A request from Age UK’s Media Team

A request from Age UK’s Media Team regarding local Age UK activity to help those you support to remember and pay tribute to The Queen.

Since the sad news of the death of Her Majesty The Queen, the Age UK press office has received several queries asking if local Age UKs are planning anything special to help those you support to remember and pay tribute to The Queen. If you are planning or hosting an event and would be happy for photos/videos to be featured in the media, please let us know by emailing media.team@ageuk.org.uk. Thank you for your help.

Five falls prevention resources to help older adults become more active

Access the five resources from The National Falls Prevention Co-ordination Group to help older adults to become more active and recondition following activity restrictions in the Covid-19 pandemic.

The National Falls Prevention Co-ordination Group (NFPCG) have developed a suite of five resources intended to support individuals, health and care professionals, and commissioners to take action to help older adults to become more active and recondition following activity restrictions during the pandemic.

The five resources have been developed in response to the recommendations listed in the Public Health England guidance 2021, Covid-19: Wider impacts on people aged 65 and over – this guidance provides an estimation of the impacts of Covid-19 on physical activity, deconditioning and falls in older adults and recommendations to mitigate these effects.

Accessing the Resources and Spreading the Word

Visit the British Geriatric Society website here to access and download a copy of the resources.

The National Falls Prevention Co-ordination Group would be grateful for any support you can provide to disseminate these resources to appropriate target audiences, particularly those from ‘hardly reached’ populations (the NHSEI Core20PLUS5 approach to reducing health inequalities may help to identify these populations); and to those across your wider networks.


Sport England Announce Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Activity Fund

Sport England’s Platinum Jubilee Activity Fund aims to use sport and physical activity to tackle inequalities via awards of between £300 and £10,000 from a pot of £5 million of National Lottery funding.

Sport England want to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year by supporting projects that bring a community together and provide opportunities for people who may be less physically active. The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Activity Fund aims to use sport and physical activity as a means of bringing a community together and tackling inequalities via awards of between £300 and £10,000 from a pot of £5 million of National Lottery funding. If you would be interested in applying for this funding, you can find out full details on the Sport England website.

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

Potential funding available through Sport England’s Tackling Inequalities Fund

Sport England’s new Tackling Inequalities Fund aims to reduce the negative impact of COVID-19 on people’s physical activity levels. Local Age UKs may be able to access funding through the Active Partnerships in your area.

Sport England has recently launched a new programme – the Tackling Inequalities Fund – to help reduce the negative impact of COVID-19 on people’s physical activity levels, and more broadly, the widening of the inequalities in sport and physical activity between different groups in society. Specifically, the programme is focused on physical activity inequalities for:

  • Lower Socio-Economic Groups
  • Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Communities
  • Disabled People
  • People with Long-Term Health Conditions (LTC)

The 43 Active Partnerships operating at a local level across England have been selected by Sport England to work with and provide grants to local sports clubs, groups and other community organisations who can help to support people within these priority audience groups to be active.

Active Partnerships are strategic organisations who work collaboratively with local partners to create the conditions for an active nation using the power of sport and physical activity to transform lives. They recognise that activity levels are affected by a complex system of influences and no single organisation or programme can create sustainable change at scale. More information about them can be found here: www.activepartnerships.org/about-us

How to get involved

Sport England is keen to understand the impact that the pandemic has had on older peoples’ physical activity within the four priority audience groups and whether the local Age UK network is able to offer support to bolster physical activity levels.

We know that while local Age UKs are incredibly busy and remain focused on the emergency response to the pandemic, many are thinking about their physical activity services and how they can be delivered now, as well as in the longer term. So, we wanted to alert you to this opportunity to engage with your local Active Partnership and to explore what ideas there may be for physical activity and older people within the four priority groups in your area.

If this is of interest to you, then please contact your respective Active Partnership directly at www.activepartnerships.org/active-partnerships

The Active Partnerships have grants available (up to a maximum of £10,000) to support organisations with a reach to the four priority audiences. The types of activity for which you could seek funding from your Active Partnership include:

  • Finding new ways of keeping the priority audience active
  • Offering advice and training support 
  • Increasing resilience, capacity, and capability of delivery bodies 

We are aware that some Active Partnerships have already been proactively reaching out and connecting to their local Age UKs, which is really encouraging.

It would be great if you could let us know of any engagement you have with the Active Partnerships, and also if you are keen to do so but may have capacity issues at the moment, as Sport England will be able to ask your local Active Partnership to reach out and, wherever they can, to support you. Please contact Rebecca Hall, Programme Manager – rebecca.hall@ageuk.org.uk

Physical Activity Resources

Download a useful list of physical activity resources to share with older people in your area.

Following an increase in queries to the Advice Line relating to physical activity, we have produced a brief document to help with signposting to physical activity resources that are available online, on the TV and radio, and also hard copy. This is a non-exhaustive list, but we hope you find this useful.