Influencing Conference – Getting through a difficult winter | 12 October | Speaker Reveal!

Find out the speakers for this year’s Influencing Conference! The event is open to all Staff, volunteers and trustees from across the Age UK Network.

We’re pleased to announce the speakers for this year’s Age UK Influencing Conference – Getting through a difficult winter on Wednesday 12 October 2022! Speakers include Health Foundation, Resolution Foundation, The Kings Fund, NCVO and many more from across the Age UK network. You can view the full speaker list and sign up for the event here.

Please contact isabel.bailey@ageuk.org.uk with any queries about sign ups and mbalu.bah@ageuk.org.uk with any queries about the event.

Registration for the Age UK Influencing Conference closes on Wednesday 5th October!

Make sure to sign up for this year’s Influencing Conference before the October 5th cut-off date! The event is open to all Staff, volunteers and trustees from across the Age UK Network.

This is a quick reminder that you can still sign up here to attend this year’s Age UK Influencing Conference on Wednesday 12th October 2022! We are welcoming staff, volunteers and trustees from across the Age UK Network and multiple attendees from the same local Age UK are welcome and encouraged. Registration closes on Wednesday 5th October, so please register today to avoid disappointment.

This year’s conference will be looking at the challenges older people (and the local Age UKs supporting them) face, and sharing ideas, evidence and practical ways to improve their lives. We’ll hear from local Age UKs and policy experts on topics such as the cost of living crisis, digital exclusion, tackling health inequalities through targeted approaches to black and minority ethnic older people, and working with ICSs, sharing tips from across the network. We will also consider the very difficult winter ahead for local Age UKs, as energy prices soar, and what we can do to help through our influencing activity.

This year’s agenda will include external speakers from The Kings Fund, Resolution Foundation and National Energy Action, as well as presentations from both Age UK and local Age UKs.

The conference will take place online from 10am to 3pm on Wednesday 12th October 2022 but you can choose which sessions you’d like to tune into if your capacity is restricted. However, specific workshops have limited capacity, so please sign up now to avoid disappointment.

Please contact isabel.bailey@ageuk.org.uk with any queries about sign ups and mbalu.bah@ageuk.org.uk with any queries about the event.

Reminder: Book your place at the Age UK Influencing Conference 2022!

The sign-up page for this year’s Influencing Conference is now live! The event is open to all Staff, volunteers and trustees from across the Age UK Network.

This is a quick reminder that you can now sign up here to attend this year’s Age UK Influencing Conference on Wednesday 12th October 2022! We are welcoming staff, volunteers and trustees from across the Age UK Network and multiple attendees from the same local Age UK are welcome and encouraged. Over half of the available places have been booked already, so please register today to avoid disappointment.

This year’s conference will be looking at the challenges older people (and the local Age UKs supporting them) face, and sharing ideas, evidence and practical ways to improve their lives. We’ll hear from local Age UKs and policy experts on topics such as the cost of living crisis, digital exclusion, tackling health inequalities through targeted approaches to black and minority ethnic older people, and working with ICSs, sharing tips from across the network. We will also consider the very difficult winter ahead for local Age UKs, as energy prices soar, and what we can do to help through our influencing activity.

This year’s agenda will include external speakers from The Kings Fund, Resolution Foundation and National Energy Action, as well as presentations from both Age UK and local Age UKs.

The conference will take place online from 10am to 3pm on Wednesday 12th October 2022 but you can choose which sessions you’d like to tune into if your capacity is restricted. However, specific workshops have limited capacity, so please sign up now to avoid disappointment.

Please contact isabel.bailey@ageuk.org.uk with any queries about sign ups and mbalu.bah@ageuk.org.uk with any queries about the event.

Age UK Influencing Conference 2022 “Getting through a difficult winter” – Book your place!

The sign-up page for this year’s Influencing Conference is now live! The event is open to all Staff, volunteers and trustees from across the Age UK Network.

You can now sign up here to attend this year’s Age UK Influencing Conference on Wednesday 12th October 2022! We are welcoming staff, volunteers and trustees from across the Age UK Network and multiple attendees from the same local Age UK are welcome and encouraged.

This year’s conference will be looking at the challenges older people (and the local Age UKs supporting them) face, and sharing ideas, evidence and practical ways to improve their lives. We’ll hear from local Age UKs and policy experts on topics such as the cost of living crisis, digital exclusion, tackling health inequalities through targeted approaches to black and minority ethnic older people, and working with ICSs, sharing tips from across the network. We will also consider the very difficult winter ahead for local Age UKs, as energy prices soar, and what we can do to help through our influencing activity.

This year’s agenda will include external speakers from The Kings Fund, Resolution Foundation and National Energy Action, as well as presentations from both Age UK and local Age UKs.

The conference will take place online from 10am to 3pm on Wednesday 12th October 2022 but you can choose which sessions you’d like to tune into if your capacity is restricted. However, specific workshops have limited capacity, so please sign up now to avoid disappointment.

Please contact isabel.bailey@ageuk.org.uk with any queries about sign ups and mbalu.bah@ageuk.org.uk with any queries about the event.

Campaign Callout: Supporting the Carer’s Leave Bill

Age UK’s Campaigns Team are supporting Carers UK’s campaign to enshrine the right to Carer’s Leave in employment law. Find out how your organisation can get involved with the campaign too.

We are supporting Carers UK’s campaign to enshrine the right to Carer’s Leave in employment law. Wendy Chamberlain MP’s Carer’s Leave Bill would provide unpaid leave for at least 2.3 million employees with unpaid caring responsibilities, helping them to juggle work and care. Find out how you can get involved below.

This is a really important opportunity to secure these landmark new employment rights for millions of people who are juggling their unpaid caring responsibilities alongside paid employment. The Bill needs MP support before 9 September when it has its Second Reading.

Supporters of the campaign can complete this form that will help them send a letter to their MP, asking them to support the Bill.

There are two ways local Age UKs can support this important campaign:

Promote the action

If you have time, please use the resources – including social media graphics and suggested social media posts – in the campaign toolkit below to promote this action online.

Write to your MP

The more MPs support this bill, the more likely we are to secure these landmark employment rights. We would be grateful if you could contact your local MP using this letter template, asking them to support the Carer’s Leave Bill.

There is space to include a quote from an older person or carer you support locally about how carers leave would help them and their loved ones, if you are able to include one.

Thank you and keep in touch!

Thank you as always for your support with this campaign.

For further information on the campaign, please contact Eorann.Lean@ageuk.org.uk or Carers UK directly via policy@carersuk.org.

Influencing Conference – Wednesday 12th October 2022 | Save the date

Save the date for this year’s Influencing Conference, which will take place online from 10am – 3pm on Wednesday 12th October 2022. Staff, volunteers and trustees from across the Age UK Network are welcome!

The 2022 Influencing Conference will take place online from 10am – 3pm on Wednesday 12th October 2022! We are welcoming staff, volunteers and trustees from across the Age UK Network to join together and learn from each other about local and national influencing and the important work happening across the country. Find out full details below.

The cost of living crisis will continue plunging many older people into trouble and a new Prime Minister will be elected imminently. This year’s conference will be a chance for local Age UKs to discuss how we can best support older people and what the new Prime Minister’s priorities will mean for older people in the UK. The conference will also feature workshops on topics like digital exclusion and media engagement, with insight from local partners working on these issues.

Save the date

This year’s conference will take place online from 10am to 3pm on Wednesday 12th October 2022 – please save the date.

Sign-up for the conference will launch on Eventbrite soon – keep an eye on Signpost for the registration link. Multiple attendees from the same local Age UK are welcome and encouraged!

Please contact mbalu.bah@ageuk.org.uk with any queries.

Age UK’s Influencing Work During Carers Week and Loneliness Awareness Week 2022

With Carers Week and Loneliness Awareness Week both falling in June, here’s a roundup of Age UK’s influencing work across both weeks.

It’s been a busy month for the whole Age UK Network, with both Carers Week and Loneliness Awareness Week following each other during June! As you know, both weeks are major opportunities to raise awareness of these issues and to highlight the important work that is being done, and more that could be done, to tackle them. Read on to learn about some of the central influencing opportunities we engaged in over these two weeks:

Carers Week – Ensuring Carers Feel Visible, Valued & Supported

Carers Week is delivered by Carers UK alongside Age UK and other charity partners as a celebration of the huge contributions of unpaid carers. This year, the campaign also focused on highlighting the impact of the pandemic on unpaid carers and calling on the Government to create and fund a Recovery & Respite plan.

Age UK’s role is to highlight the role of older carers and ensure the support they need is recognised. As well as arranging for two campaigners to speak with the Minister for Care and the Shadow Minister for Care during online calls, we also attended the Carers Week Parliamentary drop-in for MPs on 8th June.

Norman Philips, who cares for his wife, and Rasila Mehta, who cares for her sister, joined Age UK at the event and spoke to over 21 MPs and Peers about their experiences and the support they need to meet the demands of their roles as older carers. Alongside the more than 6000 campaigners who wrote to their MPs, Norman and Rasila demonstrated just how reliant the Health and Care sectors are on unpaid carers and made a very clear case for the need for immediate Government support.

You can read more about Carers Week and the Recovery & Respite plan here.

Norman Philips, Age UK’s Senior External Affairs Manager Eorann Lean, and Rasila Mehta

Loneliness Awareness Week – Tackling Loneliness with the Minister

We started the week with a webinar, chaired by Darren Henry MP, on supporting those on low incomes to overcome loneliness. We had a fantastic presentation from Jenny Paton at Age UK Wirral on their work with their local hospital trust.

To mark the end of Loneliness Awareness Week, Nigel Huddleston, the Minister responsible for tackling the loneliness agenda, joined a game of walking football in his constituency at Age UK Herefordshire and Worcestershire last Friday.

He got to see first-hand an example of the amazing work the Age UK Network does to tackle loneliness across the country. Walking football is a great way for players to socialise, while staying active at the same time.

The team spoke with the Minister about why playing means so much to them. Richard told him:

“I’ve made new friends and gotten to know more people. We all stop for a coffee after and have a chat. For those who are getting on or may have lost a partner, it helps with socialising. If someone doesn’t turn up for a few weeks, we reach out on our WhatsApp group.”

Richard, a regular walking football player

The Minister was happy to get stuck in and have a kick about with the team. It’s safe to say he thoroughly enjoyed himself and was very impressed with Age UK Herefordshire and Worcestershire, saying later:

“it was great to see their inspiring work helping older people make new friends while having fun and getting exercise.”

Nigel Huddleston, Minister for Sport, Tourism, Heritage and Civil Society

You can read more on the Age UK Discover blog and see some lovely clips of the visit on the Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s twitter feed below:

Thank You!

We are deeply thankful to all our campaigners and all the local Age UKs who support unpaid carers and deliver services essential to tackling loneliness in older people. This work is essential for supporting the older people who need us most. Age UK will of course continue campaigning for them, to make sure they get the support they need.

If you have any questions about our campaigning work, please get in touch – luke.pilot@ageuk.org.uk.

Carers Week 2022 – Calling for a Recovery and Respite Plan for Carers

As Carers Week continues, we’ve launched a new campaign action, asking our supporters to join the call for a Recovery and Respite plan. Find out how you can spread the word below.

As Carers Week continues, today’s focus is a celebration of older carers. There are more than 2 million older carers providing a vital service to their loved ones in the UK and we have loved working with you to recognise and celebrate everything they do to help others. We’ve launched a new campaign action, asking our supporters to join the Carers Week call for a Recovery and Respite plan. Find out full details below, including how you can spread the word.

Recovery and Respite

Recognising the contributions of carers is only one part of Carers Week. Yesterday we launched a campaigners’ action, asking our supporters to join the Carers Week call for a Recovery and Respite plan that would give carers the break they have needed, but haven’t had, since even before the pandemic began.

Spreading the word on Social Media

We have asked our supporters to write to their MP, asking them to support the delivery of this plan. We would really appreciate you promoting this call too. You can use the following template social media posts.

Twitter:

This #CarersWeek2022 we are calling on the Government to provide a proper respite and recovery plan for unpaid carers.

Join our call and write to your MP today:

https://campaigns.ageuk.org.uk/page/107135/action/1?ea.tracking.id=LAUK

Facebook:

Taking a break should be a normal part of everyone’s daily life. Even before the pandemic, many carers were supporting their loved ones 24/7. After 2 gruelling years, they really need a break, but many still do not have the option.

We are calling on the Government to provide a proper respite and recovery plan for unpaid carers. Join our call and write to your MP here:

https://campaigns.ageuk.org.uk/page/107135/action/1?ea.tracking.id=LAUK

Carers Week Report

The annual Carers Week event also features a brand new report, summarising the experiences of carers over the pandemic and the coming challenges they will need support with, as well as outlining the need for a fully funded Recovery and Respite plan that supports their wellbeing.

Take a look at the report and use the template social media posts in the partner pack to promote it online.

Thank you for all your work delivering events and support during this important awareness week. If you have any queries, please contact luke.pilot@ageuk.org.uk. We look forward to celebrating our incredible carers with you!

Local Elections 2022 – Campaigning Guidance and Template Letter to Candidates

An update from Age UK’s Campaigns Team on the upcoming Local Elections on 5th May, including guidance from the Charity Commission, a template letter to candidates, and social media wording.

With local elections happening across London and parts of England on 5th May, here’s a campaigning guide from Age UK’s Campaigns Team. Read on for details on the Charity Commission’s guidance on campaigning and political activity, as well as access to a template letter to candidates and some social media wording.

Local elections are happening across London and parts of England on 5th May. All councillors in all London boroughs, as well as elections for councillors in some Metropolitan boroughs, District Councils, Unitary authorities and the Somerset and North Yorkshire County Councils, will take place. The Mayor for the South Yorkshire Combined Authority will also be elected. You can check on the Electoral Commission website what elections are taking place near you.

As ever, charities must ensure they adhere to the Charity Commission’s guidance on campaigning and political activity. This means charities must not endorse candidates or campaign to influence the outcome of an election. To ensure they remain neutral, Charities must also consider:

  • How to respond to requests by candidates to visit your events or services.
  • How to limit any association between a particular political party and your charity if a member of staff is running as a candidate.

Age UKs based in London may want to use Age UK London’s resources for engaging with candidates, which includes a template letter and a manifesto.

Engaging candidates

You might want to email candidates in these elections to highlight the issues older people face locally and ask for a commitment from candidates to tackling these issues.

Alternatively, you might want to engage newly elected councillors once the results have been announced. It would be helpful to build relationships with local councillors and the leader of your council once they are in position, perhaps by inviting them to attend one of your services.

If you would like to write to candidates ahead of the elections and promote issues facing older people, you can use the template letter below. We recommend highlighting two or three issues that are impacting older people locally or that your Age UK has been working on tackling.

Social Media Wording

If you would like to promote participation in local election voting, you can share the “Where Do I Vote?” tool to help people identify their polling station.

You can also promote this on Twitter:

Local elections are taking place today! Don’t forget to cast your vote – you can find your polling station here: wheredoivote.co.uk/

And on Facebook:

Local elections are taking place today! There are multiple council positions being elected and this is your chance to ensure older peoples’ voices are heard. You can check where your polling station is here: wheredoivote.co.uk/

For any support with your local election activity and engaging candidates, please contact luke.pilot@ageuk.org.uk.

Urgent action on social care: Stop changes to the cap on care costs

The Health & Care Bill will be returning to the House of Commons next week and we anticipate the government will make changes that will water down the cap on social care costs. Find out how you can help to stop these changes.

The Health & Care Bill will be returning to the House of Commons next week, after being debated in the House of Lords. The Government had tabled amendments to the cap on social care costs, which would have watered down the cap and left it beyond the reach of many older people. The House of Lords voted to remove this amendment, therefore preserving the cap and ensuring it serves everyone and not just the wealthiest. We anticipate the Government will bring back a similar amendment when the bill is debated again by MPs. Find out how you can help to stop changes to the cap on care costs below.

Age UK’s analysis shows that the Government’s planned changes would result in:

  • more than 4 in 5 older people seeing no benefit of the cap at all
  • poorer older people being much more likely to die before they reach the cap than someone who is better off with the same care needs.

Age UK believes the cap should benefit everyone accessing care services and that this shouldn’t be denied to those with few or modest assets or those who live in poorer regions of the country. We need MPs to understand why these changes are unfair and regressive and to vote against them if they are proposed again.

Please 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. The bill could be debated again as early as Wednesday 30th March, so if you could send this letter to your MPs as soon as possible, we should be able to build opposition to these changes.

For further details or support with engaging your MPs, please contact luke.pilot@ageuk.org.uk.

Thank you as always for your support.