Funding Bulletin #28 – Updates on Public, Corporate, Trusts and Public Sector Funding | November 2022

The latest fundraising bulletin is now available for you to view below.

Welcome to the November funding bulletin! This month’s bulletin contains details of the final round of Walking Football funding, as well as news of the Will Aid campaign.

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Funding Bulletin #27 – Updates on Public, Corporate, Trusts and Public Sector Funding | October 2022

The latest fundraising bulletin is now available for you to view below.

Welcome to the October funding bulletin. This month’s bulletin contains a number of potential funding opportunities, details of the Age UK raffle and information on schemes being piloted by Age UK.

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Walking Football Programme Update – an award, the next steps, and a big thank you!

As the first delivery phase of the Walking Football Programme comes to an end, the team say a big thank you to all the staff and volunteers across the Network who were involved!

A huge thank you from the Walking Football team at Age UK for the brilliant work carried out by the many staff and volunteers across the Age UK network who have been delivering the Age UK Walking Football Programme! Read on to find out all about the impact the programme has had as it comes towards the end of its first phase of delivery.

In April 2021, we launched the Age UK Walking Football Programme in partnership with Sport England and The Football Association to provide older people with the opportunity to become more physically active through playing walking football.

Despite delays and challenges due to the pandemic, over 1,500 older people have now taken part in 72 new walking football groups across England, delivered by 35 local partners. There is an increasing number of women taking part (just over 20%), with some being inspired by the Women’s Euros in the summer. There have also been over 16,500 individual attendances across the current programme, which is due to finish at the end of October 2022.

There has been amazing feedback from older people taking part in the programme:

“It gets me out of the flat, increases my social interaction, and, of course, gives me some much-needed exercise. All in all, a very good experience, and I would say that this is largely down to the efforts and expertise of our coach. I hope it continues for a long time.

Participant from Age UK Wandsworth

An award for the Walking Football Programme!

We’re delighted to announce that last week our programme, and partnership with the FA and Sport England, won ‘Best Sports and Leisure programme’ at the Corporate Engagement Awards.

“We’re thrilled the Age UK Walking Football Programme has won this award, particularly after having to delay its launch during the pandemic. It’s much-deserved recognition of the hard work that local Age UKs and our national Wellbeing and Partnerships Fundraising teams have put in, against a particularly challenging climate, working together with the FA and Sport England. Since the programme began, we’ve been able to reach more than 1,500 older people through walking football and have seen just what a difference the sport is making to everyone involved”

Alison Ingram, Head of Wellbeing & Hannorah Lee, Director of Partnerships & Philanthropy at Age UK

The programme was also shortlisted for the Consortium Award at the Business Charity Awards earlier in the year.

What’s next for the Walking Football Programme?

Whilst the current walking football groups are coming to the end of their funded delivery in the autumn, many are becoming independently run by a range of other partners, such as local Council leisure services, local English Football League and Football Association groups, as well as the local Age UK partners and volunteers and the participants themselves.

However, we are very excited to announce that we will be continuing our partnership with the FA and Sport England and plan to award funding for 13 further walking football groups to be set up. We will also be externally evaluating this next phase of the programme.

More information will be released shortly, but if you would like to find out more, or have any questions, please contact the team on walkingfootball@ageuk.org.uk

Live Longer Better Event – Venue and registration link published

Register for the first in-person Live Longer Better national event on Wednesday 19th October from 11:00-16:00!

All Age UKs are invited to join the first in-person Live Longer Better national event where the programme will reaffirm its collective mission. The event will take place on Wednesday 19th October 2022 from 11.00 to 16.00. Live Longer Better have now shared details of the venue and registration link for this event. Please click here for full details.

Live Longer Better shared the following update:

Join us for our first IN-PERSON Live Longer Better national event where we will reaffirm our collective mission and how we describe it.

The Four Rs:

Reconditioning: restoring ability lost not only during lockdown but with decades of existing in the modern environment, dominated by the car, the sofa, the TV, the computer and the desk job.

Rejuvenation: aiming to get as able as one was five or even ten years before – Drop a Decade!

Risk reduction: preventing, delaying, slowing down and even reversing the risk of dementia, and frailty.

Revolution: the continuing need to move from fear of population ageing to the celebration of healthy longevity and this requires a cultural revolution, which means we need to rewire the brains of not only older people but also…

  • Friends and relatives
  • Health and social care professionals
  • The general public
  • The press

What does this mean?

This means we have to start where each of these groups are at present and then create new ways of thinking (e.g. health and social care need to see our work not only as good for older people, but good for them as a means of reducing the need and demand for health and social care.) This is an opportunity to come together in person to challenge, discuss and explore what we can and must do, to really address the Four Rs. This event will include visionary insights, case spotlights and the compelling evidence, sharing some excellent presentations from expert speakers including of course Sir Muir Gray, whilst also enabling the much missed truly interactive and networking sessions. 

An event with a difference – time for a cultural change!

Our virtual LLB National Events have proved extremely popular – over 2,000 delegates have attended our last 8 events with cross sector representation including local authorities, Age UK, NHS, Care Homes, Leisure Trusts and various voluntary and community sector partners. Feedback given by delegates confirmed that the events fully met their expectations.

Book your place!

This first in-person Live Longer Better event will take place at Burton Albion Football Club, Princess Way, Burton upon Trent, DE13 0AR.

This Live Longer Better collaboration between Sir Muir Gray, Optimal Ageing Associates and Active Partnerships provides a unique combination of skills and resources, bringing together the cultures of coaching and health. We look forward to sharing some excellent presentations and speakers around the Live Longer Better work.

Funding Bulletin #26 – Updates on Public, Corporate, Trusts and Public Sector Funding | September 2022

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Welcome to the belated September funding bulletin – our apologies for the delay in getting this out to you, our comms team were on reduced capacity last week. September’s bulletin contains a number of potential funding opportunities as well as information on schemes being piloted by Age UK.

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Funding Bulletin #25 – Updates on Public, Corporate, Trusts and Public Sector Funding | August 2022

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Welcome to the August funding bulletin. As it is August, there is not so much new funding news. Santander Foundation has launched a new grants fund to help people with digital and financial skills, and there is a reminder of ongoing opportunities highlighted in previous editions of the bulletin.

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We Are Undefeatable – Template Article for Local Age UKs

The We Are Undefeatable campaign team have developed a template article specifically for local Age UKs to adapt and use. Find out all the details below, including how Age UK Bristol have been using the template.

As mentioned in our earlier post, the We Are Undefeatable campaign is live and will be running on TV, video on demand, billboard ads in key areas, and across social media. The campaign team have developed a template article specifically for local Age UKs to adapt and use. We hope this template article will help with sharing campaign messages to older people locally, and with linking the campaign into your own services and physical activity offers.

Download and tailor the article below to share with your target audience:

As the campaign’s Summer Burst will be visible across multiple channels until 31st August, this will be an opportune time to share this with older people, as they may be inspired or motivated to try new activities in their local area.

What is the template article about?

This article focuses on Ila, who is in her seventies and has osteoporosis, a kidney condition and a lung condition. Ila found that staying active makes her feel “on top of the world”.

Ila dancing with her daughters in the garden.

There are links provided throughout the article which give older people a clear call to action to find out more about the campaign, have access to We Are Undefeatable resources, but most importantly to share opportunities local to them that you may provide. This includes our new PR activity, #MoveToYourMood, which has 3 follow-along exercise routines featuring We Are Undefeatable case studies and the campaign’s celebrity ambassador, Gok Wan.

How are local Age UKs using this template?

You can view how Age UK Bristol have used this article to promote their activities on offer to people living with long term health conditions locally here.

Thank you for all your support of the campaign so far. We would appreciate your support in getting behind the campaign, encouraging people living with long term health conditions to move more in a way that suits them.

Activating the campaign locally

The template article also includes some ways you could activate the campaign locally:

  • If you are partnered with other physical activity providers locally, you could provide a link to their opportunities too. It may be that they offer something different to what you do, which may still be suitable for older people living with long term health conditions.
  • If you would like support finding other local physical activity opportunities, get in touch with your Active Partnerships team as they will have an overview of the local landscape.
  • If you have a story, case study or quotes from older people who have taken part in your physical activities locally, look to include these in the article too. Local stories can be more relatable to the target audience in your area which could inspire people to take part.
  • If you would like to include a quote from a relevant colleague in support of the campaign, and how it links to your physical activity offer locally, do feel free to include. For example, a CEO, Head of Services, Physical Activity or Active Ageing Lead quote. You can also include our ‘Proudly Supporting We Are Undefeatable’ logo within this article should you wish. Download from the Supporters Hub.
  • Share We Are Undefeatable on your social media channels, as the campaign has proven to motivate those that are inactive to give it a try. Head to the ‘Social Media’ folder on the Supporters Hub where there are a range of images, videos and suggested messaging you can use. Please tag us and use the #WeAreUndefeatable hashtag too.

Get in touch!

Please feel free to provide us with any feedback or learning from utilising this article, so that we can continue to share best practice focussing on how local Charities can activate the campaign, and the impact it is having.

Contact us on weareundefeatable@ageuk.org.uk.

Ila exercising at home

Upcoming Live Longer Better Event – Save the date: 19th October 2022

Save the date for the first in-person Live Longer Better national event on Wednesday 19th October from 11:00-16:00!

All Age UKs are invited to join the first in-person Live Longer Better national event where the programme will reaffirm its collective mission. The event will take place on Wednesday 19th October 2022 from 11.00 to 16.00. Please save the date and Live Longer Better will be in touch soon to announce the location, full schedule, and registration link.

Live Longer Better shared the following update:

Join us for our first IN-PERSON Live Longer Better national event where we will reaffirm our collective mission and how we describe it.

The Four Rs:

Reconditioning: restoring ability lost not only during lockdown but with decades of existing in the modern environment, dominated by the car, the sofa, the TV, the computer and the desk job.

Rejuvenation: aiming to get as able as one was five or even ten years before – Drop a Decade!

Risk reduction: preventing, delaying, slowing down and even reversing the risk of dementia, and frailty.

Revolution: the continuing need to move from fear of population ageing to the celebration of healthy longevity and this requires a cultural revolution, which means we need to rewire the brains of not only older people but also…

  • Friends and relatives
  • Health and social care professionals
  • The general public
  • The press

What does this mean?

This means we have to start where each of these groups are at present and then create new ways of thinking (e.g. health and social care need to see our work not only as good for older people, but good for them as a means of reducing the need and demand for health and social care.) This is an opportunity to come together in person to challenge, discuss and explore what we can and must do, to really address the Four Rs. This event will include visionary insights, case spotlights and the compelling evidence, sharing some excellent presentations from expert speakers including of course Sir Muir Gray, whilst also enabling the much missed truly interactive and networking sessions. 

An event with a difference – time for a cultural change!

Our virtual LLB National Events have proved extremely popular – over 2,000 delegates have attended our last 8 events with cross sector representation including local authorities, Age UK, NHS, Care Homes, Leisure Trusts and various voluntary and community sector partners. Feedback given by delegates confirmed that the events fully met their expectations.

Please hold the Date until Registration is open – we will be in touch soon when the registration link is live.

Event location and further programme details will be circulated nearer the event.

This Live Longer Better collaboration between Sir Muir Gray, Optimal Ageing Associates and Active Partnerships provides a unique combination of skills and resources, bringing together the cultures of coaching and health. We look forward to sharing some excellent presentations and speakers around the Live Longer Better work.

We Are Undefeatable Launches Summer Campaign – “Move to your mood”

We Are Undefeatable is back on TV across August, with coverage of the campaign’s new summer PR activity, #MoveToYourMood, now live.

The new We Are Undefeatable TV advert and summer campaign “Move To Your Mood” has now launched! Find out all about the new campaign below, including ways to get involved.

We Are Undefeatable is back on TV. The campaign will be running on TV, video on demand, billboard ads in key activation areas and across social media until 31st August.

Alongside the new TV advert, coverage of the campaign’s new summer PR activity, #MoveToYourMood, is now live. Keep an eye out for media and press coverage of the 3 follow-along routine videos featuring We Are Undefeatable case studies with the campaign’s celebrity ambassador, Gok Wan.

There’s a video for whatever your mood is each day, whether you’re Feeling Relaxed, Needing A Boost or Feeling Energised. These are available on YouTube and the We Are Undefeatable website.

We Are Undefeatable would like to thank you for all your support of the campaign so far. They would now really appreciate your support in getting behind this exciting new phase of the campaign, encouraging people living with long term health conditions to move more in a way that suits them.

Some ways you could get involved with the campaign include:

  • Asking your colleagues and local networks to share the new campaign assets on their social channels and to sign up to the Supporters Hub to keep up to date with the campaign and have access to assets and resources.
  • Sharing the content from We Are Undefeatable’s social media channels, where it will be posted across their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
  • Supporting the Move To Your Mood press activity and share the message that getting active is all about doing what works for you.
  • Creating your own social media posts using new campaign creative materials. Head to the ‘Social Media’ folder on the Supporters Hub where there are a range of new images, videos and suggested messaging you can use. Please tag the We Are Undefeatable campaign and use the #WeAreUndefeatable hashtag too.
  • Linking the campaign to your own activities and services on offer locally.
  • Featuring the Campaign launch in any upcoming newsletters that are shared with your target audiences and members.

Download resources from the Supporters Hub

To help support you in bringing the campaign to life, there are several new resources available on the Supporters Hub.

  • New imagery for Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, featuring the new campaign faces.
  • New videos which can be used on social media.
  • There is also a range of resources from previous years, including posters and leaflets available in both print and digital formats.

Funding Bulletin #24 – Updates on Public, Corporate, Trusts and Public Sector Funding | July 2022

The latest fundraising bulletin is now available for you to view below.

Welcome to the July funding bulletin! This edition includes details of the 2023 GSK IMPACT awards offering core funding and free training for charities, and a reminder of the ongoing grant funding opportunities for physical activity projects in local communities.

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