Funding Bulletin #22– Updates on Public, Corporate, Trusts and Public Sector Funding | May 2022

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

Welcome to the May funding bulletin! This edition includes details of an exciting new transport-based project addressing loneliness, together with new and ongoing grant funding opportunities for local Age UKs. We hope you find it useful.   

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!

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Fundraising Bulletin #21 – Updates on Public, Corporate, Trusts and Public Sector Funding | April 2022

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

Welcome to the April funding bulletin! This edition includes details of the final round of grant funding for Age UK’s Dementia MCST Programme, together with an update on grant funding available during 2022 to support physical activity projects in local communities. There is also an update on the Levelling Up funding to be distributed across the UK. We hope you find it useful.

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Sources of Support for Local Partners – Latest Information for Spring 2022

Get help and support for your organisation via the latest edition of the Quality and Transformation Team’s Sources of Support document.

Navigating the ‘new normal’ can be difficult but Age UK’s Quality and Transformation Team can offer you support to tackle some of the challenges you face. In the latest edition of their “Sources of Support” guide there’s up-to-date insight on managing your organisation’s finances and you can also find out more about Age UK’s e-Learning platform along with other resources that can help support staff development.

The guide draws together a range of useful resources which can either be accessed directly (via this site, The Loop or through external organisations) or by contacting your Regional Link (contact details for Regional Links are listed in the guide). 

We want this guide to be as useful as possible, so please let us know if you have found it helpful or if you have any questions, comments or concerns please email partnership@ageuk.org.uk.

The full guide can be viewed or downloaded below:

Local Partner Websites: Important change to storage of form submissions from April 4th onwards

An important change to the ways local Age UK websites store data submitted via forms is coming on April 4th. Find out the steps you need to take as a result of this change.

Age UK’s Network Digital Team is changing the way data is stored by Partner websites. Many of you use forms on your websites to collect enquires, contact information, or other data. Currently, this data is held indefinitely unless you choose to delete it, however our websites are not designed for storing data long-term under GDPR rules. So, from April 4th onwards, only the last 90 days’ worth of form submissions to your websites will be stored and any data submissions older than 90 days will be automatically deleted. Find out full details below, including how to download the data stored in your websites. The Network Digital Team have informed their local Age UK contacts about this change already, but we would be grateful if you could pass this message onto the member of staff that runs your website to make doubly sure that the necessary people are aware of the upcoming change.

What is happening?

Age UK’s Network Digital Team are making a change to the way that Partner Website forms store data. Many of you use forms to collect enquires, contact information or other data gathering purposes. Visitors to local partners websites submit enquiries and an email alert is sent from the website to a specified email address at your organisation, which informs your staff that the submitted data is available to be downloaded.

An example of a form on a Partner website.

You can read more about this process on the Digital Hub.

Currently there is no limit on how long these submissions stay within Partner websites – they are held until you choose delete them. However the EPiServer CMS (the system that runs our websites) is not designed for storing data long term in regards to GDPR.

How will I be impacted?

To align with GDPR, from April 4th onwards we are changing to a fixed term of 90 days for storing these submissions.

This means that from Monday 4th April when this change is initiated:

  • Any data submissions older than 90 days will be automatically deleted.
  • Once the system is active, going forward only the last 90 days’ worth of enquires will be listed in the system.
  • There is no way to recover deleted data that has passed the 90 days limit.

You will still be able to access these form submissions in the same way, but the data will only be stored for 90 days.

Digital Hub guidance on creating forms on your websites can be found here.

When is it happening?

This change will take place on Monday 4th April 2022.

What does my organisation need to do?

You will need to ensure that you have downloaded all the data from all the forms you have on your website. Most of you will already be doing this regularly. However, if you have been using your website as a way to archive all enquires submitted via a form, please be aware anything older than 90 days will be deleted on Monday 4th April.

You can find out how to do download the data collected on your website on page 17 of this document. This process should only take a few minutes.

The Network Digital Team have informed their local Age UK contacts about this change already, but we would be grateful if you could pass this message on to the member of staff that runs your website to make doubly sure that the necessary people are aware of the upcoming change and can download any data older than 90 days.

Any Questions?

If you have any questions about this change, or how to download the data contained in your website, please email partner.content@ageuk.org.uk.

Fundraising Bulletin #20 – Updates on Public, Corporate, Trusts and Public Sector Funding | March 2022

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

Welcome to the March funding bulletin. This edition includes an update on the Government’s Dormant Assets Scheme and the further benefit it may offer local communities, and details of Age UK’s new Digital Inclusion grants funding programme. 

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Cost of Cold Campaign | Just one week left to tweet the Chancellor!

We’ve launched a social media campaign aimed at the Chancellor to keep the pressure on him ahead of the Spring Statement on March 23rd. Find out how to get involved.

Thank you all for your help in supporting our Cost of Cold campaign so far. We messaged last week to say that we’ve launched a social media campaign to keep the pressure on the Chancellor ahead of the Spring Statement on March 23rd. This is a quick reminder that the social media campaign is live and there is just one week left to tweet the Chancellor! If you have time, we’d be very grateful if you could tweet the Chancellor using the wording below. Thank you!

The story so far

As many of you know from supporting our Cost of Cold campaign, we are calling on the Government to provide sufficient support for older people in the face of an unprecedented rise in energy prices. Following the rise in the price cap, the average energy bill is set to rise by £693 per year, but the Chancellor’s support package is only providing a maximum of £350 per household.

For so many older people, every penny of their pension is spoken for before it comes in – there’s nothing to spare. So it is unacceptable to ask people to shell out hundreds more pounds per year, especially when they are on low or fixed incomes.

We need to let the Chancellor know his sums don’t add up.

Social media campaign

We’ve launched a social media campaign aimed at the Chancellor to keep the pressure on him ahead of the Spring Statement on March 23rd. We know the Chancellor pays close attention to social media, so this is a good way to get him to take notice. You can help add to the pressure by retweeting our video of older people from across England asking the Chancellor to help with energy bills. You can also tweet the Chancellor and Treasury with the template below:

.@RishiSunak @hmtreasury please do more to support older people struggling with #energy bills.

Bills are rising by £700, but your support package is only worth about £350. #ItDoesntAddUpRishi

Too many older people are worried. Will you listen?

Write to your MP

You can also support the campaign by using this template letter to write to your MP. The letter asks your MP to urge the Chancellor to deliver the necessary support to older people so they don’t have to choose between heating or eating.

Letters to the Chancellor

We previously asked you to help gather letters from your clients and supporters and we have already received hundreds! Thank you for your support in gathering these letters. We will deliver them to the Chancellor next week.

Every letter and every tweet on the #ItDoesntAddUpRishi hashtag makes a difference.

If you would like help joining the campaign or writing to your MP, please get in touch with luke.pilot@ageuk.org.uk

Thank you as always for all your support.

There’s still time to tell us what you think about the Network Quality Assurance Framework proposals!

A reminder that the Network Quality Assurance Framework Consultation closes on Friday 18th March. Find out full details here, including a link to a recent webinar with further details.

Thank you to everyone who has responded so far to the Network Quality Assurance Framework consultation. Your feedback has been very helpful. This is a reminder that the consultation will close this Friday 18 March. If you’d like to find out more about the proposals before making your response, you can view a recording of our final webinar session here. You can also find full details of the proposals below, including the link to submit your feedback.

To read a summary of the proposals, please click here, or click here to see the full consultation document.

The form for sending your feedback on the proposals can be found here.

All feedback will be reviewed to identify any changes / further work required before launching the updated Network Quality Assurance Framework.

Thank you for taking the time to consider these documents and feeding back. We look forward to hearing from you and will keep you fully informed of the outcome.

Cost of Cold Campaign | Tweet the Chancellor!

We’ve launched a social media campaign aimed at the Chancellor to keep the pressure on him ahead of the Spring Statement in two weeks. Find out how to get involved.

Thank you all for your help in supporting our Cost of Cold campaign so far. As you know, we are calling on the Government to provide sufficient support for older people in the face of an unprecedented rise in energy prices. We’re launching a social media campaign aimed at the Chancellor to keep the pressure on him ahead of the Spring Statement in two weeks’ time. Find out how you can get involved below and read an update on last week’s request for letters to the Chancellor.

The story so far

As many of you know from supporting our Cost of Cold campaign, we are calling on the Government to provide sufficient support for older people in the face of an unprecedented rise in energy prices. Following the rise in the price cap, the average energy bill is set to rise by £693 per year, but the Chancellor’s support package is only providing a maximum of £350 per household.

For so many older people, every penny of their pension is spoken for before it comes in – there’s nothing to spare. So it is unacceptable to ask people to shell out hundreds more pounds per year, especially when they are on low or fixed incomes.

We need to let the Chancellor know his sums don’t add up.

Social media campaign

We are launching a social media campaign aimed at the Chancellor to keep the pressure on him ahead of the Spring Statement in two weeks. We know the Chancellor pays close attention to social media, so this is a good way to get him to take notice. You can help add to the pressure by retweeting our video of older people from across England asking the Chancellor to help with energy bills. You can also tweet the Chancellor and Treasury with the template below:

.@RishiSunak @hmtreasury please do more to support older people struggling with #energy bills.

Bills are rising by £700, but your support package is only worth about £350. #ItDoesntAddUpRishi

Too many older people are worried. Will you listen?

Write to your MP

You can also support the campaign by using this template letter to write to your MP. The letter asks your MP to urge the Chancellor to deliver the necessary support to older people so they don’t have to choose between heating or eating.

Letters to the Chancellor

We previously asked you to help gather letters from your clients and supporters and we have already received hundreds! Thank you for your support in gathering these letters. We will deliver them to the Chancellor next week.

Every letter and every tweet on the #ItDoesntAddUpRishi hashtag makes a difference.

If you would like help joining the campaign or writing to your MP, please get in touch with luke.pilot@ageuk.org.uk

Thank you as always for all your support.

Cost of Cold Campaign | Writing to the Chancellor

The next phase of the Cost of Cold campaign is to write to the Chancellor to request more support for older people on the lowest incomes. Find out how you can get involved.

Last week, Age UK’s Campaigns Team emailed CEOs and Chairs about our Cost of Cold campaign. This is a quick reminder of that message, which shared that the next stage of the campaign is ask the Government to help older people with the huge energy bills they are facing this year. If you’re able to, could you ask your supporters to write to the Chancellor using the details below? It would make a real difference!

As you know, energy bills are set to rise by an average of £700 a year from April. So far we have succeeded in our call to get the Government to announce financial support for people this spring. But the support measures announced by the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, sadly do not go far enough. Many older people still face the impossible choice between heating or eating.

In the run up to the Spring Statement, we want to make it clear to the Chancellor that he needs to announce more help for older people on the lowest incomes. That’s why we’re asking campaigners and supporters to write handwritten letters to show him the strength of feeling out there. If we receive lots of letters, we hope to get the attention of the Treasury by handing them in and getting press coverage for it.

Across the network, you have already been integral to making sure the Government has heard our calls for action – thank you all for your support so far.

Will you help us send as many letters as possible to the Chancellor by asking your service users and supporters to write to him?

We’ve linked below a guide on writing to the Chancellor with full details that you can share with your networks.

All letters can be sent to our Freepost address and won’t need a stamp.

Please post letters to:

FREEPOST
Age UK Campaigns

We will hand in all letters we receive by Thursday 10th March to the Chancellor.

Please email luke.pilot@ageuk.org.uk with any questions.

Tell us what you think about the Network Quality Assurance Framework proposals!

A reminder that the Network Quality Assurance Framework Consultation closes on Friday 18th March. To find out more before submitting your response, there is a webinar on Monday 7th March.

Age UK and the Age England Association emailed CEOs and Chairs in January with news of a consultation on our Network Quality Assurance Framework proposals. Thank you to everyone who has responded so far, your feedback has been very helpful. This is a reminder that the consultation will close on Friday 18 March. If you’d like to find out more about the proposals before making your response, we will be running a final webinar session on Monday 7 March from 2pm – 3pm. To book your place at this webinar, please click here. Find out full details below, including details of the proposals and how you can submit your feedback.

To read a summary of the proposals, please click here, or click here to see the full consultation document

The form for sending your feedback on the proposals can be found here.

All feedback will be reviewed to identify any changes / further work required before launching the updated Network Quality Assurance Framework.

Thank you for taking the time to consider these documents and feeding back. We look forward to hearing from you and will keep you fully informed of the outcome.