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.

Reminder: Digital Exclusion Survey – Blue Badges & Other Council Services

A reminder that the Digital Exclusion survey from Age UK’s Campaigns Team is open until Friday 23rd September. Find out full details, including how to complete the survey.

This is a quick reminder that Age UK’s Campaigns Team are running a short survey to learn how digital-only and digital-first methods for accessing local council services are disproportionately impacting older people and how local Age UKs are supporting them. Find out full details, including how to access the survey, below. The survey is open until Friday 23rd September.

Age UK’s Campaigns Team have been hearing that digital-only and digital-first methods for accessing local council services are disproportionately impacting older people. This is making it harder for older people who do not have access to the internet or are not confident online, to apply for Blue Badges and access other important services provided by their local council.

We’re keen to learn more about how widespread this issue is becoming, how local Age UKs are supporting older people experiencing digital exclusion, and how Age UK can respond nationally.

If you have time, we’d love to hear from your organisation via our short survey. The survey is open until Friday 23rd September.

If you have any questions, please contact Eorann Lean.

The Digital Champion Programme has Launched!

Our largest ever Digital Champion Programme has launched! Find out all the details of the programme, including how your organisation can get involved.

We’re delighted to announce that our largest ever Digital Champion Programme has launched! This programme will see 50 local Age UKs and Age Cymrus deliver vital digital inclusion services between June 2022 and November 2025. Find out full details below, including details of the Age UK Digital Inclusion Network, which all Age UKs are welcome to join.

We’d like to congratulate the 25 local Age UKs who will form Cohort 1 of the Digital Champion Programme which started on 1 June and will deliver for 18 months.

If your Age UK would like to get involved in Cohort 2, then do keep your eyes peeled towards the start of 2024 for the next round of applications, when we’ll have a further 25 grants available.

The importance of Digital Inclusion

As you know, essential services, such as banking, tax, shopping and health services are increasingly becoming ‘digital first’. The Covid-19 pandemic has compounded our reliance on digital as it has changed the way we work, socialise and participate in further learning, exercise or hobbies. Older people who do not have access to the internet are now at increased risk of missing out.

How digital exclusion disproportionately impacts older people:

  • Age is the biggest indicator of being digitally excluded, with the risk of being digitally excluded increasing with age.
  • Almost 5 million people over the age of 55 are not online.
  • 79% of older people who would like to use the internet more say a lack of skills is the thing holding them back.

What is the Digital Champion Programme?

The Digital Champion Programme will primarily address digital skills support, and provision of relevant technology and connectivity.

The Programme aims to tackle digital exclusion by:

  • Embedding volunteer Digital Champions into local Age UKs frontline services
  • Providing ongoing support for older people, and high-risk older people[1], to increase and improve their digital skills
  • Provision of loan technology to those older people without access.

This model of delivery has been tried and tested by Age UK through previous programmes: One Digital and Think Digital.

What are the benefits for older people and volunteers?

We know from previous delivery that the model achieves positive outcomes across the board for older people, volunteers, and local Age UKs. Based on evaluations of the service model over the past five years, we expect to see the following programme outcomes:

  1. Older people will feel more inspired and more motivated to get online.
  2. Older people will develop digital skills and confidence and gain longer-term access to technology equipment.
  3. Older people will feel less isolated and more socially connected.
  4. Volunteer Digital Champions will benefit from increased confidence and skills.
  5. Local Age UK brand partners will be better equipped to provide a wide range of high-quality digital support to a greater number of older people, future proofing delivery potential.

Hear about Ray and Lloyds experiences as part of the Digital Champion Programme here: www.ageuk.org.uk/digital-champions

Join the Age UK Digital Inclusion Network

Whether you’re delivering this programme or not, you are welcome to join the Age UK Digital Inclusion Network where you’ll have access to the Knowledge Hub, Question & Answers, and Network meetings, which include guest speakers and structured discussion around key digital inclusion topics. This Network is for anyone who is already delivering or interested in delivering digital inclusion activities with older people. We encourage members to co-facilitate Network meetings, feed into the Knowledge Hub, and help answer members’ burning questions!

You can join the Age UK Digital Inclusion Network by emailing us at servicesdigital@ageuk.org.uk.

Want to know more?

Join the Age UK Digital Inclusion Network and find out more about Age UK’s digital inclusion services by emailing us at servicesdigital@ageuk.org.uk

Project webpage: www.ageuk.org.uk/digital-champions


Footnotes

[1] We know that some older people are more at risk than others when it comes to digital exclusion, and therefore want to focus some delivery within this programme on supporting those older people at high risk of being digitally excluded. Key risk indicators include, but are not limited to, older people: On lower incomes; Who are of an older age (75+); Who are living alone; With mobility challenges; With problems with memory or ability to concentrate; Who are from an ethnic minority group; Who are LGBTQ+.


Digital Exclusion Survey – Blue Badges & Other Council Services

Age UK’s Campaigns Team are keen to hear from local Age UKs about the ways that digital methods for accessing local council services are impacting older people.

Age UK’s Campaigns Team are running a short survey to learn how digital-only and digital-first methods for accessing local council services are disproportionately impacting older people and how local Age UKs are supporting them. Find out full details, including how to access the survey, below.

Age UK’s Campaigns Team have been hearing that digital-only and digital-first methods for accessing local council services are disproportionately impacting older people. This is making it harder for older people who do not have access to the internet or are not confident online, to apply for Blue Badges and access other important services provided by their local council.

We’re keen to learn more about how widespread this issue is becoming, how local Age UKs are supporting older people experiencing digital exclusion, and how Age UK can respond nationally.

If you have time, we’d love to hear from your organisation via our short survey.

If you have any questions, please contact Luke Pilot.

Digital Champion Programme – One week left to submit funding applications

A quick reminder that funding applications for our Digital Champion Programme are open until midday on May 4th 2022. Find out all the details on how to apply.

This is a quick reminder that applications for the Digital Champion funding opportunity are live until 12pm on 4th May 2022. Click here to find out more, including how to apply. Please note: The end date for Cohort 1 of this programme is 30th November 2023, not December 2023 as originally stated in some of the supporting documents provided on the loop. These documents have now been updated to reflect this.

About the Programme

The Digital Champion programme will support local brand partners to deliver digital inclusion services with older people in areas of high digital exclusion across England and Wales, and to transform the delivery of digital skills support to ensure that we can reach and support those people that need it most. The programme will involve local brand partners recruiting and training volunteer Digital Champions; delivering awareness raising activities to motivate and inspire older people to get involved; provide technology on a loan basis to older people without access; and deliver skills support sessions to improve the confidence and skills of older people so that they can benefit from being online.

Supporting older people most at risk of digital exclusion

As part of this programme, we will also support local brand partners who want to focus their delivery on supporting a high-risk group to get online. Whilst the core elements of the programme will largely remain the same, adaptations will likely need to be made to the programme model, and expectations will be amended to reflect the higher intensity support that will be required. By focussing some of the delivery of this programme on supporting high-risk groups, we will reach those older people most in need, and gain a better understanding about how the service works, and to guide service development to ensure it remains as impactful and accessible as possible.

Next Steps

The Digital Champion Programme will be delivered across two cohorts of 25 partners, with cohort 1 (this opportunity) commencing in June 2022, and cohort 2 in March 2024. Each partner will receive up to £72,000 over 18 months to deliver the programme in their local area, including set-up time.

Please note: the funding and delivery period remains the same for partners who apply to deliver the programme with older people generally, and for those who apply to focus their delivery on a high-risk group. Expected reach will differ accordingly.

For more information on this opportunity and to apply, please click below:

This funding opportunity closes 12pm 4th May 2022.

If you have any questions about this new opportunity, please get in touch with servicesdigital@ageuk.org.uk. If you are having trouble accessing the link above, please contact theloop@ageuk.org.uk.

Reminder: Digital Champion Programme – Funding Applications now open!

A quick reminder that funding applications for our Digital Champion Programme are open until midday on May 4th 2022. Find out all the details on how to apply.

This is a quick reminder that applications for the Digital Champion funding opportunity are live until 12pm on 4th May 2022. The programme will support local brand partners to deliver digital inclusion services in areas of high digital exclusion across England and Wales, and to transform the delivery of digital skills support so that we can reach and support those people that need it most. Read on to find out more, including how to apply.

Although the number of older people who are digitally connected continues to rise, there are still around 5 million people over the age of 55 who are not online. We live in an increasingly online world, with many key services moving to become ‘digital first’, and while many older people have embraced digital technology, there are others who are less confident who are at risk of being left behind.

About the Programme

The Digital Champion programme will support local brand partners to deliver digital inclusion services with older people in areas of high digital exclusion across England and Wales, and to transform the delivery of digital skills support to ensure that we can reach and support those people that need it most. The programme will involve local brand partners recruiting and training volunteer Digital Champions; delivering awareness raising activities to motivate and inspire older people to get involved; provide technology on a loan basis to older people without access; and deliver skills support sessions to improve the confidence and skills of older people so that they can benefit from being online.

Supporting older people most at risk of digital exclusion

As part of this programme, we will also support local brand partners who want to focus their delivery on supporting a high-risk group to get online. Whilst the core elements of the programme will largely remain the same, adaptations will likely need to be made to the programme model, and expectations will be amended to reflect the higher intensity support that will be required. By focussing some of the delivery of this programme on supporting high-risk groups, we will reach those older people most in need, and gain a better understanding about how the service works, and to guide service development to ensure it remains as impactful and accessible as possible.

Next Steps

The Digital Champion Programme will be delivered across two cohorts of 25 partners, with cohort 1 (this opportunity) commencing in June 2022, and cohort 2 in March 2024. Each partner will receive up to £72,000 over 18 months to deliver the programme in their local area, including set-up time.

Please note: the funding and delivery period remains the same for partners who apply to deliver the programme with older people generally, and for those who apply to focus their delivery on a high-risk group. Expected reach will differ accordingly.

For more information on this opportunity and to apply, please click below:

This funding opportunity closes 12pm 4th May 2022.

If you have any questions about this new opportunity, please get in touch with servicesdigital@ageuk.org.uk. If you are having trouble accessing the link above, please contact theloop@ageuk.org.uk.

New Digital Inclusion Funding Opportunity – Applications now open!

Funding applications for our new Digital Champion Programme are now open until midday on May 4th 2022. Find out all the details on how to apply.

We recently messaged to announce a new funding opportunity to take part in our upcoming Digital Champion programme. We’re pleased to announce that this funding opportunity is now live until 12pm on 4th May 2022. The Digital Champion programme will support local brand partners to deliver digital inclusion services in areas of high digital exclusion across England and Wales, and to transform the delivery of digital skills support so that we can reach and support those people that need it most. Read on to find out more, including how to apply.

Although the number of older people who are digitally connected continues to rise, there are still around 5 million people over the age of 55 who are not online. We live in an increasingly online world, with many key services moving to become ‘digital first’, and while many older people have embraced digital technology, there are others who are less confident who are at risk of being left behind.

About the Programme

The Digital Champion programme will support local brand partners to deliver digital inclusion services with older people in areas of high digital exclusion across England and Wales, and to transform the delivery of digital skills support to ensure that we can reach and support those people that need it most. The programme will involve local brand partners recruiting and training volunteer Digital Champions; delivering awareness raising activities to motivate and inspire older people to get involved; provide technology on a loan basis to older people without access; and deliver skills support sessions to improve the confidence and skills of older people so that they can benefit from being online.

Supporting older people most at risk of digital exclusion

As part of this programme, we will also support local brand partners who want to focus their delivery on supporting a high-risk group to get online. Whilst the core elements of the programme will largely remain the same, adaptations will likely need to be made to the programme model, and expectations will be amended to reflect the higher intensity support that will be required. By focussing some of the delivery of this programme on supporting high-risk groups, we will reach those older people most in need, and gain a better understanding about how the service works, and to guide service development to ensure it remains as impactful and accessible as possible.

Next Steps

The Digital Champion Programme will be delivered across two cohorts of 25 partners, with cohort 1 (this opportunity) commencing in June 2022, and cohort 2 in March 2024. Each partner will receive up to £72,000 over 18 months to deliver the programme in their local area, including set-up time.

Please note: the funding and delivery period remains the same for partners who apply to deliver the programme with older people generally, and for those who apply to focus their delivery on a high-risk group. Expected reach will differ accordingly.

For more information on this opportunity and to apply, please click below:

This funding opportunity closes 12pm 4th May 2022.

If you have any questions about this new opportunity, please get in touch with servicesdigital@ageuk.org.uk. If you are having trouble accessing the link above, please contact theloop@ageuk.org.uk.