: 10th August


Age UK Blackburn with Darwen seek a new Befriending Services Co-ordinator

Age UK Blackburn with Darwen are looking to hire someone who is well organised, self-motivated and able to further develop a quality service for the role of Befriending Services Co-ordinator.

Find out full details on the Age UK Blackburn with Darwen website.

Closing Date: 5th September


Information and Advice Adviser Vacancy at Age UK Merton

Age UK Merton are seeking an I&A Adviser to play an essential role in the response to the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, working directly with older people to triage and identify needs and provide advice to help people to access high quality support.

The role will provide information and advice, including casework, in a wide field of subjects, including welfare benefits, housing, health, community care, and local services, to older adults (state pension age and above) across the London Borough of Merton.

Find out more on the Age UK Merton website.


Head of Finance Role at Age UK Plymouth

Age UK Plymouth are recruiting for the key role of Head of Finance. This role will involve; overseeing and producing management accounts, taking responsibility for payroll, producing budgets and forecasts, financial planning and analysis, liaising with auditors, making improvements to procedures and controls, and working closely with the Chief Executive Officer and the Senior Management Team.

Find out full details on the Age UK Plymouth website.

Closing date: 12th August


Two vacancies at Age UK Wigan Borough

Age UK Wigan Borough are currently advertising for two roles: Operations Manager and Home Helpers.

The Operations Manager will be responsible for leadership and management of the Support at Home, Information and Advice and volunteer-led General Enquiries teams. Meanwhile, the Home Helpers will support the shopping and cleaning service for older people.

Find out full details on the Age UK Wigan Borough website.

Closing date: 15th August


Activities Programme Co-Ordinator at Age UK Sutton

Age UK Sutton are looking for a new Activities Programme Coordinator! In this role, you will plan and deliver an exciting and varied programme of activities throughout the London Borough of Sutton, to increase opportunities for older people to connect in a way that suits their needs and goals.

Find out full details on the Age UK Sutton website.

Closing date: 21st August


Lots of open roles at Age UK Coventry & Warwickshire

Age UK Coventry and Warwickshire currently have a number of vacancies available, click below on each job title to find out more.

Marketing and Fundraising Manager – Deadline for applications 4th September

This new role is designed to maximise the profile of the charity and fundraising income generation through activities to support the strategic priorities of the charity.

The post holder will be an active member of the leadership team and will contribute towards the strategic development and operational management of all areas of the organisation.

Marketing and Fundraising Officer – Deadline for applications 4th September

This new role will assist the Marketing and Fundraising Manager in maximising the fundraising income of the charity by supporting with fundraising events, campaigns, corporate partnerships and other activity.

Retail Roles

Age UK Coventry and Warwickshire run a number of high street and Re-use outlets and currently have vacancies in this area from shop assistants to managers.  Please see website for more details.

For further information and to apply for any of the vacancies please visit the Age UK Coventry & Warwickshire website.


Two Vacancies at Age UK Somerset

Age UK Somerset currently have two roles available: Information & Advice Officer (part-time) and Information and Support Manager.

Find out full details of both roles on the Age UK Somerset website.


Information and Advice Advisor Role at Age UK Richmond upon Thames

Age UK Richmond upon Thames are seeking an Information and Advice Advisor. The role will include providing information on a wide range of queries, over the telephone, by email, and in person – referring and signposting where necessary into other Age UK Richmond services and other support provided by their partners.

Find out full details on the Age UK Richmond upon Thames 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.

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

Digital Exclusion Survey – Blue Badges & Other Council Services

Age UK’s Campaigns Team are keen to hear from local Age UKs about the ways that digital methods for accessing local council services are impacting older people.

Age UK’s Campaigns Team are running a short survey to learn how digital-only and digital-first methods for accessing local council services are disproportionately impacting older people and how local Age UKs are supporting them. Find out full details, including how to access the survey, below.

Age UK’s Campaigns Team have been hearing that digital-only and digital-first methods for accessing local council services are disproportionately impacting older people. This is making it harder for older people who do not have access to the internet or are not confident online, to apply for Blue Badges and access other important services provided by their local council.

We’re keen to learn more about how widespread this issue is becoming, how local Age UKs are supporting older people experiencing digital exclusion, and how Age UK can respond nationally.

If you have time, we’d love to hear from your organisation via our short survey.

If you have any questions, please contact Luke Pilot.

Submit your feedback on Engage Britain’s “Ideas for Change”

As Engage Britain’s Ideas for Change project continues, the team are seeking feedback on the great ideas for improving the social care sector submitted so far.

Earlier this year, we posted about Engage Britain‘s Ideas for Change project, an opportunity for people with experience of social care to share their thoughts on improving things for those who work in social care. Having collected lots of suggestions, Engage Britain are now seeking feedback on the great ideas submitted so far. Find out how to get involved below.

As part of Ideas for Change, Engage Britain brought together a group of people who draw on care, work on the frontline and run care services to suggest how to improve the care sector.

They’re now asking for help shaping these ideas for change to make things better for those who work in care. They want everyone to feel confident these ideas are practical and realistic. And that they represent all the great thinking people have done to date.

Get involved

Do you have a few minutes to take a look at the ideas for the social care workforce? Click here to share your challenges and improvements on the Ideas for Change, as well as provide wider feedback on what other people have said.

Feedback can be submitted up until August 21st.

LGBT Veterans Independent Review

The LGBT Veterans Independent Review are looking to understand the experiences of LGBT individuals who served in the Armed Forces from 1967 to 2000.

The LGBT Veterans Independent Review was launched in July to examine the impact of the ban on homosexuality in the UK Armed Forces. The Review Team are looking to understand the experiences of LGBT individuals who served in the Armed Forces from 1967 to 2000 and will be collecting evidence from now until 15th November. Find out full details below, including the review link which you may wish to share with your networks.

The Government accepts that the historic policy banning homosexuality in the Armed Forces was wrong and has committed to work to understand, acknowledge and where appropriate address the effect it has had on veterans, in particular in relation to members of the LGBT community.

The Review is independent of the Government and the Armed Forces. In May 2023, the Review team will provide recommendations to Government on how to address this historic hurt.

The review team would like to hear from:

  • LGBT veterans who served from 1967 to 2000
  • those who also served in this period and witnessed the treatment of LGBT Service personnel
  • those involved in delivering the ban
  • friends and families of LGBT veterans who are for one reason or another not able to give evidence

If you would like to share this review with your networks, the call for evidence can be accessed here and you can find out more/spread the word about the review on:

Help shape the new Quality of Information and Signposting Standard (QISS)

Join the new Community of Interest to help shape the new Quality of Information and Signposting Standard (QISS).

Age UK’s Quality & Transformation Team are creating a new Quality of Information and Signposting Standard (QISS) to distinguish it from the Information and Advice Quality Programme (IAQP) we currently deliver. We are in the very early stages of doing this and want to make sure the standard is co-produced with local Age UKs, to make sure that meeting the standard is as practical as possible. Find out full details below, including how to join the new Community of Interest.

We’d love for you to work with us in developing the new standard; from agreeing the indicators and benchmarks through to how it will be assessed and delivered.

Developing the Quality of Information and Signposting Standard (QISS) Together

The new Quality of Information and Signposting Standard (QISS) will be developed to support local Age UKs to assess the quality of the information and signposting you deliver across a range of services within and beyond your Information and Advice offer.

We know from feedback during the Quality Review Process and from regional meetings, that separating the Quality Standards for information and signposting from those for delivering advice will be welcomed. This is because many staff and volunteers within wider service areas do deliver information and signposting, but don’t always also deliver advice as we determine it.

The QISS will enable Brand Partners to effectively identify good practice, areas for development, and demonstrate the quality of your services.

We would like to work with partners to work on the following key areas:

  1. What should be in / out of the QISS? Reviewing and shaping the standard, considering the benchmarks and indicators and deciding what is out of scope.

    Aim: to ensure that the standard is appropriate to services that deliver information and signposting as well as meeting quality requirements.

  2. A QISS pilot. Shaping and piloting a new approach to assessing the quality of information and signposting.

    Aim: to develop an approach to self-assessment that works well for partners and meets quality requirements.

  3. Identifying what guidance and support to offer. Identifying what guidance and support might be offered to partners to embed the standard.

    Aim: to ensure partners feel confident in implementing and understanding the standard.

Community of Interest Meeting Schedule

Our Community of Interest will meet six times over the autumn (through September to November) with each 90-minute meeting an opportunity to share your thoughts and ideas.

We want to capture and build on the good things that are already happening across the network and also recognise that partners are at a range of starting points – for some, quality within services that deliver information and signposting is already embedded, whereas for others this will be a change of approach. The meeting agendas will be set jointly, and we will take a workshop / discussion approach.

Our meeting dates are:

  • Wednesday 14th September | 2 – 3:30pm
  • Monday 26th September | 3 – 4:30pm
  • Tuesday 11th October | 1 – 2:30pm
  • Wednesday 26th October | 2 – 3:30pm
  • Tuesday 8th November | 1 – 2:30pm
  • Monday 21st November | 2 – 3:30pm

All meetings will be on Teams.

You can join whichever meetings you are able to, although you can also attend all six if you wish.

This Community of Interest will appeal to anyone who delivers information and signposting, or who is responsible for managing, overseeing or leading on services that may deliver information and signposting.

We welcome a wide range of people to attend; from trustees to frontline staff, so that we get a range of views.

Book your place

If you would like any more information or would like to join this community of interest, please contact Jo Holloway-Green by 26th August.

Thank you and we look forward to working with you on developing this together!

Get Safe Online’s “Safe Online Banking” Campaign

Get Safe Online have provided a social media pack for any organisations interested in spreading the word about their Safe Online Banking campaign.

August sees the launch of Get Safe Online’s “Safe Online Banking” campaign to ensure that we’re all using internet and mobile banking safely and responsibly. They’ve provided a social media pack which you may wish to use to spread the word amongst your networks. You can find out full details below.

Going online – whether via banks’ websites or apps – is the UK’s favourite method of banking, bringing many benefits over in-branch banking, with instant account checking, payments and money transfers. This month’s campaign provides advice on ensuring that we’re all using internet and mobile banking safely and responsibly.  

Get Safe Online have shared a wide range of suggested tweets and posts on different aspects of this month’s awareness campaign, along with some photos and infographics which you can download below:

Chance to get involved in NHS England medicines programme

NHS England has set up a new national programme to tackle problematic polypharmacy. If you organisation would like to get involved, you can find all the details here.

Age UK is supporting a new national programme funded by NHS England to help tackle problematic polypharmacy, i.e. where people are taking more medicines than they need or are likely causing them harm. Local Age UKs are invited to get involved with the programme by joining a local Community of Practice and/or collaborating with a local NHS group to support the testing of public-facing materials.

If you would like to hear more or get involved, please contact Amy Semple,  National Programme Manager at a.semple@nhs.net. You can also get in touch with Age UK’s Health and Care Policy Lead Tom Gentry at tom.gentry@ageuk.org.uk.

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