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A reminder that Age UK’s Health Influencing Team are hosting a webinar titled “What’s next for the health and care system?” on Wednesday 1st December.

A quick reminder that the Age UK Health Influencing team would like to invite all Brand Partners to ‘What’s next for the health and care system?’ the latest part of their ongoing webinar series. This webinar, which will be held on the 1st December 2021 at 10am-11.30am, is exclusively for the Age UK Network and will provide further details on the introduction of Integrated Care Systems, including how you can interact with the new system. It is aimed at all staff and volunteers within the Age UK network, so please share with anyone who is interested. To book your place, please contact healthinfluencing@ageuk.org.uk, or read on for further details.

This webinar will follow on from a previous session (which can be viewed here) where we introduced the changes to the Health and Care System outlined in the Government’s White Paper.

This session will provide an update as to where we are with the proposed changes, what that means for older people, your local system, and the local VCSE sector, including practical examples of where Brand Partners are already engaged with their ICS system.

We are delighted to welcome the following speakers to the session:

  • Roger Davidson, Director of System Partnerships and ICS Development at NHS England and Improvement
  • Chris Naylor, Senior Fellow in Health Policy at The King’s Fund
  • Julian Lloyd, CEO at Age UK Hillingdon, Harrow and Brent
  • Jess Millwood, CEO at Age UK Kensington & Chelsea

The session will include a panel discussion at the end, where we will encourage attendees to ask any questions you may have to our speakers. If you would like to attend the webinar please contact healthinfluencing@ageuk.org.uk.

If you would like to submit a panel question or topic of discussion in advance, please make us aware of this when registering. For those who are unable to attend on the day, the session will be recorded and sent round to the network.

If you would like to attend the webinar please contact healthinfluencing@ageuk.org.uk.

Health Influencing Webinar: “What’s next for the health and care system?”

Age UK’s Health Influencing Team are hosting a webinar titled “What’s next for the health and care system?” on Wednesday 1st December.

The Age UK Health Influencing Team would like to invite all Brand Partners to a webinar titled ‘What’s next for the health and care system?’ as part of their ongoing series. The webinar will be held on Wednesday 1st December 2021 at 10am-11.30am. This webinar will follow on from a previous session (which can be found here) where we introduced the changes to the Health and Care System outlined in the Government’s White Paper. To book your place, please contact healthinfluencing@ageuk.org.uk, or read on for further details.

This webinar will provide an update as to where we are with the proposed changes, what that means for older people, your local system, and the local VCSE sector, including practical examples of where Brand Partners are already engaged with their ICS system. While the subject matter is very similar to the upcoming SCIE webinar advertised in yesterday’s Signpost, this webinar will be particularly tailored to the Age UK Network and will focus specifically on how Age UKs can influence and engage within their local systems.

We are delighted to welcome the following speakers to the session:

  • Roger Davidson, Director of System Partnerships and ICS Development at NHS England and Improvement
  • Chris Naylor, Senior Fellow in Health Policy at The King’s Fund
  • Julian Lloyd, CEO at Age UK Hillingdon, Harrow and Brent
  • Jess Millwood, CEO at Age UK Kensington & Chelsea

The session will include a panel discussion at the end, where we will encourage the Partners to ask any questions you may have to our speakers.

If you would like to attend the webinar please contact healthinfluencing@ageuk.org.uk.

If you would like to submit a panel question or topic of discussion in advance, please make us aware of this when registering. For those who are unable to attend on the day, the session will be recorded and sent round to the network.

Age UK’s Winter Health Campaign 2021/22 – Local Campaign Packs

Find out all the details of this year’s Winter Health Campaign from Age UK’s Health Influencing Team. Download the Local Campaign Pack below and find the recording of last week’s Winter Webinar.

Age UK’s Health Influencing team is happy to announce the launch of our 2021/22 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. This year, we need your help to engage older people and the wider community on the health issues that are likely to affect them this winter. Find full details below, including a Local Campaign Pack, and the recording of last week’s Winter Webinar.

This campaign will take place between October 2021 and March 2022, with the aim of supporting as many older people as possible through the winter period. Please find below the Age UK Winter Health Campaign local pack, which we hope you will find to 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. Thank you for supporting the campaign!

Winter Webinar Recording

For those who were unable to attend our Winter Webinar held last week, you can watch the recording of the session below:

Second Quarterly PIR Closes This Week

The deadline for the second Quarterly PIR is 31st October 2021. Access the form below, along with a Reference Copy and Data Transparency Statement.

A quick reminder that the deadline for the Second Quarterly Partner Information Return is the 31st of October. The form is ready for completion here. This latest PIR covers the period 1st July to 30th September, and asks for the same data as the previous assessment – the reference copy and data transparency statement can be viewed below. Thank you as always for your help in completing the PIR.

Word Document Reference Copy:

Data Transparency Statement:

As mentioned in our earlier post, the data from the first Quarterly PIR has now been analysed, and a report is available to view here. If you have any questions, or would like a copy of the full dataset, please email localstatistics@ageuk.org.uk.

Social Care Can’t Wait Campaign – Help get the Chancellor’s attention before the Spending Review!

As the Spending Review on 27th October approaches, find out how we can focus the Chancellor’s attention on providing sufficient funding for councils’ social care budgets.

Last month we wrote to tell you about the latest stage of our campaign for social care reforms. We’re calling on the Chancellor to provide sufficient funding for councils’ social care budgets in the Spending Review on 27th October, so older people can get the care they need now. We would like to say a huge thank you to those who have supported the campaign so far, and we would be so grateful if you could all join us in a final push in the lead up to the spending review in two weeks’ time. You can take part by writing to your local paper and by posting about the petition on social media – some template wording can be found below.

Our campaigners have asked Rishi Sunak to be a social care hero and we’ve heard that the Chancellor and his team have noticed the campaign. But there’s still work to be done to show the Chancellor how urgent this is.

Campaigners calling on the Chancellor to be a social care hero

Here is how your Age UK can get involved:

If you have 5 minutes… Please share our petition on Social Media:

If you have time to spread the word on your social media channels there is some suggested wording below. You can also find an image for the posts and more social media templates in the Care Can’t Wait pack.

Twitter:

Help us get the Chancellor’s attention and share the petition with your followers. You can follow along to see what other people have been saying here.

Millions of older people need @RishiSunak to be a social care hero. Sign our petition and tell the Chancellor to give care the funding it needs: https://campaigns.ageuk.org.uk/page/90013/petition/1?ea.tracking.id=LAUK

#SocialCareCantWait


‘Without immediate funding, the PM’s #socialcare plan will fail to fix care.

Now it’s up to @RishiSunak to show older people he cares and boost council budgets in the Spending Review.

Join our call on the Chancellor: https://campaigns.ageuk.org.uk/page/90013/petition/1?ea.tracking.id=LAUK

#SocialCareCantWait #DoesRishiReallyCare


Facebook:

“For people like Mum, it’s too late. She’s given everything she’s got”.

Sharon just wants the best support for her mum. But the current Government proposals do nothing to help her. She can’t wait until 2023.

Tell Rishi Sunak to help people who need care now. Sign our petition here: https://campaigns.ageuk.org.uk/page/90013/petition/1?ea.tracking.id=LAUK


If you have 30 minutes… Please Send a letter to the editor:

Use our template letter to the editor, to get coverage in your local paper. Many MPs read their local paper and the more we can promote the issue of funding for social care in local discourse the more pressure MPs will put on the Chancellor.


Thank you for your support!

Everything detailed in this pack can be found in the ‘Care Can’t Wait’ folder in The Box.

Book your place at the Age UK Winter Webinar 2021

Book your place at the Age UK Health Influencing Team’s Winter Webinar on Tuesday 19th October from 3pm-4pm.

Age UK’s Health Influencing team would like to invite all partners to our 2021 Winter Webinar on Tuesday 19th October at 3pm-4pm. This webinar is a chance to learn about our Winter Well-being Campaign and to hear from guest speaker Dr Adrian Hayter on NHS winter messaging and flu/ booster vaccinations. Adrian is the National Clinical Director for Older People and Integrated Person Centred Care at NHS England & NHS Improvement. If you would like to attend the event, please email healthinfluencing@ageuk.org.uk. The session will be recorded and distributed to the network for those who are unable to attend on the day. Thank you!

Energy Update

We know rising bills are impacting consumers and the Age UK network. If you or the people you support want updated guidance on energy bills see our latest energy advice.  Our Winter Wrapped Up guide has tips on staying warm and well at home. Guidance on reducing your energy costs can be found in our Save Energy, Pay Less information guide and Help with Heating Costs factsheet.

We are keeping a very close eye on what is happening with the energy market this winter. We are talking to Government and the regulator with a view to ensuring that these decision makers have the wellbeing of older people uppermost in their minds. See our latest Discover piece for information on what the Government could be doing to help keep people warm and well this winter and watch for updates on the Age UK website for news as it emerges.

Influencing Conference 2021 – Final Call For Registration

With less than a week to go until this year’s Virtual Influencing Conference, find out all the details, including how to book your place for Wednesday 13th October.

The annual Age UK Influencing Conference is less than a week away, taking place online on 13th October from 10am until 3pm. Registration closes on 12th October at 12pm. You can register to attend and choose your workshop here or find out more information below. We welcome multiple attendees from the same local Age UK.

The conference is a gathering of staff and trustees from local partners across the Age UK network, providing the opportunity to discuss how we can best work together to influence decision makers both at the local and national level, to share ideas and celebrate our successes.

This year’s conference will focus on the Government’s ‘levelling up’ agenda. We will be joined by Dr Gemma Tetlow of the Institute For Government, to discuss what this means for older people, and Dr Bola Owolabi from NHS England, to discuss how to respond to the impact of the pandemic on health inequalities for older people. You can see the full agenda, including workshops and panels, below.

Agenda:

Welcome and housekeeping 10:00 – 10:05

Nicola Upton, Age UK Sutton

Opening Remarks 10:10 – 10:15

Caroline Abrahams CBE, Charity Director, Age UK

Opening Plenary 10:15 – 11:00

What does ‘levelling up’ mean for older people?

Dr Gemma Tetlow, Chief Economist, Institute For Government
Caroline Abrahams CBE, Charity Director, Age UK

BREAK 11:00 – 11:15
Workshops 11:15  – 12:00

Workshop A: Age Friendly Places

Alex Hayes, National Lottery Community Fund
Carly Urbanski, Age UK Bristol

Workshop B: Addressing inequalities for older people in our communities

Jonathon Prasad, Lancashire BME Network
Anne Oliver, Age UK Lancashire

Workshop C: Moving Forward with Digital Inclusion

Graham Gardiner, Chief Executive, Age UK Lambeth
John McGeachy, Senior Campaigns Officer, Age UK London

LUNCH 12:00 – 13:00
Plenary 13:00 – 13:45

Responding to the impact of the pandemic on health and wellbeing.

Dr Bola Owolabi, Director – Health Inequalities, NHS England
Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director, Age UK

BREAK 13:45 – 14:00
Panel discussion 14:00 – 14:50

How can local Age UKs influence the local levelling up agenda?

Dale Maskell, Chief Executive, Age UK Cheshire
Dr Elizabeth Webb, Head of Research, Age UK
Nicola Upton, Chief Executive, Age UK Sutton

Closing remarks 14:50 – 15:00

Abi Wood, Chief Executive, Age UK London


New Age International Report on Older Women’s Right to Live and Work with Dignity

Age International has released a new report titled Older Women: The Hidden Workforce along with a petition to Include older women in the UK International Development Strategy.

Today (1 October) is the International Day for Older Persons, and Age International are launching a new report, Older women: the hidden workforce, which highlights the struggles facing many older women in low-income countries. With the report and a petition, Age International are putting pressure on the Government as it decides its priorities for its new UK International Development Strategy.

The report outlines the systemic failures affecting older women on a daily basis, which consistently undermine their efforts to survive and live with dignity. Current strategies do not adequately recognise the roles of older women across the globe, who carry out relentless paid and unpaid work with little or no choice, and often without support.

We have been listening to the voices of older women and the report includes the findings from our research in Ethiopia and Malawi. One of the women we spoke to, Galane, is 70 years old and lives in Ethiopia with her daughter and grandchildren. She does chores and prepares meals and is also involved in community activities including wedding ceremonies, funerals and visiting the sick.

Galane said:

“I don’t have education or skill to generate income and raise my daughters. That put me in a very difficult situation and forced me to pass through tremendous challenges. But all those challenges strengthen me and make me unbeatable and fearless woman.”

 “I am struggling with living costs which increase almost every day that put me in a very difficult situation.”

Chris Roles, Managing Director at Age International said:

“We need the UK Government to commit to do more in its new International Development Strategy to ensure these women, who are integral to the global economy, are truly recognised and valued in its programmes. We need as many people as possible to sign our petition to encourage the Government to help ensure older women around the world are treated with the respect they deserve and have a right to. The recommendations set out in our report demonstrate how policymakers can provide support and secure these women’s rights so they can choose how to spend their time and live with the dignity they deserve.”

Second Quarterly PIR Form now Live

The form for the second Quarterly PIR is now live and ready for completion between 1st and 31st October 2021.

A quick reminder that the next quarterly Partner Information Return is now live and ready for completion here. This latest PIR covers the period 1st July to 30th September, and will ask for the same data as the previous assessment – the reference copy and data transparency statement can be viewed below. The completion window for this form is between 1st – 31st October 2021. Thank you as always for your help.

Word Document Reference Copy:

Data Transparency Statement:

As mentioned in our post last week, the data from the first Quarterly PIR has now been analysed, and a report is available to view here. If you have any questions, or would like a copy of the full dataset, please email localstatistics@ageuk.org.uk.