Still time to apply for Digital Inclusion Funding Opportunities

A final reminder that we have three exciting digital inclusion funding opportunities still open for applications, with two Tablet Loan Schemes and a Digital Champions programme now live. Find all the details here.

There is still time to apply for our three new funding opportunities for upcoming digital inclusion programmes before the closing time of 12pm Wednesday 29th September. The funding opportunities include two Tablet Loan Schemes funded by Dixons Carphone and Vodafone respectively, along with a Digital Champions programme also funded by Vodafone. The Dixons Carphone funding is available to Brand Partners in England and both Vodafone opportunities are available for Partners in England and Wales. 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. Digital inclusion is about making sure that people have the capability to use the internet to do things that benefit them day-to-day. It is defined in terms of digital skills, digital connectivity and digital accessibility. These new programme opportunities will each address the different aspects of digital inclusion.

Tablet Loan Schemes

We have two Tablet Loan Scheme funding opportunities available, funded by Dixons Carphone and Vodafone respectively. These programme opportunities will begin delivery in November 2021, and will provide participating partners with gifted technology to support the delivery of a Tablet Loan Scheme locally, as well as a small grant to support the coordination of delivery and collection and sharing of programme data. The two funding opportunities differ in terms of the delivery period and the partners they are available to, so please do read the relevant Programme Guidance available on the Loop before applying to ensure your organisation are eligible.

For more information on these opportunities, please click below:

These funding opportunities close on 12pm Wednesday 29th September.

Digital Champion Programme

We also have a new funding opportunity for partners in England and Wales to apply for funding to support the delivery of a six-month Digital Champion programme in their area, recruiting and training staff and volunteer Digital Champions to inspire older people to get online, and spend some time showing them how. This programme is funded by Vodafone and will begin delivery in November 2021.

For more information on this opportunity, please click here.

This funding opportunity closes 12pm Wednesday 29th September.

Contact

If you have any questions about any of these new opportunities, please get in touch with servicesdigital@ageuk.org.uk

Updated guidance for Vodafone Digital Champion funding opportunity

The Programme Guidance for the Vodafone Digital Champion funding has been updated, find full details here.

Following on from yesterday’s digital inclusion funding reminder, we have updated the guidance for the Vodafone Digital Champion programme to make clear that the programme activities and staff roles, are guidance only. The guidance details a model we have found to work well, but partners are welcome to submit applications with alternative ways of achieving the outcomes. All changes made to the guidance are highlighted in blue. For more information on this opportunity, and to view the guidance, please click here.

Please note: This funding opportunity closes 12pm Wednesday 29thSeptember.

If you have any questions about the guidance or the opportunity, please get in touch with servicesdigital@ageuk.org.uk

Two weeks left to apply for Digital Inclusion Funding Opportunities

We have three exciting digital inclusion funding opportunities still open for applications, with two Tablet Loan Schemes and a Digital Champions programme now live. Find all the details here.

There is still time to apply for our three new funding opportunities for upcoming digital inclusion programmes. This includes two Tablet Loan Schemes funded by Dixons Carphone and Vodafone respectively, along with a Digital Champions programme also funded by Vodafone. The Dixons Carphone funding is available to Brand Partners in England and both Vodafone opportunities are available for Partners in England and Wales. All three funding opportunities close on 12pm Wednesday 29th September, 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. Digital inclusion is about making sure that people have the capability to use the internet to do things that benefit them day-to-day. It is defined in terms of digital skills, digital connectivity and digital accessibility. These new programme opportunities will each address the different aspects of digital inclusion.

Tablet Loan Schemes

We have two Tablet Loan Scheme funding opportunities available, funded by Dixons Carphone and Vodafone respectively. These programme opportunities will begin delivery in November 2021, and will provide participating partners with gifted technology to support the delivery of a Tablet Loan Scheme locally, as well as a small grant to support the coordination of delivery and collection and sharing of programme data. The two funding opportunities differ in terms of the delivery period and the partners they are available to, so please do read the relevant Programme Guidance available on the Loop before applying to ensure your organisation are eligible.

For more information on these opportunities, please click below:

These funding opportunities close on 12pm Wednesday 29th September.

Digital Champion Programme

We also have a new funding opportunity for partners in England and Wales to apply for funding to support the delivery of a six-month Digital Champion programme in their area, recruiting and training staff and volunteer Digital Champions to inspire older people to get online, and spend some time showing them how. This programme is funded by Vodafone and will begin delivery in November 2021.

For more information on this opportunity, please click here.

This funding opportunity closes 12pm Wednesday 29th September.

Contact

If you have any questions about any of these new opportunities, please get in touch with servicesdigital@ageuk.org.uk

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.

Physical Activity Digital Marketing Hub

CIMPSA and Sport England are launching a new ‘Digital Marketing Hub’ on September 14th, with a wealth of on demand content including expert-led video lessons, toolkits, templates, webinars and walkthroughs.

CIMPSA and Sport England have developed a ‘Digital Marketing Hub’, a new resource to help sports clubs, groups and larger organisations use digital marketing to encourage more people to be physically active. It contains a wealth of resources including expert-led video lessons, toolkits, templates, webinars and walkthroughs. All of the content is on-demand, meaning participants can curate their own training, scheduling and focus on the areas most valuable to them. The Hub will launch on September 14th with a webinar hosted by BT Sport presenter Jake Humphrey. Full details can be found here.

Three new Digital Inclusion Funding Opportunities now live

We have three exciting digital inclusion funding opportunities to share, with two Tablet Loan Schemes and a Digital Champions programme now live. Find all the details here.

We are pleased to announce three new funding opportunities to take part in upcoming digital inclusion programmes. This includes two Tablet Loan Schemes funded by Dixons Carphone and Vodafone respectively, along with a Digital Champions programme also funded by Vodafone. The Dixons Carphone funding is available to Brand Partners in England and both Vodafone opportunities are available for Partners in England and Wales. All three funding opportunities close on 12pm Wednesday 29th September, 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. Digital inclusion is about making sure that people have the capability to use the internet to do things that benefit them day-to-day. It is defined in terms of digital skills, digital connectivity and digital accessibility. These new programme opportunities will each address the different aspects of digital inclusion.

Tablet Loan Schemes

We have two Tablet Loan Scheme funding opportunities available, funded by Dixons Carphone and Vodafone respectively. These programme opportunities will begin delivery in November 2021, and will provide participating partners with gifted technology to support the delivery of a Tablet Loan Scheme locally, as well as a small grant to support the coordination of delivery and collection and sharing of programme data. The two funding opportunities differ in terms of the delivery period and the partners they are available to, so please do read the relevant Programme Guidance available on the Loop before applying to ensure your organisation are eligible.

For more information on these opportunities, please click below:

These funding opportunities close on 12pm Wednesday 29th September.

Digital Champion Programme

We also have a new funding opportunity for partners in England and Wales to apply for funding to support the delivery of a six-month Digital Champion programme in their area, recruiting and training staff and volunteer Digital Champions to inspire older people to get online, and spend some time showing them how. This programme is funded by Vodafone and will begin delivery in November 2021.

For more information on this opportunity, please click here.

This funding opportunity closes 12pm Wednesday 29th September.

Contact

If you have any questions about any of these new opportunities, please get in touch with servicesdigital@ageuk.org.uk

Brand Partner Portal update: A summary of the 3 webinars and a reminder to sign up for the rollout

This Brand Partner Portal update gives a summary of our three recently held webinars, along with their recordings, and explains how you can prepare for the upcoming rollout.

We recently held 3 comprehensive webinars for Age UK Partners to find out how you will use the Brand Partner Portal, how it integrates into your websites, and what you need to do in preparing for your upcoming rollout. If you haven’t already, we encourage you to request your login details and sign up to your preferred rollout window. Read on to see what we covered in each webinar, watch the recordings, and find out how you can sign up to your preferred rollout window.

First Webinar – Introduction to the Brand Partner Portal

In this first webinar, the team demonstrated the portal, talked you through each stage of the onboarding process and the individual website deployments across the network.

What was covered?
  • Introduction
  • Current Status of the websites
  • The Tool – Brand Partner Portal
  • Outcome – Integrated websites
  • Rollout process
  • Next steps
  • Resources and support available
  • Q&A

Second Webinar – The Step-by-Step Journey of Using the Portal

At the second webinar, we refreshed on the first webinar and the integration of your current website with the portal, demonstrated the journey of using the portal, and allowed ample time for questions which were all answered before conclusion.

What was covered?
  • Introduction
  • Step-by-step journey for information entry
  • Other Portal areas
    1. I&A Integration
    2. Quality Assurance Framework
  • Q&A

Third Webinar – Rationalising your Data ready for the Portal

At the recent third and final webinar before the rollout, we focused on providing you with all the resources and information for your deployment process. There was an outline and introduction to all the teams you will work with at each part of the deployment process.

What was covered?
  • Introduction 
  • Process
    • Portal Access (User Logins & Sprint Window Selection)
    • Content (Content Check, Amendments & Sign-off)
    • Website (Portal/ Website Integration – Live)
  • Resources
  • Next Steps
  • Q&A

What to do now

To get your Brand Partner Portal access, please email portalaccess@ageuk.org.uk to get a log in and sign up to one of the 4 Sprint windows for the Portal (below).

These 4 rollout windows will run:
  • September 2021 – October 2021
  • December 2021 – January 2022
  • March 2022 – April 2022
  • June 2022 – July 2022

Guides and Resources

The Digital Hub is the home for all the guidance and information on using the portal and website, we will continue updating it to make it relevant to your needs.

Age UK Digital Inclusion Support Service Specification

The Age UK Digital Inclusion Support Service Specification is now available for you to download. Find out all about the new specification here.

We’re pleased to publish the Age UK Digital Inclusion Support Service Specification. This specification provides guidance and direction for the implementation of a new (or the development of an existing) Digital Inclusion support service model. It is designed to help Partners identify and understand the key activities and processes that need to be undertaken in relation to a Digital Inclusion support service, to ensure that it is of a high quality and can be delivered safely, effectively, and sustainably. It is one possible service specification and is not designed to exclude all other models and specifications.

Insights gathered from both the Digital Inclusion Service Development Group and Community of Interest, alongside Age UK’s learnings from the delivery of grant funded programmes, fed into the development of the Digital Inclusion Service Specification.

The Digital Inclusion Service Development Group and Community of Interest were set up in October 2020 in response to an increased interest in, and demand for, guidance regarding the delivery of Digital Inclusion support services across the Age UK Network. The groups met between November 2020 – January 2021 to understand how the Network defines digital inclusion services, and the needs of the Network to ensure effective repurposing and development of digital inclusion services moving forward.

If you are interested in joining the continued conversation about Digital Inclusion, you can also join the Age UK Digital Inclusion Network by getting in touch at servicesdigital@ageuk.org.uk

If you have any questions about the Digital Inclusion Service Specification, please email servicesdigital@ageuk.org.uk

Click below to download the Age UK Digital Inclusion Support Service Specification:

Age UK Digital Inclusion Network – August Meeting and Teams Group

Find out how to join the Age UK Digital Inclusion Network, including the Microsoft Teams group and their upcoming meeting on Tuesday 17th August.

Currently standing at over 50 members, the Age UK Digital Inclusion Network hopes to promote network learning and the development of Digital Inclusion support services for older people, through bi-monthly network meetings and a Microsoft Teams group, where partners can share knowledge and troubleshoot. Our next Digital Inclusion Network meeting takes place on Tuesday 17th August from 10:00-11:30am and will focus on fundraising for your digital inclusion services. Find out full details below, including how to sign up for the Digital Inclusion Network, the Teams Group, and the next meeting.

Both the Teams group and the network meetings are open to staff representatives who are responsible for overseeing the development and/or delivery of their local Digital Inclusion support services. You don’t need to be an expert to join, but you do need to be passionate about the importance of digital skills support for older people. The group will be joined, and meetings attended, by network partners who might just be starting out, those who have been delivering these services recently during the pandemic, and those who have a long history of delivery of Digital Inclusion support services.

We’ve already had our first Digital Inclusion Network meeting, but we’re keen to make these available to as many teams across the network as possible. Our next Digital Inclusion Network meeting will focus on fundraising for your digital inclusion services, and will take place on Tuesday 17th August 10:00-11:30am. The meetings are co-facilitated by Age UK and network representatives. By joining the Microsoft Teams group for the Digital Inclusion Network, you will also receive access to the bi-monthly meeting invites which will be hosted on Teams.

If you would like to join the Digital Inclusion Network, want to sign up for our next meeting, or have any questions about getting involved, please email servicesdigital@ageuk.org.uk with your local Age UK/Cymru name and role.

Think Digital Programme – Phase 2 Evaluation Report

The evaluation report from the second stage of the Think Digital Programme is now available for you to download.

We’re pleased to publish the Think Digital Phase 2 Evaluation Report, written by Imogen Blood Associates. This second stage of the Santander-funded digital inclusion programme saw the continued delivery of the Digital Champion remote digital support programme with five local Age UK/Age Cymrus. This evaluation looked at the long-term ways in which engagement with the programme impacted an older person’s day-to-day life, and whether it facilitate their continued use of digital.

You can read the full reports and executive summaries of both Phase 1 and Phase 2 on the Think Digital page here. If you have any questions about this programme or the report specifically please get in touch with servicesdigital@ageuk.org.uk