Safeguarding Knowledge Share – Upcoming Live Events

Age UK’s Safeguarding team are running 4 lunchtime drop-in sessions covering a variety of different topics associated with safeguarding.

Age UK’s Safeguarding team are running 4 lunchtime drop-in sessions aimed to enhance knowledge and understanding of different topics associated with safeguarding. These sessions are open to all Age UK Network staff and will be delivered live on Microsoft Teams. Each session will also be recorded so that you can view them later. Find out full details of each of the live events below. Please note: You don’t need to book your place at the events, just use the links provided below to join on the day. We will send reminders via Signpost ahead of these sessions too.

13:00-14:00 | Wednesday 2nd February | Safeguarding language

Do you know what an IMCA is? Who works in a MASH? What a section 42 enquiry is?

Working across different organisations can be tricky at the best of times, but when we all use different language and acronyms, it becomes harder still.

This session aims to help you learn more about the different terms used by partners working in social care and safeguarding.

Click here to join the event on the day.


13:00-14:00 | Wednesday 2nd March | Domestic Abuse Myths and Stereotypes

The Domestic Abuse Act came into force in 2021 and – despite this legislation encompassing victims and survivors of all genders, ages and sexualities – older survivors often go unrecognised.

This session will help to dispel some of the common myths surrounding the characteristics of primary victims and survivors of domestic abuse. We will highlight some of the work we are doing at Age UK to raise the profile of older people experiencing domestic abuse and the challenges they face.

Click here to join the event on the day.


13:00-14:00 | Wednesday 6th April | The role of the Local Authority

Are you confident in contacting a local authority and be able to speak with the team you need to?

Accessing social care teams can be tricky. If you’ve tried before, you’ll probably have already experienced being put through from a contact centre to a duty worker and then on to a case worker.

In this session we’ll help you to understand who does what and who to speak with to help you get the advice and action you need.

Click below to join the event on the day


13:00-14:00 | Wednesday 8th June | Understanding Mental Health

1 in 4 people experience a mental health problem each year in the UK.

It’s important that we understand what this means for those with mental ill health and what we can do to support them.

This session will provide some information to increase your knowledge, so that we are better equipped to understand and support our colleagues and beneficiaries who may be impacted. We will also discuss treatments and the support services available.

Click here to join the event on the day.


If you have any questions about any of these sessions, please contact: Carrie.bower@ageuk.org.uk.

Health Influencing Webinar: ‘Impact of Covid-19 on Older People – 3rd Wave Research Insights & Findings’

The next Health Influencing webinar will take place on Tuesday 18th January. This meeting will look at the impact of Covid-19 on older people, following the latest round of research.

The Health Influencing Team would like to invite the Age UK Network to an ‘Impact of Covid-19 on Older People – 3rd Wave Research Insights and Findings’ webinar being hosted on Tuesday 18th January at 10am-11.30am. The webinar will be an opportunity to hear all about the insights gathered from our latest round of research (the third in its series) on the impact of Covid-19 and how this has affected older people. Read on to find out more about the webinar, or email healthinfluencing@ageuk.org.uk to book your place.

The webinar will discuss findings from polling and survey results that were carried out in September 2021 and will cover a range of topics including: the impact of Covid on NHS services, physical and mental health, care support, providing care, loneliness, relationships, and general reflections on the pandemic. The webinar and research will allow us to share the voices of older people and help inform the network about some of the latest struggles and barriers being faced by older people.

If you would like to attend, please email healthinfluencing@ageuk.org.uk and we will add you to the event. Thank you!

New Updates on the Network Infrastructure Hub! 

Check out the latest updates to our infrastructure work on the Network Infrastructure Hub.

Check out the latest updates on the Network Infrastructure Programme, including: upcoming Charitylog user group sessions and the recently updated user guide; progress and plans for the implementation and development of the Salesforce solution; and the next TES Customer Day for the Microsoft Dynamics Business Central 365 finance system.

Age UK Financial Governance Virtual Masterclass Programme – One week left to apply!

There’s one week left to apply for the upcoming Virtual Financial Governance Masterclass Programme! Find full details here.

A quick reminder that applications close on 30th November for the Financial Governance Masterclass Programme, set to be delivered by Moore Kingston Smith in early 2022. This programme is open to all Age UK and Age Cymru Brand Partners and will support up to a total of 16 participants with a maximum of two attendees from each local partner. Find out full details below, including how to apply for a place.

As we start to consider coming out of the pandemic, the Age UK Network is thinking about how to navigate the future. Many Brand Partners have commented to Age UK’s Financial Governance Team about the complexity of this landscape as they try to navigate the competing forces of impact (and meeting older people’s needs) whilst ensuring financial sustainability for the future, especially with changing funding flows.

This virtual masterclass series, held in partnership with Moore Kingston Smith Nonprofit Advisory, will explore the complex financial governance landscape from seven different angles:

  • Strategy and competing priorities – Focusing on the right things and the real core issues.
  • Impact – Focusing resources and money on the outcomes we achieve for older people and their lives and aligning our money with this.
  • Financial Sustainability – Using our money and funding effectively (both unrestricted and restricted funds) to build a business model which balances risk, reserves and long-term sustainability. We will also look at cost recovery and better use of reserves within this.
  • Re-imagining services (and developing social businesses) – Re-imagining your work, and specifically the shift towards more earned income models.
  • Efficiency – Driving efficiencies through the organisation and its work.
  • Fundraising – Making better use of fundraising and ensuring we maximise return on investment.
  • Change – Finally, no change can take place without the trustees, management, staff and volunteers being motivated and aligned for the future. The course will focus on change and how to lead in this environment.

The course

The course will be delivered by Moore Kingston Smith Nonprofit Advisory (MKSNA) as a series of morning online / virtual sessions and 1:1 support.

The online sessions will take place over five Thursday mornings between 10 January and 27 February 2022 with a break in between to allow time for follow-up with each Brand Partner’s attendees.

The aim is a facilitated conversation with attendees rather than direct teaching in order to assess what each attendee’s needs really are and provide bespoke help to them.

Benefits of the programme to you

  • Develop your knowledge of cutting-edge tools and tactics.
  • Create an opportunity for self-reflection and peer-to-peer learning.

Benefits of the programme to your organisation

  • Each participant will leave the programme with a framework for creating change in their organisation.
  • Drive organisational change by develop­ing new knowledge and skills.
  • Generate new thinking about strategy, financial sustainability and growth.
  • Develop a set of responses to ensure that your organisation can thrive in a tough operating environment.

Interested? Apply today!

This programme is open to all Age UK and Age Cymru Brand Partners and will support up to a total of 16 participants with a maximum of two attendees from each local partner. We will use the information you set out in the application form below to select the participants.

Please find full details and how to apply below:

Deadline for applications: 5.00pm Tuesday 30th November.

If you have any questions relating to the programme, or would like further information please contact john.fox@ageuk.org.uk  or david.chenery@ageuk.org.uk

Healthy Ageing and the LGBTQ+ Divide – Virtual Conference 2021

Opening Doors are hosting a virtual conference “Healthy Ageing and the LGBTQ+ Divide” on Wednesday 1st December from 11am-1pm. Find out full details, including how to book your place.

Opening Doors’ latest research, and that of their partners, informs the Pride in Care quality standard and other training that they offer to health and social care services throughout the UK. To help further the impact of this research, recent findings will be presented at their virtual conference, Healthy Ageing and the LGBTQ+ Divide: Virtual Conference 2021 on World Aids Day (1 December from 11am – 1pm), with presentations from Dr. Michael Brady (LGBT Health Advisor to the Government), Marc Thompson (The Love Tank, Team Prepster), Helen Belcher (TransActual UK) and more.

All attendees will receive the Opening Doors LGBTQ+ 50+ Health and Wellbeing Survey Report 2021 and links to the speakers’ research presentations.


Opening Doors would love to see you there! Alternatively, if this might be of interest to others you know, you can share some info about it by clicking: FacebookTwitter or Instagram.

Find out how the shared Network Quality Framework is shaping up at our upcoming webinar!

Join our free webinar on 25 November to find out how the shared Network Quality Framework is shaping up!

Over the past few months, the Age UK Quality team has been working with local and national partners to develop different aspects of the Age UK quality framework. The framework will apply to all members of the Age UK network (Age UK, national partners, and local partners) and its development is part of the joint Age UK / AEA quality review process which also feeds into the Services for Older People Committee (SOPC).

We will be holding a webinar from 10:00 – 11:30 on Thursday 25 November to provide a demo of the work that’s been developed by Communities of Interest over the summer; describe how they all fit together and into the quality framework; discuss next steps; and invite you to participate in further development and testing.

To sign up to the webinar, click here. We will send you joining instructions the week before the webinar.

To see more about the work that’s been taking place, visit our Quality Hub.

Upcoming Webinar – Voluntary sector partnerships and Integrated Care Systems

Find out full details of the upcoming SCIE webinar “Voluntary sector partnerships and Integrated Care Systems” on Tuesday 30th November.

The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) is hosting a webinar on Tuesday 30th November 12:00pm – 1.25pm, covering the topic “Voluntary sector partnerships and Integrated Care Systems”. Click here to book your place or read on for further details.

This webinar will explore the importance of the voluntary, community and social enterprise VCSE sector contribution in shaping, improving and delivering services, and developing and implementing plans to tackle the wider determinants of health. It will look at how to effectively include this diverse and creative sector in emergent ICB structures and models. 

The webinar shares learning from systems, and asks:

  • How Integrated Care Boards ICBs can engage and embed the VCSE sector in system level governance and decision making arrangements.
  • How to build on the involvement of VCSE partners in forums at place and neighbourhood level.
  • And also examines how to ensure the VCSE sector can be supported to remain resilient and effective as part of a wider system

Voluntary sector partnerships: the vital cornerstone of integrated care systems

Chair:

Neil Tester, Director at the Richmond Group of Charities

Speakers: 

  • Frances Newell, Head of Partnership Development, Leadership and Partnerships team, NHS England and NHS Improvement
  • Maddy Desforges, CEO, NAVCA
  • Susannah Howard, Programme Director, Suffolk and North East Essex ICS
  • Sally Chandler, Chief Executive, Carers Trust Hillingdon
  • Stewart Lucas, System Lead for VCSE Integration (Mental Health), Manchester Mind

Click here to book your place

Age UK Financial Governance Virtual Masterclass Programme – January and February 2022

Age UK’s Financial Governance Team has partnered with Moore Kingston Smith Nonprofit Advisory to host a Virtual Financial Governance Masterclass.

As we start to consider coming out of the pandemic, the Age UK Network is thinking about how to navigate the future. Many Brand Partners have commented to Age UK’s Financial Governance Team about the complexity of this landscape as they try to navigate the competing forces of impact (and meeting older people’s needs) whilst ensuring financial sustainability for the future, especially with changing funding flows. Find out full details of an upcoming virtual Financial Governance Masterclass series below, including how to apply for a place.

This virtual masterclass series, held in partnership with Moore Kingston Smith Nonprofit Advisory, will explore the complex financial governance landscape from seven different angles:

  • Strategy and competing priorities – Focusing on the right things and the real core issues.
  • Impact – Focusing resources and money on the outcomes we achieve for older people and their lives and aligning our money with this.
  • Financial Sustainability – Using our money and funding effectively (both unrestricted and restricted funds) to build a business model which balances risk, reserves and long-term sustainability. We will also look at cost recovery and better use of reserves within this.
  • Re-imagining services (and developing social businesses) – Re-imagining your work, and specifically the shift towards more earned income models.
  • Efficiency – Driving efficiencies through the organisation and its work.
  • Fundraising – Making better use of fundraising and ensuring we maximise return on investment.
  • Change – Finally, no change can take place without the trustees, management, staff and volunteers being motivated and aligned for the future. The course will focus on change and how to lead in this environment.

The course

The course will be delivered by Moore Kingston Smith Nonprofit Advisory (MKSNA) as a series of morning online / virtual sessions and 1:1 support.

The online sessions will take place over five Thursday mornings between 10 January and 27 February 2022 with a break in between to allow time for follow-up with each Brand Partner’s attendees.

The aim is a facilitated conversation with attendees rather than direct teaching in order to assess what each attendee’s needs really are and provide bespoke help to them.

Benefits of the programme to you

  • Develop your knowledge of cutting-edge tools and tactics.
  • Create an opportunity for self-reflection and peer-to-peer learning.

Benefits of the programme to your organisation

  • Each participant will leave the programme with a framework for creating change in their organisation.
  • Drive organisational change by develop­ing new knowledge and skills.
  • Generate new thinking about strategy, financial sustainability and growth.
  • Develop a set of responses to ensure that your organisation can thrive in a tough operating environment.

Interested? Apply today!

This programme is open to all Age UK and Age Cymru Brand Partners and will support up to a total of 16 participants with a maximum of two attendees from each local partner. We will use the information you set out in the application form below to select the participants.

Please find full details and how to apply below:

Deadline for applications: 5.00pm Tuesday 30th November.

If you have any questions relating to the programme, or would like further information please contact john.fox@ageuk.org.uk  or david.chenery@ageuk.org.uk

New Updates on the Network Infrastructure Hub! 

Check out the latest updates to our infrastructure work on the Network Infrastructure Hub.

Check out the latest updates on the Network Infrastructure Programme, including upcoming Charitylog training dates and how the new ‘Innovation Hub’ is enabling partners to shape developments in the Salesforce solution. You can also find out about new options to collaborate and share project and ongoing costs for the Microsoft Dynamics Business Central 365 finance system – including the latest Partners to adopted it, plus your invitation to the TES Customer Day.

Free Webinar: Avoiding Burn Out and the ‘Always On’ Culture with Kate Horwood

Our corporate partner Zurich is running a free wellbeing session on Thursday 11 November from 10-11am, hosted by leading wellness coach, Kate Horwood.

To weave ourselves healthily through the winter months, we need to be proactive in looking after our mental, emotional and physical wellbeing. In a world where there are so many ways we can connect, both in person and digitally, it can sometimes be difficult to know when to switch off, and allow yourself enough time recharge. Our corporate partner Zurich is running a free wellbeing session on Thursday 11 November from 10-11am, hosted by leading wellness coach, Kate Horwood. Click here to register or read on for more information.

This webinar is specially designed to offer advice on Avoiding Burnout and the ‘Always On’ Culture. You’ll receive lots of tips, tools, exercises and advice around how best to manage your time and energy, and be more productive as a result.

What you’ll learn…
  • What is burnout and the always-on culture.
  • What contributes to burnout.
  • Internal factors – ways of being, traits, coping mechanisms that contribute to burning out and always being on.
  • External factors – workload, expectations, toxic environments etc.
  • Identifying which apply to you and what is fully in your control (internal) versus what is external.
  • Creating awareness around how to best support your wellbeing so as not to burn out.
  • Learning tools and techniques to manage your time and energy better.
  • Discussing boundaries – internal and external.
  • Discussing focus and productivity – deep work.
  • Stress – how we must complete the cycle.
  • The importance of rest.

Zurich look forward to welcoming you and any of your colleagues to the session on Thursday 11 November. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please get in touch with Sarah Covington – sarah.covington@zct.org.uk