Vodafone charities.connected free data sim opportunity

Find out all about Vodafone’s new charities.connected initiative to help address issues surrounding data poverty.

Vodafone has launched an initiative called “charities.connected”, whereby any non-profit in the UK can apply for free connectivity to help the individuals and families they support get online, to help address issues surrounding data poverty. Registered charities can apply for the free connectivity, in the form of SIM cards with 20GB of data, plus free calls and texts every month for six months. To find out more on how to apply, please click here.

Please note: Age UK have also recently launched the Vodafone ‘Connected Age’ Tablet Loan Scheme Programme which will also provide connectivity. We are pleased to inform you that we have had confirmation from Vodafone that partners can apply to both schemes should they wish to. Submitting an application to charities.connected will not impact your application to the Vodafone ‘Connected Age’ opportunity.

For any questions or queries about Age UK’s ‘Connected Age’ programme, please contact: servicesdigital@ageuk.org.uk.

Reminder: Quarterly Partner Information Return available for completion by 31st July

A reminder that the deadline to submit the first Quarterly Partner Information Return is 31st July 2021.

This is a quick reminder that the deadline to complete the first Quarterly Partner Information Return is 31st July 2021 – thank you to all 57 Partners who have submitted your forms so far. The form you will need to complete covers the period 1st April 2021 – 30th June 2021 and is available here. View further details below, including a reference copy of the form and a data transparency statement.

What do I need to do?

We have previously posted about the move to a Quarterly Partner Information Return, which will replace the annual PIR format and the monthly assessments that were collected through 2020/21. 

Please complete this form by 31st July 2021. This form covers the period 1st April 2021 – 30th June 2021.

The reference copy to show how the form looks can be found below along with a Data Transparency Statement. If you have any questions please email: localstatistics@ageuk.org.uk.

Next Steps

As we get feedback from you, and following the first quarterly return, we will be developing the roadmap for the rest of the year. If you want to be involved in this development please email: localstatistics@ageuk.org.uk

July Finance Network Meeting – Book your place

A reminder that registration is now open for the next Finance Network Meeting on Wednesday 21st July. The primary topic of this meeting will be “Key Performance Indicators and Dashboards”.

A quick reminder that registration for the next Finance Network Meeting is now open! This virtual meeting will take place on Wednesday 21st July from 11:00 – 12:30 and will cover the topic “Key Performance Indicators and Dashboards”. Please click here to book your place*, and please note that registration will close at 7PM on Tuesday 20th July. If you need to book after this time, please email john.fox@ageuk.org.uk or david.chenery@ageuk.org.uk.

If you are unable to attend on the day but would like to receive a copy of the slides and access to a recording of the meeting , please still book onto the event. We fully appreciate that the timings are not always convenient for colleagues. That way you can ensure you receive them.

Key Performance Indicators and Dashboards – How to measure and present what really matters to your organisation

Mark Salway and Marcus Lees-Millais of Moore Kingston Smith LLP will be asking ‘Are you measuring what really matters to your organisation’?

They will be taking an in-depth look at what drives your organisation and how to present that information in a concise and understandable manner.

KPIs are something that are often talked about, like a buzzword, without ever really being examined in more depth. What are the drivers of your organisation, are you measuring those things that matter, and how do you measure those things? Intelligent use of your data has always been important but getting it right in the Coronavirus environment is critical.

A Dashboard should be a summary of the things that really matter to your organisation. This means blending both finance and impact. All too often we see dashboards and management information that are heavily finance focused without including impact when that is what we all exist for as charities.

This will be an interactive webinar with input and discussion from participants encouraged and will include survey questions to compare your organisation’s practices with those of the other participants.

Please click here to book your place.*

*Please note that you should read the privacy notice that Eventbrite provides. This describes how the your data will be used by the platform.

July Finance Network Meeting – Book your place

Registration is now open for the next Finance Network Meeting on Wednesday 21st July. The primary topic of this meeting will be “Key Performance Indicators and Dashboards”.

Registration for the next Finance Network Meeting is now open! This meeting will take place via Microsoft Teams on Wednesday 21st July from 11:00 – 12:30 and will cover the topic “Key Performance Indicators and Dashboards”. Mark Salway and Marcus Lees-Millais of Moore Kingston Smith LLP will give a presentation titled ‘Are you measuring what really matters to your organisation?’. Please click here to book your place, and please note that registration will close at 7PM on Tuesday 20th July. If you need to book after this time, please email john.fox@ageuk.org.uk or david.chenery@ageuk.org.uk.

If you are unable to attend on the day but would like to receive a copy of the slides and access to a recording of the meeting , please still book onto the event. We fully appreciate that the timings are not always convenient for colleagues. That way you can ensure you receive them.

Since January of this year, we have been delivering a series of Finance Network Meetings designed to support Brand Partners in their planning for the ‘new normal’ world post-pandemic. During our meetings so far, we have featured:

  • VAT arrangements,
  • forecasting and scenario planning,
  • Building Back Better – Opportunities, Risks and considerations for the recovery,
  • Reserves management,
  • Full Cost Recovery,
  • Changes to Audit requirements regards Going Concern assessments.

If you missed any of these meetings or would like to re-watch them, we have stored all the recordings here.

With all that internal focus under our belts, we now need to turn our focus outwards – how well are we telling the story of what we are doing to achieve our objects.

Key Performance Indicators and Dashboards – How to measure and present what really matters to your organisation

Mark Salway and Marcus Lees-Millais of Moore Kingston Smith LLP will be asking ‘Are you measuring what really matters to your organisation’?

They will be taking an in-depth look at what drives your organisation and how to present that information in a concise and understandable manner.

KPIs are something that are often talked about, like a buzzword, without ever really being examined in more depth. What are the drivers of your organisation, are you measuring those things that matter, and how do you measure those things? Intelligent use of your data has always been important but getting it right in the Coronavirus environment is critical.

A Dashboard should be a summary of the things that really matter to your organisation. This means blending both finance and impact. All too often we see dashboards and management information that are heavily finance focused without including impact when that is what we all exist for as charities.

This will be an interactive webinar with input and discussion from participants encouraged and will include survey questions to compare your organisation’s practices with those of the other participants.

Please click here to book your place.

Quarterly Partner Information Return now available for completion

The new Quarterly Partner Information Return is now available for you to complete and return by 31st July 2021.

We previously posted about the move to a Quarterly Partner Information Return, which will replace the annual PIR format and the monthly assessments that were collected through 2020/21. The form you will need to complete for the first Quarterly Partnership Information Return is now available here. This form covers the period 1st April 2021 – 30th June 2021 and the deadline for completion is 31st July 2021. View further details below, including a reference copy of the form and a data transparency statement.

What do I need to do?

Please complete this form by 31st July 2021. This form covers the period 1st April 2021 – 30th June 2021

The reference copy to show how the form looks can be found below along with a Data Transparency Statement. If you have any questions please email: localstatistics@ageuk.org.uk.

Next Steps

As we get feedback from you, and following the first quarterly return, we will be developing the roadmap for the rest of the year. If you want to be involved in this development please email: localstatistics@ageuk.org.uk

July Finance Network Meeting – Save the date

Please save the date of the next Finance Network Meeting on 21st July. The primary topic of this meeting will be “Key Performance Indicators and Dashboards”.

The next Finance Network Meeting will take place on Wednesday 21st July from 11:00 – 12:30, please save the date in your diaries and we will circulate the registration link next week. This meeting will cover the topic “Key Performance Indicators and Dashboards” and will feature a presentation from Mark Salway and Marcus Lees-Millais of Moore Kingston Smith LLP entitled ‘Are you measuring what really matters to your organisation?’ Full details of the upcoming meeting can be found below.

Since January of this year, we have been delivering a series of Finance Network Meetings designed to support Brand Partners in their planning for the ‘new normal’ world post-pandemic. During our meetings so far, we have featured:

  • VAT arrangements,
  • forecasting and scenario planning,
  • Building Back Better – Opportunities, Risks and considerations for the recovery,
  • Reserves management,
  • Full Cost Recovery,
  • Changes to Audit requirements regards Going Concern assessments.

If you missed any of these meetings or would like to re-watch them, we have stored all the recordings here.

With all that internal focus under our belts, we now need to turn our focus outwards – how well are we telling the story of what we are doing to achieve our objects.

Key Performance Indicators and Dashboards – How to measure and present what really matters to your organisation

Mark Salway and Marcus Lees-Millais of Moore Kingston Smith LLP will be asking ‘Are you measuring what really matters to your organisation’?

They will be taking an in-depth look at what drives your organisation and how to present that information in a concise and understandable manner.

KPIs are something that are often talked about, like a buzzword, without ever really being examined in more depth. What are the drivers of your organisation, are you measuring those things that matter, and how do you measure those things? Intelligent use of your data has always been important but getting it right in the Coronavirus environment is critical.

A Dashboard should be a summary of the things that really matter to your organisation. This means blending both finance and impact. All too often we see dashboards and management information that are heavily finance focused without including impact when that is what we all exist for as charities.

This will be an interactive webinar with input and discussion from participants encouraged and will include survey questions to compare your organisation’s practices with those of the other participants.

Please note the date in your calendars – Wednesday 21st July from 11:00 – 12:30. The link to the Eventbrite registration page will be circulated nearer the time.

Additional support newsletter from Stephens Scown

Stephens Scown have produced a newsletter to introduce the other services they offer to support the charity sector.

Stephens Scown, who offer the Age UK HR Express service, have put together a newsletter that describes the other areas of legal advice where they are able to offer support e.g. charity law, commercial real estate, business disputes, intellectual property and data protection. This support would be charged for. To find out more, please click here.

Quarterly Partner Information Return opens July 1st

A quick reminder that a new Quarterly Partner Information Return is replacing both the annual PIR and the monthly assessments that have taken place during the last year.

We previously wrote to you about the changes to the Partner Information Return, namely the decision to cancel the annual format and shift to a quarterly frequency. This Quarterly Partner Information Return will now replace the annual PIR format and the monthly assessments that were collected through 2020/21. This Quarterly PIR will initially collect data on two fields: the Number of Contacts and the Number of Individual People supported. The first quarterly period will cover 1st April 2021 – 30th June 2021 and the form will be available for completion from 1st July. Find out all the details, including what you need to do next below.

What do I need to do?

The link to the return (on Microsoft Forms) will be made available to you for completion from July 1st. We will share the link towards the end of June.

The reference copy to show how the assessment will look can be found below along with a Data Transparency Statement. If you have any questions please email: localstatistics@ageuk.org.uk

Next Steps

We will be sending reminders as we get closer to the return being available, and will share the link for completion towards the end of June. As we get feedback from you, and following the first quarterly return we will be developing the roadmap for the rest of the year. If you want to be involved in this development please email: localstatistics@ageuk.org.uk

Quarterly Partner Information Return

A new Quarterly Partner Information Return is replacing both the annual PIR and the monthly assessments that have taken place during the last year.

We previously wrote to you about the changes to the Partner Information Return, namely the decision to cancel the annual format and shift to a quarterly frequency. This Quarterly Partner Information Return will now replace the annual PIR format and the monthly assessments that were collected through 2020/21. This Quarterly PIR will initially collect data on two fields: the Number of Contacts and the Number of Individual People supported. The first quarterly period will cover 1st April 2021 – 30th June 2021 and the form will be available for completion from 1st July. Find out all the details, including what you need to do next below.

What do I need to do?

The link to the return (on Microsoft Forms) will be made available to you for completion from July 1st. We will share the link towards the end of June.

The reference copy to show how the assessment will look can be found below along with a Data Transparency Statement. If you have any questions please email: localstatistics@ageuk.org.uk

Next Steps

We will be sending reminders as we get closer to the return being available, and will share the link for completion towards the end of June. As we get feedback from you, and following the first quarterly return we will be developing the roadmap for the rest of the year. If you want to be involved in this development please email: localstatistics@ageuk.org.uk

Important Changes to the DBS Verification Process for local Age UKs

Local Age UKs need to make a change to the verification process for your DBS checks to make sure Age UK doesn’t receive confidential information about your employees and volunteers.

Age UK have been receiving some emails from GBG notifying us of the progress of DBS checks requested by local Age UKs. This means we receive personal, confidential information about your employees and volunteers which we shouldn’t have access to. To make sure that we don’t get these emails, the Disclosure Manager at your organisation will need to log in to the GBG system and change the verification process so that Age UK doesn’t get any notifications. An explanation of how to do this is linked below.

GBG have a number of User Guides available on the home page when you first log-in, these provide step-by-step instructions on most activities including how to change your Disclosure Manager and Verifier. If you have any questions, please contact: safeguardingteam@ageuk.org.uk.

Age UK have recently agreed our DBS policy and procedure, this provides clarity on our decision-making on the use of DBS, especially at Basic level where there is no set criteria on the roles this applies to. It also includes guidance on the required frequency of checks and how long personal data will be stored for. If you don’t have a DBS Policy and procedure, and would like to see a copy of the Age UK version as an example, please email safeguardingteam@ageuk.org.uk.