Chairs and Governance Roundup – July 2022

This new Chairs and Governance Roundup is a collection of recent resources, news, and upcoming events for Board Members of local Age UKs.

Welcome to the first edition of our new Chairs and Governance Roundup, a collection of recent resources, news, and upcoming events for Board Members of local Age UKs. Read on for details of our upcoming online briefing session for Chairs of local Age UKs, a list of the latest resources to support you in your role, and an upcoming free trustee training course from Hempsons.

Being part of the Age UK Network” – online briefing session for Chairs of local Age UKs

Age UK and the Age England Association (AEA) are offering all Chairs at local Age UKs the opportunity to find out more about the support and resources that are available to local Age UKs and Age Cymru local partners.

This online briefing session will take place on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 24 August from 9am to 11am
  • Wednesday 21 September from 9am to 11am

The aims of the session are:

  • To give an overview of the Age UK network, your organisation’s partnership with Age UK and the role of the Age England Association (AEA) 
  • To share experience with peers on chairing, good governance, leadership and more
  • To find out where to go for more detail on the support and collaboration opportunities available  

There are up to 20 places at each session and all Chairs are welcome. These events may be of interest if you have been appointed as Chair quite recently or if would like a refresher on the benefits of being part of a network with a shared purpose and brand.

Please let us know if you would like to take part but cannot make either of the above dates and we will organise further sessions.

Booking your place

To book, please email BSupportAdmin@ageuk.org.uk. We will send an invitation to an online Microsoft Teams meeting nearer to the date.

If you have any questions about the content of the sessions, please email paul.robson@ageuk.org.uk.


Resources to support Chairs and Trustees with good governance

Age UK provides a number of online resources aimed at supporting Chairs and trustees to deliver excellent governance of local Age UK charities.

The resources include:

  • Pointers to the key Charity Commission guidance
  • A link to the Association of Chairs, an independent membership group which supports Chairs from all charities
  • Ideas on recruiting and retaining trustees
  • Guidance on CEO appraisals
  • Information on Age UK network quality standards
  • A briefing on the Charity Governance Code
  • Sources of support for local Age UKs relating to service development, funding, finance and more
  • Template governing documents for local Age UKs – useful when reviewing your constitution

These resources can be found on the loop – the intranet for the Age UK network – by clicking here.

If you do not have access to ‘the loop’ then please contact theloop@ageuk.org.uk


NCVO Governance Roundup – July 2022

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) have released their governance roundup for July, with the latest news, resources, and training for Board members. This includes an update from Reach Volunteering, who have added new resources to their Trustee Recruitment Cycle resource pack.

Click here to read the full round up.


Hempsons’ Free Trustee Training Webinars – November 2022

Hempsons are delighted to announce that their annual trustee training will now be held online. They will be joined by haysmacintyre, charity accountants, who have supported the trustee training for a number of years.

The course will share experiences of some of the governance lessons that charities have learnt through the pandemic and as they re-focus strategy afterwards. These include an acceleration in decision-making and implementation. Organisational speed of response has been enabled by streamlined, focused delegation and greater board entrustment of staff and volunteers. Other efficiencies can include proportionate reporting to the board on the core areas they need to measure.

The programme has been split into three separate sessions, which can be attended as a full programme, or individually – the sessions are interlinked and build on each other. It has been designed for charity Trustees and Chief Executives, and is suitable for those new in post as well as the more experienced who are wanting a refresher. 

Click here for full details, including how to book your place.

Loneliness Awareness Week 2022 | 13-17th June | Ways to get involved

There are lots of ways to get involved with this year’s Loneliness Awareness Week! Find out more below, including some upcoming events!

This week is Loneliness Awareness Week, a great chance to connect with others working in the sector to tackle loneliness and promote your services. Here’s a reminder of some of the ways you can get involved, including: template social media wording to help spread the word; details of our webinar tomorrow; and Thursday’s Tackling Loneliness Hub workshop on addressing loneliness in the workplace.

If you have 5 minutes:

You can spread the word on your social media channels, using these template social media posts and graphics to raise awareness of loneliness, recruit new volunteers and promote your services.

All the materials you need are on the Box here.

If you have an hour:

Join us at our webinar, Tackling Loneliness at its Roots: how can we best support low-income households to overcome social isolation?

It will be hosted by Age UK on behalf of the DCMS Tackling Loneliness Champions. The panel will be discussing long-term, sustainable solutions to support those on low incomes to overcome loneliness, and will shine a spotlight on several innovative schemes.

Date: Tuesday 14th June, 11am-12pm

Chair: Darren Henry MP, Vice-chair of the APPG for Tackling Loneliness and Connected Communities

Platform: Zoom, please register here in advance

Speakers:

  • Robin Hewings, Programme Director, Campaign to End Loneliness
  • Jenny Paton, Deputy CEO, Age UK Wirral
  • Simone Banks, Lead Youth Worker, Youth Focus North East
  • Timothy Leech, CEO, Wavelength

If you would like to attend, please register here.

If you have an hour and a half:

Attend the Tackling Loneliness Hub workshop on addressing loneliness in the workplace. Please register here.

Date: Thursday 16th June, 2-3.30pm

This workshop will be a chance to hear examples of what works and understand how loneliness can affect colleagues and organisations. By the end of the workshop, we’ll have developed initial steps for addressing loneliness within our own organisations, with a particular focus on employee life cycles.

The workshop will cover:

1. Overview of Employers and Loneliness Guide

2. In focus: research on loneliness in the workplace

3. Case study and discussion: Re-engage approach to addressing loneliness in the workplace

4. Addressing loneliness throughout the employee lifecycle and life stages.

If you have any questions or would like any more information about Loneliness Awareness Week, please email Rhianon.Steeds@ageuk.org.uk.

Ageing Better: A Celebration – Book your place at the final Ageing Better event

Book your place at the final Ageing Better event on Tuesday 28th June from 10:00 – 13:00.

The whole Age UK Network is invited to attend the final Ageing Better event to explore and celebrate the work of the Ageing Better programme, which worked with people aged over 50 to reduce social isolation and loneliness. This session will share key approaches and learning developed by the Ageing Better programme and its partnerships. The event takes place online on Tuesday 28th June from 10:00 – 13:00 and you can find out full details here.

Creative Later Life 2025 – Introductory Meeting on Thursday 9th June

The Age of Creativity have secured funding to begin a new programme of delivery “Creative Later Life 2025” – find out how to join the introductory meeting on Thursday 9th June.

The Age of Creativity are delighted to announce that we have secured funding to begin a new programme of delivery “Creative Later Life 2025”. The goal of Creative Later Life 2025 is to ensure that older people have equity of access and agency across the creative and cultural sector by the year 2025 – click here to find out more. To kick-start this new programme, we will be holding an introductory meeting on Thursday 9th June from 11am to 12pm, to start discussions about the pathways older people can have to creativity. For a meeting invite, please email farrellrenowden@ageukoxfordshire.org.uk – everyone from the Age UK Network is welcome!

We Are Undefeatable Webinar – Upcoming campaign plans

Learn about the latest insights, news and campaign plans for We Are Undefeatable in 2022.

The We Are Undefeatable campaign are hosting a free webinar on 25 May from 10:30 – 11:30, where they will be sharing information around their campaign plans for the year and providing key insights from their winter digital campaign. There will also be chance to hear from guest speakers about how they are working to encourage people living with long-term health conditions to be physically active. Click here for full details.

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.

Finance Focus – Guidance on Managing Rising Costs

With input costs for businesses rising steeply, Age UK’s Financial Governance Team have put together a guidance document looking into ways to approach this issue.

With many Partners currently attempting to reforecast budgets for 2022-23 in the light of the increase in inflation and many other costs, Age UK’s Financial Governance team has written a guidance document covering the impact of these cost increases for organisations and identifying some ideas on how best to approach this issue. Read on for further details.

Stuart Walker, who is presenting at the next Finance Network Meeting on 25th May (“Forecasting in a time of even Greater Uncertainty”) will make reference to this document and expand upon some of the suggestions made, so do sign up to attend that meeting. It will be an opportunity to hear what Stuart has to say on the subject, and to share your own experiences with your peers in the usual Q&A session which will follow the presentation.

To book your place at the next Finance Network Meeting:

The next Finance Network Meeting will take place on Wednesday 25th May from 11:00 to 12:30. Stuart Walker, Volunteer Consultant at Cranfield Trust, will present on the topic ‘Forecasting in a time of even greater uncertainty’. Click here for more details.

To register your attendance, and / or to subsequently receive a copy of the recording of the event and the slides, please simply send an email to John.Fox@ageuk.org.uk  with your name and role title, the name of the Brand Partner you are representing and the email address to which the follow-up material should be sent.

We would be grateful if you could confirm in your email whether you will be attending on the day or just requesting access to the meeting recording and supporting slides – thank you.

View the Guidance Document

Input costs for businesses have risen at a rate not seen for many years, and certainly not since 2011, when Age UK came into being. We recognise that colleagues right across the network are well aware of the challenges this brings and will be looking into what they can do to mitigate these challenges, or what they should be doing to address them.

This guidance document contains some thoughts and ideas from Age UK’s Financial Governance Team on how to approach this issue which we hope will be helpful.

Get in touch

If you have any questions about the information contained in this document, or would like any further guidance or support, please contact:
David.Chenery@ageuk.org.uk  or John.Fox@ageuk.org.uk.

New Updates on the Network Infrastructure Hub – Charitylog User Group Sessions

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

Check out the latest updates on the Network Infrastructure Programme! This month there’s details of the latest round of Charitylog User Group sessions, including sub-groups on Volunteering, Rostering, Training, and Reporting. Click here to find out more about each of these User Groups and view the recordings.

May Finance Network Meeting – ‘Forecasting in a time of even greater uncertainty’

After a brief break, the Finance Network Meetings return on Wednesday 25th May with the topic ‘Forecasting in a time of even greater uncertainty’. Find out how to book your place below.

Following a break in April in recognition of financial year-end work and Easter, we can now announce that the next Finance Network Meeting will take place on Wednesday 25th May from 11:00 to 12:30. Stuart Walker, Volunteer Consultant at Cranfield Trust, will present on the topic ‘Forecasting in a time of even greater uncertainty’, an update on his earlier presentation. Following this, Steve Chu, CEO of Age UK Sheffield, will give us an update on CASEwork Services. Find out full details of the event below, including how to book your place.

Many of you will remember Stuart Walker’s presentation to us in February 2021, when he spoke about ‘Forecasting in a time of uncertainty’, (we were still in the grip of the pandemic and lockdowns), making the point that when times are uncertain, it is even more important to forecast and just because it’s difficult, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do it.

Forecasting in a time of even greater uncertainty

Stuart is a volunteer consultant with the Cranfield Trust, and we are delighted that he’s agreed to help us once again by updating his previous presentation in light of the current challenging financial environment. Stuart’s updated presentation ‘Forecasting in a time of even greater uncertainty’ will concentrate on the following challenges which we now face:

  • the aftershock of the pandemic.
  • the impact of inflationary pressures on charity reserves and funds held and existing service delivery contracts,
  • National Minimum Wage increases and wages / salaries in general and the associated recruitment and retention issues
  • the increasing cost of living which will impact on all organisations through increased overheads (utility bills, etc)
  • the likelihood that clients will have less disposable income to pay for and engage with services, coupled with the challenge of needing to increase prices to cover increasing costs
  • Potentially lower levels of donations and the impact on fundraising activities.
  • Some reluctance of clients to return to services and services having to be delivered in different ways.

Against this backdrop, careful, prudent business planning and forecasting, including the proper calculation of full cost recovery for every service and activity, will be essential. We know that Stuart will not disappoint in his take on how we should prepare for the next 18 to 24 months.

CASEwork Services

Following this presentation, Steve Chu, CEO of Age UK Sheffield, will give us an update on CASEwork Services CIC Ltd. This organisation is jointly owned by 5 Age UK Brand Partners – Doncaster, North Yorkshire and Darlington, Sheffield, Wakefield District and York. It was established in September 2021 and is providing finance services to all five Brand Partners using the TES finance system used by other Brand Partners.

This will be an opportunity for Steve to share learning where Partners have looked to collaborate / work in partnership together and thus work more efficiently and effectively – an ideal opportunity to learn more about this company and how it might be helpful for your organisation too.

To book your place:

To register your attendance, and / or to subsequently receive a copy of the recording of the event and the slides, please simply send an email to John.Fox@ageuk.org.uk  with your name and role title, the name of the Brand Partner you are representing and the email address to which the follow-up material should be sent. We would be grateful if you could confirm in your email whether you will be attending on the day or just requesting access to the meeting recording and supporting slides – thank you.

The session is open to all relevant management, staff and trustees in Local Age UKs and Cymru Partners. So please share this information with colleagues in your organisation who you feel would be interested in attending.

“The Role of the Local Authority” Safeguarding Knowledge Share – Recording now Available

Thank you to everyone who attended last week’s Safeguarding Knowledge Share “The Role of the Local Authority”! You can find the event recording below.

Last week the Safeguarding Team delivered the 3rd of our Knowledge Share series “The role of the Local Authority”. If you missed it or would like to watch it again, please click here. Please note we will now be taking a break from delivering these events until later in the year. If you have any ideas for future content you would like us to deliver or have any feedback, please contact us: safeguardingteam@ageuk.org.uk.

In the meantime, you can view any of the series by clicking below:

If you have any feedback for the team or wish to discuss anything related to the session you can contact the team on safeguardingteam@ageuk.org.uk or 020 3033 1755.