Safeguarding Knowledge Share – Upcoming Live Events

Age UK’s Safeguarding team are running 4 lunchtime drop-in sessions covering a variety of different topics associated with safeguarding.

Age UK’s Safeguarding team are running 4 lunchtime drop-in sessions aimed to enhance knowledge and understanding of different topics associated with safeguarding. These sessions are open to all Age UK Network staff and will be delivered live on Microsoft Teams. Each session will also be recorded so that you can view them later. Find out full details of each of the live events below. Please note: You don’t need to book your place at the events, just use the links provided below to join on the day. We will send reminders via Signpost ahead of these sessions too.

13:00-14:00 | Wednesday 2nd February | Safeguarding language

Do you know what an IMCA is? Who works in a MASH? What a section 42 enquiry is?

Working across different organisations can be tricky at the best of times, but when we all use different language and acronyms, it becomes harder still.

This session aims to help you learn more about the different terms used by partners working in social care and safeguarding.

Click here to join the event on the day.


13:00-14:00 | Wednesday 2nd March | Domestic Abuse Myths and Stereotypes

The Domestic Abuse Act came into force in 2021 and – despite this legislation encompassing victims and survivors of all genders, ages and sexualities – older survivors often go unrecognised.

This session will help to dispel some of the common myths surrounding the characteristics of primary victims and survivors of domestic abuse. We will highlight some of the work we are doing at Age UK to raise the profile of older people experiencing domestic abuse and the challenges they face.

Click here to join the event on the day.


13:00-14:00 | Wednesday 6th April | The role of the Local Authority

Are you confident in contacting a local authority and be able to speak with the team you need to?

Accessing social care teams can be tricky. If you’ve tried before, you’ll probably have already experienced being put through from a contact centre to a duty worker and then on to a case worker.

In this session we’ll help you to understand who does what and who to speak with to help you get the advice and action you need.

Click below to join the event on the day


13:00-14:00 | Wednesday 8th June | Understanding Mental Health

1 in 4 people experience a mental health problem each year in the UK.

It’s important that we understand what this means for those with mental ill health and what we can do to support them.

This session will provide some information to increase your knowledge, so that we are better equipped to understand and support our colleagues and beneficiaries who may be impacted. We will also discuss treatments and the support services available.

Click here to join the event on the day.


If you have any questions about any of these sessions, please contact: Carrie.bower@ageuk.org.uk.

Upcoming Live Longer Better Thought Leadership National Event

All Age UKs are invited to attend the next Live Longer Better Thought Leadership National Event on Wednesday 26th January from 10:00-11:30.

All Age UKs are invited to join the next Live Longer Better Thought Leadership National Event. The webinar takes place on Wednesday 26th January from 10.00 – 11.30. Speakers include Dr Lis Boulton, Health and Care Policy Manager at Age UK. Read on to find out more, or click here to book your place.

We now understand better the on-going detrimental impact of the Covid pandemic and the preventable deterioration on the health of many of our older population, notably the evidence that people can take action to prevent and reduce many of the problems that have hitherto been regarded as immutable effects of the biological process of ageing. This will significantly reduce pressure on our health and care systems.

The Government’s recent Adult Social Care Reform White Paper (December 2021) sets out an ambitious 10-year plan to transform support and care in England, putting People at the Heart of Care, by giving them choice, control, and support to live independent lives. Live Longer Better promotes early intervention which will help to reduce the pressures and associated costs on our Health and Care systems, by supporting people’s independence and allowing real choice.  

Join us at the next national event to understand how Live Longer Better’s 2022 New Year’s Revolution aims to reduce the need for Health and Social Care for our older population, by preventing, delaying, slowing and reversing frailty and dementia, by increasing activity – physical, cognitive and emotional.  

Live Longer Better aims to do this through the 3 Rs:

  • Recovery from the deconditioning effects of lockdown and Covid
  • Rejuvenation, regaining the fitness and ability lost in your last ten years
  • Reimagining your future and thinking positive, for example about increasing Brain Health as well as reducing the risk of dementia

The LLB National Events have proved extremely popular – nearly 1,500 delegates have attended our last five events with cross sector representation including local authorities, Age UK, NHS, Care Homes, Leisure Trusts and various voluntary and community sector partners.  Feedback given by delegates confirmed that the events fully met their expectations.  Register for this event now to secure your place!

Further programme details will be circulated nearer the event.

This Live Longer Better collaboration between Sir Muir Gray, Optimal Ageing Associates and Active Partnerships provides a unique combination of skills and resources, bringing together the cultures of coaching and health. We look forward to sharing some excellent presentations and speakers around the Live Longer Better work.

Reminder – Survey on new programme funding

A reminder that Age UK’s Wellbeing Department have created a short survey to find out how to ensure future funded programmes are as beneficial to the Age UK Network as possible.

Thank you to those who have already responded to our request for feedback on new funded programmes. If you haven’t had chance to complete the survey yet, this is a quick reminder that the deadline is 14th January. You can read the original article below to find out full details, or click here to get started.

Age UK has been providing grant-funding through our programmes for many years and 83% of the local Age UK network received some funding via this route in 2020/21. The Age UK Wellbeing Department is continuing to develop new programmes and we are keen to ensure that these new schemes are impactful for older people and are beneficial to the Age UK network. To that end, we would be grateful if you could complete this short survey by the end of the day on 14th January 2022, to help us to understand more about what you would like programme funding for in the future. The survey should take no more than 10 minutes.

Please note that, although we will endeavour to generate and provide as much funding as possible to the local network, we can’t guarantee that we will be able to offer the programmes identified through the survey – but we will certainly do our best!

If you’ve any queries about this survey please contact Alison Ingram – alison.ingram@ageuk.org.uk.

Health Influencing Webinar: ‘Impact of Covid-19 on Older People – 3rd Wave Research Insights & Findings’

The next Health Influencing webinar will take place on Tuesday 18th January. This meeting will look at the impact of Covid-19 on older people, following the latest round of research.

The Health Influencing Team would like to invite the Age UK Network to an ‘Impact of Covid-19 on Older People – 3rd Wave Research Insights and Findings’ webinar being hosted on Tuesday 18th January at 10am-11.30am. The webinar will be an opportunity to hear all about the insights gathered from our latest round of research (the third in its series) on the impact of Covid-19 and how this has affected older people. Read on to find out more about the webinar, or email healthinfluencing@ageuk.org.uk to book your place.

The webinar will discuss findings from polling and survey results that were carried out in September 2021 and will cover a range of topics including: the impact of Covid on NHS services, physical and mental health, care support, providing care, loneliness, relationships, and general reflections on the pandemic. The webinar and research will allow us to share the voices of older people and help inform the network about some of the latest struggles and barriers being faced by older people.

If you would like to attend, please email healthinfluencing@ageuk.org.uk and we will add you to the event. Thank you!

Loneliness Measurement Workshop Series

The Loneliness Measurement Workshop Series, is a set of three, free workshops designed to support understanding of loneliness evaluation approaches and methods.

The Campaign to End Loneliness and the What Works Centre for Wellbeing are working together to host the Loneliness Measurement Workshop Series. This series of three, free workshops is designed to support understanding of loneliness evaluation approaches and methods for different VSCE organisations. These will be interactive workshops, enabling you to ask questions, learn from your peers, and share your own learnings of loneliness evaluation. Find out full details, including how to book your place, on the Eventbrite page.

New funding available for councils in areas with low vaccine uptake

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has announced the Community Vaccines Champion scheme. Find out all about the scheme here.

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has announced it will be giving £22.5 million to councils to encourage people to come forward and get vaccinated. The Community Vaccines Champion scheme will target 60 local authorities with the lowest vaccine uptake. There will be an army of vaccine ambassadors deployed in run up to Christmas in popular areas including Liverpool One, Brighton Pier and King’s Cross as part of urgent appeal launched by the Prime Minister and NHS England to “Get Boosted Now”.

The additional funding will be used to run events in communities across the country to make sure everyone has access to the most accurate and up-to-date health advice, and fund pop-up vaccination centres. The community Vaccine Champions will tap into their local networks to provide advice about Covid-19 and the vaccines. Champions will also work with councils to identify barriers to accessing accurate information and to provide tailored support, such as phone calls for people who are digitally excluded, helplines, and linking to GP surgeries.

Around 900 people will also form ‘street teams’ and visit 21 popular areas across England, every day from the 19th December to Christmas Eve, to urge people to get their jabs to secure vital protection against the virus amid rising cases of Omicron. A series of initiatives, such as a travelling vaccine bus, extra pop-up sites and new vaccine centres in prominent locations will make it as easy as possible for people to get their jabs.

We would encourage any of our Age UKs in low vaccine uptake areas to check in with their local councils about how they intend to distribute the funds and to identify opportunities for collaboration or assistance with the programme.

Covid-19 Update: Latest Briefing | Vaccine FAQs | Priority Vaccination Letter for Carers | Antiviral Treatment Trial

There’s lots of information in this latest Covid-19 update, including the latest briefing and vaccine FAQs. There’s also a priority booster vaccine letter for carers, and information on a new antiviral treatment trial.

This Covid-19 update covers the release of the latest Covid-19 Briefing from the Health Influencing Team, which can be downloaded below along with the latest FAQs about the Covid-19 vaccine. There’s also information on priority vaccinations for carers, including a letter from DHSC which can be given to unpaid carers or care staff without other ID to use as proof of status. Lastly, there’s some information about a study that the NHS is rolling out to trial new antiviral treatments for coronavirus. Full details on all of these topics can be found below.


Latest Covid-19 Briefing & Vaccine FAQs

The latest Covid-19 Internal Briefing is available for you to download below along with the latest FAQs on the Covid-19 Vaccine. The Briefing contains information on the Omicron variant along with some upcoming key dates. The vaccine FAQ covers questions recently asked by Brand Partners on the topic of vaccination and their obligations as employers.

Both documents are for internal use only.


Priority booster vaccinations for paid and unpaid carers

Care staff and unpaid carers should be given priority at vaccination sites in order to get their booster jab. Please find below a letter from DHSC which can be given to unpaid carers or care staff without other ID as proof of status. We encourage you to download and share this letter with any relevant contacts across your networks to ensure that all frontline health care workers, social care staff, and unpaid carers can access a booster jab with as much ease as possible. Thank you.


New NHS Study into Antiviral Treatments for Coronavirus

Age UK’s Health Influencing Team have also been asked to raise awareness about a study that the NHS is rolling out to trial new antiviral treatments for coronavirus. Antivirals are a treatment usually taken in the early phase of an illness as soon as symptoms are detected, they aim to contain the virus and prevent it from progressing into a more serious illness.

Eligible patients will be contacted by the study team or a local healthcare professional to consider enrolling in the study, so we wanted to let you know about the study in case you receive any questions from those you work with.

This is not a medical trial, these treatments have already been approved by the MHRA as the medical regulator as safe and effective. The aim is to see whether prescribing the drugs as standard to some groups of patients when they test positive for coronavirus can help significantly reduce the number of people who need hospital care.

There are two possible treatments available:

  • The PANORAMIC national study is trialling oral antiviral drugs that can be taken at home. Anyone over the age of 50, who has been diagnosed with coronavirus within the last 5 days and has active symptoms, can volunteer to get involved. Antiviral drugs will be sent directly to people’s homes and individuals will be supported by a remote medical team. Care home residents are also eligible to participate and some care homes are working directly with the study organisers.
  • In addition, the most high risk patients are proactively being offered direct access to intravenous antivirals. These drugs are administered in hospital via a drip and are only available to those groups. Eligible potential patients will receive a letter or email explaining the trial and providing more information on how they will be contacted to participate if they test positive. Individuals who meet the criteria but have not been contacted can ask to be included via their GP or consultant.

The briefing below provides more information on the study, the treatments and eligible patients:

Survey: Future Programme Funding for the Age UK Network

Age UK’s Wellbeing Department have created a short survey to find out how to ensure future funded programmes are as beneficial to the Age UK Network as possible.

Age UK has been providing grant-funding through our programmes for many years and 83% of the local Age UK network received some funding via this route in 2020/21. The Age UK Wellbeing Department is continuing to develop new programmes and we are keen to ensure that these new schemes are impactful for older people and are beneficial to the Age UK network. To that end, we would be grateful if you could complete this short survey by the end of the day on 14th January 2022, to help us to understand more about what you would like programme funding for in the future. The survey should take no more than 10 minutes.

Please note that, although we will endeavour to generate and provide as much funding as possible to the local network, we can’t guarantee that we will be able to offer the programmes identified through the survey – but we will certainly do our best!

If you’ve any queries about this survey please contact Alison Ingram – alison.ingram@ageuk.org.uk.

Age International and DEC launch new Afghanistan Crisis Appeal

Age International is raising money together with the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) for the Afghanistan Crisis Appeal. Find out full details below.

Afghanistan is on the brink of humanitarian disaster. The Disasters Emergency Committee and its member agencies, including Age International, have launched a new appeal to get life-saving aid to people in need before the coming winter deepens the crisis. Find out full details below, including some actions you can take to help.

Older people in Afghanistan have already lived through 40 years of war, conflict and economic crisis with the situation worsening yet again since the summer of 2021. 

Economic collapse has sent food prices soaring. Adding to this, the country is suffering its worst drought in almost 30 years. This is exacerbating existing levels of extreme hunger. The situation is so severe in some regions that 8 million people are on the brink of famine.

Millions of people have been forced to flee their homes in search of safety and are now living in temporary shelters, requiring urgent food and other essential supplies to help them survive the winter.

Winter will only make the situation worse. The country experiences severe and harsh winters with temperatures as low as -12oC. Hypothermia and respiratory diseases will increase, putting even more lives at risk. Older people are more vulnerable to the effects of the cold, respiratory diseases and malnutrition. They are also at greater risk of COVID-19, with less than 10% of the country having been vaccinated.

We only have a short window of time to deliver life-saving aid to older people in Afghanistan before the harsh winter sets in. In the coming months, millions of people will go hungry in the freezing winter or die from preventable diseases, and, without urgent assistance, many people will struggle to survive. 



How Age International is supporting older people in Afghanistan

Our partner on the ground has decades of experience working in the region helping those most at risk and who otherwise may have been forgotten.

Together, we are assessing the most urgent needs of older people and their families and developing an emergency relief cash assistance programme that will get aid quickly to the older people who need it most.

The programme will enable older people to buy the lifesaving essentials that they urgently need to help them through the winter such as:

  • Food to feed themselves and their families
  • Clean water and hygiene products to help keep healthy
  • Essential medicines and healthcare
  • Better shelter to protect from the worst of the cold

Find out more on our website.

We have also answered questions our supporters may have about the appeal, including how and why we are working in Afghanistan, here.


How you can help

If you would like to support the appeal, there are several ways to get involved:

Help us fundraise

Start a fundraiser on Facebook and ask your friends and family to donate to support our work – especially if you have a birthday coming up!

http://www.facebook.com/AgeInternational  

You can make a donation to the appeal on our website

Share

Spread the word about the appeal and share our posts on social media:

Thank you for your support!

City Arts release free mindful art activity booklet

City Arts have produced a free mindful art activity booklet to reduce isolation, as part of their Create to Connect project. You can download the booklet here.

City Arts have produced a free PDF activity booklet to download as part of their ‘Create to Connect’ project. The specially designed booklets detail art activities that people can do at home, or in a group. City Arts have created these booklets to help combat social isolation and they are designed to be used by people who have not done much art before – although they can be adapted to push skills a little further, should you wish to. Click here to download the booklet or read on to find out more.

Twelve different artists contributed to the book. It includes creative activities focused on mindfulness, painting, drawing, making, writing and storytelling. People can compile their own version of NASA’s Golden Record! Construct a 360 degree illustration! Make a puppet using household recycling!

Click here to view and download the booklet on the City Arts website.

Create to Connect is a project designed to reduce isolation for people aged 55 and over. Artists created a series of resources that older adults could access from the safety of their homes. An addition to art packs, they have included live online workshops and video tutorials.