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.

PIR for Q2 of 2022/23 now available for completion!

The form for the second Quarterly PIR of 2022/23 is now available for you to complete ahead of the 2nd November deadline.

This is to let you know that the latest Partner Information Return (PIR) is now available for completion here. This covers the period between 1st July and 30th September 2022, Quarter 2 of 2022/2023. The deadline for completion is the 2nd November 2022. Find out full details below, including the link to the data report from Q1 of 2022/23.

The reference copy and the data transparency statement for this PIR can be viewed below:

Word Doc Reference Copy:

Data Transparency Statement:

Data Report for Q1 2022/23

A big thank you to all 99 Partners who completed the PIR for Quarter 1 of 2022/23 – this is the most returns we have received for the last five quarters!

You can find the full data report of your responses here.

Why the Partner Information Return Matters

The PIR is used to enhance Age UK’s knowledge of the Network, so that we can display our collective strength in media, fundraising, and influencing opportunities.

The more returns we receive, the more powerful and useful the data we can display when talking to funders over the winter, demonstrating the breadth of the Age UK Network’s work with older people.

If you have any questions or feedback please email localstatistics@ageuk.org.uk. Thank you as always for taking the time to complete the Partner Information Return.

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.

The State of I&A Report – July 2022

The July I&A Network Meeting captured attendees’ views on three key challenges facing I&A providers currently: demand, staffing, and funding. Read the full report and a report of Age UK’s response, below.

In July 2022, we trialled a new format for the regional I&A network meetings where we ran some polls to capture participants’ views on the three key areas we felt were most pressing in terms of I&A services at present: demand, staffing, and funding.

The discussion proved very successful, and we have written a report summarising our findings as well as a further report to summarise the Age UK response. Both of these reports are available on the loop here. You can find them in the attachments section on the right-hand side titled “State of I&A July 2022” and “September 2022 Response”.

We hope that you will find these reports to be useful. We have found this feedback to be incredibly helpful and we will continue running polls in future I&A meetings – although we may vary the topics that we choose.

If you have any questions or would like to suggest a topic, then please get in touch with Chloe.longmore@ageuk.org.uk. If you are having any trouble logging into the loop, please email: theloop@ageuk.org.uk.

Government outlines plans to help cut energy bills for charities

Find out about the new Government Energy Bill Relief Scheme, which will see discounts on wholesale gas and electricity prices for organisations, including charities.

The Government has announced details of their support for households, businesses and public sector organisations facing rising energy bills this winter. Through a new Energy Bill Relief Scheme, the Government will provide a discount on wholesale gas and electricity prices for all non-domestic customers (including the voluntary sector) whose current gas and electricity prices have been significantly inflated in light of global energy prices. Click here for more information.

Learning and Resources from the Ageing Better Programme

Ruth Bamford, Learning Lead for Ageing Better at The National Lottery Community Fund, shares some of the impact from their Ageing Better programme.

The National Lottery Community Fund’s Ageing Better programme was a seven-year, £87 million programme designed to test different ways of improving the lives of people over 50 by addressing social isolation and loneliness within local communities. The programme was delivered by 14 place-based partnerships across England.

In this article, Ruth Bamford, Learning Lead for Ageing Better at The National Lottery Community Fund, shares below some of the impact from their Ageing Better programme, as well as highlighting the importance of delivering a person-centred approach when addressing loneliness and social isolation.

Reach, key learning and impact

During the programme’s seven-year duration, more than 150,000 people over the age of 50 engaged in Ageing Better. It was especially effective at engaging groups particular risk of experiencing loneliness and social isolation, including older people from the LGBTQ+ community, as well as from ethnic minority backgrounds.

To ensure learnings and evaluation from across the programme is available, The National Lottery Community Fund recently published the Ageing Better Programme: Summative Report and the Ageing Better: Impact Evaluation Report.

The Summative Report provides a comprehensive overview of the programme and shares key learnings and recommendations. It highlights the importance and impact of involving people through co-production, adopting a ‘warm welcome’ approach, and working in partnership across sectors.

The programme’s Impact Report shows that Ageing Better had a measurable impact overall on participants’ wellbeing and levels of social contact. Our qualitative research also identified improvements in people’s confidence and in their sense of being in control of their lives, together with increased resilience. We found that being involved in Ageing Better and engaging in groups and activities enabled people to broaden their social networks, so “buffering” them from the impact of additional life events.

We talk about our Ageing Better national learning in terms of context, connections and ecosystem. These three interconnected segments build a picture of the macro and micro factors, services and support systems that help us to better understand loneliness and social isolation in people aged over 50. More information about this can be found in our Tenets of Ageing Better  paper, but here we will focus on the importance of building connections and delivering a person-centred approach.

The importance of connections and a person-centred support

We know that understanding someone’s unique situation is key to engaging with them as an individual because no “one size fits all”! By identifying the reasons why someone may be struggling to make connections, recognising their strengths, and taking a holistic person-centred approach, we can better understand a person’s specific situation and thereby tailor support accordingly. We learnt that where isolation was embedded and entrenched, people needed to be given some level of one-to-one support to help address their isolation.

Changing a person’s situation takes time, often involves skilled professionals and a broad network of multiple different agencies. Triage diagnosis and one-to-one support has been a key part of the work – identifying any priorities such as mental health support or financial issues before being able to go on and look at improving an individual’s social connections.

For example, Age Better in Sheffield and Ambition For Ageing in Greater Manchester provided one to one sessions in budgeting and financial coaching to improve people’s financial literacy. Ageless Thanet delivered a “Life Planning” service which not only included financial planning, but also wider “wrap around” support such as links with befriending services.

A key approach within Ageing Better has been to help to identify an individual’s barriers and then work with them towards achieving their personalised set of goals. Every person’s outcome will vary, with the journey out of social isolation and loneliness being different for everyone. For some, support results in improved wellbeing, but for others either their situation will not change fundamentally, or their physical decline will continue. Valuing and respecting these different end points is a crucial element of working in a person-centred way.

Creating a “Warm Welcome”

Through Ageing Better, we’ve learnt that you can’t engineer friendship, but that there is a lot you can do to facilitate or create an environment where connections and natural friendships can develop. A community that has a wide range of activities that people want to take part in creates an environment where people can feel connected. The activities themselves act as the “hook” for people wanting to get engaged and involved, which then builds confidence and allows people to make those vital natural friendships.

The Ageing Better Camden partnership, led by Age UK Camden, developed the “Warm Welcome” approach, building on what local older people were telling them about how to make community groups as welcoming as possible and how important it was. A range of factors were identified through this, including meeting and greeting, ensuring opportunities for social interaction and relationship building, facilitation and fostering a sense of community. The resulting Warm Welcome toolkit and guide is a great resource.

Legacy of Ageing Better

Since it launched in 2015, the programme has contributed a wealth of learning, evidence and practical guidance to support organisations interested in addressing loneliness and social isolation among people over 50. We’re continuing to support our partnerships to share their learning and expertise by funding Good Practice Mentors in all Ageing Better partnerships, and a full suite of evidence and learnings taken from the programme can be found on the Ageing Better page on The National Lottery Community Fund’s website.

If you’d like to hear more about our work, or link up with a Good Practice Mentor, please get in touch with Ruth at ruth.bamford@tnlcommunityfund.org.uk.

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.

Partner Information Return – Data Report for Q1 of 2022/23 now available!

The Partner Information Return data report from Q1 of 2022/23 is now available for you to view below, along with details of the next PIR.

A big thank you to all 99 Partners who completed the PIR for Quarter 1 of 2022/23 – this is the most returns we have received for the last five quarters! You can find the full data report of your responses below, which we will use to keep displaying our collective strength in media, fundraising, and influencing opportunities over the coming months.

We will share the Partner Information Return form for Q2 of 2022/23 next week and the submission date will be Tuesday 1st November. We’re really keen to reach a 100% return rate for this period, as this would allow us to clearly demonstrate the full impact of our work when fundraising and influencing for the Age UK Network across the winter, so please mark these dates in your diaries.

The headline findings from the PIR data for Q1 of 2022/23 are as follows:

The Age UK Network had a total of 1,333,147 contacts in the first quarter of 2022/2023 between April 2022 and June 2022 (inclusive). Over 140,000 people were supported each month so far this financial year, with the number peaking at 152,472 people supported in May 2022.

Benchmarking by population produced a figure of People aged 65+ Supported per 100,000. Network-wide (on average) this was 2071.98 / 100,000 people aged 65+ in March 2022.

You can download or view the full report below:

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.