This Brand Partner Portal update gives a summary of our three recently held webinars, along with their recordings, and explains how you can prepare for the upcoming rollout.
We recently held 3 comprehensive webinars for Age UK Partners to find out how you will use the Brand Partner Portal, how it integrates into your websites, and what you need to do in preparing for your upcoming rollout. If you haven’t already, we encourage you to request your login details and sign up to your preferred rollout window. Read on to see what we covered in each webinar, watch the recordings, and find out how you can sign up to your preferred rollout window.
First Webinar – Introduction to the Brand Partner Portal
In this first webinar, the team demonstrated the portal, talked you through each stage of the onboarding process and the individual website deployments across the network.
Second Webinar – The Step-by-Step Journey of Using the Portal
At the second webinar, we refreshed on the first webinar and the integration of your current website with the portal, demonstrated the journey of using the portal, and allowed ample time for questions which were all answered before conclusion.
Third Webinar – Rationalising your Data ready for the Portal
At the recent third and final webinar before the rollout, we focused on providing you with all the resources and information for your deployment process. There was an outline and introduction to all the teams you will work with at each part of the deployment process.
Find out the latest news from the Network Infrastructure Programme’s Brand Partner Portal work.
This latest Network Infrastructure Programme update takes a look at how the work on the Brand Partner Portal is progressing. The Brand Partner Portal aims to improve the ways in which Local Age UKs can interact with Age UK and communicate information about their Services, Activities & Events and Shops on their websites. Click here to read the latest updates and our upcoming webinars about the Brand Partner Portal.
There are still places available at this week’s live demo of Dynamics 365 Business Central accounting software.
There are still places available at this week’s live demo of Dynamics 365 Business Central accounting software. Microsoft partner TES will tell us about how they are working with the network, demonstrate the accounting software and answer any questions you may have. The demo session is taking place on Teams on Friday 11th December from 14:30 – 16:00. To book your place, or to arrange a private demo please email: NetworkInfrastructure@ageuk.org.uk.
To find out more about the Accounting Systems project as part of our Network Infrastructure work, please click here.
Age UK’s Network Infrastructure Programme want to hear how they can best support Partners’ HR systems and functions.
HR is a core requirement for any organisation, however we don’t have a clear understanding of the requirements and needs of Partners for your HR systems and functions. We need your help to understand what your requirements are, so that the Network Infrastructure Programme can support Partners to meet them. If you would like to share your experiences, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Network Infrastructure Programme works with partners across the network to improve the back-office systems, functions and supplier relationships that support the delivery of services to older people in a high quality, effective, efficient, and sustainable manner. To find out more, please visit the Network Infrastructure Hub.
Steve Billot explains his role within the Network Infrastructure Programme and outlines how local Age UKs can get involved.
In the first of our regular blogs from the Network Infrastructure Programme, Steve Billot explains how the Network Infrastructure Programme formed and how local Age UKs can get involved. If you haven’t already, please first take a look at the intro post by Pam Creaven, Services & Partnership Affairs Director which introduces the Network Infrastructure Programme.
“Change is inevitable! Deal with it!”
There are many sayings about why we all resist change which you will have heard such as “a leopard never changes its spots”. But the world is full of constant change, no more so than now. I want to set the scene on the change that faces the Age UK network, what we have been doing to understand it and how we now plan to help with that change over the coming months and years.
Who am I and why am I here? I was invited by the senior team at Age UK to help to understand the diverse way in which the network operates its support structures, accounts, HR, IT etc and to look for common ways in which they could all be improved. That has led to over 60 visits to local partners from Cornwall to Northumberland, West Wales to Norfolk. I have been able to see how you deliver phenomenal local support with staff and volunteers but also to understand the challenges we have as we all try to do the best we can with increasingly limited local resources.
These visits together with a close interaction with many colleagues at Age UK national have allowed us to build up a pool of knowledge that we now want to share and use to help the network improve its infrastructure by learning from each other. That work was known as ‘Project Sophie’ and has now been brought together with a number of other projects and initiatives with the network, into the Network Infrastructure Programme.
The Programme has a steering group with representatives from the network and we will communicate with you regularly via this blog and our newly established WordPress site called the ‘Network Infrastructure Hub’.
We really need your help. You will be solving problems every day and we want to know about the problems and the solutions so we can share them as much as possible. We will be setting up many user groups to work more collaboratively and we will tell you all about the initiatives we are working on with you. Please follow the blog and visit the Network Infrastructure Hub to find out about each project and how you can get involved. This is very much a two-way exercise, so all feedback is really appreciated.
You will get more details in the next few blogs on specific examples we are working on and how you can get involved. In my next blog I will look at the opportunities around using our accounting systems in a better way.
Finally – why the strange title to this first blog. I have for many years worked with the Law Society and its regulator helping them to train the legal sector which is notoriously reluctant to change. At one lecture a colleague put up the following picture:
In this Covid-led world, change is truly inevitable, and we now must deal with it. Working together we can do that more effectively than just standing back and kicking the machine in the hope it gives us our coins back.