Funding Bulletin #24 – Updates on Public, Corporate, Trusts and Public Sector Funding | July 2022

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Welcome to the July funding bulletin! This edition includes details of the 2023 GSK IMPACT awards offering core funding and free training for charities, and a reminder of the ongoing grant funding opportunities for physical activity projects in local communities.

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Funding Bulletin #23 – Updates on Public, Corporate, Trusts and Public Sector Funding | June 2022

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Welcome to the June funding bulletin! This edition includes a reminder of the new funding round for Age UK’s Warm Homes programme, together with ongoing grant funding opportunities for physical activity projects in local communities.

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Stronger My Way | Physical Activity Resources

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy has released a series of resources for organisations that support people living with health conditions to perform strengthening activities.

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy has released resources to help organisations to support people living with health conditions to perform strengthening activities to help them to feel better and stay active. Organisations can access their evidence base, links to training and resources, and a forum to share information and experiences. Click here to view the resources.

Free webinar | Learn about Digi-Board – A new board evaluation tool

Digi-board are running a free webinar where you can learn more about Digi-Board and hear how the board and senior management team at Age UK Lancashire have used the platform.

Digi-Board provides tools to help charities to overcome the complexities of governance. They’re running a free webinar where you can learn more about Digi-Board and hear how the board and senior management team at Age UK Lancashire have used the platform. The webinar will take place on Tuesday 28 June from 11.00am to 12.00pm – read on for full details, or click here to book your place.

When resources, time and money are scarce, governance is often put on the back burner to be dealt with later. Yet, many charities have found that, if anything, the pandemic reinforced the idea that improving governance helps us all manage what we have more efficiently.

So what does it take to get to good governance in a time and cost effective way? And how do you evaluate the hard and soft drivers?

Digi-Board provides tools to help you address these challenges and overcome the complexities of governance – enabling you to assess your governance practices against the principles of the Charity Governance Code and other critical factors for good governance.

This free webinar will provide an opportunity for you to learn more about Digi-Board and hear how the board and senior management team at Age UK Lancashire and other charities took the bold step to use Digi-Board’s innovative digital approach to assess their governance effectiveness and learn how they identified what and where to improve.

Learn more about how they used data driven information, actionable insights and benchmarking to do things better to improve the overall effectiveness, performance and governance of the charity.

Speakers:

  • Helen Michaels CEO and Co-Founder – Digi-Board
  • Teri Stephenson CEO – Age UK Lancashire
  • David Burland Founder – dbassociates and Digi-Board associate consultant

Book your place

The webinar will take place on Tuesday 28 June from 11.00am to 12.00pm.

To register for a place, please click here.

Welcoming Age UK’s new CEO, Paul Farmer

Age UK is delighted to announce the appointment of our new CEO, Paul Farmer! Read on for a full introduction from our Chair Toby Strauss.

Age UK is delighted to announce the appointment of our new CEO, Paul Farmer! Paul joins us from Mind where he has been CEO for the past 16 years, and which has a similar network model to our own. Read on for a full introduction from our Chair Toby Strauss, including a message from Paul, which was shared with CEOs and Chairs yesterday afternoon.

Statement from Toby Strauss, Chair, Age UK:

I’m delighted to announce the appointment of our new CEO, Paul Farmer.

The Age UK Board of Trustees has carried out an extensive recruitment process for our new CEO. We’ve involved representatives from the AEA and our national partners in the process. Feedback from those sessions helped with the panel’s decision making and I’d like to thank everyone who was involved in that process.

Before I tell you more about Paul and his appointment, I would like to thank Tracey Bright for stepping in as interim during our search for a new CEO. Tracey has done a sterling job of leading the charity through a difficult period as the after-effects of Covid, and the cost of living squeeze have impacted our operations and of course our beneficiaries.

I am delighted to welcome Paul as our new CEO. Paul joins us from Mind where he has been CEO for the past 16 years. He has a strong background in leading mental health charities with previous management roles at Rethink and The Samaritans. Paul is a former Chair of the NHS England Independent Oversight and Advisory Group overseeing the mental health long term plan for the NHS in England and he’s currently a Commissioner at Historic England.

Paul brings a wealth of experience. He’s transformed Mind’s scale and impact and brought the issues surrounding mental health into the mainstream. Mind has a similar network model to Age UK, and Paul’s commitment to the needs of older people, puts him in good stead to lead Age UK through the next stages of our journey, at a time when the needs of our beneficiaries have never been more pressing.

“I’m incredibly pleased and honoured to be taking up the role of Chief Executive of Age UK. I have seen at first hand both the best and the worst of the way that older people are treated in our society, and I am looking forward to playing my part in improving the experiences of older people in the coming years. The pandemic has shown the huge challenges of social care, and the cost of living crisis will hit many older people.

Paul Farmer
Newly appointed CEO, Age UK

Age UK is part of a network which already provides so much help and support to older people, and people look to Age UK to stand side by side with older people to ensure they receive the support they deserve. I’m very much looking forward to meeting colleagues across the UK in the coming months.”

Paul Farmer, newly appointed CEO, Age UK

You can read the public statement Paul made yesterday afternoon here.

Paul is expecting to start in late October. Tracey will continue as Interim CEO until Paul joins us and will work alongside Paul to ensure a smooth handover. Paul is keen to meet with colleagues from the Age UK network and I am sure you will give him a warm welcome.

Best wishes,

Toby Strauss
Chair, Age UK Board of Trustees

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

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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.   

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

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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

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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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