Physical Activity Resources from Diabetes UK

Diabetes UK have a range of difference resources to help people living with diabetes to start moving more. Find out more.

Diabetes UK have an exciting “Get Moving” programme to support people living with diabetes to start moving more and would like to share this programme with Age UK partners. They offer 3 Ways to Move, including a Physical Activity Helpline and a Free online programme of different exercises. Find out all the details below:

Diabetes UK’s 3 Ways to Move are:

  1. A Physical Activity Helpline, offering ongoing support, information and advice over regular phone calls
  2. A free online Get Moving 10 week programme where participants get to try a different gentle exercise each week, including a chance to learn more about diabetes after each session. If you have 10+ service-users with diabetes who are currently inactive then they may be able to offer a programme just for that group.
  3. An exercise hub with information and resources to get inspired and free videos and resources to download.

If you would like to find out more or would like marketing resources to share with your service-users then please email livewellmovemore@diabetes.org.uk

“Levelling up & Building Back Better” – Briefing for local partners on Local Elections, Budget, and Queen’s Speech

Age UK’s External Affairs Team has put together a briefing for local Age UKs on the recent Local Elections, Budget, and Queen’s Speech.

Following a previous article regarding building relationships with local authorities, Age UK’s External Affairs team has written the briefing below for local partners covering the recent Queen’s Speech, local elections and 2021 Budget. This attempts to explain what the government’s ‘levelling up’ policy framework could mean for older people and the Age UK network.

Currently, there is much uncertainty about what the government means by ‘levelling up’ and it has been described as an extremely ambitious approach to make a wide range of policy interventions and investment in places that have been ‘over-looked’ and ‘left-behind.’ Age UK will be monitoring the ongoing conversation about ‘levelling up’ to establish what it could mean for older people and work to make sure that older people are included in this ‘levelling up’ agenda which could provide opportunities for investment in making communities more ‘age-friendly’ by improving local infrastructure (transport, community spaces) as well as providing skills and employment opportunities, and a chance to tackle health inequalities and improve healthy life expectancy.

In the 2021 Queen’s Speech, the Government committed to delivering a national recovery programme from the pandemic that makes the UK “stronger, healthier and more prosperous than before” by “levelling up opportunities across the country to support jobs and the impact on public services”. The Budget held in March 2021 focused on the post-Covid recovery plan and included details of various schemes to support the Build Back Better and Levelling up agendas. A number of specific funds were announced in the Budget which will provide money to (in some cases ear-marked) local authorities to improve local infrastructure and services.

Please click below to download the full briefing:

For further information or to discuss any of these points in more detail please contact Luke Pilot – Campaigns Officer (Local Influencing) Luke.Pilot@ageuk.org.uk.

Webinar Recording: Latest research on impact of Covid-19 on older people’s health

Age UK’s Health Influencing Team recently held a webinar on their research into the impact of Covid-19 on older people’s mental and physical health. View the recording below.

Age UK’s Health Influencing Team recently held a webinar to go over our latest findings on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on older people’s physical and mental health. If you missed it or want to share it with colleagues you can find the recording below along with our report on the same subject from last year.

Following on from our report last year, we have repeated the survey and polling to understand how older people are managing a year into the pandemic, including the impact of another period of lockdown restrictions. This webinar goes through that latest round of research and includes quantitative statistics and powerful personal testimonies of the pandemic, which will helpfully paint a picture for decision makers, statutory and community services and the public as to the needs of older people following the Covid-19 pandemic.

The latest report from this research is imminent but not quite ready yet, we will share once it’s complete. In the meantime please note that this link is private and so should only be shared amongst Age UK colleagues and brand partners. You can use information and statistics for funding bids or local influencing, but we ask that they aren’t used publicly just yet.

Click here to view the webinar recording.

If you have any questions please get in touch with healthinfluencing@ageuk.org.uk.

Webinar: Building a Long Term Remote-Hybrid Working Strategy

Find out all the details of the latest Manage Remote Teams webinar on Building a Long Term Remote-Hybrid Strategy.

Manage Remote Teams, an organisation that aims to help organisations master remote and hybrid working are re-running their webinar “Beyond the Pandemic: Building a Long Term Remote-Hybrid Strategy”. The session will run twice, firstly on Wednesday 9th June 2021 from 10am – 12:30pm and then again on Tuesday 22nd June 2021, 10am – 12:30pm. Find out how to book your place below.

Operating remotely has tremendous benefits for charities who master working with dispersed teams. With the right protocols and remote ethos in place, charities can continue to deliver their valuable services without compromise. At the same time, employees can benefit from a much needed work-life balance. Remote and hybrid working is an appropriate and obvious modus operandi for the 21st century, both because of – and in light of – a global pandemic.

To find out all the details including how to book your place, please view or download the brochure below:

Further support for changes to working patterns

If you are interested in attending the above webinar you may also find useful some further resources on changes to working patterns. Stephens Scown who provide the HR Express service have developed resources to help with this. These resources can be found below along with some guidance from some other sources.

Click here to view the guidance.

Free Excel Training Course from Microsoft

Microsoft are running a free Excel training course for Age UKs, find out how to book your place.

There are many roles across the network that require the use of Microsoft Excel. This free webinar run by Microsoft for Age UKs covers the basics of how to use Excel, and is a useful starting point for those unfamiliar with the software or those looking to refresh or reconfirm their knowledge. The webinar takes place on Thursday June 24th from 15:30 – 16:30 please click here to book your place.

Finance Focus: Support offer to Age UK Brand Partners

Age UK’s Financial Governance Team have put together a document outlining the support they can provide to Age UK Brand Partners.

Since the beginning of the Covid pandemic, the Financial Governance team at Age UK has been working to support Brand Partners through the ups and downs of their financial situations. As Brand Partners continue to work up budgets and cashflows for the next 18 to 24 months, the Financial Governance team stand ready to work with you as needed, by reviewing plans, acting as a critical friend, talking with trustee boards or Finance Committees, and more. Find out the full details of this support offer, along with some useful resources, in the document below.

Launch of Older People’s Positive Practice Guide

Age UK’s Health Influencing Team have helped to produce a guide to improving older people’s access to mental health support.

Age UK’s Health Influencing Team have worked with experts in older adult’s mental health, including the Mental Health Foundation and the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies, to produce an IAPT (Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies) Older Adult’s Positive Practice Guide. The guide aims to support health professionals, commissioners, and mental health practitioners to improve older people’s access to talking therapies and their experience of receiving mental health support.

We hope the guide will be a useful tool to help local Age UKs to influence commissioners locally and raise awareness of the challenges older people face when trying to access mental health support.

The guide can be seen and downloaded here. For more information please contact Charlotte.lynch@ageuk.org.uk

Learn to Save a life – Free Sudden Cardiac Arrest Training

UK Coaching have released a digital learning toolkit that will enable you to act fast in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest.

UK Coaching, in partnership with Sport England, have launched a free sudden cardiac arrest toolkit to enable you to act fast and save potentially save a life, which we wanted to share with you.

With restrictions easing, many of you will be returning to face-to-face delivery of services locally, including physical activities and sport. Health and safety of participants will be as important as ever, with a focus on Covid-19 protocols, but knowledge, awareness and training for sudden cardiac arrests is just as important – especially as many older people will have been limited to the amount regular physical activity and exertion over the last year.

This digital toolkit includes an interactive e-learning course, in collaboration with Resuscitation Council UK, St John Ambulance and Joe Humphries Memorial Trust. The toolkit is free and will help you gain the knowledge and confidence to respond quickly and appropriately in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest.

UK Coaching are encouraging anyone involved in sports and physical activity, including coaches, instructors, club organisers, referees, volunteers, participants, and spectators to access this life-saving learning. Whether you are new to basic life support training, or would like to refresh your learning, this course is an excellent opportunity to do this.

Find out more here: UK Coaching – Sign up to our free Sudden Cardiac Arrest Toolkit

Local Government Finance in the Pandemic Research Report

The National Audit Office has published a report into local government finance during the pandemic. Download the report below.

The National Audit Office has published a report on research they carried out in December 2020 and January 2021, on the financial sustainability of local authorities in the pandemic. They have defined ‘local authorities’ as principal councils, including metropolitan borough councils, unitary authorities, London borough councils, county councils and district councils.

The research found that 75% of authorities have reported a ‘funding gap’ in terms of their forecast requirements and estimated government support, and that 94% of chief finance officers from single tier and county councils, and 81% from district councils, expect to make cuts in service budgets in 2021-22. Some considered that service users would be affected by their savings plans, due to reduced service levels. Others indicated that specific savings measures would have direct and immediate effects on service users.

In the conclusions to the report, it was noted that many authorities will be relying on reserves to balance their 2020-21 year-end budgets and they will also be setting budgets for 2021-22 in which they have only limited confidence.

Copies of the summary, and of the full report can be viewed here: Local government finance in the pandemic – National Audit Office (NAO) Report.  We are sharing this information to inform those Brand Partners which have a significant reliance on local authority funding, recognising that such reliance will carry an increased level of risk for their forward income pipelines.

Reminder: Free transformative tender and bid writing training

A reminder that local partners can access a free one-year license to an online virtual learning programme for the Charity Sector.

We are delighted to be able to offer local partners the opportunity to access a unique, free online training course designed to enhance the knowledge and tender writing skills of local partners and help you more effectively tell your story, in what will be an increasingly competitive market as we emerge from the pandemic. Unlike traditional e-learning, this programme takes learners through nine deliberate reflective practice learning cycles. As such, at the end of the course, your competence to write tender responses will have improved dramatically. Find out all the details below.

You don’t have to have previous bid writing experience to participate. The course is geared towards anybody in the organisation and will transform your ability to not just write tender responses, but any form of persuasive proposal.  For more experienced Bid Managers and Writers, the course still provides tremendous benefits.

This opportunity has been made possible by working in partnership with Tenders-UK and funding from Innovate UK. Over the last 4-months, Tenders UK has developed and run a pilot programme involving local partners who have significantly helped in making this course the tremendous success it is today. We have a long history or working successfully with Tenders UK. Over the past 5 years, they have supported a number of local partners to win tenders, securing over £12 million for partners during that time.

We encourage local partners to nominate a person to participate in the free course. It will have a lasting impact on your ability to secure contracts and funding now and in the future.

To find out all the details please read or download the brochure below: