Loneliness Measurement Workshop Series

The Loneliness Measurement Workshop Series, is a set of three, free workshops designed to support understanding of loneliness evaluation approaches and methods.

The Campaign to End Loneliness and the What Works Centre for Wellbeing are working together to host the Loneliness Measurement Workshop Series. This series of three, free workshops is designed to support understanding of loneliness evaluation approaches and methods for different VSCE organisations. These will be interactive workshops, enabling you to ask questions, learn from your peers, and share your own learnings of loneliness evaluation. Find out full details, including how to book your place, on the Eventbrite page.

Creating a Warm Welcome – learning toolkit from the Ageing Better programme

Learning from the Ageing Better programme has produced some useful guidance on how organisations can create a warm welcome for the older people they are supporting.

The National Lottery Community Fund provided funding worth £87 million over a 7-year period to organisations across the country to tackle social isolation and loneliness. There has been a huge amount of learning gained from that programme, including insight as to how organisations can create a warm welcome for the older people they are supporting to take part in activities and remain connected in their communities. You can find the full toolkit below, along with an insights pack from a recent event on this subject.

You can access the Warm Welcome toolkit here. 

Insights Pack

In addition, an event was held on 14th October to gather together thoughts and ideas from participating organisations as to the implementation of this approach. The feedback from that event is summarised in the insights pack here

This learning may be useful for local Age UK partners when thinking about how they welcome older people into their services.

Contact Details

If you’ve any queries on this please contact Alison Ingram – alison.ingram@ageuk.org.uk

One week to go: Learning Session on Social Prescribing – 25th November

We’re hosting an online learning session on social prescribing on Thursday 25th November! Find out how to book your place.

There’s still time to book your place to hear about the learning gained through The National Lottery Community Fund Ageing Better programme. The event takes place from 10am – 11.30am on 25th November. We’ll focus particularly on social prescribing and hear about one social prescribing project hosted by a local Age UK.  Click here to book your place, or read on to find out all about the session.

Sarah Jewell, Programme Manager – Transformation, Age UK will host the session, which will include the following speakers:

Alex Hayes is Head of Funding at The National Lottery Community Fund where he leads the Ageing Better programme, a £87M investment to improve the lives of people aged over 50 by addressing social isolation and loneliness within local communities. Previously he worked in the voluntary sector for over 10 years. 

Chris McClelland is Head of the Ageing Better ‘Brightlife Cheshire’ project which he has led since March 2016.  Brightlife (hosted by Age UK Cheshire) commissioned over 50 projects and delivered an innovative social prescribing, reaching over 3,000 older people at risk of social isolation in the rural, town and city communities of Cheshire West. Prior to joining the Brightlife project Chris enjoyed an extensive career designing, delivering and managing Careers, Connexions and Targeted Youth Support Services in a variety of North West England locations.

Christine McMahon enjoys a career that has included working with children and people of all ages.  Since joining Brightlife in 2016 this has focussed on championing and promoting a joyful, healthy, and connected lifestyle for older people as Social Prescribing Manager.  She now combines this with becoming Age UK Cheshire Services Manager, where she can continue to bring her passion, commitment, and insight to support services.

This Microsoft Teams session will provide the opportunity to hear ‘top tips’ for effective social prescribing, to ask questions of our panel and to spend time in group discussion with other attendees. Please sign up here and email BSupportAdmin@ageuk.org.uk with any queries. We look forward to seeing you on 25th November.

Sign up now: Learning Session on Social Prescribing – 25th November

We’re hosting an online learning session on social prescribing on Thursday 25th November! Find out how to book your place.

You’re invited to join us 10am – 11.30am on 25th November to hear about the learning gained through The National Lottery Community Fund Ageing Better programme. We’ll focus particularly on social prescribing and hear about one social prescribing project hosted by a local Age UK.  Click here to book your place, or read on to find out all about the session.

Sarah Jewell, Programme Manager – Transformation, Age UK will host the session, which will include the following speakers:

Alex Hayes is Head of Funding at The National Lottery Community Fund where he leads the Ageing Better programme, a £87M investment to improve the lives of people aged over 50 by addressing social isolation and loneliness within local communities. Previously he worked in the voluntary sector for over 10 years. 

Chris McClelland is Head of the Ageing Better ‘Brightlife Cheshire’ project which he has led since March 2016.  Brightlife (hosted by Age UK Cheshire) commissioned over 50 projects and delivered an innovative social prescribing, reaching over 3,000 older people at risk of social isolation in the rural, town and city communities of Cheshire West. Prior to joining the Brightlife project Chris enjoyed an extensive career designing, delivering and managing Careers, Connexions and Targeted Youth Support Services in a variety of North West England locations.

Christine McMahon enjoys a career that has included working with children and people of all ages.  Since joining Brightlife in 2016 this has focussed on championing and promoting a joyful, healthy, and connected lifestyle for older people as Social Prescribing Manager.  She now combines this with becoming Age UK Cheshire Services Manager, where she can continue to bring her passion, commitment, and insight to support services.

This Microsoft Teams session will provide the opportunity to hear ‘top tips’ for effective social prescribing, to ask questions of our panel and to spend time in group discussion with other attendees. Please sign up here and email BSupportAdmin@ageuk.org.uk with any queries. We look forward to seeing you on 25th November.

Save the date: Learning session on Social Prescribing – 25th November

We’re hosting an online learning session on social prescribing on Thursday 25th November! Find out full details here and please save the date in your diaries.

On Thursday 25th November, Age UK will be hosting an online learning session focused on social prescribing, including presentations from the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) and Brightlife Cheshire (a partnership led by Age UK Cheshire).

The session will cover the learning about social prescribing that was gathered through the NLCF Ageing Better programme. This programme invested £87 million in a wide range of projects over a 7 year period and the evaluation reports are now available here. Given the importance of social prescribing we are keen to hear about this area of work in particular.

We’re looking forward to the session and ask that you put this in your diaries now: 10:00 – 11:30am on 25th November. MS Teams invite and more details to follow.

Two Social Prescribing Updates

A roundup of two social prescribing updates, from the Accelerating Innovation Programme and the National Academy for Social Prescribing.

This post contains two social prescribing updates which may be of interest. The first discusses the Accelerating Innovation Programme, which aims to address health inequalities and support Covid-recovery plans by harnessing skills and assets of national organisations to complement local community action. The second post, is a call for case studies from the National Academy for Social Prescribing. Both posts can be read in full below.

Accelerating Innovation Programme – Community of Practice

The new Accelerating Innovation programme (a partnership between NASP, RVS and NHSE) will bring together a community of practice of national voluntary organisations (including their local affiliated organisations) to support the development of new ideas and partnerships for social prescribing activities.

The programme aims to address health inequalities and support Covid-recovery plans by harnessing skills and assets of national organisations to complement local community action. The programme will support members in developing good connections with local health and care systems and community groups, provide learning opportunities, and share innovative best practice and tools for innovation.

Read the blog by James Sanderson and Jeremy Hughes to find out more, and register your interest in joining the Community of Practice by 3rd October.

National Academy for Social Prescribing – Case Studies Call Out

Two national-reaching publications have been in touch with National Academy for Social Prescribing about social prescribing for people of retirement age and above. They are looking for case studies and examples, and potentially to interview a couple of people who have experienced social prescribing and seen a benefit to their physical or mental health.

If you can help, please email Francesca Baker francesca.baker@nasp.info by Tuesday 14 Sept. We appreciate and apologise for the fact that this is such short notice, please note that this timeline is being driven by external organisations rather than Age UK.

Free e-learning modules available from E-Learning for Healthcare

E-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH) is offering a wide range of over 400 free e-learning modules and these are all available to your organisation.

E-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH) is offering a wide range of free e-learning modules and these are all available to your organisation. This Health Education England programme aims to support the delivery of quality care by providing e-learning to a range of clinical and health and social care workforces. There are more than 400 e-learning programmes available and these have been developed in collaboration with organisations including Royal Colleges, Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England and NHS Improvement and Public Health England.

Age UKs across England have the opportunity to become an ‘approved organisation’ so your staff and volunteers can register as learners and access a variety of e-learning programmes and other resources.
For more information visit the e-LfH website.

For information on how to register your organisation contact Sarah Jewell sarah.jewell@ageuk.org.uk

The types of course available include:

All Our Health – to support workforces with preventing illness, protecting health and improving wellbeing
Helping People Living in Cold Homes – to put NICE Guidance NG6 ‘Excess winter deaths and illness and the health risks associated with cold homes’ into practice by identifying risk

Community-centred approaches to health improvement – includes background evidence and theory on why this is important and what approaches work but also involves practical exercises to apply the knowledge

Coronavirus programme – a suite of packages aimed at increasing Covid-19 knowledge and practical skill

Dementia – focuses on the essential knowledge and skills needed to support and enable people living with dementia and their family carers to live as well as possible, wherever they live

Diabetic Foot Screening – provides a comprehensive assessment tool and core to the Age UK Foot Care Service Specification

Engaging with People and Communities – 10 steps to public engagement (is health focused)

Health Literacy – to support aware of health literacy and of the techniques that can help to increase understanding by service users

Hydration in Older People – to increase knowledge and confidence in assessing an older person’s hydration needs and minimising their risk of poor hydration in a person-centred way

Improving Mouth Care – offers staff advice and guidance in order for them to provide evidenced based mouth care for and clients

Making Every Contact Count – to support an understanding of public health and the factors that impact on a person’s health and wellbeing. It focuses on how asking questions and listening effectively to people is a vital role for us all

Mental Capacity Act – to support knowledge and understanding of the Mental Capacity Act and its implications

Person-Centred Approaches – to introduce the behaviours, knowledge and skills for person-centred approaches, including the values, core communication and relationship building skills, engaging people and enabling and supporting people

Social Prescribing – developed for link workers and includes the core elements and skills required to do the job and deliver social prescribing.

Volunteer Learning Passport – to encourage volunteering and to build community capacity to complement public services, which is a key strategy for improving health and wellbeing. Age UK Blackburn with Darwen were involved in the eLearning development.

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.

Creative Later Life Newsletter Template – November 2020

The second edition of Creative Later Life Newsletter is now available for partners to view, download, and adapt if you wish.

As mentioned last month, Age UK Oxfordshire has kindly put together an e-newsletter template to highlight a selection of free, nationally-available creative resources that local Age UKs can adapt and send to your networks. This second template edition of Creative Later Life e-news offers a flavour of what is free, accessible and available online to everyone who wants to get creative this month. This template can also be adapted to highlight local creative activities, resources, and opportunities as appropriate to each local Age UK.

Click below to view, download, and adapt the newsletter template:

Our thanks to Farrell Renowden, Head of Cultural Partnerships at Age Oxfordshire for putting this together. Farrell also runs the ‘Age of Creativity’ Festival which is a great opportunity to showcase the creative work of your organisation. For more information about the Festival, the Local Age UK creative forum or the Creative Later Life Newsletter, please contact farrellrenowden@ageukoxfordshire.org.uk

Please feel free to share this newsletter with your networks and colleagues. If you would like to a feature an opportunity or photo from your own project next month, then do get in touch- we’d love to hear from you hello@ageofcreativity.co.uk

Free online singing sessions

Shapeshifter Productions are running free sing-a-long sessions for older and isolated people during the pandemic.

Shapeshifter Productions are running free sing-a-long sessions that are keeping older and isolated people singing through the pandemic. Released every Monday, the sessions feature celebrity guest performers and a range of popular and favourite songs. Each session comes with on-screen lyrics and is accessible via an online app and also as downloadable links and mp3s.

Among the celebrities lined up to take part in the second series of the Sessions are KT Tunstall, Brian McFadden, Chris Difford, Alfie Boe, Hollyoaks actress Twinnie, Merrill Osmond and Basil Brush. They perform a range of well-known songs like ‘Fly Me to the Moon’, ‘Edelweiss’, ‘Secret Love’, ‘Will you Still Love Me Tomorrow’ and ‘Moon River’.

The app is here, and you find out more about the sessions by clicking here or by calling 020 7097 1409.

If you have any issues accessing these sessions or need help with the technology required, please email: Violaine@shapeshifter-productions.com.