New Charity Commission Guidance on Safeguarding

The Charity Commission has revised two safeguarding guidance documents. Find them both below along with some additional information on safeguarding policy and procedures.

Last week, the Charity Commission published two revised guidance documents to support charities and trustees to consider the actions they need to take to safeguard people and protect them from harm. Links to the two documents are below, along with a benchmarking template that you can use if you wish. There is also additional guidance on the role of a Caldicott Guardian as well as further information on safeguarding policy and procedures.

The two revised documents from the Charity Commission are:

We have taken the recommendations from this document and created the attached ‘benchmarking template’. Age UK has used this to consider where we are against the recommendations; identify priority actions; and reassure Trustees about our work in this area. You may want to use this template to complete a similar exercise for your organisation.

Caldicott Guardian Guidance

If you receive funding from the NHS, a Local Authority or other public body to deliver health, care or carer support programmes of work, you may need to appoint a Caldicott Guardian.

A Caldicott Guardian is the conscience of an organisation, their role is to keep people’s data safe and to help guide decision making in relation to the way private, confidential information about patients and service users is used.

The attached guidance below provides further information about which organisations must appoint a Caldicott Guardian, any organisation that the guidance applies to is encouraged to be compliant by 2023.

An e-learning module on the role of the Caldicott Guardian has been created and can be accessed via this link. You should be able to access this for free if you provide services on behalf of the NHS. Most Local Authorities will also provide training for Caldicott Guardians.

Safeguarding Policy and Procedures

Following a recent audit of some local partner safeguarding policies and procedures, it was found that some did not reflect best practice or most up-to-date legislation.

All policies and procedures should:

• Reflect the Care Act 2014 rather than No Secrets (2000), this includes the definitions and language within the documents. For example, the term ‘vulnerable adult’ should be replaced with the term ‘adult at risk’ and the definition of an adult at risk should be taken from the Care Act.
• Include all 10 types of abuse and neglect
• Make reference to making safeguarding personal and the importance of listening to the voice and opinion of the adult at risk.
• Refer to the local authority processes and procedures.
• Include information on safer recruitment or refer to related policies such as DBS and recruitment policies.
• Include information on how to support with wider issues as listed by the Charity Commission such as bullying and harassment or include links to specific policies on these themes.

The SCIE website has useful information or if you would like some assistance with reviewing and updating your policy and procedures, please contact me by emailing amy.mcleod@ageuk.org.uk.

Sources of Support for Local Partners – Latest Information

Age UK’s Quality & Transformation Team have shared an updated sources of support guide for Autumn/Winter 2021-22. Find out full details below.

As we face another challenging winter, the Quality and Transformation team wanted to remind local partners of the help and support that is still available to you. The team have updated the guide below which 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 but if you have any questions, comments or concerns please email COVID-19EnquiryLine@ageuk.org.uk.

The full guide can be viewed or downloaded below:

Age UK Network News Roundup – 26/11/21

Take a look at the latest weekly roundup of news from across the Age UK Network.

Welcome to the latest Network News Roundup! In this edition you can read all about Age UK Sheffield being shortlisted for the Sheffield Business Awards – congratulations! There’s also the usual list of open roles across the Network, including three new vacancies at Age UK Hillingdon, Harrow & Brent. If you have a story from your organisation that you would like us to share with the Network, such as recent events, campaigns, or awards, please let us know at signpost@ageuk.org.uk and we’ll add it to this roundup!


Age UK Sheffield Shortlisted in the 2021 Sheffield Business Awards

Age UK Sheffield have been shortlisted in the Social Impact category in the 2021 Sheffield Business Awards!

The charity is in the final four of the Social Impact category alongside Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care, Sheffield Futures, and Sheffield United Community Foundation. Age UK Sheffield were shortlisted for their work over the last 18 months, which included delivering 3,298 essential food parcels to older people who were shielding from Covid-19 and providing casework to 3,879 older people in Sheffield.

Congratulations and good luck to Age UK Sheffield!

Find out full details on the Age UK Sheffield website.


Three vacancies at Age UK Hillingdon, Harrow & Brent

Age UK Hillingdon, Harrow and Brent currently have three open roles available. They’re seeking: a Hospital Discharge Service Coordinator, a Hospital Support Worker, and a Help at Home Assistant. This is an exciting time to join Age UK Hillingdon, Harrow and Brent with the launch of their new charity strategy. 

Full details can be found on the Age UK Hillingdon, Harrow and Brent website.


Six open roles at Age UK Sheffield

Age UK Sheffield is currently looking to fill six vacancies, including Facilities Manager for their exciting new Lottery-funded facilities in Hillsborough Park in 2022. They are also seeking Independent Living Co-ordinators, a Marketing Co-ordinator, and staff for several other positions too.

Find out full details on the Age UK Sheffield website.


Administration Officer (Support Services) Role at Age UK Somerset

Age UK Somerset are seeking an Administration Officer within their Support Service function. The Administration Officer will play a key role in administering, monitoring, and reporting on a range of elements that include Personnel, Governance, Quality and Health & Safety. 

Full details can be found on the Age UK Somerset website.

Closing Date: Monday 29th November


Empowered Carers Facilitator at Age UK Salford

The Empowered team at Age UK Salford are looking for an experienced and qualified Talking Therapist, Counsellor or Coach with a professional qualification in health and social care and previous experience of working with people living with dementia. The Empowered Carers service offers free online support to provide carers in Salford with practical advice to support them and their loved ones and help cope with the realities of living with dementia. 

Find out more on the Age UK Salford website.

Closing date: Friday 3rd December


Several open roles at Age UK West Sussex, Brighton and Hove

Age UK West Sussex, Brighton and Hove supports thousands of local older people every year, offering activities, events, support services and information. The charity currently has several open roles available, including: Bank Crisis Carer, Home Helpers, Handypeople and more.

View full details on the Age UK West Sussex, Brighton and Hove website.


Age UK Herefordshire & Worcestershire seeking a new trustee

Age UK H&W are also looking for experienced and knowledgeable trustees to join their board of trustees. The role is essentially strategic, focussing on the overall direction and performance of the organisation.

Find out more on the Age UK H&W website.


Finance Trustee Role at Age UK Nottingham & Nottinghamshire

Age UK Nottingham & Nottinghamshire are seeking a Finance Trustee to join their Board. The Trustees have independent control over, and legal responsibility for, the charity’s management and administration, and the role of the Finance Trustee is to maintain an overview of the charity’s affairs, ensuring its financial viability and ensuring that proper financial records and procedures are maintained.

A full recruitment pack can be downloaded below. Any expressions of interest or requests for application forms should be sent to volunteering@ageuknotts.org.uk.


Get in touch!

If you have a story from your organisation that you would like us to share with the Network, please let us know at signpost@ageuk.org.uk.

You can also view a full list of open roles across the network here.

Important Guidance on Obligatory Vaccinations for all CQC Registered Services

From 1st April 2022, individuals undertaking CQC regulated activities in England (including secondary and primary care) must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, regardless of their employer.

On 11th November it became obligatory for all people that work in a care home in any capacity, to be double vaccinated against Covid-19. This same obligation is also being placed on any organisation with a CQC registered service or any with a patient/client facing workforce operating as part of a CQC-regulated service. From 1st April 2022, individuals undertaking CQC regulated activities in England must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, regardless of their employer, including secondary and primary care. Find out more below, including who this regulation applies to and next steps you can take.

On 11th November, it became obligatory for all people that work in a care home in any capacity, to be double vaccinated against Covid-19. That meant that care homes had to dismiss (or redeploy out of the service) any of their staff and volunteers who had not been vaccinated by that date. In order to do this, they needed to prepare, both in terms of gathering the appropriate data on their workforce and also thinking about the process they needed to go though with any staff that were not double vaccinated by the deadline.

The New Regulation

This same obligation is now also placed on any organisation with a CQC registered service or any with a patient/client facing workforce operating as part of a CQC-regulated service. From 1st April 2022 individuals undertaking CQC regulated activities in England must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, regardless of their employer, including secondary and primary care.

The government regulations are expected to come into effect from 1 April 2022, subject to parliamentary process. This means that unvaccinated individuals will need to have had their first dose by 3 February 2022, in order to have received their second dose by the 1 April 2022 deadline.

We know from the implementation of this new regulation in the care home sector that not every single volunteer and staff member will have been vaccinated by the deadline. Some people may refuse the vaccine for health reasons or other reasons personal to themselves. It is very likely that mandatory vaccinations in care services will put some people off coming into or staying in the care sector for their employment.

The overriding risk therefore is that this new regulation will increase the number of staff vacancies and make it more difficult to recruit to care services.

Who does the regulation apply to?

The new regulation applies to any person who works in a client or patient-facing role in any CQC-regulated service, even if their employer is not the regulated provider. It also applies to volunteers in similar roles. People in office-based roles who do not come into contact with service users would not fall under this regulation.

So, for example: an administrator in an office working in a Home Care team who does not see service users in their homes would not require double vaccinations, but a Foot Care Assistant in a regulated home-visiting foot care service, or a volunteer driver in a Hospital Discharge service would fall under this regulation.

Next Steps

We know that one-to-one conversations have been the most effective way to support colleagues to make an informed choice, often leading to vaccination uptake. Therefore, it is important for line managers to arrange and have supportive one-to-one conversations with unvaccinated staff members to identify reasons for vaccine hesitancy and provide information that will support them to make an informed decision about the vaccine.

You can find Covid-19 vaccine communication materials from the NHS here. Organisations should encourage individuals who have not yet been vaccinated to use the resources available and discuss with their own GP or trusted healthcare professional if they wish to have a further conversation or have any questions around vaccination.

It is important that these conversations with staff are supportive and empathetic, rather than coercive. It is also useful to try to make it as simple as possible for staff and volunteers to get the vaccine, for example by allowing time in work for them to do this if necessary, or giving them the locations of the nearest vaccine centres.

It is important that organisations gather the relevant intelligence on their workforce through these conversations – ask staff and volunteers to share with you their vaccine status and to demonstrate this with their vaccine passports, cards or letters. Record which staff have been vaccinated and which will get vaccinated.

Ensure that the deadlines will be met: for a first vaccination, the deadline is 3rd February 2022. For someone awaiting their second vaccination, this could be any time up to 31st March 2022.

It is vital therefore to record details of those staff and volunteers who intend to decline having a vaccination and the reasons why. Unless they are exempt, or later change their mind (it is worth having more than one conversation with colleagues in this position just in case) you will need to be clear with them what your procedure will be from an employment point of view when the deadline passes. Will you be able to redeploy these staff and volunteers to another, non-regulated service? Or, will you need to dismiss them on 1st April? The conversations you have with staff will need to make the consequences clear. Ensure you have sought HR advice on the dismissal process and what letters and other communication will be required for those staff.

Organisations need to start acting now to gather appropriate data and consider the actions required of them and their staff by 1st April 2022.

Contact

If you have any questions about this guidance, please contact: stuart.prince@ageuk.org.uk

Age UK Network News Roundup – 19/11/21

Take a look at the latest weekly roundup of news from across the Age UK Network.

Welcome to the latest Network News Roundup! This week’s edition includes a note from Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland about Dunelm’s Christmas decorations donation campaign, which Brand Partners may wish to get involved in. There’s also the usual list of vacancies across the Network, including several open roles at Age UK Sheffield. If you have a story from your organisation that you would like us to share with the Network, such as recent events, campaigns, or awards, please let us know at signpost@ageuk.org.uk and we’ll add it to this roundup!


Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland receive Christmas Decorations Donation from Dunelm

The fundraising team at Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland have been in touch as they were recently contacted by their local Dunelm, which is running a Christmas decoration donation campaign. Many Dunelm stores are asking members of the public to donate any good quality Christmas decorations that they no longer have use or space for so that Dunelm can deliver them to care homes and community charities across the country.

Dunelm approached Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland to see if their resource centres would like to use any of these Christmas decorations and they gladly accepted the offer!

Dunelm asked if other local Age UKs might also be glad of some Christmas decoration donations, so Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland wanted to share this news as a heads up that your local Dunelm store may get in touch with this offer, or that it might be worth contacting them if you’re looking for some decorations this Christmas.

Find out more about Dunelm’s campaign here.


Lots of open roles at Age UK Sheffield

Age UK Sheffield is currently looking to fill six vacancies, including Facilities Manager for their exciting new Lottery-funded facilities in Hillsborough Park in 2022. They are also seeking Independent Living Co-ordinators, a Marketing Co-ordinator, and staff for several other positions too.

Find out full details on the Age UK Sheffield website.


Administration Officer (Support Services) Role at Age UK Somerset

Age UK Somerset are seeking an Administration Officer within their Support Service function. The Administration Officer will play a key role in administering, monitoring, and reporting on a range of elements that include Personnel, Governance, Quality and Health & Safety. 

Full details can be found on the Age UK Somerset website.

Closing Date: Monday 29th November


Home From Hospital Care Coordinator Role at Age UK Sutton

Age UK Sutton are seeking a Home from Hospital Care Coordinator to working within their Home From Hospital Service team. Home From Hospital is a service commissioned by South West London CCG for patients who live in Sutton and Age UK Sutton is the provider of this service.

The right candidate will have a background in health, social care or voluntary sector provision, excellent communication skills, personal resilience combined with a passion for working with people in later life to enable them to set and reach meaningful personal goals. 

Full details can be found on the Age UK Sutton website.

Closing date: Sunday 21st November | Midnight


Empowered Carers Facilitator at Age UK Salford

The Empowered team at Age UK Salford are looking for an experienced and qualified Talking Therapist, Counsellor or Coach with a professional qualification in health and social care and previous experience of working with people living with dementia. The Empowered Carers service offers free online support to provide carers in Salford with practical advice to support them and their loved ones and help cope with the realities of living with dementia. 

Find out more on the Age UK Salford website.

Closing date: Friday 3rd December


Several open roles at Age UK West Sussex, Brighton and Hove

Age UK West Sussex, Brighton and Hove supports thousands of local older people every year, offering activities, events, support services and information. The charity currently has several open roles available, including: Bank Crisis Carer, Home Helpers, Handypeople and more.

View full details on the Age UK West Sussex, Brighton and Hove website.


Age UK Herefordshire & Worcestershire seeking a new trustee

Age UK H&W are also looking for experienced and knowledgeable trustees to join their board of trustees. The role is essentially strategic, focussing on the overall direction and performance of the organisation.

Find out more on the Age UK H&W website.


Finance Trustee Role at Age UK Nottingham & Nottinghamshire

Age UK Nottingham & Nottinghamshire are seeking a Finance Trustee to join their Board. The Trustees have independent control over, and legal responsibility for, the charity’s management and administration, and the role of the Finance Trustee is to maintain an overview of the charity’s affairs, ensuring its financial viability and ensuring that proper financial records and procedures are maintained.

A full recruitment pack can be downloaded below. Any expressions of interest or requests for application forms should be sent to volunteering@ageuknotts.org.uk.


Get in touch!

If you have a story from your organisation that you would like us to share with the Network, please let us know at signpost@ageuk.org.uk.

You can also view a full list of open roles across the network here.

Age UK Network News Roundup – 12/11/21

Take a look at the latest weekly roundup of news from across the Age UK Network.

More good news in this week’s Network News Roundup with a Health and Wellbeing Award for Age UK Blackburn with Darwen – congratulations! There’s also the usual list of vacancies across the Network, including a new Administration Officer role at Age UK Somerset. If you have a story from your organisation that you would like us to share with the Network, such as recent events, campaigns, or awards, please let us know at signpost@ageuk.org.uk and we’ll add it to this roundup.


Health and Wellbeing Award for Age UK Blackburn with Darwen

Age UK Blackburn with Darwen volunteers won the Health and Wellbeing award at the Blackburn with Darwen CVS Community awards on Wednesday 3rd November 2021.

The whole organisation was recognised for their support to older people through befriending and wellbeing calls during the 20-21 financial year, with over 7,000 calls made by around 30 volunteers at the height of the Covid pandemic.

This award was given to the organisation in the Borough that had made the most contribution to the support of health and wellbeing of the population in the 20-21 financial year. Congratulations to Age UK Blackburn with Darwen!


Administration Officer (Support Services) Role at Age UK Somerset

Age UK Somerset are seeking an Administration Officer within their Support Service function. The Administration Officer will play a key role in administering, monitoring, and reporting on a range of elements that include Personnel, Governance, Quality and Health & Safety. 

Full details can be found on the Age UK Somerset website.

Closing Date: Monday 29th November


Home From Hospital Care Coordinator Role at Age UK Sutton

Age UK Sutton are seeking a Home from Hospital Care Coordinator to working within their Home From Hospital Service team. Home From Hospital is a service commissioned by South West London CCG for patients who live in Sutton and Age UK Sutton is the provider of this service.

The right candidate will have a background in health, social care or voluntary sector provision, excellent communication skills, personal resilience combined with a passion for working with people in later life to enable them to set and reach meaningful personal goals. 

Full details can be found on the Age UK Sutton website.

Closing date: Sunday 21st November | Midnight


I&A role at Age UK Lewisham & Southwark

Age UK Lewisham and Southwark is also seeking a new Information & Advice Worker to deliver information and advice to older people, their families and carers, in the London Borough of Southwark.

To apply and for further details, please click here.

Closing date: Monday 15th November |9am


Empowered Carers Facilitator at Age UK Salford

The Empowered team at Age UK Salford are looking for an experienced and qualified Talking Therapist, Counsellor or Coach with a professional qualification in health and social care and previous experience of working with people living with dementia. The Empowered Carers service offers free online support to provide carers in Salford with practical advice to support them and their loved ones and help cope with the realities of living with dementia. 

Find out more on the Age UK Salford website.

Closing date: Friday 3rd December


Several open roles at Age UK West Sussex, Brighton and Hove

Age UK West Sussex, Brighton and Hove supports thousands of local older people every year, offering activities, events, support services and information. The charity currently has several open roles available, including: Bank Crisis Carer, Home Helpers, Handypeople and more.

View full details on the Age UK West Sussex, Brighton and Hove website.


Age UK Herefordshire & Worcestershire seeking a new trustee

Age UK H&W are also looking for experienced and knowledgeable trustees to join their board of trustees. The role is essentially strategic, focussing on the overall direction and performance of the organisation.

Find out more on the Age UK H&W website.


Finance Trustee Role at Age UK Nottingham & Nottinghamshire

Age UK Nottingham & Nottinghamshire are seeking a Finance Trustee to join their Board. The Trustees have independent control over, and legal responsibility for, the charity’s management and administration, and the role of the Finance Trustee is to maintain an overview of the charity’s affairs, ensuring its financial viability and ensuring that proper financial records and procedures are maintained.

A full recruitment pack can be downloaded below. Any expressions of interest or requests for application forms should be sent to volunteering@ageuknotts.org.uk.


Get in touch!

If you have a story from your organisation that you would like us to share with the Network, please let us know at signpost@ageuk.org.uk.

You can also view a full list of open roles across the network here.

Charitylog User Guide Updated

The Charitylog user guide has been updated and is now available for you to view on the loop. Find out what is new and access the guide.

We have recently updated our existing Charitylog user guide (2015). Working with the assistance of Dizions and a number of brand partners, we have refreshed the document and uploaded it to the loop here. The key changes to the document include a longer introduction that provides extra information about the work organisations need to do when first setting up their Charitylog systems and the administrator work involved behind the scenes. Read on to find out more about the recent changes to the Charitylog user guide.

We felt this would be helpful for many of the new I&A managers and advisers who are quickly having to get to grips with a system that may be new to them, or for existing colleagues who are reviewing their set up. We have included current system screen shots to enable you to work through the steps required to get the most out of the available functionality, e.g. the steps required to set up templates.

We have also incorporated some very useful videos into the manual which are aligned with the Charitylog Wiki manual updates.

We hope you find the updated User Guide helpful.

Help Age International achieve 10,000 signatures for older women around the world

Thank you to everyone who has shared Age International’s recent petition. They are now just 3,000 signatures away from guaranteeing a response from the government, find out how you can get involved.

With everyone’s support, Age International has had an amazing number of signatures calling on the UK Government to include older people in its new International Development Strategy – but now we need your help to reach a key milestone. We have been delighted to achieve over 7,000 signatures, but we need 3,000 more to guarantee a response from the UK government and ensure our message is heard, so we would be really grateful if you could share the petition with your networks, friends and family today to help us get over the line. Thank you as always for your support.

Why are we demanding equal rights for older women?

Our report, Older women: the hidden workforce, describes how older women around the world like Almaz (right) are doing vital work and care that’s often unpaid and unrecognised even though it’s vital to families, communities and economies.

Despite their essential role and the work they carry out throughout their lifetime, they are taken for granted. This means it is harder for women to save for older age and to access pensions.

Older women need their contributions and rights to be recognised and their voices to be heard to ensure that they have access to decent work and a secure income. Without including them, wider gender equality goals cannot be achieved.

Almaz in Ethiopia shared with us what a typical day is like for her – taking care of her household, family and community members. Take a look on our website.

What is the International Development Strategy?

The Government is now in the process of creating a new strategy for its international work following the merger of two departments – the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) with the Department for International Development (DFID) – earlier this year to form the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). The strategy will inform the work and priorities for this department (FCDO) over the coming years.

Although the Government promises to continue its commitment to eradicating poverty, it is still shaping the detail of its plans within seven priority areas. International NGOs in the UK have been working with the FCDO to ensure that the focus does not become too narrow.  Without pressure from NGOs and the public during this shake-up, there is a risk that progress on the inclusion of groups such as older people, and particularly older women, could be lost.

Why now?

With the department merger, the removal of the Government’s commitment to spend 0.7 per cent of gross national income on overseas aid and spending budgets being slashed, this is a really important chance for the government to commit to ensuring that older people, and especially older women, are not forgotten in its work and plans going forward.

Older people have too often been overlooked in development work and policies, even where they are amongst the most directly or drastically affected by an issue, such as with the COVID-19 crisis. Even within the Government’s work towards women’s empowerment, the crucial roles of older women have been invisible. This must be addressed urgently to ensure older women can have more support, control and choice. We now have a window of opportunity to make a difference by calling on the Government to recognise older women’s rights and contribution through our petition.

How can I help?

Please sign our petition today and share it with your networks, friends and family to help us reach the key milestone of 10,000 signatures and ensure the UK government has to provide a response to our plea.

You can also share our posts on social media:

Find out more

You can learn more about the report and why it’s so important in these articles on our website.

Age UK Network News Roundup – 05/11/21

Take a look at the latest weekly roundup of news from across the Age UK Network.

It’s a bumper edition this week, with news of an award for Age UK Cheshire East’s Scams Awareness Project and a British Empire Medal for Age UK Hythe & Lyminge’s Chief Officer Cleo Smith – congratulations to both organisations! Elsewhere, there are new roles at Age UK Northamptonshire and Age UK Sutton respectively. There is also a reminder of the sad news of the planned closure of Age UK Selby District, including their offer to Partners of a 14–seater minibus on a part payment and donate the remainder value basis.

If you have a story from your organisation that you would like us to share with the Network, such as recent events, campaigns, or awards, please let us know at signpost@ageuk.org.uk and we’ll add it to this roundup.


Age UK Cheshire East wins Chartered Trading Standards Institute Award

Age UK Cheshire East and Cheshire East Council Trading Standards Team have won a Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) award for their Older People Scams Awareness and Aftercare Project.

Age UK Cheshire East collect their award

The project raises scams awareness amongst people aged 50+ across Cheshire East, and supports older victims of fraud to get back on their feet. Congratulations to Age UK Cheshire East!

Protecting our older people from this kind of criminal activity is vital and I wish to thank Age UK Cheshire East for the work that they are doing with our Trading Standards Team. Well done all!

Councillor Mick Warren, Chair of Cheshire East Council’s Environment & Communities Committee

Age UK Hythe & Lyminge Chief Officer Awarded British Empire Medal

Congratulations to Cleo Smith, Chief Officer of Age UK Hythe & Lyminge, who has been awarded a British Empire Medal For Services to the Community During Covid-19.

Cleo Smith receiving the British Empire Medal

The ceremony took place at Chevening House in Sevenoaks on 27th October and the award was given by the Lord Lieutenant of Kent, Lady Colgrain.

You can view the citation which was read out at the ceremony below:


Age UK Selby District Set to Close – Minibus Available for Partners to Purchase

As you may have seen in yesterday’s Signpost Daily Update, we are sorry to let you know that earlier this year, Age UK Selby District’s Board of Trustees made the difficult decision to cease operating and close the charity down. Full details of this closure can be found in yesterday’s post here.

As part of the closure process, Age UK Selby District is looking to divest itself of a four and a half year-old 14–seater minibus on a part payment and donate the remainder value basis. This is being offered to the Age UK network in the first instance.

Vehicle details are as follows:

  • Registration: DK66 CGG
  • Mercedes – Benz Sprinter 514CDI 14-seater minibus in silver
  • Year of make 2017 – first registered 01.02.2017
  • Disabled passenger vehicle with fully working tail lift with up-to-date service record
  • Manual sidestep
  • Fuel type: diesel
  • Mileage: 36,788 at last MOT January 2021
  • Vehicle purchase price £59,892.00 plus VAT. Supplied by Minibus Options.

To help the organisation cover its closure costs and to be in a positive position post closure to leave a local legacy for future service provision across the district, the charity is looking for a part payment contribution of around £20,000.

For further information please contact Age UK Selby District CEO Jackie Mook by email jackie@ageukselby.co.uk.


Services Manager Vacancy at Age UK Northamptonshire

Age UK Northamptonshire are looking for a new Services Manager with senior management experience to lead and manage a range of teams, programmes and services throughout the county. The Services Manager will recruit, motivate, monitor and line manage the teams providing a range of services across the organisation as agreed and directed by the Chief Executive.

Full details can be found on the Age UK Northamptonshire Website.

Closing date: Friday 12th November | 12 noon


Home From Hospital Care Coordinator Role at Age UK Sutton

Age UK Sutton are seeking a Home from Hospital Care Coordinator to working within their Home From Hospital Service team. Home From Hospital is a service commissioned by South West London CCG for patients who live in Sutton and Age UK Sutton is the provider of this service.

The right candidate will have a background in health, social care or voluntary sector provision, excellent communication skills, personal resilience combined with a passion for working with people in later life to enable them to set and reach meaningful personal goals. 

Full details can be found on the Age UK Sutton website.

Closing date: Sunday 21st November | Midnight


I&A role at Age UK Lewisham & Southwark

Age UK Lewisham and Southwark is also seeking a new Information & Advice Worker to deliver information and advice to older people, their families and carers, in the London Borough of Southwark.

To apply and for further details, please click here.

Closing date: Monday 15th November |9am


Empowered Carers Facilitator at Age UK Salford

The Empowered team at Age UK Salford are looking for an experienced and qualified Talking Therapist, Counsellor or Coach with a professional qualification in health and social care and previous experience of working with people living with dementia. The Empowered Carers service offers free online support to provide carers in Salford with practical advice to support them and their loved ones and help cope with the realities of living with dementia. 

Find out more on the Age UK Salford website.

Closing date: Friday 3rd December


Several open roles at Age UK West Sussex, Brighton and Hove

Age UK West Sussex, Brighton and Hove supports thousands of local older people every year, offering activities, events, support services and information. The charity currently has several open roles available, including: Bank Crisis Carer, Home Helpers, Handypeople and more.

View full details on the Age UK West Sussex, Brighton and Hove website.


Age UK Herefordshire & Worcestershire seeking a new trustee

Age UK H&W are also looking for experienced and knowledgeable trustees to join their board of trustees. The role is essentially strategic, focussing on the overall direction and performance of the organisation.

Find out more on the Age UK H&W website.



Several open roles at Age UK Calderdale & Kirklees

Age UK Calderdale & Kirklees are currently recruiting for a Home Help role and a Footcare Practitioner. Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees is a local independent charity that helps over 800 local older people every week, offering activities, events, befriending and information.

Details on the roles can be downloaded below, along with an Application Pack.


Finance Trustee Role at Age UK Nottingham & Nottinghamshire

Age UK Nottingham & Nottinghamshire are seeking a Finance Trustee to join their Board. The Trustees have independent control over, and legal responsibility for, the charity’s management and administration, and the role of the Finance Trustee is to maintain an overview of the charity’s affairs, ensuring its financial viability and ensuring that proper financial records and procedures are maintained.

A full recruitment pack can be downloaded below. Any expressions of interest or requests for application forms should be sent to volunteering@ageuknotts.org.uk.


Get in touch!

If you have a story from your organisation that you would like us to share with the Network, please let us know at signpost@ageuk.org.uk.

You can also view a full list of open roles across the network here.

Reminder: Dementia Awareness eLearning Available

A quick reminder that there are three dementia awareness eLearning modules developed by Alzheimer’s Society available to the Age UK Network.

This is a quick reminder that there are three dementia awareness eLearning modules available to the Age UK Network. Whether you work directly with those living with dementia or not, we hope this eLearning will help to equip Age UK staff and volunteers with the skills and confidence to communicate with people with dementia, face to face and virtually. Find out all the details below:

The three eLearning modules are:
  • Understanding dementia
  • Engaging with people in the early stages of dementia
  • Responding to distressed behaviours
Who can complete the Dementia eLearning?

All modules are open to everyone, all staff, and volunteers. Every learner will receive a certificate upon completion.

How were these modules developed?

These new modules were developed by Alzheimer’s Society.

When should I complete the modules?

The Age UK network will have access to them for 1 year, so best to complete them sooner rather than later!

Please note, it may take up to one hour for the course to be marked as completed and for you to receive the certificate in your inbox. We thank you in advance for your patience.

How long is each module?

Each module takes approximately 45 minutes to complete. Once you start, you can save any progress and come back to it.

How do I access these modules?

If you already have an eLearning account, this course will automatically appear under the “learning” section of your dashboard in the eLearning site. You can access it straight away and no action is needed.

If you need to sign up, please complete this form.

Please note that registration to the e-learning site may take a few days. You will receive an email with your log in information once you have been registered.

What do I do once I am logged in?

If you cannot see the modules on your dashboard when you log in, you can find it either by:

  • Clicking onto ‘courses’ and then ‘Dementia eLearning’; or
  • Using the search bar on your home page by typing in ‘Age UK Dementia E-learning Programme’.

If you have any questions on access to the e-learning site, please contact: adviceunit@ageuk.org.uk