Age UK announces membership of the Employers’ Initiative on Domestic Abuse

Age UK is pleased to have joined the Employers’ Initiative on Domestic Abuse (EIDA). Find out more, including how your organisation can join EIDA for free.

We are pleased to announce Age UK’s membership of the Employers’ Initiative on Domestic Abuse (EIDA), a leading business network that supports employers to take action on domestic abuse. Find out full details below, including how your organisation can join EIDA for free.

EIDA works with employers to enable implementation of effective internal policies on domestic abuse, as well as providing awareness and signposting to updated resources.

Age UK is committed to supporting our employees and spreading awareness of the scourge that is domestic abuse.

“Age UK is proud to join EIDA, particularly at a time when pandemic-related restrictions have seen a rise in domestic abuse globally. Imagine if every employer made their employees aware of the signs of domestic abuse and how to seek relevant, effective help? That sort of wide-scale, societal impact requires proactive dedication from leaders, and EIDA makes this process both straightforward and polished with their guidance and resources.”

Carrie Bower, Safeguarding Manager & Domestic Abuse Lead, Age UK

“We are proud that Age UK is making a positive social impact by joining EIDA’s network.”

Donna Marshall, Acting HR Director, Age UK

Lucy Horitz, CEO of The Employer’s Initiative on Domestic Abuse, added:

“We are delighted to welcome Age UK to our network. The role of employers in tackling domestic abuse has become even more apparent during the pandemic and ongoing commitment from employers provides not only support for their own workforce, but adds value to the wider sector aim of stopping domestic abuse in all its forms, once and for all.”


Following the landmark Domestic Abuse Act in 2021, it is more important than ever that employers follow the latest government guidance relating to domestic abuse to safeguard their employees.

It is free to join, and EIDA provides a wide range of resources. Any Age UKs who are interested in joining, we would encourage you to visit the EIDA website here.

Age UK’s statement on the death of Baroness Greengross

A statement from Age UK’s Charity Director Caroline Abrahams, following the sad news that former Director General of Age Concern England Baroness Greengross has died.

We’re very sorry to share the news that Baroness Greengross, former Director General of Age Concern England and a lifelong advocate for older people and friend to the Age UK network, died on Thursday 23rd June 2022. Please see below a statement from Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK, which was shared with CEOs and Chairs yesterday afternoon.

Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK, said:

“We are very sad to hear that Sally has died. She was a giant in the ageing sector and a great friend to us at Age UK, as well, of course, as having led Age Concern England with distinction, one of our predecessor charities. We will miss her enormously, both personally and professionally: she was a truly remarkable person who cared passionately about the causes she believed in and who continued to press them until just a short time ago. 

Our thoughts are with Sally’s family, and also with our friends and colleagues at ILC-UK, which she established and invested so much of her creative energy in in recent years.”

Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director, Age UK

Welcoming Age UK’s new CEO, Paul Farmer

Age UK is delighted to announce the appointment of our new CEO, Paul Farmer! Read on for a full introduction from our Chair Toby Strauss.

Age UK is delighted to announce the appointment of our new CEO, Paul Farmer! Paul joins us from Mind where he has been CEO for the past 16 years, and which has a similar network model to our own. Read on for a full introduction from our Chair Toby Strauss, including a message from Paul, which was shared with CEOs and Chairs yesterday afternoon.

Statement from Toby Strauss, Chair, Age UK:

I’m delighted to announce the appointment of our new CEO, Paul Farmer.

The Age UK Board of Trustees has carried out an extensive recruitment process for our new CEO. We’ve involved representatives from the AEA and our national partners in the process. Feedback from those sessions helped with the panel’s decision making and I’d like to thank everyone who was involved in that process.

Before I tell you more about Paul and his appointment, I would like to thank Tracey Bright for stepping in as interim during our search for a new CEO. Tracey has done a sterling job of leading the charity through a difficult period as the after-effects of Covid, and the cost of living squeeze have impacted our operations and of course our beneficiaries.

I am delighted to welcome Paul as our new CEO. Paul joins us from Mind where he has been CEO for the past 16 years. He has a strong background in leading mental health charities with previous management roles at Rethink and The Samaritans. Paul is a former Chair of the NHS England Independent Oversight and Advisory Group overseeing the mental health long term plan for the NHS in England and he’s currently a Commissioner at Historic England.

Paul brings a wealth of experience. He’s transformed Mind’s scale and impact and brought the issues surrounding mental health into the mainstream. Mind has a similar network model to Age UK, and Paul’s commitment to the needs of older people, puts him in good stead to lead Age UK through the next stages of our journey, at a time when the needs of our beneficiaries have never been more pressing.

“I’m incredibly pleased and honoured to be taking up the role of Chief Executive of Age UK. I have seen at first hand both the best and the worst of the way that older people are treated in our society, and I am looking forward to playing my part in improving the experiences of older people in the coming years. The pandemic has shown the huge challenges of social care, and the cost of living crisis will hit many older people.

Paul Farmer
Newly appointed CEO, Age UK

Age UK is part of a network which already provides so much help and support to older people, and people look to Age UK to stand side by side with older people to ensure they receive the support they deserve. I’m very much looking forward to meeting colleagues across the UK in the coming months.”

Paul Farmer, newly appointed CEO, Age UK

You can read the public statement Paul made yesterday afternoon here.

Paul is expecting to start in late October. Tracey will continue as Interim CEO until Paul joins us and will work alongside Paul to ensure a smooth handover. Paul is keen to meet with colleagues from the Age UK network and I am sure you will give him a warm welcome.

Best wishes,

Toby Strauss
Chair, Age UK Board of Trustees

Warm Homes Programme – Applications now open!

The Warm Homes Programme is set to return this Autumn! Find out more here, including how to apply and details of an upcoming introductory webinar.

Calling all Age UK brand partners in England and Wales! Subject to approval from Ofgem, Age UK are planning to deliver a new round of the Warm Homes Programme from Autumn 2022. Find out full details of the programme below, including how to apply before the July 5th deadline and details of an upcoming introductory webinar.

Similar to previous years, the Warm Homes Programme will aim to address the main causes of fuel poverty and cold related ill-health through benefit entitlement sessions and home energy checks. We expect the delivery period to run from approx. September 2022.

Programme Guidelines and Contact Details

Please find attached guidelines for both benefit checks and home energy checks which explain the programme’s requirements and details in depth.

If you require further information, please feel free to contact the Project Team (warmhomes@ageuk.org.uk) to discuss any questions you may have ahead of the application process (please write SY12 QUERY in the subject box).

Upcoming Introductory Webinar – Weds 22nd June

We will also be running a webinar to discuss the programme and answer any questions regarding the application process from partners who are interested in applying. This will take place on Wednesday 22nd June 2022 at 11.30am-12.30pm.

Please register for this webinar by emailing the project team on warmhomes@ageuk.org.uk (please write SY12 WEBINAR in the subject box).

How to submit your application

Applications for this programme must be submitted via GIFTS by noon on Tuesday 5th July 2022:

  • To start benefit check applications, click here.
  • To start home energy check applications, click here.

To log into your GIFTS account so that you can resume your application/s, please click here.

You can view a guide to the GIFTS system here. For any issues or queries when applying for funding through GIFTs, please contact the Grants Team on grants.unit@ageuk.org.uk

Please note applications submitted after the July 5th deadline will be automatically rejected.

It Doesn’t Add Up – Urgent New Age UK Report on The Cost Of Living

Age UK’s Campaigns Team have published an urgent new report “It’s Doesn’t Add Up” all about the cost of living crisis. Find out how you can spread the word below.

Age UK has published an urgent report on the rising cost of living, calling on the Government to provide immediate financial support for pensioners. Find out full details of the “It Doesn’t Add Up” report below, including how your organisation can help to spread the word.

The new report, “It Doesn’t Add Up”, warns that those on the very lowest incomes are spending almost a fifth (18 per cent) of their after-tax household income on energy bills because of April’s price cap rise, with one in three older households (29 per cent) in England ‘fuel-stressed’.

Life is fast becoming unaffordable for many older households on low and modest incomes, with millions unable to pay for basic items, according to the new report published today.

The report calls for the Government to commit to the following measures to help those on low and modest incomes:

  • Raising the level of benefits and the State Pension during this financial year so they keep pace with inflation.
  • Targeting a direct one-off payment of £500 to those on the lowest incomes to help mitigate the impact of energy price rises.
  • Introducing improved social tariffs into the energy market.
  • Doing more to ensure everyone eligible for benefits such as Pension Credit receives their entitlement.

Social Media Templates

We are anticipating a major announcement imminently from the Government on new measures to help those on low and modest incomes to face the rising cost of living.

It would really help build pressure on the Government and raise awareness of the challenges facing older people if you could share the report and the policy calls with your supporters.

You can use the following template social media posts to promote the report:

Twitter

Tweet 1:

Older people on low and modest incomes are struggling to make ends meet. Prices of everyday items are going up so quickly that they risk being totally overwhelmed.

Age UK’s new report #ItDoesntAddUp calls on the Government to act now: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/our-impact/campaigning/it-doesnt-add-up/#:~:text=At%20Age%20UK%2C%20we%20are,they%20risk%20being%20totally%20overwhelmed

Tweet 2:

“I have cut out eating lunch as I need to reduce my food bill, some days having only one meal a day.”

Millions of older households won’t have enough money to cover essentials this year. Age UK’s report #ItDoesntAddUp calls for immediate Government support:

https://www.ageuk.org.uk/our-impact/campaigning/it-doesnt-add-up/#:~:text=At%20Age%20UK%2C%20we%20are,they%20risk%20being%20totally%20overwhelmed

Facebook

We are concerned about how the rising cost of living is affecting older people on low and modest incomes. Prices of everyday items are going up so quickly that they risk being totally overwhelmed. Age UK’s new report #ItDoesntAddUp calls on the Government to act now and support those most at risk during the #CostOfLivingCrisis:

https://www.ageuk.org.uk/our-impact/campaigning/it-doesnt-add-up/#:~:text=At%20Age%20UK%2C%20we%20are,they%20risk%20being%20totally%20overwhelmed

Upcoming Live Longer Better Event – 8th June 2022

All Age UKs are invited to attend the next Live Longer Better Thought Leadership National Event on Wednesday 8th June from 10:00-11:30.

All Age UKs are invited to join the next Live Longer Better Thought Leadership Event which will focus on the Health and Care Bill. The webinar takes place on Wednesday 8th June from 10:00 – 11:30. Read on to find out more, or click here to book your place.

The NHS was set up as a single organisation in 1948 – numerous bureaucracies, but one organisation, one family. From 1990, collaboration was stopped and competition began.

We now have an Act of Parliament, the Health and Care Bill which has received Royal Assent, enacting the most significant health legislation in a decade into law. Integrated systems were deemed essential, with their four purposes outlined:

  1. Improving population health and healthcare;
  2. Tackling unequal outcomes and access;
  3. Enhancing productivity and value for money; and
  4. Helping the NHS to support broader social and economic development.

This marks a milestone in the recovery and reform of how health and care services work together. The Live Longer Better programme was designed on these principles, recognising that activity: physical, cognitive and emotional, is an essential part of population health management and MUST be integral to improving community health and longevity.

This Live Longer Better National Event takes a consultative approach with National Clinical Directors.

Register for this event to find out their barriers and hurdles, understand how physical activity can help them quantify the benefits of overcoming these problems and support delivery on their key objectives.

Our LLB National Events have proved extremely popular – over 2,000 delegates have attended our last 7 events with cross sector representation. Delegates confirmed that the events “fully met their expectations”.

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.

Age UK’s Briefing and Statement Following the Queen’s Speech

Following the Queen’s Speech, Age UK’s Influencing Team sent a briefing and statement to MPs yesterday. You can view both the briefing and statement below.

In response to the Queen’s Speech, Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK said:

“We were pleased that the Government committed to bringing forward legislation on mental health, rental reform and the energy price cap, but disappointed that a Bill to enact the Government’s promise to give unpaid carers the right to five days unpaid leave each year was absent.

We are also worried that an unintended consequence of the Government’s proposed Bill of Rights will be a weakening of the protections available to older people when their human rights are breached, for example, in a care home. The pandemic demonstrated a pressing need to extend and strengthen older people’s rights, especially if they are in vulnerable situations, so we will be urging Ministers to take this fully into account as they develop their reforms.

We would have liked the Government to have said more in the Speech about how they intend to help older people on low fixed incomes cope with soaring prices. This, together with long NHS waiting lists and problems accessing their GP, is the topic that older people tell us is worrying them the most.

That said, confirmation that the energy price cap will be extended beyond 2023 and a new law will be introduced to protect access to cash – both measures that we’ve been calling for – are very welcome.”  

Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director, Age UK

You can read the full briefing sent to MPs below:

Urgent action on social care: Email your MP

We are asking our campaigners and supporters to write to their MPs to explain why we need to remove the proposed changes to the cap on social care costs. Find out how to get involved.

We wrote to you last week about the Health and Care Bill returning to the House of Commons, following debate in the House of Lords which removed the Government’s proposed changes to the cap on social care costs. These changes would make the cap far less accessible to many older people and the government may try to bring these changes back when voting takes place again on Wednesday 30th March. Find out how to get involved below, including template wording for spreading the word on social media.

We are asking our campaigners and supporters to write to their MPs to explain just how unfair and regressive these changes would be and to encourage them to vote against the changes. Will you share our campaign link with your supporters online? We only have until Wednesday to get as many MPs as possible onside, so every email counts.

You can use this template letter to write to your MP asking them to oppose these changes to the cap. You can also include this general briefing on amendments to the bill and this briefing specifically on the changes to the cap.

Template Social Media Posts

We have included some template Twitter and Facebook posts below to share with your supporters. You can also use the template letter linked above to write to your MPs.

Facebook post (you can include this picture too):

Under proposed Government changes, 4 out of 5 older people will see no benefit at all from the cap on social care costs. We need MPs to protect the cap – write to your MP ahead of the vote in the House of Commons on Wednesday: https://campaigns.ageuk.org.uk/page/102458/action/1?ea.tracking.id=LAUK  

Twitter post:

The cap on care costs should help everyone, not just the wealthy. Write to your MP now and ask them to protect the cap: https://campaigns.ageuk.org.uk/page/102458/action/1?ea.tracking.id=LAUK

You can also retweet the link from the Age UK account or the Age UK Campaigns account.

As always, thank you for all your help in supporting this campaign.

New guidance document: “Universal Principles for Advance Care Planning”

Age UK are pleased to be one of the 28 named organisations who have supported the development of, and contributed towards, a new guidance document “Universal Principles for Advance Care Planning”.

A new guidance document ‘The Universal Principles for Advance Care Planning’ has been jointly published by a coalition of 28 partner organisations, in response to the Care Quality Commission report ‘Protect, Connect, Respect – decisions about living and dying well’. Age UK are pleased to be one of the 28 named organisations who have supported the development of, and contributed towards, this publication.

This document is for the person, those important to them, practitioners and organisations involved in supporting advance care planning conversations and honouring their outcomes. It sets out six high-level principles for advance care planning in England.

For further information please click here.

New Financial Governance and Management Briefing Document from Age UK now available

Download the new Financial Governance and Management Briefing Document from Age UK’s Financial Governance Team.

Age UK’s Financial Governance Team has created a Financial Governance and Management Briefing Document to support Senior Staff and Board Members at local Age UKs – particularly those who are new to financial governance and want to learn more. This Briefing provides a guide to charity finances and accounting and highlights the support available through the Age UK Financial Governance Team. The document also contains some key external guides and learning resources, some of which are freely available. Read on to find out more and to access the Briefing Document.

Whatever the size and scale of your organisation, sound financial governance and management is essential for sustainability and for it to succeed in delivering its charitable aims.

This headline briefing is designed as a resource guide to charity finances, including charity accounting and its differences from the commercial world. It is aimed at trustees who haven’t had experience of this area before and will be helpful for experienced trustees who lack confidence when it comes to financial governance. It will also be helpful for those senior management and finance colleagues with a non–charity sector background, or for those colleagues just wishing to refresh their knowledge and understanding.

This guide particularly highlights the support available through the Age UK Financial Governance Team and directs you to some key external guides and learning resources, some of which are freely available.

If you have any questions about the document or financial governance in general, please contact John Fox or David Chenery.