Ageing Better: A Celebration – Book your place at the final Ageing Better event

Book your place at the final Ageing Better event on Tuesday 28th June from 10:00 – 13:00.

The whole Age UK Network is invited to attend the final Ageing Better event to explore and celebrate the work of the Ageing Better programme, which worked with people aged over 50 to reduce social isolation and loneliness. This session will share key approaches and learning developed by the Ageing Better programme and its partnerships. The event takes place online on Tuesday 28th June from 10:00 – 13:00 and you can find out full details here.

Upcoming Webinar: Ageing Better – Evolving with hybrid models of delivery

The National Lottery Community Fund’s Ageing Better programme is holding an event to explore the impact, challenges and emerging best practices around hybrid models of delivery.

The Ageing Better programme would like to invite members of the Age UK Network to an event to explore the impact, challenges and emerging best practices around hybrid models of delivery (delivery face-to-face, online and by telephone) developed as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The session will take place on Tuesday 22nd March from 11:00-12:30, click here to book your place, or read on for more details.

The pandemic prevented most face-to-face delivery, requiring organisations to adapt and evolve their ways of working overnight. As we emerge from restrictions, hybrid models of delivery that blend offline and online elements, continue to evolve.

Drawing on learning from The National Lottery Community Fund’s Ageing Better programme, which sought to address loneliness and social isolation among people over 50, this session will explore the models being developed by Ageing Better partners as part of their work over the last 18 months.

About the event

The session will take place on Tuesday 22nd March from 11:00-12:30. It is being organised by Kaleidoscope Health and Care who are working in partnership with The National Lottery Community Fund.

Speakers from Ageing Better partnership areas across England will discuss:

  • The context for, and advantages of, using a hybrid model of delivery
  • The challenges that providers and services have experienced in adapting to a hybrid model of delivery
  • Emerging practice and learning from the Ageing Better programme

There’ll also be lots of opportunities for discussion and space to share experiences, challenges and solutions.

This event will be relevant to anyone involved in running groups, services or activities aimed at people aged 50+ seeking to address loneliness and isolation. 

If you are able to attend please sign up at the Eventbrite link here.

Time to Shine’s Intergenerational Work Webinar

Time to Shine are hosting a webinar to share learning from their intergenerational activities over the last few years. Find out full details, including how to book your place.

Time to Shine is a National Lottery-funded programme hosted by Leeds Older People’s Forum, which has run a number of intergenerational projects in recent years. As these projects come to a close, the Forum will be sharing the learning from the intergenerational activities run by delivery partners, along with learning from the other 13 Ageing Better programmes. They will also discuss how this learning could be used by other organisations in future. The webinar will take place on Wednesday 16 February from 14:00 – 15:30. Click here to find out more details and to book your place.

Creating a Warm Welcome – learning toolkit from the Ageing Better programme

Learning from the Ageing Better programme has produced some useful guidance on how organisations can create a warm welcome for the older people they are supporting.

The National Lottery Community Fund provided funding worth £87 million over a 7-year period to organisations across the country to tackle social isolation and loneliness. There has been a huge amount of learning gained from that programme, including insight as to how organisations can create a warm welcome for the older people they are supporting to take part in activities and remain connected in their communities. You can find the full toolkit below, along with an insights pack from a recent event on this subject.

You can access the Warm Welcome toolkit here. 

Insights Pack

In addition, an event was held on 14th October to gather together thoughts and ideas from participating organisations as to the implementation of this approach. The feedback from that event is summarised in the insights pack here

This learning may be useful for local Age UK partners when thinking about how they welcome older people into their services.

Contact Details

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

One week to go: Learning Session on Social Prescribing – 25th November

We’re hosting an online learning session on social prescribing on Thursday 25th November! Find out how to book your place.

There’s still time to book your place to hear about the learning gained through The National Lottery Community Fund Ageing Better programme. The event takes place from 10am – 11.30am on 25th November. We’ll focus particularly on social prescribing and hear about one social prescribing project hosted by a local Age UK.  Click here to book your place, or read on to find out all about the session.

Sarah Jewell, Programme Manager – Transformation, Age UK will host the session, which will include the following speakers:

Alex Hayes is Head of Funding at The National Lottery Community Fund where he leads the Ageing Better programme, a £87M investment to improve the lives of people aged over 50 by addressing social isolation and loneliness within local communities. Previously he worked in the voluntary sector for over 10 years. 

Chris McClelland is Head of the Ageing Better ‘Brightlife Cheshire’ project which he has led since March 2016.  Brightlife (hosted by Age UK Cheshire) commissioned over 50 projects and delivered an innovative social prescribing, reaching over 3,000 older people at risk of social isolation in the rural, town and city communities of Cheshire West. Prior to joining the Brightlife project Chris enjoyed an extensive career designing, delivering and managing Careers, Connexions and Targeted Youth Support Services in a variety of North West England locations.

Christine McMahon enjoys a career that has included working with children and people of all ages.  Since joining Brightlife in 2016 this has focussed on championing and promoting a joyful, healthy, and connected lifestyle for older people as Social Prescribing Manager.  She now combines this with becoming Age UK Cheshire Services Manager, where she can continue to bring her passion, commitment, and insight to support services.

This Microsoft Teams session will provide the opportunity to hear ‘top tips’ for effective social prescribing, to ask questions of our panel and to spend time in group discussion with other attendees. Please sign up here and email BSupportAdmin@ageuk.org.uk with any queries. We look forward to seeing you on 25th November.

Sign up now: Learning Session on Social Prescribing – 25th November

We’re hosting an online learning session on social prescribing on Thursday 25th November! Find out how to book your place.

You’re invited to join us 10am – 11.30am on 25th November to hear about the learning gained through The National Lottery Community Fund Ageing Better programme. We’ll focus particularly on social prescribing and hear about one social prescribing project hosted by a local Age UK.  Click here to book your place, or read on to find out all about the session.

Sarah Jewell, Programme Manager – Transformation, Age UK will host the session, which will include the following speakers:

Alex Hayes is Head of Funding at The National Lottery Community Fund where he leads the Ageing Better programme, a £87M investment to improve the lives of people aged over 50 by addressing social isolation and loneliness within local communities. Previously he worked in the voluntary sector for over 10 years. 

Chris McClelland is Head of the Ageing Better ‘Brightlife Cheshire’ project which he has led since March 2016.  Brightlife (hosted by Age UK Cheshire) commissioned over 50 projects and delivered an innovative social prescribing, reaching over 3,000 older people at risk of social isolation in the rural, town and city communities of Cheshire West. Prior to joining the Brightlife project Chris enjoyed an extensive career designing, delivering and managing Careers, Connexions and Targeted Youth Support Services in a variety of North West England locations.

Christine McMahon enjoys a career that has included working with children and people of all ages.  Since joining Brightlife in 2016 this has focussed on championing and promoting a joyful, healthy, and connected lifestyle for older people as Social Prescribing Manager.  She now combines this with becoming Age UK Cheshire Services Manager, where she can continue to bring her passion, commitment, and insight to support services.

This Microsoft Teams session will provide the opportunity to hear ‘top tips’ for effective social prescribing, to ask questions of our panel and to spend time in group discussion with other attendees. Please sign up here and email BSupportAdmin@ageuk.org.uk with any queries. We look forward to seeing you on 25th November.

Save the date: Learning session on Social Prescribing – 25th November

We’re hosting an online learning session on social prescribing on Thursday 25th November! Find out full details here and please save the date in your diaries.

On Thursday 25th November, Age UK will be hosting an online learning session focused on social prescribing, including presentations from the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) and Brightlife Cheshire (a partnership led by Age UK Cheshire).

The session will cover the learning about social prescribing that was gathered through the NLCF Ageing Better programme. This programme invested £87 million in a wide range of projects over a 7 year period and the evaluation reports are now available here. Given the importance of social prescribing we are keen to hear about this area of work in particular.

We’re looking forward to the session and ask that you put this in your diaries now: 10:00 – 11:30am on 25th November. MS Teams invite and more details to follow.

Creative Later Life Meeting – “Creativity in Co-production”

The next Creative Later Life Meeting will take place on 12th August 2021 from 11-12pm and will feature a presentation from Ageing Better’s Project Lead, Vicky O’Donoghue.

The Creative Later Life network is led by Age UK Oxfordshire, supporting other local Age UKs to develop their creative offer locally – it is free and open to everyone across the Age UK Network. Each month we hold a meeting that includes best practice examples and useful information from a guest speaker. Our next meeting takes place on the 12th August 2021 from 11-12pm, where Ageing Better‘s Project Lead, Vicky O’Donoghue will explore the concept of co-production, explain how Ageing Better successfully applied this approach, and introduce one of the key themes, “Creativity in Co-production”. To join the Creative Later Life Network or to register for the meeting then please email farrellrenowden@ageukoxfordshire.org.uk.

Ageing Better is a network of 14 programme areas across England, funded by The National Lottery Community Fund.  Now in its 7th year, Ageing Better has undertaken a test and learn approach to developing creative ways for people aged over 50 to be actively involved in their local communities, helping to combat social isolation and loneliness.

As part of Ageing Better’s legacy, 64 representatives from across the network worked together to co-create a national toolkit & resource library featuring their co-production approach; the ways in which professionals and citizens worked together to co-create services, projects and activities.

Co-production has been at the very heart of Ageing Better’s work. The voices of older people have been involved within every aspect of the programme, from the setting up, dissemination, design, and delivery, through to the evaluation of services, projects & activities, for people aged 50 and over.

Project Lead, Vicky O’Donoghue will explore the concept of co-production, explain how Ageing Better successfully applied this approach within their work, and introduce one of the key themes, “Creativity in Co-production”.  

During the session Vicky will demonstrate the Toolkit, share insights into how co-production can enhance creativity, and facilitate a discussion around the stories, tools and resources that are freely available within the toolkit, and how they might enhance community-based projects, with a specific focus on ideas for working with older people.

If you’d like to find out more about the wider Ageing Better programme prior to the session, here’s the link to The National Lottery Community Fund website

To join the Creative Later Life Network or to register for the meeting then please email farrellrenowden@ageukoxfordshire.org.uk.

We hope to see you there!