A Call for Stories to Celebrate the Warm Homes Programme

To celebrate and showcase 11 years of working together on the Warm Homes Programme, Age UK’s Corporate Partnerships Team are looking to record some case studies to demonstrate the impact of the programme.

We have now been working in partnership to deliver the Warm Homes Programme for over 11 years! To celebrate this, we are aiming to showcase stories from across the Age UK Network to demonstrate the impact that the programme has had, and we would be grateful for your help to do so.

Do you know someone who has benefited from the Warm Homes Programme and would be willing to share their story on camera? And are you as a local partner interested in being involved to highlight the incredible work you have done to bring this programme to life?

We want to celebrate not only the impact that the Warm Homes Programme has had on older people but also to highlight our long-standing partnership with e.on. Our aim is to share the stories with our corporate funders to demonstrate the incredible success of the programme and the impact it has on older people. We would also share the footage with you for your own use.

Filming Details:

  • We are hoping to film later this month but this can be flexible based upon your availability.
  • We would like to co-ordinate one day of filming, this can either be at your Age UK/Cymru office or in the older person’s home depending on availability and individual preference.
  • We would like to highlight the story of an older person who has received support either through a Home Energy Check or a Benefits Entitlement Check.    
  • We would also like to film someone from the Age UK/Cymru Partner to understand the impact of the programme in your community.
  • We will of course be more than happy to share the footage with you for your own promotional use.  

Contact Details

If you would like to get involved and showcase the incredible work you all do, please let us know as soon as possible by contacting Tayla Shirley at Tayla.shirley@ageuk.org.uk

Alternatively, if there is someone else in your organisation who would be interested in taking part, please feel free to pass this along and ask them to get in touch.

Applications now open for this year’s Warm Homes Programme

As you may have seen in our post earlier this week, the Warm Homes Programme is set to return this Autumn! Find out more here, including how to apply and details of an upcoming introductory webinar.

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.

Grant Available to Support Local Winter Work

Find out how you can apply for the new Winter Campaign Grant Scheme introduced by Age UK’s Health Influencing Team.

The Age UK Health Influencing team is excited to introduce its new Winter Campaign Grant Scheme for the Age UK Network! This new opportunity offers the chance for Age UK Brand Partners to apply for a Winter Grant (between £500 and £2000) to support your current local winter work or upcoming initiatives relating to supporting older people through the winter 2021-22.

We are looking for work, or ideas which cover one or a combination of the following:

  • sharing of Age UK’s key winter messages and resources which were recently shared in our winter campaign packs
  • increase the uptake of winter vaccinations (there are some suggestions within the winter campaign pack)
  • practical support for older people in the winter months

Selection criteria

Depending on the number of applications we receive, we may not be able to fulfil all applications. Our selection criteria will prioritise the following:

  • Areas where vaccination uptake levels are lowest
  • Work which addresses health inequalities

Key information

  • We’ve attached an application form below which should be returned by 1st December 2021.
  • All grant funded work should be completed by end of March 2022.
  • Reporting will be limited but we will require an account of what the grant money was spent on and the impact of the work or initiative.

Please submit your applications to healthinfluencing@ageuk.org.uk or contact us if you have any questions.

Walking Football Funding Survey

Would your organisation be interested in applying for a third set of Walking Football Funding in Spring/Summer 2022? Please let us know via this survey.

The Age UK Walking Football Programme, funded by the Football Association and Sport England, has helped to set up 77 walking football groups across the Age UK Network to date. We are now looking to gauge interest among Partners in a potential third cohort of funding for the Walking Football programme in Spring/ Summer 2022. Whether you already have walking football groups as part of the programme (or outside of it) and want to expand your provision, or if you haven’t delivered this activity before but would be interested to do so, we would love to hear from you via this short survey. The survey should take less than a minute to complete.

Thank you in advance for your time and if you have any queries or expressions of interest following this, please contact us on walkingfootball@ageuk.org.uk.

Please note that this survey is only intended to understand Partners’ interest in further funding opportunities, and by completing the survey you are not committing to anything.

Charity Finance Group Membership Bursaries

Garfield Weston Foundation still has several bursaries available for smaller charities to join the Charity Finance Group! Find out how to apply before the 31st October deadline.

We have been made aware of an opportunity for smaller charities to join the Charity Finance Group (CFG) via a bursary made available by the Garfield Weston Foundation. The bursary closes at the end of this month – our apologies for the short notice of this reminder. Full application details are below and we would recommend the offer to any Brand Partners who are not already members of the CFG, as the benefits of membership are well worth the modest annual subscription.

Healthy Ageing Challenge Fund: A unique opportunity to explore the future of service-led innovation

Innovate UK are looking for proposals for their “Healthy Ageing Challenge” fund. Find out all the details, including how to submit your expression of interest by September 30th.

Innovate UK have just announced a call for proposals for the “Healthy Ageing Challenge” fund. The call is seeking projects that aim to deliver a clear game-changing service-led innovation to help people as they age, positively, actively, independently and with dignity. Please read on for full details, including how to submit your expression of interest in participating.

The aims of this competition are to:

  • address the under-provision of products and services which support people as they age to remain active, independent, and socially connected.
  • support business-led, near-to-market innovations that have potential to scale.

We believe the funding gives the opportunity to explore how Virtual Assistant (VA) technology (Alexa/Siri etc) can be integrated into more traditional telephone and face-to-face support that helps people overcome loneliness and become more active and independent. For example, prompt episodes for physical activity, mental health, cognitive stimulation, verbal, and auditory stimulation, as well as general day-structure and access to information, services and local signposting.

The project will likely involve Age UK national leading with an over arching technology strategy and system, with local network partners contributing to the user design phase, building the local knowledge base and piloting the programme with a cohort of their service users.

Are you potentially interested in partnering in the bid for funding and subsequent project?

If funded, the project would start on 1st April 2022 and run for 24 months. The precise scope has yet to be defined and will be agreed with people who wish to participate. However, we anticipate the broad scope of the project being:

  • First 6 months, user engagement and system design
  • Next 6 months,
    • Core technology platform development – led by Age UK national
    • Local provision mapping and database build – local Age UK partners
  • Next 12-months, pilot programme trialling the integrated and VA model in each local area
    • To include monitoring and impact data capture
Funding Available

The project will 100% fund the core technology development plus cover the salary costs of a full-time project officer, plus say 10% of the operations manager plus 20% overheads on these costs for each local Age UK partnering in the project. We envisage a maximum of 6 places being available.

Your Commitment

The deadline for the proposal submission is 17th November 2021. Whilst this may appear a long way off there is much to do to define the project and create the application, so we would need your expression of interest in participating by Thursday 30th September.

Next Steps

We plan to organise a briefing workshop w/c 4th October to explain more. Please email rafiu.gali@ageuk.org.uk to express both interest in the opportunity and to share your availability that week. We will set the date to accommodate as many people as we can.

Applications still open and clarification on The Age UK’s Walking Football Programme

Applications for the final round of grant funding for our Walking Football Programme are still open. Find out all the details.

Applications to be part of Age UK’s exciting Walking Football Programme are still open! 42 grants of £2,500 funded by the Football Association and 19 grants of up to £10,000 funded by Sport England are available. We’ve had great interest in the programme so far, with lots of innovative and exciting proposals for how this Programme will improve the health and wellbeing of older people in their local communities. Applications will close on 13th September 2021. If you have already started an application or if you are yet to begin, there is plenty of time to complete and submit these through GIFTS.

The grant application form, guidance and budget documents can be found on The Loop here.

We also wanted to advise of a clarification we have made to the Sport England Grants:

  • You can apply for more than one Sport England grant. However, there are limited Sport England grants available, and should you wish to apply for two grants from this funding pathway (or were awarded a grant in Cohort one and wish to apply for another) we must evidence the need for this within an application alongside an understanding of how value for money could be achieved through sharing resources across groups.
  • Please consider multiple FA grants or a combination of both before applying for multiple Sport England grants.
  • If you have already started an application and wish to amend based on this clarification, please let us know and we will inform you of the best possible next steps.

If you have any questions regarding this programme, or if you are undecided as to whether to apply, please contact Peter.Dutton@ageuk.org.uk to discuss further.

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Contact:

Please get in touch with Peter Dutton at Peter.Dutton@ageuk.org.uk for more information.

Specialist support for charities from Moore Kingston Smith

Moore Kingston Smith have partnered with Dunhill Medical Trust to fund expert support for charities working with older people. Find out how to apply.

Moore Kingston Smith have partnered with Dunhill Medical Trust to fund expert support for charities working with older people. The Fundraising & Management team will provide specialist support in a range of specific areas, including strategy, sustainability, impact assessment and communication. This is an opportunity for charities to access bespoke support, funded by the Dunhill Medical Trust. The deadline for applications is 20 September 2021 and it is expected that around eight organisations will receive specialist support. For full details including how to apply, please click here.