Creative Later Life 2025 – Introductory Meeting on Thursday 9th June

The Age of Creativity have secured funding to begin a new programme of delivery “Creative Later Life 2025” – find out how to join the introductory meeting on Thursday 9th June.

The Age of Creativity are delighted to announce that we have secured funding to begin a new programme of delivery “Creative Later Life 2025”. The goal of Creative Later Life 2025 is to ensure that older people have equity of access and agency across the creative and cultural sector by the year 2025 – click here to find out more. To kick-start this new programme, we will be holding an introductory meeting on Thursday 9th June from 11am to 12pm, to start discussions about the pathways older people can have to creativity. For a meeting invite, please email farrellrenowden@ageukoxfordshire.org.uk – everyone from the Age UK Network is welcome!

Age UK Digital Inclusion Network – August Meeting and Teams Group

Find out how to join the Age UK Digital Inclusion Network, including the Microsoft Teams group and their upcoming meeting on Tuesday 17th August.

Currently standing at over 50 members, the Age UK Digital Inclusion Network hopes to promote network learning and the development of Digital Inclusion support services for older people, through bi-monthly network meetings and a Microsoft Teams group, where partners can share knowledge and troubleshoot. Our next Digital Inclusion Network meeting takes place on Tuesday 17th August from 10:00-11:30am and will focus on fundraising for your digital inclusion services. Find out full details below, including how to sign up for the Digital Inclusion Network, the Teams Group, and the next meeting.

Both the Teams group and the network meetings are open to staff representatives who are responsible for overseeing the development and/or delivery of their local Digital Inclusion support services. You don’t need to be an expert to join, but you do need to be passionate about the importance of digital skills support for older people. The group will be joined, and meetings attended, by network partners who might just be starting out, those who have been delivering these services recently during the pandemic, and those who have a long history of delivery of Digital Inclusion support services.

We’ve already had our first Digital Inclusion Network meeting, but we’re keen to make these available to as many teams across the network as possible. Our next Digital Inclusion Network meeting will focus on fundraising for your digital inclusion services, and will take place on Tuesday 17th August 10:00-11:30am. The meetings are co-facilitated by Age UK and network representatives. By joining the Microsoft Teams group for the Digital Inclusion Network, you will also receive access to the bi-monthly meeting invites which will be hosted on Teams.

If you would like to join the Digital Inclusion Network, want to sign up for our next meeting, or have any questions about getting involved, please email servicesdigital@ageuk.org.uk with your local Age UK/Cymru name and role.

Loneliness Awareness Week | Lunchtime webinar

Find out how to book your place at the upcoming webinar – Tackling Loneliness Locally: Community Champions.

As part of Loneliness Awareness Week, we’d love you to join us at a lunchtime webinar we are organising with the British Red Cross on Thursday 17th June from 1:30-2:30. It will be chaired by the Minister for Loneliness, Baroness Barran, and will shine a spotlight on several innovative schemes working to tackle loneliness in local communities. Speakers include Amy Whyte, Head of Charitable Services, at Age UK Northumberland, who will present on supporting rural communities. Read more and register here.

Age UK Digital Inclusion Network

Learn all about the Age UK Digital Inclusion Network and find out how you can sign up for their bi-monthly network meetings.

We live in an increasingly online world, and many local partners have reported increased demand for Digital Inclusion support services as a result of the pandemic. We know that you might have burning questions about your service, or great advice for others looking to develop theirs. The Age UK Digital Inclusion Network hopes to promote network learning and the development of Digital Inclusion support services for older people, through bi-monthly network meetings and a Microsoft Teams group, where partners can share knowledge and troubleshoot. Find out how you can sign up to attend these meetings below.

Both the Teams group and the network meetings are open to staff representatives who are responsible for overseeing the development and/or delivery of their local Digital Inclusion support services. You don’t need to be an expert to join, but you do need to be passionate about the importance of digital skills support for older people. The groups will be joined, and meetings attended, by those network partners who might just be starting out, those who have been delivering these services recently during the pandemic, and those who have a long history of delivery of Digital Inclusion support services.

Our first Digital Inclusion Network meeting will be on Wednesday 23rd June at 10:00-11:30am. These meetings will be co-facilitated by Age UK and network representatives. The first meeting will cover:

  • Aim and purpose of these meetings and the Microsoft Teams Digital Inclusion Network group
  • Think Digital – Overview, our learnings and top tips – Age UK and Age Cymru Dyfed
  • Age UK National Digital Inclusion strategy & Service Specification
  • Discussion topic: What do you want to see from these platforms moving forward?

By joining the Microsoft Teams group, you will receive access to the bi-monthly meeting invites which will be hosted on Teams.

If you would like to join this network, or have any questions about getting involved, please email servicesdigital@ageuk.org.uk with your local Age UK/Cymru name and role.

May Finance Network Meeting – Book your place!

Find out all the details of the next Finance Network meeting and book your place.

Registration for the next Finance Network Meeting, “Managing Reserves, and consideration of reviewing costings“, is now open! Taking place on Wednesday 26 May, from 11:00 to 12:30, This meeting will cover the vitally important issues of managing reserves, revising reserves policies and reassessing costings models in the light of changed financial positions. Click here to book your place, or read on to find out more about the content of this session.

We are fortunate in having secured the services of Jill Halford, Head of Charities at BDO, to present on Reserves. In a recent article in Charity Finance, Jill said that in her view, financial forecasting and reserves planning has improved during the pandemic.

‘What has been really good is the interplay between budget setting, reserves policies and cashflow forecasting. However, there is a massive nervousness that when support such as furlough grants and other COVID emergency funding stops, we’ll be in a recession like we have not seen in a long, long time, if ever. It is undoubtedly going to be a tough few years.’

Jill Halford, Head of Charities, BDO

Jill’s CV includes over 20 years’ experience advising charities. She is an external audit partner at BDO, specialising in audit and advisory work (especially governance reviews), an ICAEW charities committee member, member of the Charity Finance Group (CFG), an experienced tutor, and she runs training courses for charity finance professionals including Civil Society and CFG.

As in previous events, this session will have an interactive element where you will be able to ask questions and participate in a general discussion.

We will also be presenting a shorter session looking at the need to be very careful in reassessing costing models in the wake of the pandemic financial impact. I think we can all expect ‘statutory’ funding (from LAs, CCGs, NHS, etc.) to be in much shorter supply, not only in this current financial year but most probably in the next few years, and commissioners are going to be setting very tight parameters for funding service provision. Funds on offer are likely be set at the bare minimum, so it is vital that before submitting tenders, Partners have satisfied themselves that the price they are offering is sufficient to achieve full cost recovery and where it is not, that they have sufficient reserves or surplus income, to subsidise shortfalls. Accepting a shortfall position for a year might be acceptable but locking the organisation into a shortfall for two or three years could be untenable.

Again, we will welcome questions and participation in the discussion.

February Finance Network Meeting

The next Finance Network Meeting will take place on 24th February. Find out how to book your place.

On 24th February, we are holding the next virtual Finance Network Meeting on Teams, from 11:00 until 12:30, to which we warmly invite all Finance Directors, Heads of Finance Department and Finance Managers, together with CEOs, Treasurers and other interested trustees.

The topic will be ‘Forecasting in a time of uncertainty’ which has surely never been more relevant than now, given the ongoing pandemic restrictions and the fact that despite the encouraging progress of the vaccination rollout, we still have no clear timescale or understanding of how we will all begin to emerge from the present lockdown measures. Just how do you forecast when there are so many unknowns?

The session will be led by Stuart Walker, a charity accountant commissioned by Cranfield Trust and we’re looking forward to a very interesting presentation. It will include a Q&A session, so please be ready for the opportunity of asking ‘live’ questions.

To secure your place in this meeting, please email either John.Fox@ageuk.org.uk or David.Chenery@ageuk.org.uk as soon as possible. We will send you the link to the meeting nearer the time.

Finance Network Meeting – 24th February

A save-the-date for the next Finance Network Meeting on 24th February at 11am.

The next Finance Network Meeting will take place on 24th February, at 11:00 on Teams, when the focus will be on the critically important need for financial forecasting over the next 3 to 6 months. The Cranfield Trust will be supporting this meeting and they have commissioned a charity accountant who works closely with them, to present on cashflow forecasting, re-forecasting, and considering “what if” scenarios, given the uncertain future which we all face.

This meeting will cover the need to pay attention to costs and the allocation/apportionment of costs to projects, as well as knowing how to calculate free reserves, and consider the recognition of restricted and unrestricted funds.

We’ll be publishing further details of this meeting together with an invitation to register for it, in the next week or so but for now, please mark the date in your calendars, as this is an opportunity not to be missed.