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.

We Are Undefeatable Learning Event – Working Together Locally to Support People with Long-term Health Conditions

The We Are Undefeatable Campaign are hosting a learning event to share how 10 local authority areas have worked with their local systems to support people with long-term health conditions.

Over the past 2 years, 10 local authority areas have adopted a wide range of approaches to the We Are Undefeatable campaign, supporting their local systems to help change the behaviour of inactive adults living with long-term health conditions. Each of the leaders in these areas are now ready to share what they’ve learnt about building relationships with health and social care partners, local campaigning, ambassador programmes, developing new physical activity offerings and much more. Read on to find out more, or click here to book your place at some of the sessions over a 3-day period, 23rd-25th November 2021.

If you have an interest in this subject or place-based learning, join the We Are Undefeatable learning event to hear about what each area has been doing. The focus will be on what’s worked well but also what some of the challenges have been and how they have navigated these.

The learning event consists of a series of short online sessions over a 3-day period, 23rd-25th November 2021. You can join as many sessions as you like or watch the recordings later.

View the full programme and register for the sessions you’re interested in by clicking the link below.

For any enquiries contact: eventenquiries@insightangels.com

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.

Walking Football Programme – Final Round of Funding Now Available

We are delighted to announce that applications for the final round of grant funding for our Walking Football Programme are now open.

We are delighted to launch the second and final round of funding for The Age UK Walking Football Programme, in partnership with the Football Association and Sport England, with 42 grants of £2,500 funded by the Football Association and 19 grants of up to £10,000 funded by Sport England now available. The deadline for applications is 12pm, Monday 13th September 2021. Read on for further details, or access the grant application form, guidance and budget documents on The Loop here.

Walking football is a slower version of the game and has become increasingly popular in recent years, designed to help people get fit or maintain an active lifestyle no matter what their age and fitness levels or experience of playing the game.

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to a decrease in older people’s physical activity levels which has preceded to a reduction in one’s ability to do day-to-day activities, joint and muscle pain, and had a negative impact on mental health. It is essential that we support older people to regain their confidence, restore fitness, and improve their mental well-being; walking football is a great opportunity to do that in a way that is safe, fun and inclusive way for older people.

Grassroots football returned in April 2021 which allowed us to re-launch the programme with 24 local Age UKs setting up 42 new walking football groups that began delivery this Summer. All groups followed FA and Government guidance as the Nation followed the steps in the COVID-19 Roadmap. We want to reassure all partners that the delivery of this programme has the health and safety of older people at the forefront of all delivery. With all restrictions now eased, we hope that older people will continue to be encouraged to take part in physical activities as has been shown already in our early walking football sessions.

Applications for funding will be welcomed from local Age UKs in England; whether you want to start up new sessions in your area or already have existing walking football sessions and want to create new groups to expand provision.

Next steps

The grant application form, guidance and budget documents can be found on The Loop here. We’ve already received a number of ‘expressions of interest’ from local partners since the programme was launched, and we look forward to receiving applications for funding about this opportunity. If you have any questions regarding this programme, please contact Peter.Dutton@ageuk.org.uk

The deadline for applications is 12pm, Monday 13th September 2021.

If you have any questions regarding this programme, please contact Peter.Dutton@ageuk.org.uk.

Upcoming Webinar

We are hosting a webinar on Thursday 2nd September 2021 for you to come along and find out more about The Age UK Walking Football Programme, we will be giving an overview of the programme and answering any questions you may have ahead of applying for funding. Please access the webinar by using this Microsoft Teams Link.

Useful Links:

Contact:

Please get in touch with Peter Dutton at Peter.Dutton@ageuk.org.uk for more information.

Funding for Age UK’s Walking Football Programme – Applications still open

Funding applications are still open for Age UK’s Walking Football Programme. Find out how to apply here.

Applications to be part of Age UK’s exciting Walking Football Programme are still open! Up to 40 grants of £2,500 funded by the Football Association and up to 20 grants of £10,000 funded by Sport England are available. The interest in the programme so far has been great, with lots of innovative and exciting proposals for how this Programme will improve the health and wellbeing of older people in their local communities. Applications will close on 16th February 2021. If you have already started an application or if you are yet to begin, there is plenty of time to complete and submit these through GIFTS.

The grant application form, guidance and budget documents can be found on The Loop here. If you have any questions regarding this programme, or if you are undecided as to whether to apply, please contact Peter.Dutton@ageuk.org.uk to discuss further. If you are having any trouble accessing The Loop, please email – theloop@ageuk.org.uk.

Useful Links:

See some of the excellent work local partners are already doing with walking football sessions across the network

See Tony’s story as part of the ‘We are Undefeatable’ national campaign

Contact:

Please get in touch with Peter Dutton at Peter.Dutton@ageuk.org.uk for more information.

Funding for Age UK’s Walking Football Programme Now Available

We are delighted to announce that applications for grant funding for our new Walking Football Programme are now open.

We are delighted to relaunch our new Walking Football Programme, in partnership with the Football Association and Sport England, with applications for grant funding now open. Walking football is a slower version of the game and has become increasingly popular in recent years, designed to help people get fit or maintain an active lifestyle no matter what their age and fitness levels or experience of playing the game. The deadline for applications is 12pm, Tuesday 16th February 2021 and the grant application form, guidance and budget documents can be found on The Loop here.

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to a decrease in older people’s physical activity levels which has led to a reduction in one’s ability to do day-to-day activities, joint and muscle pain, and had a negative impact on mental health. It is essential that we support older people to regain their confidence, restore fitness, and improve their mental well-being; walking football is a great opportunity to do that in a way that is safe, fun and inclusive way for older people.

Grassroots football is currently suspended, and the timing of our funding opportunity may be a concern to local partners amidst the current circumstances regarding COVID-19. We want to reassure all partners that the delivery of this programme will comply with the latest Government guidance and the Football Association’s advice on ‘returning to play’ for COVID-19, with the health and safety of older people always remaining the first priority. More information about the programme’s timings are contained within the ‘Overview Document’ linked below, but as delivery of walking football sessions is not be expected to start until May/June 2021, we feel that now is a good opportunity to begin planning on how to support older people to be more active again. That being said, the timescales we’ve provided are indicative, and we will take a flexible approach to starting delivery as necessary. If you have any questions or concerns about this then please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

Applications for funding will be welcomed from Local Age UKs in England; whether you want to start up new sessions in your area or already have existing walking football sessions and want to create new groups to expand provision.

Next Steps:

The grant application form, guidance and budget documents can be found on The Loop here. We’ve already received a number of excited ‘expressions of interest’ from local partners, and we look forward to receiving applications for funding about this opportunity.

The deadline for applications is 12pm, Tuesday 16th February 2021.

If you have any questions regarding this programme, please contact Peter.Dutton@ageuk.org.uk

Useful Links:

See some of the excellent work local partners are already doing with walking football sessions across the network

See Tony’s story as part of the ‘We are Undefeatable’ national campaign

Contact:

Please get in touch with Peter Dutton at Peter.Dutton@ageuk.org.uk for more information.