Loneliness Awareness Week 2022 | 13-17 June

There are lots of ways to get involved with this year’s Loneliness Awareness Week! Find out more below, including some upcoming events!

There are lots of exciting activities going on and ways for you to get involved in this year’s Loneliness Awareness Week! It’s a great chance to connect with others working in the sector to tackle loneliness and promote your services. Read on for some template social media wording to help spread the word, as well as details of our upcoming webinar and the Tackling Loneliness Hub workshop on addressing loneliness in the workplace.

Creative Later Life: October Meeting – Free Creative Resources for Local Age UKs

The next Creative Later Life meeting will take place on Thursday 14th October from 11:00-12:00 and will focus on free creative resources for local Age UKs.

The next Creative Later Life meeting will take place on Thursday 14th October, 11-12pm on Teams. Led by Age UK Oxfordshire’s Farrell Renowden, the theme for the meeting is ‘My Top 10 list of FREE creative resources for local Age UKs’. Farrell will talk participants through 10 of the most useful resources that she uses day to day. Book your place below.

Farrell is often asked how staff and volunteers can find accessible websites and useful toolkits or sign up for creative networks and national campaigns, so this session is ideal for those partners that are keen to develop their knowledge on the topic and get extra support- that is already freely available for us to use. 

November’s meeting will take place on Thursday 11th, 11-12pm, and will focus on tackling inequalities with creativity. 

All colleagues across the Age UK family are welcome, please email farrellrenowden@ageukoxfordshire.org.uk for a link or to be added to the CLL mailing list for updates.

Find out more about the Creative Later Life Network here.

Creative Later Life: September Meeting – Music Special

The next Creative Later Life meeting will take place on Thursday 9th September from 11:00-12:00 and will focus on Playlist for Life.

Whether you are new to Playlist for Life or already part of their network, the team have new free resources to enable more people to enjoy more music. Click here to join us at the next Creative Later Life Meeting on Thursday 9th September from 11:00-12:00, for the chance to hear how staff, volunteers, carers and colleagues are using Playlist for Life resources locally. Everyone across the Age UK Network is welcome, so please share it with any colleagues you think would be interested. We apologise that this reminder is at such short notice but we still wanted to share it with you in case you are able to attend on Thursday. This meeting will also be recorded and circulated afterwards for those who can’t make it on the day.

Playlist for Life say:

“Listening to the music that we love has many psychological benefits. In this session you’ll hear about the benefits of ‘personal’ music and how it can help improve wellbeing for people living with dementia. Whether it’s the music from a first dance, lullabies from childhood or a theme tune from a favourite TV show, singing or listening to just one song together that holds special meaning for someone can brighten their day and help you connect.”

For a flavour of their work, check out: ‘Get started with our resources’ 1 min 45 sec video and a longer 4 min Discover Playlist for Life video.

We look forward to seeing you at this Thursday’s meeting.

If you would like to join the Creative Later Life Network, please email Farrell Renowden at Age UK Oxfordshire.

July Finance Network Meeting – Book your place

A reminder that registration is now open for the next Finance Network Meeting on Wednesday 21st July. The primary topic of this meeting will be “Key Performance Indicators and Dashboards”.

A quick reminder that registration for the next Finance Network Meeting is now open! This virtual meeting will take place on Wednesday 21st July from 11:00 – 12:30 and will cover the topic “Key Performance Indicators and Dashboards”. Please click here to book your place*, and please note that registration will close at 7PM on Tuesday 20th July. If you need to book after this time, please email john.fox@ageuk.org.uk or david.chenery@ageuk.org.uk.

If you are unable to attend on the day but would like to receive a copy of the slides and access to a recording of the meeting , please still book onto the event. We fully appreciate that the timings are not always convenient for colleagues. That way you can ensure you receive them.

Key Performance Indicators and Dashboards – How to measure and present what really matters to your organisation

Mark Salway and Marcus Lees-Millais of Moore Kingston Smith LLP will be asking ‘Are you measuring what really matters to your organisation’?

They will be taking an in-depth look at what drives your organisation and how to present that information in a concise and understandable manner.

KPIs are something that are often talked about, like a buzzword, without ever really being examined in more depth. What are the drivers of your organisation, are you measuring those things that matter, and how do you measure those things? Intelligent use of your data has always been important but getting it right in the Coronavirus environment is critical.

A Dashboard should be a summary of the things that really matter to your organisation. This means blending both finance and impact. All too often we see dashboards and management information that are heavily finance focused without including impact when that is what we all exist for as charities.

This will be an interactive webinar with input and discussion from participants encouraged and will include survey questions to compare your organisation’s practices with those of the other participants.

Please click here to book your place.*

*Please note that you should read the privacy notice that Eventbrite provides. This describes how the your data will be used by the platform.

July Finance Network Meeting – Book your place

Registration is now open for the next Finance Network Meeting on Wednesday 21st July. The primary topic of this meeting will be “Key Performance Indicators and Dashboards”.

Registration for the next Finance Network Meeting is now open! This meeting will take place via Microsoft Teams on Wednesday 21st July from 11:00 – 12:30 and will cover the topic “Key Performance Indicators and Dashboards”. Mark Salway and Marcus Lees-Millais of Moore Kingston Smith LLP will give a presentation titled ‘Are you measuring what really matters to your organisation?’. Please click here to book your place, and please note that registration will close at 7PM on Tuesday 20th July. If you need to book after this time, please email john.fox@ageuk.org.uk or david.chenery@ageuk.org.uk.

If you are unable to attend on the day but would like to receive a copy of the slides and access to a recording of the meeting , please still book onto the event. We fully appreciate that the timings are not always convenient for colleagues. That way you can ensure you receive them.

Since January of this year, we have been delivering a series of Finance Network Meetings designed to support Brand Partners in their planning for the ‘new normal’ world post-pandemic. During our meetings so far, we have featured:

  • VAT arrangements,
  • forecasting and scenario planning,
  • Building Back Better – Opportunities, Risks and considerations for the recovery,
  • Reserves management,
  • Full Cost Recovery,
  • Changes to Audit requirements regards Going Concern assessments.

If you missed any of these meetings or would like to re-watch them, we have stored all the recordings here.

With all that internal focus under our belts, we now need to turn our focus outwards – how well are we telling the story of what we are doing to achieve our objects.

Key Performance Indicators and Dashboards – How to measure and present what really matters to your organisation

Mark Salway and Marcus Lees-Millais of Moore Kingston Smith LLP will be asking ‘Are you measuring what really matters to your organisation’?

They will be taking an in-depth look at what drives your organisation and how to present that information in a concise and understandable manner.

KPIs are something that are often talked about, like a buzzword, without ever really being examined in more depth. What are the drivers of your organisation, are you measuring those things that matter, and how do you measure those things? Intelligent use of your data has always been important but getting it right in the Coronavirus environment is critical.

A Dashboard should be a summary of the things that really matter to your organisation. This means blending both finance and impact. All too often we see dashboards and management information that are heavily finance focused without including impact when that is what we all exist for as charities.

This will be an interactive webinar with input and discussion from participants encouraged and will include survey questions to compare your organisation’s practices with those of the other participants.

Please click here to book your place.

July Finance Network Meeting – Save the date

Please save the date of the next Finance Network Meeting on 21st July. The primary topic of this meeting will be “Key Performance Indicators and Dashboards”.

The next Finance Network Meeting will take place on Wednesday 21st July from 11:00 – 12:30, please save the date in your diaries and we will circulate the registration link next week. This meeting will cover the topic “Key Performance Indicators and Dashboards” and will feature a presentation from Mark Salway and Marcus Lees-Millais of Moore Kingston Smith LLP entitled ‘Are you measuring what really matters to your organisation?’ Full details of the upcoming meeting can be found below.

Since January of this year, we have been delivering a series of Finance Network Meetings designed to support Brand Partners in their planning for the ‘new normal’ world post-pandemic. During our meetings so far, we have featured:

  • VAT arrangements,
  • forecasting and scenario planning,
  • Building Back Better – Opportunities, Risks and considerations for the recovery,
  • Reserves management,
  • Full Cost Recovery,
  • Changes to Audit requirements regards Going Concern assessments.

If you missed any of these meetings or would like to re-watch them, we have stored all the recordings here.

With all that internal focus under our belts, we now need to turn our focus outwards – how well are we telling the story of what we are doing to achieve our objects.

Key Performance Indicators and Dashboards – How to measure and present what really matters to your organisation

Mark Salway and Marcus Lees-Millais of Moore Kingston Smith LLP will be asking ‘Are you measuring what really matters to your organisation’?

They will be taking an in-depth look at what drives your organisation and how to present that information in a concise and understandable manner.

KPIs are something that are often talked about, like a buzzword, without ever really being examined in more depth. What are the drivers of your organisation, are you measuring those things that matter, and how do you measure those things? Intelligent use of your data has always been important but getting it right in the Coronavirus environment is critical.

A Dashboard should be a summary of the things that really matter to your organisation. This means blending both finance and impact. All too often we see dashboards and management information that are heavily finance focused without including impact when that is what we all exist for as charities.

This will be an interactive webinar with input and discussion from participants encouraged and will include survey questions to compare your organisation’s practices with those of the other participants.

Please note the date in your calendars – Wednesday 21st July from 11:00 – 12:30. The link to the Eventbrite registration page will be circulated nearer the time.

Finance Update – What follows lockdown 3 for the Age UK Network?

Age UK’s Financial Governance Team has put together a summary document to help with the setting up of budgets and forecasts as we emerge from lockdown.

Whilst the country has been under the third national lockdown, Age UK’s Financial Governance Team has been developing and delivering a programme of financial guidance and support for Brand Partners as they face the upcoming exit from those restrictions, with charity shops able to open again from 12th April. The Financial Governance Team have put together a summary for Boards, CEOs and Finance Teams to help with the setting up of budgets and forecasts to cover the next 12–18 months. This guidance can be downloaded below. If you have any questions about this guidance please contact david.chenery@ageuk.org.uk.

Finance Network Meeting Recordings

Over the last few months, the Financial Governance Team has hosted a series of meetings to help with financial planning as we emerge from lockdown. The recordings of these meetings can be viewed in the document above or by visiting the Finance Section here.

Creative Later Life Consultation by Age UK Oxfordshire

Farrell Renowden from Age UK Oxfordshire is looking to consult with local Age UKs on ways to create creative opportunities for older people.

Local Age UKs have been meeting monthly throughout the pandemic to share ideas about the role of creativity in supporting older people to get through lockdown with a little more joy in their lives. Creative packs, zoom sessions, phone calls and projects have been shared and it has been a hugely useful network. To build on this, Farrell Renowden from Age UK Oxfordshire is looking to consult with local Age UKs to explore next steps.

If you would like any support to develop your local creative offer then please do get in touch via farrellrenowden@ageukoxfordshire.org.uk. The consultation will be an informal catch up, which should take no longer than half an hour on Zoom/ Teams/ Phone in January.

Feedback will then be shared with everyone who took part on 11th February, from 11-12pm on Teams. Outcomes from the consultation could include shared training, meetings and fundraising for local Age UKs so please do get in touch to let us know what you would find useful.

Charity Commission updates its guidance on holding virtual AGMs and members’ meetings

The Charity Commission has recently updated its guidance on holding AGMs and other members’ meetings online.

Thanks to an amendment to the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020, Charitable companies and Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs) can hold AGMs and other members’ meetings online until 30 December.

To read the relevant Charity Commission guidance, click here.

Political Update: 10/09/20 – Meetings of more than six people banned in England

At yesterday’s press conference, the Prime Minister announced a ban on meeting in groups of larger than six people in England, along with new measures to help local authorities enforce the new rules. The full details can be found here, including Age UK’s view.

As you will have seen, the Prime Minister has announced new measures to combat the recent rise in Covid-19 cases. From Monday 14 September, it will be illegal to meet in groups larger than six people indoor or outdoors in England. There will be exemptions, for example Covid-secure weddings and funerals. The full details can be found later in this article, including Age UK’s view.

The Prime Minister also set out the obligations for businesses with regards to NHS Test and Trace, measures for local authorities to enforce the new rules, and steps to monitor compliance with border regulations. Further details can be found here.

Age UK’s view is this policy should not impact on day centres and similar services which are no doubt being very careful to observe social distancing and other precautionary measures and can be relied upon to be utterly responsible in how they do what they do. The new measures specifically exclude businesses, schools & workplaces so we would expect partners running services to fall within those categories.