New Physical Activity Hub Launched!

Age UK’s Health and Wellbeing Team have created a Physical Activity Hub on our Wordpress site to house all of the updates relating to physical activity and sport that appear in our e-newsletter Signpost.

We share a variety of communications with you via our e-newsletter Signpost. With that in mind, Age UK’s Health and Wellbeing Team have created a Physical Activity Hub on our WordPress site where all the Signpost updates relating to physical activity and sport can be stored, so that you can refer back to them quickly and easily in the future. Read on to find out more, or click here to visit the Physical Activity Hub. Please note, this Hub is for internal use only.

Our passionate physical activity professionals from across the organisation will use the Physical Activity Hub to house all the relevant physical activity resources, campaigns, funding opportunities, research, events that we share in Signpost to help Partners to keep up-to-date with all that is going on in this ever-growing sector.

Take a look at the physical activity hub below, to see the type of communications that are shared, or click here to sign up for Signpost if you don’t receive it already. You may also want to bookmark the Hub in your internet browser so that you can easily return to it in future. Please note, this Hub is for internal use only.

If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Barnham or Peter Dutton, Project Managers in the Wellbeing Department at Age UK.

We have set up several Hubs on our WordPress site so far which you may want to take a look at, including a Campaigns Hub, a Network Infrastructure Hub, and an ICS Hub. You can use the pink menu at the top of this page to explore them.

We plan to add more Hubs soon so that Partners can more easily locate news that has been shared in Signpost. If you have any questions or feedback on Partner Communications, including Signpost, the loop, or the WordPress site please get in touch at signpost@ageuk.org.uk.

Older People’s Health and Care Survey – Spring 2022

Age UK’s Health Influencing Team are conducting the Spring 2022 edition of the “Older People’s Health and Care Survey” and would be grateful if you could share the survey across your networks.

Last Autumn, we undertook Wave 3 of our research about older people’s experiences of the pandemic. The response was incredible, with over 17,000 people completing the survey. We received over 75,000 free text responses and we read every one of them. Thank you for taking the time to promote the survey so we could hear older people’s experiences and views. Wave 4 of our “Older People’s Health and Care Survey” is now live and we would be really grateful if you could again complete and share the survey with your clients, colleagues and supporters. Full details can be found below, thank you all for your help.

Following Wave 3 of this research last Autumn, we have been able to use what respondents told us to apply pressure on the Government and NHS England to ensure the right support is in place for older people. We have shared the research findings with local partners across the Age UK Network, as well as NHS organisations, Government departments, other charities and voluntary sector organisations, and with hundreds of people working with and for older people. We’ve had terrific feedback from you and other organisations, telling us just how valuable it’s been to hear about older people’s experiences.

As the country begins to live with Covid, following the Government’s plans, it’s essential that older people are not left behind. That’s why we are launching Wave 4 of the research, so older people can tell us how they are coping now that restrictions have been lifted.

The survey, which can be found here, should take around 15 minutes (potentially more, depending on how much respondents want to tell us) and our colleagues will be using the results to continue to apply pressure on the Government and NHS to support older people to get back on their feet after two years of incredible challenges. 

You can also promote the survey online here.

Thank you for supporting our research! We look forward to sharing the findings with you later in the year.

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!

Inclusive Summer of Sport Festival 2021 – Showcase Presentation

Disability Sport Coach are hosting a two day virtual event as part of the Inclusive Summer of Sport Festival, including a short online presentation and panel discussions which you can sign up for below.

Throughout August, Disability Sports Coach has hosted an Inclusive Summer of Sport festival, in celebration of the upcoming Paralympic Games and the recent return of grassroots sport. As part of festival, they are hosting a two-day virtual event on 24-25 August, including a short online presentation and panel discussions which you can sign up for below. We’re sorry this is at such short notice but we have only just been made aware of this opportunity and still wanted to share it with you in case you are able to attend.

The Inclusive Summer of Sport Festival highlights the importance of community in making physical activity inclusive, and how their Community Clubs ensure disabled people aren’t left behind as activities reopen.

Presentation

Ahead of the virtual festival, the team will host a short presentation online from 10.30-10.55am on 24 August, covering the topics below. The presentation includes:

  • A review of the impact of Covid-19 on our charity and our members
  • Disability Sports Coach’s response, including their work with Sport England through TIF
  • Share key lessons and future plans, including their upcoming strategy and brand new Empowering Partners programme

You can join the presentation with the following details:

  • Join Zoom Meeting here
  • Meeting ID: 848 9043 1529
  • Passcode: 114383
View panel discussions

Alongside the Showcase, Disability Sport Coach would like to invite you and your networks to two exciting panel discussions:

  • Tuesday 24th August – 14:00-15:00
    • Leveraging Digital Communities in Inclusive Sport – featuring disability bloggers Shona Louise and Dee Reilly, sharing their experiences.
  • Wednesday 25th August – 14:00-15:00
    • Why Community is Key in the Future of Inclusive Sport – speakers from Activity Alliance, the Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport at Loughborough University, and the brand new Accessercise App.

The sessions are free to attend and you can book on Eventbrite

If you have any questions, please get in touch with info@disabilitysportscoach.co.uk. To find out more about the festival itself, please click here.

Zurich Positive Minds Webinar – Recording and resources

Access the recording and resources from the recent Positive Minds webinar by Zurich.

The recent ‘Positive Minds’ webinar from Zurich was attended by approximately 60 partners and was very well received. If you or your colleagues weren’t able to attend but are interested in this webinar, you can access the recording here using the password: ZCT. This recording is available until Friday 27 August. The materials that were used in the webinar are also linked below for your use. Further sessions will be booked over the next 12 months so we will keep you posted!