Men’s Mental Health Webinar | 30th June 2022

Aviva and Onebright have teamed up to host a webinar focussing on men’s mental health on Thursday 30th June. Find out full details below.

Following Men’s Mental Health Week last week, Aviva and Onebright have teamed up to host a webinar focussing on men’s mental health. The webinar will take place on 30th June from 11am to 12pm, click here to book your place, or read on to find out more.

Aviva are extending this webinar invitation to all their clients, their employees and their intermediaries to offer valuable education and awareness – whether interested personally, to support family or friends or as a line manager.

The webinar will cover:

  • Introduction – why mental health is so important
  • Men’s health statistics
  • Dispelling stereotypes
  • Common men’s mental health issues and triggers
  • Spotting the signs
  • Supporting each other at work and at home
  • Strategies to make improvements
  • When to get help

Click here to book your place.

ADAPT: the South Asian Dementia Pathway Toolkit

ADAPT is a new online toolkit to help provide enhanced dementia care for South Asian communities. Find out all about the toolkit and where to access it.

Funded by the National Institute for Health Research, “ADAPT: the South Asian Dementia Pathway Toolkit”, is a new online toolkit to help provide enhanced dementia care for South Asian communities by sharing more accessible, tailored resources so that service providers can give more culturally appropriate care. The toolkit includes films, animations, assessments & more – all culturally & linguistically adapted for South Asian communities. Click here to access the toolkit.

Warm Homes Programme – Applications now open!

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.

Calling all Age UK brand partners in England and Wales! Subject to approval from Ofgem, Age UK are planning to deliver a new round of the Warm Homes Programme from Autumn 2022. Find out full details of the programme below, including how to apply before the July 5th deadline and details of an upcoming introductory webinar.

Similar to previous years, the Warm Homes Programme will aim to address the main causes of fuel poverty and cold related ill-health through benefit entitlement sessions and home energy checks. We expect the delivery period to run from approx. September 2022.

Programme Guidelines and Contact Details

Please find attached guidelines for both benefit checks and home energy checks which explain the programme’s requirements and details in depth.

If you require further information, please feel free to contact the Project Team (warmhomes@ageuk.org.uk) to discuss any questions you may have ahead of the application process (please write SY12 QUERY in the subject box).

Upcoming Introductory Webinar – Weds 22nd June

We will also be running a webinar to discuss the programme and answer any questions regarding the application process from partners who are interested in applying. This will take place on Wednesday 22nd June 2022 at 11.30am-12.30pm.

Please register for this webinar by emailing the project team on warmhomes@ageuk.org.uk (please write SY12 WEBINAR in the subject box).

How to submit your application

Applications for this programme must be submitted via GIFTS by noon on Tuesday 5th July 2022:

  • To start benefit check applications, click here.
  • To start home energy check applications, click here.

To log into your GIFTS account so that you can resume your application/s, please click here.

You can view a guide to the GIFTS system here. For any issues or queries when applying for funding through GIFTs, please contact the Grants Team on grants.unit@ageuk.org.uk

Please note applications submitted after the July 5th deadline will be automatically rejected.

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.

Age UK’s response to the High Court decision on discharges into care homes

Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK, has written a blog on the recent High Court ruling concerning the Government’s decision to discharge older people from hospitals into care homes in spring 2020.

Issued on 27 April, the recent High Court ruling concerning the Government’s decision to discharge older people from hospitals into care homes in spring 2020 was an important moment, says Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK. But what did it signify and what must happen next? You can read the full blog from Caroline here.

New physical activity resource packs for people living with long term health conditions

The Richmond Group have developed a series of Physical Activity and Long Term Health Conditions Resource Packs aimed at the sport and physical activity sector, health and care organisations and the health and care workforce.

The Richmond Group of Charities (which includes Age UK) has released a new series of Resource Packs to support those living with long term health conditions to take part in physical activity. These resource packs are aimed at the sport and physical activity sector, health and care organisations and the health and care workforce. Click here to view the resources packs and click here to read the accompanying press release for further details.

NICE seeks applications for falls prevention guidance committee

NICE are looking for people with experience of falls in older people to join their new committee to update guidance on assessing risk and prevention for falls.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) are seeking applications to join their new committee to update guidance on assessing risk and prevention for falls. They’re looking for people with experience of falls in older people, including patients, people who use services, or members of the public and their advocates. Read on for more details, or click here to view the recruitment page.

NICE would welcome an application from those who have recent experience or knowledge of this topic and are able to reflect the views, experiences and needs of the public to ensure they are included in the development of these guidelines.

In particular, NICE are seeking people with the following experience and understanding of falls:

  • through personal experience you have of treatment and care provided for you by the NHS
  • as a relative or unpaid carer of someone who has used relevant health services
  • as an advocate, volunteer, or officer of a relevant voluntary organisation or support group.

If you know of someone at your organisation or within your networks that would be interested in joining this committee, please see and share the recruitment advert which contains full details, including how to apply. Recruitment is open until 5pm on 12/05/2022.

If you consider it appropriate, NICE would be happy for you to promote this vacancy through social media or other communication channels at your disposal. You can follow NICE on Twitter @NICEGetInvolved and they would be grateful if you could retweet their recent tweet about this recruitment.

Access e-learning through Age UK!

A reminder of the e-learning options available from Age UK, including how you can access them, as well as our plans to provide some additional e-learning platforms soon.

For a number of years, Age UK has provided a range of e-learning options to support Partners’ delivery of training online to your staff and volunteers. This is a reminder of the e-learning options available from Age UK, including how you can access them, as well as our plans to provide some additional e-learning courses soon.

What e-learning does Age UK currently provide?

For a number of years, Age UK has provided a range of e-learning options to support Partners’ delivery of training online to your staff and volunteers. This includes the Age UK e-learning Platform and Grey Matter Learning – find out all about both training platforms below.

The Age UK e-learning platform

A collection of courses developed by Age UK specifically for the network, covering mainly I&A topics.

Courses include:

  • The first five minutes
  • Welfare Benefits e-learning
  • Health and social care e-learning
  • I&A Adviser Induction
  • An introduction to Age UK for Volunteers
  • Dementia Awareness Training
  • Hosting of the recordings from I&A training provided by the TASO team
  • Charity Log training
  • Training on how to use the new features in the e-learning site

If you already have an account, you can log-in here.

If you do not have an account, you can register for one here.

Grey Matter Learning

A large collection of courses developed by Grey Matter Learning are available to support service delivery broadly across the social care sector, including for those offering registered care services.

Course topics include:

  • Awareness for many health conditions including: dementia, autism, bipolar disorder, Down’s syndrome, epilepsy, MND, Parkinson’s
  • Care Certificate Courses
  • Leadership, coaching and mentoring

This training is provided to help partners access content that will help them work within the Age UK Network Quality Assurance Framework.

If you already have an account, you can access Grey Matter Learning here.

If you don’t have an account yet, please contact: support@greymatterlearning.co.uk.

What e-learning is being added?

We plan to continue to expand the e-learning platform in the future and are currently working on provision of a wide range of external courses for use by the network. Age UK has partnered with course provider SAP/Litmos and will, in April and May 2022, be uploading a suite of their e-learning courses to our e-learning platform. Partners will be able to allocate up to 5 users per Age UK to this suite of courses.

Courses will be on offer under the following categories:

  • Communication
  • Diversity & inclusion
  • Finance Skills
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Human resources
  • Leadership & Management
  • Project management

If the trial of 5 users per partner proves successful, we hope to expand access to these courses for those partners that are interested so they can include all their staff and volunteers, although there may be a charge for this expansion.

What if I already have e-learning provision I am happy with?

If you already have e-learning provision that you are happy with, you can continue to use the Age UK e-learning site or Grey Matter Learning as you do now and there is no requirement to access the new training nor to take us up on the offer of free licences for the upcoming SAP/Litmos content. You can continue to use your existing provider.

We are offering these e-learning platforms as we have heard that some partners are paying up to £45 per person for licences to training that we are able to offer for around £10 per head through the economies of scale of a larger contract and use of the Age UK e-learning platform. We are also aware of partners who are not currently able to provide an e-learning offer to their teams due to the cost involved, and we want to support any Age UKs that currently have a gap in their e-learning provision.

What other courses might be available in the future?

We are developing additional training to be hosted on the Age UK e-learning platform which will be rolled out over the course of this year.

The courses we are working on include:

  • Safeguarding training for Staff, Managers, and Volunteers.
  • Attendance Allowance: An overview course and training to complete claims forms
  • I&A Triage: Training to support the triaging of I&A clients to support delivering to those most in need
  • Welcome to Age UK: A course all about Age UK aimed at all staff and volunteers both locally and nationally to better understand the organisation
  • Working with older people: a course to support all staff and volunteers on working with older people

We would love to hear what you think of our plans to develop new courses – you can let us know via this short survey

How do I find out more?

If you have any questions about any of this information or if you want to find out more about our e-learning offer, please email chloe.longmore@ageuk.org.uk.

DHSC 10-Year Cancer Plan: Call for Evidence

The Department of Health and Social Care is seeking the views of individuals, professionals and organisations to understand how they can improve how cancer is diagnosed and treated.

The NHS Long Term Plan, published in 2019, set an ambition to save thousands more lives each year by dramatically improving how cancer is diagnosed and treated. The Department of Health and Social Care is seeking the views of individuals, professionals and organisations to understand whether and how they can do more to make progress against this ambition, and to build on lessons learned from the Covid-19 pandemic. If you would like to contribute to their consultation, the online survey is open until 23:45 on Friday 8th April.

New guidance document: “Universal Principles for Advance Care Planning”

Age UK are pleased to be one of the 28 named organisations who have supported the development of, and contributed towards, a new guidance document “Universal Principles for Advance Care Planning”.

A new guidance document ‘The Universal Principles for Advance Care Planning’ has been jointly published by a coalition of 28 partner organisations, in response to the Care Quality Commission report ‘Protect, Connect, Respect – decisions about living and dying well’. Age UK are pleased to be one of the 28 named organisations who have supported the development of, and contributed towards, this publication.

This document is for the person, those important to them, practitioners and organisations involved in supporting advance care planning conversations and honouring their outcomes. It sets out six high-level principles for advance care planning in England.

For further information please click here.