Men’s Health Forum’s Champions Training

Men’s Health Forum is running online training sessions for anyone who wants to empower men to engage with their health by becoming a Men’s Health Champion.

The Men’s Health Forum is running online training sessions for anyone who wishes to become a Men’s Health Champion. Men’s Health Champions are not health professionals but members of the public who care about men’s health and want to help improve it. The training takes place on July 19th and 21st from 10am-12pm and costs £149. You can find out all the details on the Men’s Health Forum website here.

Age UK announces membership of the Employers’ Initiative on Domestic Abuse

Age UK is pleased to have joined the Employers’ Initiative on Domestic Abuse (EIDA). Find out more, including how your organisation can join EIDA for free.

We are pleased to announce Age UK’s membership of the Employers’ Initiative on Domestic Abuse (EIDA), a leading business network that supports employers to take action on domestic abuse. Find out full details below, including how your organisation can join EIDA for free.

EIDA works with employers to enable implementation of effective internal policies on domestic abuse, as well as providing awareness and signposting to updated resources.

Age UK is committed to supporting our employees and spreading awareness of the scourge that is domestic abuse.

“Age UK is proud to join EIDA, particularly at a time when pandemic-related restrictions have seen a rise in domestic abuse globally. Imagine if every employer made their employees aware of the signs of domestic abuse and how to seek relevant, effective help? That sort of wide-scale, societal impact requires proactive dedication from leaders, and EIDA makes this process both straightforward and polished with their guidance and resources.”

Carrie Bower, Safeguarding Manager & Domestic Abuse Lead, Age UK

“We are proud that Age UK is making a positive social impact by joining EIDA’s network.”

Donna Marshall, Acting HR Director, Age UK

Lucy Horitz, CEO of The Employer’s Initiative on Domestic Abuse, added:

“We are delighted to welcome Age UK to our network. The role of employers in tackling domestic abuse has become even more apparent during the pandemic and ongoing commitment from employers provides not only support for their own workforce, but adds value to the wider sector aim of stopping domestic abuse in all its forms, once and for all.”


Following the landmark Domestic Abuse Act in 2021, it is more important than ever that employers follow the latest government guidance relating to domestic abuse to safeguard their employees.

It is free to join, and EIDA provides a wide range of resources. Any Age UKs who are interested in joining, we would encourage you to visit the EIDA website here.

This Girl Can Campaign Seeks Instructors

The This Girl Can campaign is seeking instructors to lead their classes. If you would be interested in becoming an instructor, you can find all the details you need below.

This Girl Can is a campaign to support women to get active or play sport in the way that’s right for them. The campaign is looking for instructors to lead their This Girl Can Classes, which are set up to support less active women to exercise in a judgement-free environment. If you would like to get involved, you can find out full details below.

This Girl Can are looking for instructors that are:

  • Dedicated to making less active women feel welcome
  • Able to create a supportive, non-judgemental class environment
  • Ready to inspire more communities and get the nation healthier

The target audience for This Girl Can Classes is less active women. This includes women who may not have done group exercise before, may not be doing much exercise, or may not have exercised for years. This Girl Can research shows these women will likely have barriers to exercise, including fear of judgement.

As a This Girl Can classes Instructor…

You’ll craft a welcoming environment in which women will thrive.

You’ll be supported by a national campaign to get more women into This Girl Can Classes, as well as access to bespoke choreography, branded instructor clothing, and marketing resources to get your classes up and running.

What you need to be a This Girl Can Classes instructor:

  • A Level 2 qualification in Exercise to Music/Group Training to Music, or accepted equivalent
  • Experience in at least two of the following – yoga/Pilates, HIIT, dance fitness, box fitness

How to get started

If you would like to become a This Girl Can Instructor, the training costs £99.00 and occurs at a number of different sites across the country – Find out full details, including how to book your place, here.

Dementia MCST Programme | Final round of funding – applications close Monday 13th June!

A reminder that applications for the final round of funding for the Dementia Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (MCST) Programme are open! Find out full details below.

A reminder that applications for our third and final round of funding for Dementia Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (MCST) Programme are open! This is the final grant period for our MCST programme, the grants are for £20,000 and the closing date for applications is Midday on Monday 13th June 2022. You can find out full details of this funding on the loop here, and please do get in touch if you have any questions – dementiamcst@ageuk.org.uk.

We look forward to receiving your applications. Please feel free to contact dementiamcst@ageuk.org.uk if you feel a small deadline extension following the 13th of June would be helpful.

If you are having any trouble accessing the loop, please email theloop@ageuk.org.uk.

Dementia MCST Programme – Final round of funding now open!

A reminder that applications for the final round of funding for the Dementia Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (MCST) Programme are open! Find out full details below.

A reminder that applications for our third and final round of funding for Dementia Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (MCST) Programme are open! This is the final grant period for our MCST programme, the grants are for £20,000 and the closing date for applications is Midday on Monday 13th June 2022.

You can find out full details of this funding on the loop here, and please do get in touch if you have any questions – dementiamcst@ageuk.org.uk.

We look forward to receiving your applications. Please feel free to contact dementiamcst@ageuk.org.uk if you feel a small deadline extension following the 13th of June would be helpful.

If you are having any trouble accessing the loop, please email theloop@ageuk.org.uk.

Dementia MCST Programme – Final round of funding now open!

The third and final round of funding for the Dementia Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (MCST) Programme is now open! Find out full details below.

We are excited to announce that applications for our third and final round of funding for Dementia Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (MCST) Programme are now open! This is the final grant period for our MCST programme, the grants are for £20,000 and the closing date for applications is Midday on Monday 13th June 2022. You can find out full details of this funding on the loop here, and please do get in touch if you have any questions – dementiamcst@ageuk.org.uk.

If you are having any trouble accessing the loop, please email theloop@ageuk.org.uk.

Dementia MCST Programme – Final round of funding opens May 9th

The third and final round of funding for the Dementia Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (MCST) Programme will be opening on Monday 9th May. Find out full details below.

We are excited to announce that our third and final round of funding for Dementia Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (MCST) Programme will be opening on Monday 9th May! This is the final grant period for our MCST programme, the grants are for £20,000 and we welcome all Local Age UK Partners that have not yet been part of this programme to apply. Please do get in touch if you have any questions prior to this funding opportunity on – dementiamcst@ageuk.org.uk and keep an eye on the loop page here, which will be updated as soon as applications open.

If you are having any trouble accessing the loop, please email theloop@ageuk.org.uk.

Cyber Security Guidance from the National Cyber Security Centre

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is encouraging organisations to bolster their digital resilience and they have produced two instructional guides which may be helpful.

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is encouraging businesses and organisations to bolster their online and digital resilience should the threat of cyber attacks increase following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. They have produced two instructional guides which may be helpful, the first covers actions to take when the cyber threat is heightened and the second is a cyber security guide for small businesses.

While the NCSC is not aware of any current specific threats to UK organisations in relation to events in and around Ukraine, there has been a historical pattern of cyber attacks against Ukraine with international consequences. The NCSC is therefore encouraging UK organisations to follow the actionable steps in the NCSC guidance that reduce the risk of falling victim to an attack.

New CPD to help support swimmers with long-term conditions now available

Swim England Qualifications are offering a new CPD to upskill individuals to support swimmers with long-term conditions.

The “Introduction to Supporting Swimmers with Long-Term Health Conditions” CPD is now available. Launched by Swim England Qualifications, this CPD aims to help swimming teachers, coaches, pool operators and carers to improve the overall experience of aquatic activity for those with long-term health conditions. It is open to all members of the aquatics community, as well as those working outside the leisure sector. Find out full details on the Swim England Qualifications website.

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