Funding Bulletin #28 – Updates on Public, Corporate, Trusts and Public Sector Funding | November 2022

The latest fundraising bulletin is now available for you to view below.

Welcome to the November funding bulletin! This month’s bulletin contains details of the final round of Walking Football funding, as well as news of the Will Aid campaign.

If you know of a colleague at your organisation who would like to receive this bulletin and other updates from Age UK in our e-newsletter Signpost, please share this sign up form with them. Thank you!

You can view or download the Bulletin below:

Chairs and Governance Roundup – November 2022

This Chairs and Governance Roundup is a collection of recent resources, news, and upcoming events for Board Members of local Age UKs.

Welcome to the latest edition of our Chairs and Governance Roundup, a collection of recent resources, news, and upcoming events for Board Members of local Age UKs. Read on for information about membership of the Association of Chairs, details on age-friendly communities, useful resources from NCVO, and much more.


The Association of Chairs (AoC) Membership

The Association of Chairs is run by and for charity Chairs and has a wealth of resources and support available. Membership for most local Age UK Chairs will cost £60 a year.

The AoC often host useful online events of around 60 or 90 minutes held at lunchtime or early evening.

Click here to find out more.


Age Friendly Communities – what are they and how to make it happen

The UK Network of Age-friendly Communities is a growing movement with over 50 member places across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The UK Network is affiliated to the World Health Organisation’s Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities.

One way to involve many local organisations to improve your local community and provide immediate practical help for older people through service provision, is to adopt the Age Friendly Community approach.

The Centre for Ageing Better coordinates the UK Network of Age Friendly Communities and has lots of information on their website that may be helpful.

Click on this link to find out more.


Finance Network Meeting – 7 December 2022 | ‘The Finance Function as a Business Partner’


On Wednesday 7 December from 11:00 – 12:30, the monthly Finance Network meeting will welcome Simon Hopkins, Director of Finance and Corporate Resources at Versus Arthritis, who will give his perspectives and insights on the ‘Finance Function as a Business Partner’ and the importance of strategic leadership, especially in the current operating environment.

Click here for full details, including how to book your place.


NCVO Resources on governance and being a trustee

The NCVO website has lots of resources on governance, trusteeship and being a Chair. Click here for more information.

They have lots of short online courses aimed at trustees. Some are webinars on specific dates and others are online modules that you can complete in your own time, for example, roles and duties of trustees.

During Trustees’ Week, NCVO ran 5 webinars on leading a charity through challenging times. NCVO members can access the webinars which covered:

  1. Being a charity trustee in the current climate
  2. Setting direction in changing times
  3. Leading tough conversations
  4. Specialist skills and how to find them
  5. Trustees and continuous learning

Click here for more information.


Building good governance – short online sessions for trustees

NCVO also run a series of online training events specifically for trustees covering topics such as:

  • Trustee basics
  • Financial intelligence for trustees
  • Safeguarding for trustees
  • Quality, diversity and inclusion

To find out full details, please click here.


Resources to support Chairs and Trustees with good governance

Age UK provides a number of online resources aimed at supporting Chairs and trustees to deliver excellent governance of local Age UK charities.

The resources include:

  • Pointers to the key Charity Commission guidance
  • A link to the Association of Chairs, an independent membership group which supports Chairs from all charities
  • Ideas on recruiting and retaining trustees
  • Guidance on CEO appraisals
  • Information on Age UK network quality standards
  • A briefing on the Charity Governance Code
  • Sources of support for local Age UKs relating to service development, funding, finance and more
  • Template governing documents for local Age UKs – useful when reviewing your constitution

These resources can be found on the loop – the intranet for the Age UK network – by clicking here.

If you do not have access to ‘the loop’ then please contact theloop@ageuk.org.uk


Funding Bulletin #27 – Updates on Public, Corporate, Trusts and Public Sector Funding | October 2022

The latest fundraising bulletin is now available for you to view below.

Welcome to the October funding bulletin. This month’s bulletin contains a number of potential funding opportunities, details of the Age UK raffle and information on schemes being piloted by Age UK.

If you know of a colleague at your organisation who would like to receive this bulletin and other updates from Age UK in our e-newsletter Signpost, please share this sign up form with them. Thank you!

You can view or download the Bulletin below:

Age UK’s Winter Health Campaign 2022/23 – Local Campaign Pack

Find out all the details of this year’s Winter Health Campaign from Age UK’s Health Influencing Team. You can also download the Local Campaign Pack below.

Age UK’s Health Influencing team is happy to announce the launch of our 2022/23 Winter Health Campaign! The Winter Health Campaign will hopefully play a crucial role in ensuring older people have access to the information, advice, and support that they need to navigate the upcoming winter months. Find full details below, including a Local Campaign Pack you can use to help inform and support your own local winter campaigns this year.

With pre-pandemic levels of social contact expected this winter, we are increasingly wary of the potential for co-circulation of influenza, Covid-19, and other respiratory issues to put increased pressure on the NHS during an already difficult time.

Taken together, it’s clear we are facing a perfect storm this winter. This is why we’re asking for your support with Age UK’s Winter Health Campaign for another year. By working together, we can ensure older people have access to the information, advice, and support that they need to navigate the upcoming winter months.

This campaign will take place between October 2022 and March 2023 and aims to support as many older people as possible through the winter period. Please find below the Age UK Winter Health Campaign local pack, which we hope will be a useful resource to help inform and support your own local winter campaigns this year:


Please get in touch if you have any questions or require any further information – sophie.barrett@ageuk.org.uk. Thank you for supporting the campaign!

Age UK Campaigns Calendar – October to December 2022

The latest Age UK campaigns calendar is now available! It contains details on the influencing work Age UK will be focusing on from October to December 2022 – including how you can get involved.

The latest Age UK campaigns calendar is now available below! Covering national influencing activity by Age UK and upcoming awareness campaigns across October to December, this edition includes details of our upcoming campaigning work over the coming months.

The Calendar is available to download below:

Upcoming Events and Actions

We’ve highlighted below some of the most important events in the calendar that will be coming up over the next few weeks, including some details on the ways you can get involved if you have time:

Malnutrition Awareness Week – 10th to 16th October
  • Please share the resources made available on the website and tweet the hashtag – #UKMAW2022

Black History Month – throughout October
  • Please look out for and share the three Discover pieces set to go live on our website throughout October.

Carers Leave Private Members Bill – Second reading: 21st October
  • The bill will enshrine in employment law the Government’s pledge to provide five days of unpaid carers leave for all unpaid carers.
  • If you have time, please write to your MPs to ask and ask them to support the bill.

Debt and mid-term fiscal plan – 31st October
  • This has now been brought forward to the 31st October (originally proposed for 23rd November)
  • If you have time, please write to your MPs to make clear the need for: benefits to be uprated in line with inflation, targeted funding for NHS and social care, and extended support for energy bills for older and vulnerable people.

Befriending Week – 1st to 7th November
  • See if you can put on thank you events for befrienders in your local area.
  • Please share resources using the Befriending Networks resource pack and their website and post during the week on socials.

Get in touch!

If you have any questions about our upcoming campaigning and influencing, or if you have any suggestions for future editions of the campaigns calendar, please get in touch with Miles Bassett: miles.bassett@ageuk.org.uk.

Older People’s Health and Care Survey – October 2022

Age UK’s Health Influencing Team are once again conducting the “Older People’s Health and Care Survey” and would be grateful if you could share the survey across your networks.

Age UK’s latest Older People’s Health and Care Survey is now live! As with our previous surveys in 2020 and 2021, our aim is to understand more about the current health and care needs of older people. We are looking to hear from older people and those that support them, including local Age UKs. Over 15,000 people responded to last year’s survey, which gave us a powerful position from which to influence the Government and the NHS.

Your responses helped us put pressure on the Government on a number of issues, particularly help during the cost of living crisis and access to NHS services.

We would be really grateful if you could once again share this survey across your networks so that we can hear as many voices as possible. Thank you!

The survey closes on Wednesday 19th October.

Funding Bulletin #26 – Updates on Public, Corporate, Trusts and Public Sector Funding | September 2022

The latest fundraising bulletin is now available for you to view below.

Welcome to the belated September funding bulletin – our apologies for the delay in getting this out to you, our comms team were on reduced capacity last week. September’s bulletin contains a number of potential funding opportunities as well as information on schemes being piloted by Age UK.

If you know of a colleague at your organisation who would like to receive this bulletin and other updates from Age UK in our e-newsletter Signpost, please share this sign up form with them. Thank you!

You can view or download the Bulletin below:

Chairs and Governance Roundup – September 2022

This Chairs and Governance Roundup is a collection of recent resources, news, and upcoming events for Board Members of local Age UKs.

Welcome to the latest edition of our Chairs and Governance Roundup, a collection of recent resources, news, and upcoming events for Board Members of local Age UKs. Read on for details of some useful webinars from the NCVO, the upcoming Live Longer Better event, as well as some learning and resources from the National Lottery Community Fund’s Ageing Better programme.


Trustees’ Week 7 to 11 November

Trustees’ Week celebrates the achievements of the 1 million charity trustees in the UK and this year’s theme is “making a difference in changing times”. Throughout the week you’ll have the chance to connect with other trustees to share your experiences. You’ll also be able to develop your skills through our wide range of events, training and guidance.

For more information and resources, please visit: www.trusteesweek.org.

During Trustees’ Week NCVO is running a series of webinars, find out more here.


Live Longer Better – face to face event 19th October

The Live Longer Better movement promotes the 4 R’s: reconditioning, rejuvenation, risk reduction and revolution with the aim of enabling people to do just that: live longer better.

All Age UKs are invited to join the first in-person Live Longer Better national event where the programme will reaffirm its collective mission.

Find out more about the event by clicking this link.

Learn more about Live Longer Better here.


Learning and Resources from the Ageing Better Programme

The National Lottery Community Fund’s Ageing Better programme was a seven-year, £87 million programme designed to test different ways of improving the lives of people over 50 by addressing social isolation and loneliness within local communities. The programme was delivered by 14 place-based partnerships across England.

In this article, Ruth Bamford, Learning Lead for Ageing Better at The National Lottery Community Fund, shares below some of the impact from their Ageing Better programme, as well as highlighting the importance of delivering a person-centred approach when addressing loneliness and social isolation.

Click here to view the full article.


Age UK Influencing Conference 2022 “Getting through a difficult winter”


You can now sign up here to attend this year’s Age UK Influencing Conference on Wednesday 12th October 2022! We are welcoming staff, volunteers and trustees from across the Age UK Network and multiple attendees from the same local Age UK are welcome and encouraged.

This year’s conference will be looking at the challenges older people (and the local Age UKs supporting them) face, and sharing ideas, evidence and practical ways to improve their lives. We’ll hear from local Age UKs and policy experts on topics such as the cost of living crisis, digital exclusion, tackling health inequalities through targeted approaches to black and minority ethnic older people, and working with ICSs, sharing tips from across the network. We will also consider the very difficult winter ahead for local Age UKs, as energy prices soar, and what we can do to help through our influencing activity.

Click here to book your place.


Building good governance – short online sessions for trustees

NCVO run a series of online training events specifically for trustees covering topics such as:

  • Trustee basics
  • Financial intelligence for trustees
  • Safeguarding for trustees
  • Quality, diversity and inclusion

To find out full details, please click here.


Association of Chairs Event “Rethinking Charity Closure”

The Association of Chairs is running an event on 15 November to explore the issues around deciding to close a charity. Although this is often viewed as a negative decision, it can sometimes be a normal part of a charity’s natural life span.

As CC3 ‘The Essential Trustee’ highlights: Acting in the charity’s best interests means always doing what the trustees decide will best enable the charity to carry out its purposes, both now and for the future.

It’s not about serving:

  • the interests of trustees or staff
  • the personal interests of members or beneficiaries
  • the personal interests of supporters, funders or donors
  • the charity as an institution in itself, or preserving it for its own sake

Sometimes trustees need to consider collaborating or merging with another charity, or even spending all of the charity’s resources and bringing it to a close.

The event brings together three people with insight and expertise on closing charities. They offer practical hands-on experience and will share their insights on how to open up conversations about closure, and if it is the right course, how to navigate it well.

Click here for full details, including how to book your place.

The Association of Chairs publishes a free monthly e-newsletter containing useful resources and support, including events like the one above. To register, please click here.


Resources to support Chairs and Trustees with good governance

Age UK provides a number of online resources aimed at supporting Chairs and trustees to deliver excellent governance of local Age UK charities.

The resources include:

  • Pointers to the key Charity Commission guidance
  • A link to the Association of Chairs, an independent membership group which supports Chairs from all charities
  • Ideas on recruiting and retaining trustees
  • Guidance on CEO appraisals
  • Information on Age UK network quality standards
  • A briefing on the Charity Governance Code
  • Sources of support for local Age UKs relating to service development, funding, finance and more
  • Template governing documents for local Age UKs – useful when reviewing your constitution

These resources can be found on the loop – the intranet for the Age UK network – by clicking here.

If you do not have access to ‘the loop’ then please contact theloop@ageuk.org.uk


Hempsons’ Free Trustee Training Webinars – November 2022

Hempsons are delighted to announce that their annual trustee training will now be held online. They will be joined by haysmacintyre, charity accountants, who have supported the trustee training for a number of years.

The course will share experiences of some of the governance lessons that charities have learnt through the pandemic and as they re-focus strategy afterwards. These include an acceleration in decision-making and implementation. Organisational speed of response has been enabled by streamlined, focused delegation and greater board entrustment of staff and volunteers. Other efficiencies can include proportionate reporting to the board on the core areas they need to measure.

The programme has been split into three separate sessions, which can be attended as a full programme, or individually – the sessions are interlinked and build on each other. It has been designed for charity Trustees and Chief Executives, and is suitable for those new in post as well as the more experienced who are wanting a refresher. 

Click here for full details, including how to book your place.

PIR for Q2 of 2022/23 now available for completion!

The form for the second Quarterly PIR of 2022/23 is now available for you to complete ahead of the 2nd November deadline.

This is to let you know that the latest Partner Information Return (PIR) is now available for completion here. This covers the period between 1st July and 30th September 2022, Quarter 2 of 2022/2023. The deadline for completion is the 2nd November 2022. Find out full details below, including the link to the data report from Q1 of 2022/23.

The reference copy and the data transparency statement for this PIR can be viewed below:

Word Doc Reference Copy:

Data Transparency Statement:

Data Report for Q1 2022/23

A big thank you to all 99 Partners who completed the PIR for Quarter 1 of 2022/23 – this is the most returns we have received for the last five quarters!

You can find the full data report of your responses here.

Why the Partner Information Return Matters

The PIR is used to enhance Age UK’s knowledge of the Network, so that we can display our collective strength in media, fundraising, and influencing opportunities.

The more returns we receive, the more powerful and useful the data we can display when talking to funders over the winter, demonstrating the breadth of the Age UK Network’s work with older people.

If you have any questions or feedback please email localstatistics@ageuk.org.uk. Thank you as always for taking the time to complete the Partner Information Return.

Older people’s views on the ongoing impact of Covid on the delivery of Age UK Services 

Highlights of the conversations Age UK has had with older people on their Services Sounding Board about their feelings on face-to-face services.

In recent months, the data and feedback we have collected from local Age UKs has indicated that there remains some reluctance on the part of older people to engage in face-to-face interaction, either in their home or at another venue. In light of this, we spoke to the Age UK Services Sounding Board about this issue to gather their views and help inform our next steps. You can view the highlights of this conversation below.

The Services Sounding Board is a group of older people, from different locations across England, who represent seldom-heard voices (for example carers, people from a range of ethnic minority groups, people with disabilities, people whose first language is not English).

The conversation at the Sounding Board provided useful insight, a few highlights summarised below: 

  • Many older people have lost confidence and remain concerned about the risks around Covid. One person said “fear can easily become a habit”.
  • People think more carefully before leaving the house. Following Covid, they realise what is possible without needing to go out so, if it isn’t essential, they may choose not to.
  • For some people, there is a reluctance to use public transport and risk being exposed to Covid, but for those who don’t have a car, it is more difficult to get out and about.
  • There was no consensus from the group as to what steps in relation to Covid should or shouldn’t be taken in order to keep people safe. For example, some people stated that use of hand sanitiser is essential, others felt it was useful in general hygiene but has minimal impact on the spread of Covid.
  • Where services are taking steps to keep people safe from Covid, they should ensure this is clear so people know in advance of coming along to any activity.  
  • Messaging could come from the facilitator of the relevant service/activity to demonstrate a personal awareness of the issues.
  • The group felt that there is a lack of clear messaging about how to stay safe. Many people have remained mindful of the “stay at home” message, which has remained one clear way to protect yourself. The mixed messages about other aspects of Covid safety have led to confusion and caution as a result. 

The feedback from the group has been shared with the Age UK Content team and Age UK’s Covid information and messaging will be reviewed as a result. We hope that the feedback above is useful for in considering any steps that can be taken to encourage older people to access services in-person (where this is beneficial for them).  

If you have any additional feedback or comments, or would like to discuss this further, please contact Alison Ingram – alison.ingram@ageuk.org.uk.  

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