Age UK Campaigns Calendar – First Quarter 2022

Age UK’s External Affairs Team has compiled a campaigns calendar with details on influencing work Age UK will be focusing on in the first quarter of 2022 – including how local partners can get involved.

In response to requests from the network, the Age UK External Affairs team has compiled a campaigns calendar for the first quarter of 2022! The calendar contains details on areas of influencing Age UK will be focusing on from January until March, including how local partners can get involved. Read on for full details and to access the calendar.

This edition includes details on:

  • The Cost of Cold
  • Social Care
  • Access to Banking
  • Upcoming awareness campaigns

We intend to produce an updated calendar for every quarter, to help with planning some of your influencing and campaigning for the months ahead. If you would like support influencing on these campaigns in your local area, or on any other campaigns, please get in touch with Luke Pilot, Campaigns Officer (Local Influencing).

Feedback on the calendar and its contents is also very welcome. If you have any thoughts or ideas on what should be included next time, please contact luke.pilot@ageuk.org.uk.

The Calendar is available to view and download below:

Creative Later Life Newsletter – January 2022

The latest edition of the Creative Later Life Newsletter is now available for partners to read.

The latest Creative Later Life e-newsletter is now available to read. As always, the newsletter offers a flavour of what is free, accessible and available online to everyone who wants to get creative this month. The January edition features details of this year’s Age of Creativity Festival, the Arts in Care Homes project, the Art by Post project and a whole host of resources. Click here to view the Creative Later Life newsletter.

Safeguarding Knowledge Share – Upcoming Live Events

Age UK’s Safeguarding team are running 4 lunchtime drop-in sessions covering a variety of different topics associated with safeguarding.

Age UK’s Safeguarding team are running 4 lunchtime drop-in sessions aimed to enhance knowledge and understanding of different topics associated with safeguarding. These sessions are open to all Age UK Network staff and will be delivered live on Microsoft Teams. Each session will also be recorded so that you can view them later. Find out full details of each of the live events below. Please note: You don’t need to book your place at the events, just use the links provided below to join on the day. We will send reminders via Signpost ahead of these sessions too.

13:00-14:00 | Wednesday 2nd February | Safeguarding language

Do you know what an IMCA is? Who works in a MASH? What a section 42 enquiry is?

Working across different organisations can be tricky at the best of times, but when we all use different language and acronyms, it becomes harder still.

This session aims to help you learn more about the different terms used by partners working in social care and safeguarding.

Click here to join the event on the day.


13:00-14:00 | Wednesday 2nd March | Domestic Abuse Myths and Stereotypes

The Domestic Abuse Act came into force in 2021 and – despite this legislation encompassing victims and survivors of all genders, ages and sexualities – older survivors often go unrecognised.

This session will help to dispel some of the common myths surrounding the characteristics of primary victims and survivors of domestic abuse. We will highlight some of the work we are doing at Age UK to raise the profile of older people experiencing domestic abuse and the challenges they face.

Click here to join the event on the day.


13:00-14:00 | Wednesday 6th April | The role of the Local Authority

Are you confident in contacting a local authority and be able to speak with the team you need to?

Accessing social care teams can be tricky. If you’ve tried before, you’ll probably have already experienced being put through from a contact centre to a duty worker and then on to a case worker.

In this session we’ll help you to understand who does what and who to speak with to help you get the advice and action you need.

Click below to join the event on the day


13:00-14:00 | Wednesday 8th June | Understanding Mental Health

1 in 4 people experience a mental health problem each year in the UK.

It’s important that we understand what this means for those with mental ill health and what we can do to support them.

This session will provide some information to increase your knowledge, so that we are better equipped to understand and support our colleagues and beneficiaries who may be impacted. We will also discuss treatments and the support services available.

Click here to join the event on the day.


If you have any questions about any of these sessions, please contact: Carrie.bower@ageuk.org.uk.

The Cost of Cold Campaign – Petition for the Prime Minister

The latest stage of the Cost of Cold Campaign is to petition the Prime Minister to help older people facing unaffordable energy bills. Find out how you can get involved.

Since the launch of the Cost of Cold campaign at the end of 2021, the full scale of the energy crisis and its impact on older people has come into sharp focus. When the cap on energy prices is lifted again in April, millions more older households will join the one million already living in fuel poverty. We’re calling on the Prime Minister to help older people facing unaffordable energy bills and we would be really grateful if your organisation could help to spread the word by sharing our petition online. Find out full details below, including some template wording for social media.

Older people face the ordeal of having to choose between heating or eating. We are asking the Prime Minister to help older people facing unaffordable energy bills and:

  • Remove the 5% VAT rate on energy bills from April until at least the end of 2022.
  • Provide a one off £500 payment to older people on low incomes who qualify for the Cold Weather Payment.

We need to get as many signatures on our petition as fast as possible and we would be really grateful if your organisation could help to spread the word online.

Resources to help spread the word

You can use these campaign resources to write to your MP and your local newspaper editor about our new policy calls and to raise awareness.

Please share the petition online and encourage your supporters to sign. You can find images to share with them in the campaigns resources as well as some suggested wording for social media below:

Facebook

Unless the Government act now, millions of older people could struggle to pay their bills and keep their homes warm this winter. Will you sign our letter and ask the Prime Minister to help stop older people choose between heating or eating?

https://campaigns.ageuk.org.uk/page/96920/petition/1?ea.tracking.id=LAUK

Twitter

Sign our letter and ask the Prime Minister to protect older people from the energy crisis:

https://campaigns.ageuk.org.uk/page/96920/petition/1?ea.tracking.id=LAUK

#CostofCold

Get in touch

Please keep us updated on how the energy crisis is impacting the older people you support. If you would like any support engaging with your MPs or delivering a campaign locally, contact luke.pilot@ageuk.org.uk.

You can also find the Partner Pack for the Cost of Cold campaign here.

Upcoming Live Longer Better Thought Leadership National Event

All Age UKs are invited to attend the next Live Longer Better Thought Leadership National Event on Wednesday 26th January from 10:00-11:30.

All Age UKs are invited to join the next Live Longer Better Thought Leadership National Event. The webinar takes place on Wednesday 26th January from 10.00 – 11.30. Speakers include Dr Lis Boulton, Health and Care Policy Manager at Age UK. Read on to find out more, or click here to book your place.

We now understand better the on-going detrimental impact of the Covid pandemic and the preventable deterioration on the health of many of our older population, notably the evidence that people can take action to prevent and reduce many of the problems that have hitherto been regarded as immutable effects of the biological process of ageing. This will significantly reduce pressure on our health and care systems.

The Government’s recent Adult Social Care Reform White Paper (December 2021) sets out an ambitious 10-year plan to transform support and care in England, putting People at the Heart of Care, by giving them choice, control, and support to live independent lives. Live Longer Better promotes early intervention which will help to reduce the pressures and associated costs on our Health and Care systems, by supporting people’s independence and allowing real choice.  

Join us at the next national event to understand how Live Longer Better’s 2022 New Year’s Revolution aims to reduce the need for Health and Social Care for our older population, by preventing, delaying, slowing and reversing frailty and dementia, by increasing activity – physical, cognitive and emotional.  

Live Longer Better aims to do this through the 3 Rs:

  • Recovery from the deconditioning effects of lockdown and Covid
  • Rejuvenation, regaining the fitness and ability lost in your last ten years
  • Reimagining your future and thinking positive, for example about increasing Brain Health as well as reducing the risk of dementia

The LLB National Events have proved extremely popular – nearly 1,500 delegates have attended our last five events with cross sector representation including local authorities, Age UK, NHS, Care Homes, Leisure Trusts and various voluntary and community sector partners.  Feedback given by delegates confirmed that the events fully met their expectations.  Register for this event now to secure your place!

Further programme details will be circulated nearer the event.

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.

January Finance Network Meeting – One Week to go!

Just one week to go until the next Finance Network Meeting on January 19th from 11:00 – 12:30. This session will focus on the topic “Big Plans, Strategy & Business Models”.

Just one week to go until the next Finance Network Meeting on 19th January 2022 from 11:00 – 12:30. Nick Wilkie, former charity chief executive, government policy adviser and visiting lecturer at The Centre for Charity Effectiveness, will present on the primary topic: Big Plans, Strategy and Business Models – thinking out loud. Find out how to book your place below.

Nick will share his personal perspectives on leading and landing strategy. Sharing experience not expertise, failure more than triumph, he will reflect broadly across the subject including:

  • making sure everyone in the organisation knows where true north is;
  • knowing who the beneficiaries really are;
  • ensuring all decision-makers properly understand the balance sheet and business model;
  • why things go wrong and how they might get fixed.

Book your place

To book your place, and / or to subsequently receive a copy of the recording of the event and the slides, please email 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.

Please share this information with colleagues in your organisation who you feel would be interested in attending and encourage them to do so.

Reminder – Survey on new programme funding

A reminder that Age UK’s Wellbeing Department have created a short survey to find out how to ensure future funded programmes are as beneficial to the Age UK Network as possible.

Thank you to those who have already responded to our request for feedback on new funded programmes. If you haven’t had chance to complete the survey yet, this is a quick reminder that the deadline is 14th January. You can read the original article below to find out full details, or click here to get started.

Age UK has been providing grant-funding through our programmes for many years and 83% of the local Age UK network received some funding via this route in 2020/21. The Age UK Wellbeing Department is continuing to develop new programmes and we are keen to ensure that these new schemes are impactful for older people and are beneficial to the Age UK network. To that end, we would be grateful if you could complete this short survey by the end of the day on 14th January 2022, to help us to understand more about what you would like programme funding for in the future. The survey should take no more than 10 minutes.

Please note that, although we will endeavour to generate and provide as much funding as possible to the local network, we can’t guarantee that we will be able to offer the programmes identified through the survey – but we will certainly do our best!

If you’ve any queries about this survey please contact Alison Ingram – alison.ingram@ageuk.org.uk.

Health Influencing Webinar: ‘Impact of Covid-19 on Older People – 3rd Wave Research Insights & Findings’

The next Health Influencing webinar will take place on Tuesday 18th January. This meeting will look at the impact of Covid-19 on older people, following the latest round of research.

The Health Influencing Team would like to invite the Age UK Network to an ‘Impact of Covid-19 on Older People – 3rd Wave Research Insights and Findings’ webinar being hosted on Tuesday 18th January at 10am-11.30am. The webinar will be an opportunity to hear all about the insights gathered from our latest round of research (the third in its series) on the impact of Covid-19 and how this has affected older people. Read on to find out more about the webinar, or email healthinfluencing@ageuk.org.uk to book your place.

The webinar will discuss findings from polling and survey results that were carried out in September 2021 and will cover a range of topics including: the impact of Covid on NHS services, physical and mental health, care support, providing care, loneliness, relationships, and general reflections on the pandemic. The webinar and research will allow us to share the voices of older people and help inform the network about some of the latest struggles and barriers being faced by older people.

If you would like to attend, please email healthinfluencing@ageuk.org.uk and we will add you to the event. Thank you!

Loneliness Measurement Workshop Series

The Loneliness Measurement Workshop Series, is a set of three, free workshops designed to support understanding of loneliness evaluation approaches and methods.

The Campaign to End Loneliness and the What Works Centre for Wellbeing are working together to host the Loneliness Measurement Workshop Series. This series of three, free workshops is designed to support understanding of loneliness evaluation approaches and methods for different VSCE organisations. These will be interactive workshops, enabling you to ask questions, learn from your peers, and share your own learnings of loneliness evaluation. Find out full details, including how to book your place, on the Eventbrite page.

Third Quarterly PIR Form now available for completion

The form for the third Quarterly PIR is now available for you to complete ahead of the 11th February deadline.

Many thanks to those of you who completed the second quarterly Partner Information Return (PIR) in October. The third quarterly PIR covers the period 1st October to 31st December – Quarter 3 of 2021/22 – and will ask for the same data as the previous assessment. The form is now available for you to complete here ahead of the 11th February deadline. The reference copy and data transparency statement can be viewed below.

The reference copy and the data transparency statement can be viewed here:

Word Document Reference Copy:

Data Transparency Statement:

If you have any questions, please email localstatistics@ageuk.org.uk.

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