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A reminder that Age UK’s Health Influencing Team are hosting a webinar titled “What’s next for the health and care system?” on Wednesday 1st December.

A quick reminder that the Age UK Health Influencing team would like to invite all Brand Partners to ‘What’s next for the health and care system?’ the latest part of their ongoing webinar series. This webinar, which will be held on the 1st December 2021 at 10am-11.30am, is exclusively for the Age UK Network and will provide further details on the introduction of Integrated Care Systems, including how you can interact with the new system. It is aimed at all staff and volunteers within the Age UK network, so please share with anyone who is interested. To book your place, please contact healthinfluencing@ageuk.org.uk, or read on for further details.

This webinar will follow on from a previous session (which can be viewed here) where we introduced the changes to the Health and Care System outlined in the Government’s White Paper.

This session will provide an update as to where we are with the proposed changes, what that means for older people, your local system, and the local VCSE sector, including practical examples of where Brand Partners are already engaged with their ICS system.

We are delighted to welcome the following speakers to the session:

  • Roger Davidson, Director of System Partnerships and ICS Development at NHS England and Improvement
  • Chris Naylor, Senior Fellow in Health Policy at The King’s Fund
  • Julian Lloyd, CEO at Age UK Hillingdon, Harrow and Brent
  • Jess Millwood, CEO at Age UK Kensington & Chelsea

The session will include a panel discussion at the end, where we will encourage attendees to ask any questions you may have to our speakers. If you would like to attend the webinar please contact healthinfluencing@ageuk.org.uk.

If you would like to submit a panel question or topic of discussion in advance, please make us aware of this when registering. For those who are unable to attend on the day, the session will be recorded and sent round to the network.

If you would like to attend the webinar please contact healthinfluencing@ageuk.org.uk.

Age UK’s comment on the social care cap vote in the House of Commons

Age UK’s Charity Director Caroline Abrahams comments on the recent vote in the House of Commons on the social care cap.

Following the recent vote on the social care cap in the House of Commons, Age UK’s Charity Director Caroline Abrahams has released a statement which can be read in full below. We have also written a template tweet which you can use to share Caroline’s statement if you wish. This can be found at the end of this article.

Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK said:

“The Government’s amendment may have been passed by the House of Commons but no doubt the House of Lords will fulfil its constitutional role and give it the intense scrutiny it needs. We hope Peers will vote to overturn it.

No one disputes that the amendment significantly waters down the Government’s plan for a cap on catastrophic care costs and does so in a way that protects only the better off. This is unfair and means the people who are most in need of protection against the risk of their care bills wiping out all their assets are least likely to receive it. Many of these older people whom the Government is now proposing to let down will have bought their council homes under the ‘right to buy’, an extraordinary situation for this group of Ministers to have created. 

When the Prime Minister announced his intention to activate Sir Andrew Dilnot’s cap on catastrophic costs three months ago Age UK said that this reform was definitely worth having, but increasingly the jury’s out.  Since then, the Government has failed to give social care the financial settlement it needed at the Spending Review; announced a National Insurance increase to help social care and then admitted almost all the money is going to the NHS; and made vaccination compulsory for care home staff without any plan to replace the thousands of workers its own analysis says will walk away as a result.

The fact that the Government is now intending to effectively gut their proposed cap on catastrophic care costs is therefore just the latest in a series of wholly unsupportive decisions so far as social care is concerned. What are we supposed to think about the Prime Minister’s pledge to ‘fix social care’ now?”

Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director, Age UK

Template Tweet

If you’d like to share Caroline’s statement on social media, please feel free to use the wording and link below:

No one disputes that the amendment passed this week significantly waters down the Government’s plan for a cap on catastrophic care costs in a way that protects only the better off. We hope Peers will vote to overturn it.

Read Age UK’s full statement 👉 https://bit.ly/3oXl8Iy

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.

Health Influencing Webinar: “What’s next for the health and care system?”

Age UK’s Health Influencing Team are hosting a webinar titled “What’s next for the health and care system?” on Wednesday 1st December.

The Age UK Health Influencing Team would like to invite all Brand Partners to a webinar titled ‘What’s next for the health and care system?’ as part of their ongoing series. The webinar will be held on Wednesday 1st December 2021 at 10am-11.30am. This webinar will follow on from a previous session (which can be found here) where we introduced the changes to the Health and Care System outlined in the Government’s White Paper. To book your place, please contact healthinfluencing@ageuk.org.uk, or read on for further details.

This webinar will provide an update as to where we are with the proposed changes, what that means for older people, your local system, and the local VCSE sector, including practical examples of where Brand Partners are already engaged with their ICS system. While the subject matter is very similar to the upcoming SCIE webinar advertised in yesterday’s Signpost, this webinar will be particularly tailored to the Age UK Network and will focus specifically on how Age UKs can influence and engage within their local systems.

We are delighted to welcome the following speakers to the session:

  • Roger Davidson, Director of System Partnerships and ICS Development at NHS England and Improvement
  • Chris Naylor, Senior Fellow in Health Policy at The King’s Fund
  • Julian Lloyd, CEO at Age UK Hillingdon, Harrow and Brent
  • Jess Millwood, CEO at Age UK Kensington & Chelsea

The session will include a panel discussion at the end, where we will encourage the Partners to ask any questions you may have to our speakers.

If you would like to attend the webinar please contact healthinfluencing@ageuk.org.uk.

If you would like to submit a panel question or topic of discussion in advance, please make us aware of this when registering. For those who are unable to attend on the day, the session will be recorded and sent round to the network.

Age UK’s Response to the Spending Review and #SocialCareCantWait Update

An update on the #SocialCareCan’tWait campaign following the government’s Comprehensive Spending Review, including a statement from Age UK’s Charity Director Caroline Abrahams.

The Age UK #SocialCareCantWait campaign has been building up to the Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review, which was delivered by the Chancellor on 27th October. With the support of our campaigners and the hard work of local partners across the country, we were calling on the Government to deliver immediate and substantial funding for local councils and their social care budgets. Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director of Age UK and Co-Chair of the Care and Support Alliance, has issued a statement in response to the budget which can be seen below.

While we wait for the Government to deliver its promised white paper on social care reform, we will be planning how we progress with our campaign and how we can best make an impact. We would like to thank all local partners for their continued support of our national campaigns and we look forward to continuing this vital work with you. If you have time, you can help to spread our message by retweeting the Age UK Campaigns account.

You can read Age UK’s statement below:

Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director of Age UK and Co-Chair of the Care and Support Alliance said:

“Today, social care needed a big injection of guaranteed, additional funding for now and the future, but the Chancellor didn’t deliver it. The extra money that was announced for local government was not ring-fenced for social care and will need to be stretched thinly across council services, after a decade of under-funding.”

“The end result is that there is no relief in sight for older and disabled people who require care, and their families and carers, who are having to put up with services under extreme duress – if they can get any help at all.”

“It’s no good the Government promising the possibility of more funding for care in a few years’ time if today’s provision continues to disintegrate and more workers walk away.

“If the Prime Minister’s ambition to ‘fix social care’ is ever to be realised Rishi Sunak has to play his part by providing enough funding to make it happen. He hasn’t done so and therefore unfortunately, the future of social care remains as uncertain as ever, with the credibility of the Prime Minister’s promise increasingly on the line.”

Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director, Age UK

You can find Age UK’s response to all parts of the Budget relating to older people, including energy, healthcare and pensions below:

Upcoming Live Longer Better Webinar: “Reducing the need for Health and Social Care”

All Age UKs are invited to attend the next Live Longer Better webinar on Wednesday 6th October at 10am.

All Age UKs are invited to join the next Live Longer Better national webinar titled: “Reducing the need for Health and Social Care – How Live Longer Better can do it!“. The webinar takes place on Wednesday 6th October from 10.00 – 11.30. Read on to find out more, or click here to book your place.

The effects of the Covid pandemic and lockdown have had substantial impact on the health of our older population and there are more people less active than ever before.  The result will be an imminent spike in the need for health and social care which will significantly increase the pressures on our primary, acute healthcare services and social services. For every additional year of healthy life expectancy, estimates show that the need for Health and Social Care can be reduced by £45 million a year.

The Live Longer Better revolution aims to reduce disability, dementia and frailty by enabling older people to become more active, physically and mentally. It is now accelerating its drive to take radical action to reframe, re-enable and re-invigorate a whole systems approach to support our ageing society become more physically active, more independent and fundamentally improve their quality of life.  

The LLB National Events have proved extremely popular – nearly 1,000 delegates attending the last 4 events with cross sector representation including local authorities, Age UK, NHS, Care Homes, Leisure Trusts and various voluntary and community sector partners.  Feedback given by delegates confirmed that the events fully met their expectations.

The Programme will include Public Health England, Centre for Ageing Better and of course Sir Muir Gray.  Further programme details will be circulated nearer the event. 

This Live Longer Better collaboration between Sir Muir Gray, Optimal Ageing Associates and Active Partnerships provides a unique combination of skills and resources, bringing together the cultures of coaching and health.  We look forward to sharing some excellent presentations and speakers around the Live Longer Better work.

Older People’s Health and Care Survey – September 2021

Age UK’s Health Influencing Team are conducting the “Older People’s Health and Care Survey” and would be grateful if you could share the survey across your networks.

Age UK are conducting a survey to understand more about the current health and care needs of older people. We are looking to hear from older people themselves but also from friends and family who want to share their loved ones’ experiences on their behalf. We conducted similar surveys last summer and at the start of the year and had a fantastic response. However, we know that many older people are still finding things hard and we would like to hear more about how they are being affected.

We will be using the information as part of our work to influence Government and to help improve the support which older people receive in relation to health and care.

The survey will close at the end of September.

We would be really grateful if you could share this survey across your networks so that we can hear as many voices as possible. Thank you!

Upcoming Live Longer Better Webinar: ‘The Great Escape”

Local Age UKs are invited to attend the fourth Live Longer Better webinar on Wednesday 7th July at 10am.

As the National Live Longer Better Revolution gathers pace, we are pleased to announce that registration is open for the next Live Longer Better webinar. Live Longer Better: ‘The Great Escape” will take place on Wednesday 7th July 10:00 – 11:30. Read on to find out more, or click here to book your place.

The first three events in the series raised awareness of Live Longer Better and promoted partnership working. They proved extremely popular, with over 680 delegates attending the events with cross sector representation including local authorities, Age UK, NHS, Care Homes, Leisure Trusts and various voluntary and community sector partners. Feedback given by delegates confirmed that the events met their expectations.

We are now very pleased to announce our next national event: ‘Live Longer Better: The Great Escape’ on Wednesday 7th July at 10.00 – 11.30am.

Programme includes:

  • Sir Muir Gray – Live Longer Better: The Great Escape
  • An update from Age UK on their latest research which highlights ‘The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on older people: one year on’
  • Insight around effective strength messaging for inactive and fairly active people living with long-term conditions
  • How the EFL Trust are supporting older people through the development of Community Hubs
  • Enhancing physical, mental and emotional wellbeing in older people through the Oomph programme

This Live Longer Better collaboration between Sir Muir Gray, Optimal Ageing Associates and Active Partnerships provides a unique combination of skills and resources, bringing together the cultures of coaching and health. We look forward to sharing some excellent presentations and speakers around the Live Longer Better work.

Carers Week 2021 | “Break or Breakdown” Research

As Carers Week continues, read the latest research on carers from the Age UK Blog and download a campaign pack of resources to help you get involved.

Since the start of the pandemic, 72% of carers have not been able to have any breaks from their caring role. You can read more of the latest research on carers on the Age UK blog. We’ve also put together a pack of resources below to help you show your support for carers this Carers Week – including social media templates, a letter to the editor and more – so please do get involved if you have time.

The last year has been incredibly difficult for carers and it’s clear to all of us that they deserve more recognition and better support. Carers Week is a great chance for us to come together and make that case so please do get involved. This year will focus particularly on respite for carers, and we’ll be calling for the Government to provide much needed respite funding. The week is also a good opportunity to promote the fantastic services many of you offer to support carers in your area.

There are lots of ways you can get involved. The Friday in particular will be dedicated to older carers, so we’ve put together a letter to the editor and some social media content for use on that day. Find more detail below and resources and templates here.

What can you do?

If you have 10 minutes:

Post about carers week on your social media channels.

Carers Week is a great time to share your resources for carers, highlight your services and promote the voices of carers on your social media channels.

If you’d like template posts for your Twitter and Facebook channels during the week, we’ve put some together that you can download here.

To go alongside your posts, we’ve put together some creatives and graphics, which you can download here. We have also made graphics using our latest statistics on older carers, which will be embargoed until 00:01 Friday 11th June. You can download these here, but please do not share them before this date.

You can also share the official Carers Week graphics, which you can find here.

If you have 15 minutes:

Send this template letter to the editor to your local paper. You can download the letter here.

Placing a piece in your local paper about Carers Week is a great way to raise awareness for carers. We know MPs read their local papers, so this is a chance to get carers on their agenda too, whilst raising your own profile as a local charity.

We’ve drafted the letter to the editor using our latest research on older carers. Please note that it is embargoed until 00:01 Friday 11th June, so please leave the embargo on the letter when you send it and make sure the paper is aware.

Breaks campaign

The Carers Week breaks campaign is calling on the UK government to increase funding for carers’ breaks by £1.2 billion, through an additional £50/week paid directly to carers.

You can get involved by writing to your MP through the e-action on the Carers Week website, which you can find here, and asking them to raise the need for better breaks support in Parliament. Please also feel free to share this action with your service users.

You can also download the Carers Week report Breaks or Breakdown from the Carers Week website. The report looks at the lack of respite for so many carers this year. The report’s key findings are as follows, which you may want to use in press releases or on social media:

  • 72 per cent of carers have not had any breaks in the pandemic
  • Almost two thirds of carers (63 per cent) are worried about continuing to care without a break
  • Over a third of carers (35 per cent) say they feel unable to manage their caring role
  • 74% of carers are exhausted as a result of caring
  • 65% of carers feel lonely and isolated
  • 71% or carers are stressed and anxious

You can also read and share this article on the Age UK blog which considers the consequence the lack of breaks has had for carers like Elaine, and outlines what the Government needs to do to ensure carers can take proper breaks.

If you have any other questions about the actions listed above or would like support getting involved, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can email me at Rhianon.Steeds@ageuk.org.uk.

Carers Week 2021 | 7 – 11 June

Carers Week is finally here! Find out how you can get involved with the guidance and resources below.

Carers Week has finally arrived! The last year has been incredibly difficult for carers so this is a great chance for us to come together and call for better support for carers. We’ve put together a pack of resources for you below – including template tweets, a letter to the editor and more – so please do get involved if you have time.

The last year has made clear that carers deserve more recognition and better support. Carers Week is a great chance for us to come together and make that case. This year will focus particularly on respite for carers, and we’ll be calling for the Government to provide much needed respite funding. The week is also a good opportunity to promote the fantastic services many of you offer to support carers in your area.

There are lots of ways you can get involved. The Friday in particular will be dedicated to older carers, so we’ve put together a letter to the editor and some social media content for use on that day. Find more detail below and resources and templates here.

What can you do?

If you have 5 minutes:

Pledge your support for carers on the Carers Week website: http://www.carersweek.org/pledge-your-support

If you have 10 minutes:

Post about carers week on your social media channels.

Carers Week is a great time to share your resources for carers, highlight your services and promote the voices of carers on your social media channels.

If you’d like template posts for your Twitter and Facebook channels during the week, we’ve put some together that you can download here.

To go alongside your posts, we’ve put together some creatives and graphics, which you can download here. We have also made graphics using our latest statistics on older carers, which will be embargoed until 00:01 Friday 11th June. You can download these here, but please do not share them before this date.

You can also share the official Carers Week graphics, which you can find here.

If you have 15 minutes:

Send this template letter to the editor to your local paper. You can download the letter here.

Placing a piece in your local paper about Carers Week is a great way to raise awareness for carers. We know MPs read their local papers, so this is a chance to get carers on their agenda too, whilst raising your own profile as a local charity.

We’ve drafted the letter to the editor using our latest research on older carers. Please note that it is embargoed until 00:01 Friday 11th June, so please leave the embargo on the letter when you send it and make sure the paper is aware.

Breaks campaign

The Carers Week breaks campaign is calling on the UK government to increase funding for carers’ breaks by £1.2 billion, through an additional £50/week paid directly to carers.

You can get involved by writing to your MP through the e-action on the Carers Week website, which you can find here, and asking them to raise the need for better breaks support in Parliament. Please also feel free to share this action with your service users.

If you have any other questions about the actions listed above or would like support getting involved, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can email me at Rhianon.Steeds@ageuk.org.uk.