Age UK Campaigns Calendar – October to December 2022

The latest Age UK campaigns calendar is now available! It contains details on the influencing work Age UK will be focusing on from October to December 2022 – including how you can get involved.

The latest Age UK campaigns calendar is now available below! Covering national influencing activity by Age UK and upcoming awareness campaigns across October to December, this edition includes details of our upcoming campaigning work over the coming months.

The Calendar is available to download below:

Upcoming Events and Actions

We’ve highlighted below some of the most important events in the calendar that will be coming up over the next few weeks, including some details on the ways you can get involved if you have time:

Malnutrition Awareness Week – 10th to 16th October
  • Please share the resources made available on the website and tweet the hashtag – #UKMAW2022

Black History Month – throughout October
  • Please look out for and share the three Discover pieces set to go live on our website throughout October.

Carers Leave Private Members Bill – Second reading: 21st October
  • The bill will enshrine in employment law the Government’s pledge to provide five days of unpaid carers leave for all unpaid carers.
  • If you have time, please write to your MPs to ask and ask them to support the bill.

Debt and mid-term fiscal plan – 31st October
  • This has now been brought forward to the 31st October (originally proposed for 23rd November)
  • If you have time, please write to your MPs to make clear the need for: benefits to be uprated in line with inflation, targeted funding for NHS and social care, and extended support for energy bills for older and vulnerable people.

Befriending Week – 1st to 7th November
  • See if you can put on thank you events for befrienders in your local area.
  • Please share resources using the Befriending Networks resource pack and their website and post during the week on socials.

Get in touch!

If you have any questions about our upcoming campaigning and influencing, or if you have any suggestions for future editions of the campaigns calendar, please get in touch with Miles Bassett: miles.bassett@ageuk.org.uk.

Age UK Campaigns Calendar – Third Quarter 2022

The latest Age UK campaigns calendar is now available! It contains details on the influencing work Age UK will be focusing on in the third quarter of 2022 – including how you can get involved.

The latest Age UK campaigns calendar is now available below! Covering national influencing activity by Age UK and upcoming awareness campaigns across July – September, this edition includes details of our upcoming work on social care reforms, the cost of living, and some key legislation and policy changes coming from the Government.

Please note: much of this iteration of the Campaigns Calendar was written before the Prime Minister resigned and the contest for the new leadership of the Conservative party began. As such, these timings are subject to change. Please keep an eye on the daily Signpost emails for updates on our Campaigns and Influencing activity. If you would like to sign up for Signpost emails please use this form.

If you have any questions about our upcoming campaigning and influencing, or if you have any suggestions for future editions of the campaigns calendar, please get in touch with Luke Pilot: luke.pilot@ageuk.org.uk.

The Calendar is available to view and download below. We’ll also host in on our Campaigns Hub here.

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!

Carers Week 2022 – Partner Pack

With Carers Week approaching, Age UK’s Campaigns Team have put together a list of ways that local Age UKs can get involved.

This year, Carers Week will take place from 6th – 12th June and will focus on ensuring that carers are Visible, Valued and Supported. To support your participation in the week’s festivities, we have detailed some ways local Age UKs can get involved below, including some infographics and template wording for social media and a template letter to local media.

As you know, Carers Week is an annual celebration of the role unpaid carers have in providing thousands of hours of care to friends family and loved ones and also a chance to focus on how they could be better supported.

The theme for this year’s awareness week is ensuring carers are Visible, Valued and Supported. As well as highlighting the important work of unpaid carers, the coalition of charities delivering Carers Week will call on the Government to implement a proper plan to provide respite and recovery for unpaid carers who rarely, if ever, get a break.

To support your participation in the week’s festivities, we have detailed below some ways local Age UKs can get involved. Don’t forget to promote the services and incredible work you do to support carers!

If you have 5 minutes…

Add Carers Week activities to the website

Are you running an activity during Carers Week? Add it to the Carers Week website.

Whether your activity is online, or you are running a face-to-face event, make sure everyone knows how to get involved.

If you have 10 minutes…

Promote Carers Week online

Use Carers Week 2022 as an opportunity to share the experiences of older carers and to promote your services and events for carers.

Use these graphics featuring statistics about older carers to highlight the experience of older carers in the UK.

Use your social media accounts to highlight your carers services and to promote any events you might be delivering during the week. You can also find template Facebook and Twitter posts, focusing on older carers and to promote your services, here.

You can also find official Carers Week graphics and resources for download here.

If you have longer…

Send a letter to editor

Use this template letter to editor to write to your local newspaper and highlight the experiences of carers and the need for a proper recovery and respite plan to ensure they get the breaks they need.

Your local newspaper may have a long lead-in time, so try and submit the letter as soon as possible, but be clear the letter is for publication during Carers Week (6th – 12th June). The letter is embargoed until 00:01 on 6th June.

Storytellers

Do you know any carers or older people who are supported by an unpaid carer who would be willing to share their story? Please let us know if you know any possible storytellers and if they would be willing to provide a quote for your Carers Week promotion.

Get in touch!

We will have more materials to share with you once the Carers Week report is ready to be published. In the meantime, if you have any queries, please contact luke.pilot@ageuk.org.uk.

Age UK Campaigns Calendar – Second Quarter 2022

Age UK’s External Affairs Team has compiled a campaigns calendar with details on influencing work Age UK will be focusing on in the second quarter of 2022 – including how local partners can get involved.

The second quarterly campaigns calendar from the Age UK External Affairs team is now available below! Covering the months from April to June, the calendar includes details on key Age UK campaigns, including the cost of living campaign ‘It Doesn’t Add Up’ which follows on from the recent Cost of Cold campaign.

The calendar also includes details on the multiple awareness days and weeks coming up over the summer, including Carers Week and Loneliness Awareness Week. Please keep an eye out for how Age UK will be marking these occasions, including providing resources to use at your local Age UK.

As ever, we deeply appreciate your support and look forward to continuing to campaign alongside you!

We hope this will be a helpful tool for you when planning your activities over the next few months. If you have any feedback or queries, or would like to discuss any of these campaigns or support influencing locally, please get in touch with Luke Pilot via luke.pilot@ageuk.org.uk.

The Calendar is available to view and download below:

Carers Week 2021 | “Break or Breakdown” Research

As Carers Week continues, read the latest research on carers from the Age UK Blog and download a campaign pack of resources to help you get involved.

Since the start of the pandemic, 72% of carers have not been able to have any breaks from their caring role. You can read more of the latest research on carers on the Age UK blog. We’ve also put together a pack of resources below to help you show your support for carers this Carers Week – including social media templates, a letter to the editor and more – so please do get involved if you have time.

The last year has been incredibly difficult for carers and it’s clear to all of us that they deserve more recognition and better support. Carers Week is a great chance for us to come together and make that case so please do get involved. This year will focus particularly on respite for carers, and we’ll be calling for the Government to provide much needed respite funding. The week is also a good opportunity to promote the fantastic services many of you offer to support carers in your area.

There are lots of ways you can get involved. The Friday in particular will be dedicated to older carers, so we’ve put together a letter to the editor and some social media content for use on that day. Find more detail below and resources and templates here.

What can you do?

If you have 10 minutes:

Post about carers week on your social media channels.

Carers Week is a great time to share your resources for carers, highlight your services and promote the voices of carers on your social media channels.

If you’d like template posts for your Twitter and Facebook channels during the week, we’ve put some together that you can download here.

To go alongside your posts, we’ve put together some creatives and graphics, which you can download here. We have also made graphics using our latest statistics on older carers, which will be embargoed until 00:01 Friday 11th June. You can download these here, but please do not share them before this date.

You can also share the official Carers Week graphics, which you can find here.

If you have 15 minutes:

Send this template letter to the editor to your local paper. You can download the letter here.

Placing a piece in your local paper about Carers Week is a great way to raise awareness for carers. We know MPs read their local papers, so this is a chance to get carers on their agenda too, whilst raising your own profile as a local charity.

We’ve drafted the letter to the editor using our latest research on older carers. Please note that it is embargoed until 00:01 Friday 11th June, so please leave the embargo on the letter when you send it and make sure the paper is aware.

Breaks campaign

The Carers Week breaks campaign is calling on the UK government to increase funding for carers’ breaks by £1.2 billion, through an additional £50/week paid directly to carers.

You can get involved by writing to your MP through the e-action on the Carers Week website, which you can find here, and asking them to raise the need for better breaks support in Parliament. Please also feel free to share this action with your service users.

You can also download the Carers Week report Breaks or Breakdown from the Carers Week website. The report looks at the lack of respite for so many carers this year. The report’s key findings are as follows, which you may want to use in press releases or on social media:

  • 72 per cent of carers have not had any breaks in the pandemic
  • Almost two thirds of carers (63 per cent) are worried about continuing to care without a break
  • Over a third of carers (35 per cent) say they feel unable to manage their caring role
  • 74% of carers are exhausted as a result of caring
  • 65% of carers feel lonely and isolated
  • 71% or carers are stressed and anxious

You can also read and share this article on the Age UK blog which considers the consequence the lack of breaks has had for carers like Elaine, and outlines what the Government needs to do to ensure carers can take proper breaks.

If you have any other questions about the actions listed above or would like support getting involved, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can email me at Rhianon.Steeds@ageuk.org.uk.

Carers Week 2021 | 7 – 11 June

Carers Week is finally here! Find out how you can get involved with the guidance and resources below.

Carers Week has finally arrived! The last year has been incredibly difficult for carers so this is a great chance for us to come together and call for better support for carers. We’ve put together a pack of resources for you below – including template tweets, a letter to the editor and more – so please do get involved if you have time.

The last year has made clear that carers deserve more recognition and better support. Carers Week is a great chance for us to come together and make that case. This year will focus particularly on respite for carers, and we’ll be calling for the Government to provide much needed respite funding. The week is also a good opportunity to promote the fantastic services many of you offer to support carers in your area.

There are lots of ways you can get involved. The Friday in particular will be dedicated to older carers, so we’ve put together a letter to the editor and some social media content for use on that day. Find more detail below and resources and templates here.

What can you do?

If you have 5 minutes:

Pledge your support for carers on the Carers Week website: http://www.carersweek.org/pledge-your-support

If you have 10 minutes:

Post about carers week on your social media channels.

Carers Week is a great time to share your resources for carers, highlight your services and promote the voices of carers on your social media channels.

If you’d like template posts for your Twitter and Facebook channels during the week, we’ve put some together that you can download here.

To go alongside your posts, we’ve put together some creatives and graphics, which you can download here. We have also made graphics using our latest statistics on older carers, which will be embargoed until 00:01 Friday 11th June. You can download these here, but please do not share them before this date.

You can also share the official Carers Week graphics, which you can find here.

If you have 15 minutes:

Send this template letter to the editor to your local paper. You can download the letter here.

Placing a piece in your local paper about Carers Week is a great way to raise awareness for carers. We know MPs read their local papers, so this is a chance to get carers on their agenda too, whilst raising your own profile as a local charity.

We’ve drafted the letter to the editor using our latest research on older carers. Please note that it is embargoed until 00:01 Friday 11th June, so please leave the embargo on the letter when you send it and make sure the paper is aware.

Breaks campaign

The Carers Week breaks campaign is calling on the UK government to increase funding for carers’ breaks by £1.2 billion, through an additional £50/week paid directly to carers.

You can get involved by writing to your MP through the e-action on the Carers Week website, which you can find here, and asking them to raise the need for better breaks support in Parliament. Please also feel free to share this action with your service users.

If you have any other questions about the actions listed above or would like support getting involved, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can email me at Rhianon.Steeds@ageuk.org.uk.

Carers Week Resource Pack | 7 – 11 June 2021

Age UK’s Campaigns Team have put together a resource pack for this year’s Carers Week. Find out how you can get involved.

Carers Week will run from 7 – 11 June 2021. It’s an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and pave the way for policy makers to provide greater support for carers in the long term. We’ve put together a pack of resources for you to start getting involved now. Read on to find out more.

The last year has been incredibly difficult for carers and it’s clear to all of us that they deserve more recognition and better support. Carers Week is a great chance for us to come together and make that case so please do get involved. This year will focus particularly on respite for carers, and we’ll be calling for the Government to provide much needed respite funding. The week is also a good opportunity to promote the fantastic services many of you offer to support carers in your area.

There are lots of ways you can get involved, both now and in the week itself. The Friday in particular will be dedicated to older carers, so we’ve put together a letter to the editor and some social media content for use on that day. Find more detail below:

What can you do now?

If you have 5 minutes:

Pledge your support for carers on the Carers Week website.

If you have half a day:

Organise an activity to take place during Carers Week to make carers feel visible and valued. For instance, you might hold an online coffee morning. You can find ideas for different activities in this guide.

If you are organising an activity, please list it on the Carers Week website here and let us know. If you already hold this type of event as part of your regular programming, please do list it.

What can you do during Carers Week?

In the week itself, we’d love you to get involved by writing to your local paper and posting about Carers Week on your social media. We’ve put together the following resources and templates if you’d like to use them.

Letter to the editor

Placing a piece in your local paper about Carers Week is a great way to raise awareness for carers. We know MPs read their local papers, so this is a chance to get carers on their agenda too, whilst raising your own profile as a local charity.

We’ve drafted a template letter to the editor using our latest research on older carers for you to send to your local paper. Please note that it is embargoed until 00:01 Friday 11th June, so please leave the embargo on the letter when you send it and make sure the paper is aware.

You can download the letter here.

Social media templates

Carers Week is a great time to share your resources for carers, highlight your services and promote the voices of carers on your social media channels.

If you’d like template posts for your Twitter and Facebook channels during the week, you can download some here.

To go alongside your posts, we’ve put together some creatives and graphics, which you can download here. We have also made graphics using our latest statistics on older carers, which will be embargoed until 00:01 Friday 11th June. You can download these here, but please do not share them before this date.

You can also share the official Carers Week graphics, which you can find here.

Breaks campaign

The Carers Week breaks campaign will be launching on Wednesday 12th May.

The campaign calls on the UK government to increase funding for carers’ breaks by £1.2 billion, through an additional £50/week paid directly to carers. An action will be added to the Carers Week website so please keep an eye out.  

We’ll be in touch with more information and resources when we receive them from Carers UK.

If you have any other questions about the actions listed above or would like support getting involved, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can email me at Rhianon.Steeds@ageuk.org.uk.

Carers Week Survey

Carers UK have launched a survey into carers’ experiences during the pandemic. Find out more, including some suggested copy for sharing on social media.

Ahead of Carers Week in June, Age UK’s Campaigns Team want to help build a better picture of carers’ experiences during the pandemic. Carers UK have launched a survey to do just that and, if you have time, we’d be very grateful if you could share it on your social media channels before 25th April. You can use/adapt the suggested copy below or retweet the Age UK Campaigns Twitter account. Thank you for your help!

Are you a #carer? Do you know someone who is? We’d love your help.

@CarersUK has launched a survey to better understand carers’ experiences of health services, support services and breaks.

Fill it in now & help us build a picture of caring during Covid: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/2WHRQGK

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