Age UK Network News Roundup – 17/12/21

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

Welcome to the final Network News Roundup of 2021! This edition features Age UK Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin’s 70th Birthday appeal and a Partnership Manager vacancy at Age UK Lewisham and Southwark. 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 in the new year. In the meantime, we want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Age UK Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin 70th birthday appeal

Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin launched their Platinum Appeal in November 2019 to span their 70th birthday on 11 November 2020. The ambition was to raise funds from a variety of fundraising events and celebrate the charity’s achievements over the past 70 years.

Just 3 months into the appeal, new challenges arose from the pandemic which resulted in all their fundraising events being put on hold until 2021. The fundraising team called on local people to support the appeal to take up their own challenge event and get sponsorship. There were lots of fundraisers finding creative ways to generate donations; one schoolgirl held a Christmas street concert for people living with dementia. Members of Bridgnorth Golf Club put together a recipe book which is still available to purchase and a member of staff and volunteer cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

The money raised is now being used in a variety of ways; supporting people living with dementia and their carers, one-to-one training to help older people get online to stay connected with loved ones. Also supporting vulnerable older people to access advice and information such as benefits claims and blue badge applications.

Heather Osborne, Chief Executive for Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin said: 

“We want to say a huge thank you to all the local companies, and individuals who supported our Platinum Appeal, without them we just wouldn’t be able to help so many older people. The past 2 years have been difficult for all charities to fundraise, we are overwhelmed with the support we have received. I’m delighted that older people’s lives are being changed thanks to the efforts of our fundraisers, it’s heart-warming to hear the positive feedback from our staff and volunteers.”

You can find out more about Age UK Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin’s Platinum Appeal on their website and view a video message thanking all supporters here.


Partnership Manager Role at Age UK Lewisham and Southwark

Age UK Lewisham and Southwark is looking for a Partnership Manager to help deliver the exciting Ageing Well Southwark contract. This brings together a range of voluntary sector partners and Southwark Council in a service which helps older people and their carers to discover and access a wide range of support and community activities available to them in Southwark.

The application details can be found on CharityJob.

If applicants would like an informal chat about this post, please email our CEO, Ross Diamond at: ross.diamond@ageuklands.org.uk

Closing date: 9am on Monday 10th January 2022.


Age UK Bexley seeks new Chief Executive

Age UK Bexley are looking to appoint a new Chief Executive! The successful candidate will be joining at a crucial and very exciting time for Age UK Bexley as it adapts to meet the challenges of the future. Age UK Bexley has more than 30 staff and 70 volunteers. The organisation supports 4000 local older people and their families every year.

Find out more on the Age UK Bexley website.

Closing date: 5th January 2022


Two new roles at Age UK Westminster

Age UK Westminster are excited to have secured funding to launch a Dementia Project in 2022 that will support older people (aged 50+) living in the City of Westminster who are experiencing memory and cognitive impairment. They are looking to hire a Dementia Project Coordinator to assist with this project.

Age UK Westminster are also seeking a compassionate, hardworking and organised individual to join their dynamic team and take on the role of Befriending Coordinator.

Find out full details on the Age UK Westminster website.

Closing date: 7th January 2022


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.


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.


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 of Creativity Festival – still time to get involved!

There’s still time to get involved in this year’s Age of Creativity Festival, find out more about the festival and access some resources which can be used throughout 2021.

The annual Age of Creativity Festival is running again throughout May 2021. Led by Age UK Oxfordshire in partnership with Age UK, it celebrates creativity of all kinds and encourages older people to take part and get creative! Local Age UKs and other age-friendly organisations have been encouraged to take part by listing their creative events and activities on the Festival website. You’ll find there are already 100+ creative and age-friendly activities for older people to try – both online and offline. Find out more about the festival below, including some resources to download that can be used throughout the year.

You may also want to download the document below which has been pulled together by the following local Age UKs: Bristol; Hereford and Worcestershire; Lancashire; Lindsay; Oxfordshire; Rotherham; and Shropshire, Telford, and Wrekin.

This document lists a whole host of different creative activities that are available throughout 2021 and is designed for local Age UKs to share with older people across England. All the activities listed are accessible and free and you can also check out the Age of Creativity Festival website for more opportunities if you wish. 

Running an Age of Creativity Festival Event

The team at Age UK have discovered that it can be really easy to run your own event! Last week we had an online meeting of the Age UK Services Sounding Board and we took some time at the end of the session to do some creative activities together. We made origami butterflies and did a mindfulness session together, similar to this one from Every Mind Matters:

We also shared some “Show and Tell” stories – people on the call could show us an object from their home that means a lot to them and tell us the story behind it. The stories that were shared were incredibly powerful and encouraging for everyone on the call. The whole session lasted for around an hour and was enjoyed by all involved!

We don’t have permission from the older people on the Sounding Board to share their pictures but you can see below the Age UK staff who were involved proudly displaying their butterflies!  Running the session was really straightforward but incredibly valuable for all of us. There is still time to get involved in the Age of Creativity Festival so do have a think about how you might be able to include some creativity in your work over the next couple of weeks.

For more information, please visit the Festival website: https://festival.ageofcreativity.co.uk/ 

Age UK’s Services Sounding Board proudly displaying their origami butterflies!