Older People’s Health and Care Polling Headlines

View and download the headline findings from Age UK’s latest polling of older people’s health and care during October 2022.

Age UK’s latest polling of older people’s health and care was conducted by Kantar between 4th and 17th October 2022. We’ve analysed the results and can share the headlines with you below.

The topics covered are:

  • caring,
  • activities of daily living
  • access to and waiting for health and care services
  • community life and social contact
  • relationships with family and friends
  • concern about Covid
  • worries about the cost of living
  • concern about the coming winter

We’ll share the full findings of our survey, which will include quotes from older people, in the next few weeks. In the meantime, please view or download the headline findings below.

These results have not been published yet by Age UK, so we request that these are only used for bids and presentations to aide local health and care system influencing, not local media or for open publication.

If you have any questions about these data, contact lis.boulton@ageuk.org.uk, or healthinfluencing@ageuk.org.uk.

Survey to shape the future of Breast Cancer Now’s services

Find out all the details of Breast Cancer Now’s new survey, including how you can spread the word amongst those you support.

Breast Cancer Now is undertaking an ambitious project to help shape their support services. As part of this work, the charity is running a survey to hear the experiences of people who have had a primary or secondary breast cancer diagnosis since the beginning of 2019 – particularly their experiences of accessing and receiving information, guidance and support.

Breast Cancer Now will use the survey results to review and improve the support they offer and will share news of changes or developments they make on our website.

If your organisation would like to spread the word of this survey amongst the people you support, Breast Cancer Now have supplied some wording that you may find useful below:

Reminder: Webinar to share lessons from 10 years of running holistic advice projects

A quick reminder of the upcoming webinar from Age UK’s Wellbeing Team, which will share some key lessons from their report on delivering 10 years of holistic advice projects.

Following on from our earlier message, this is a quick reminder that you can join Age UK’s Wellbeing Team on Thursday 27 October from 10-11am, as we share some key lessons from our report on delivering 10 years’ of holistic advice projects. Find out full details below, including the link you need to join on the day.

This webinar is a chance to hear from the team managing these projects and to hear the experiences from some of the local Age UKs who have been involved in these projects. There will also be chance to share your thoughts and experiences of this type of work.

You can use the following link to join the Teams webinar directly on the day.

Please email justin.butler@ageuk.org.uk for more information. If you’re having trouble accessing the report linked above on the loop, please email theloop@ageuk.org.uk.

Age UK’s Winter Health Campaign 2022/23 – Local Campaign Pack

Find out all the details of this year’s Winter Health Campaign from Age UK’s Health Influencing Team. You can also download the Local Campaign Pack below.

Age UK’s Health Influencing team is happy to announce the launch of our 2022/23 Winter Health Campaign! The Winter Health Campaign will hopefully play a crucial role in ensuring older people have access to the information, advice, and support that they need to navigate the upcoming winter months. Find full details below, including a Local Campaign Pack you can use to help inform and support your own local winter campaigns this year.

With pre-pandemic levels of social contact expected this winter, we are increasingly wary of the potential for co-circulation of influenza, Covid-19, and other respiratory issues to put increased pressure on the NHS during an already difficult time.

Taken together, it’s clear we are facing a perfect storm this winter. This is why we’re asking for your support with Age UK’s Winter Health Campaign for another year. By working together, we can ensure older people have access to the information, advice, and support that they need to navigate the upcoming winter months.

This campaign will take place between October 2022 and March 2023 and aims to support as many older people as possible through the winter period. Please find below the Age UK Winter Health Campaign local pack, which we hope will be a useful resource to help inform and support your own local winter campaigns this year:


Please get in touch if you have any questions or require any further information – sophie.barrett@ageuk.org.uk. Thank you for supporting the campaign!

Influencing Conference – Getting through a difficult winter | 12 October | Speaker Reveal!

Find out the speakers for this year’s Influencing Conference! The event is open to all Staff, volunteers and trustees from across the Age UK Network.

We’re pleased to announce the speakers for this year’s Age UK Influencing Conference – Getting through a difficult winter on Wednesday 12 October 2022! Speakers include Health Foundation, Resolution Foundation, The Kings Fund, NCVO and many more from across the Age UK network. You can view the full speaker list and sign up for the event here.

Please contact isabel.bailey@ageuk.org.uk with any queries about sign ups and mbalu.bah@ageuk.org.uk with any queries about the event.

Registration for the Age UK Influencing Conference closes on Wednesday 5th October!

Make sure to sign up for this year’s Influencing Conference before the October 5th cut-off date! The event is open to all Staff, volunteers and trustees from across the Age UK Network.

This is a quick reminder that you can still sign up here to attend this year’s Age UK Influencing Conference on Wednesday 12th October 2022! We are welcoming staff, volunteers and trustees from across the Age UK Network and multiple attendees from the same local Age UK are welcome and encouraged. Registration closes on Wednesday 5th October, so please register today to avoid disappointment.

This year’s conference will be looking at the challenges older people (and the local Age UKs supporting them) face, and sharing ideas, evidence and practical ways to improve their lives. We’ll hear from local Age UKs and policy experts on topics such as the cost of living crisis, digital exclusion, tackling health inequalities through targeted approaches to black and minority ethnic older people, and working with ICSs, sharing tips from across the network. We will also consider the very difficult winter ahead for local Age UKs, as energy prices soar, and what we can do to help through our influencing activity.

This year’s agenda will include external speakers from The Kings Fund, Resolution Foundation and National Energy Action, as well as presentations from both Age UK and local Age UKs.

The conference will take place online from 10am to 3pm on Wednesday 12th October 2022 but you can choose which sessions you’d like to tune into if your capacity is restricted. However, specific workshops have limited capacity, so please sign up now to avoid disappointment.

Please contact isabel.bailey@ageuk.org.uk with any queries about sign ups and mbalu.bah@ageuk.org.uk with any queries about the event.

Reminder: Book your place at the Age UK Influencing Conference 2022!

The sign-up page for this year’s Influencing Conference is now live! The event is open to all Staff, volunteers and trustees from across the Age UK Network.

This is a quick reminder that you can now sign up here to attend this year’s Age UK Influencing Conference on Wednesday 12th October 2022! We are welcoming staff, volunteers and trustees from across the Age UK Network and multiple attendees from the same local Age UK are welcome and encouraged. Over half of the available places have been booked already, so please register today to avoid disappointment.

This year’s conference will be looking at the challenges older people (and the local Age UKs supporting them) face, and sharing ideas, evidence and practical ways to improve their lives. We’ll hear from local Age UKs and policy experts on topics such as the cost of living crisis, digital exclusion, tackling health inequalities through targeted approaches to black and minority ethnic older people, and working with ICSs, sharing tips from across the network. We will also consider the very difficult winter ahead for local Age UKs, as energy prices soar, and what we can do to help through our influencing activity.

This year’s agenda will include external speakers from The Kings Fund, Resolution Foundation and National Energy Action, as well as presentations from both Age UK and local Age UKs.

The conference will take place online from 10am to 3pm on Wednesday 12th October 2022 but you can choose which sessions you’d like to tune into if your capacity is restricted. However, specific workshops have limited capacity, so please sign up now to avoid disappointment.

Please contact isabel.bailey@ageuk.org.uk with any queries about sign ups and mbalu.bah@ageuk.org.uk with any queries about the event.

Age UK Influencing Conference 2022 “Getting through a difficult winter” – Book your place!

The sign-up page for this year’s Influencing Conference is now live! The event is open to all Staff, volunteers and trustees from across the Age UK Network.

You can now sign up here to attend this year’s Age UK Influencing Conference on Wednesday 12th October 2022! We are welcoming staff, volunteers and trustees from across the Age UK Network and multiple attendees from the same local Age UK are welcome and encouraged.

This year’s conference will be looking at the challenges older people (and the local Age UKs supporting them) face, and sharing ideas, evidence and practical ways to improve their lives. We’ll hear from local Age UKs and policy experts on topics such as the cost of living crisis, digital exclusion, tackling health inequalities through targeted approaches to black and minority ethnic older people, and working with ICSs, sharing tips from across the network. We will also consider the very difficult winter ahead for local Age UKs, as energy prices soar, and what we can do to help through our influencing activity.

This year’s agenda will include external speakers from The Kings Fund, Resolution Foundation and National Energy Action, as well as presentations from both Age UK and local Age UKs.

The conference will take place online from 10am to 3pm on Wednesday 12th October 2022 but you can choose which sessions you’d like to tune into if your capacity is restricted. However, specific workshops have limited capacity, so please sign up now to avoid disappointment.

Please contact isabel.bailey@ageuk.org.uk with any queries about sign ups and mbalu.bah@ageuk.org.uk with any queries about the event.

Invitation to attend a roundtable discussion on future vaccination strategy

Age UK and the NHS are hosting a roundtable discussion on future vaccination strategy on Friday 23rd September from 2:00 – 3:30pm. Find out full details.

Age UK and the NHS are pleased to invite you to attend a joint roundtable discussion on future vaccination strategy. The event will be held online on Friday 23rd September from 2:00 – 3:30pm. Chaired by Ruthe Isden, Age UK’s Head of Health Influencing, the event will also include opening remarks from Steve Russell, NHS National Director for Vaccination and will include a question and answer segment.

The objective of the roundtable is to help understand and improve the strategy work and thinking behind the NHS vaccination programme, including what the priorities should be going forward.

This session comes shortly after the NHS launched their autumn booster campaign. The discussion session with NHS England staff will provide the opportunity to share what you think is important to prioritise and consider, given your work in your local area and system, and your thoughts on what will work for older people who are frequently part of routine vaccinations.

Please get in touch with HealthInfluencing@ageuk.org.uk for further details and to let us know if you would like to attend.

A huge thank you to Warm Homes teams across the country!

A look back at the last 11 years of the Warm Homes Programme, and a huge thank you for the brilliant work carried out by hundreds of staff and volunteers across the Age UK network!

A huge thank you from the Warm Homes team at Age UK for the brilliant work carried out by hundreds of staff and volunteers across the Age UK network! Read on to find out all about the impact the programme has had as it heads into its twelfth year of delivery.

Over the last 11 years the Warm Homes programme, funded by energy companies, has successfully delivered services to enable older people to stay warm and well through the winter months. The delivery of this programme has required an enormous amount of time, effort and expertise from teams across the Age UK network and this is telling in the incredible impact the programme has had. Overall, across benefit checks and home energy checks, together we’ve been able to support 236,614 older people across England and Wales and identified over £413 million in benefits and home energy savings over the past 11 years!

A total of 246,496 benefit checks have been delivered by local teams identifying an average of £2,564.10 in unclaimed benefits for each client. These benefits are likely to be a much needed source of income for older people to alleviate the pressures of the soaring cost of living, which are forcing many to choose between heating and eating.

In addition, home energy checks have seen 249,896 pieces of energy efficiency equipment installed through 46,074 checks, helping to save an average of £37.39 on each household’s fuel bill and 117.69 kg in CO2. The support provided through home energy checks has, and continues to, help older people save energy, stay warm and reduce their rising energy bills.

Building on the success of the previous 11 years, the programme is now approaching its 12th year of delivery and will fund over 75 local Age UKs to deliver support in 2022/23. The deadline to apply for this year’s programme has now passed but we will let you know when the 2023/24 programme opens up again.

A huge thank you from the Warm Homes team at Age UK for the brilliant work carried out by hundreds of staff and volunteers across the Age UK network. We know that you have gone above and beyond to deliver this programme across the past 11 years, and we look forward to continuing to work together with you in future.