ADAPT: the South Asian Dementia Pathway Toolkit

ADAPT is a new online toolkit to help provide enhanced dementia care for South Asian communities. Find out all about the toolkit and where to access it.

Funded by the National Institute for Health Research, “ADAPT: the South Asian Dementia Pathway Toolkit”, is a new online toolkit to help provide enhanced dementia care for South Asian communities by sharing more accessible, tailored resources so that service providers can give more culturally appropriate care. The toolkit includes films, animations, assessments & more – all culturally & linguistically adapted for South Asian communities. Click here to access the toolkit.

Local Statistics Tool “LG Inform” – Survey on usefulness to Partners

With the contract for the local statistics tool “LG Inform” up for renewal, Age UK is running a survey to hear from Partners whether LG Inform is useful or not.

Age UK contracts with the Local Government Association to provide access to the local statistics tool “LG Inform” for all Age UK Partners. LG Inform allows Partners to access statistics from multiple sources in one platform, from population to economic to social care data. The tool is available here. The contract for the provision of LG Inform is up for renewal and Age UK is keen to hear whether Partners feel this is a valuable tool or something that is not useful. We would be grateful if you could complete the quick survey here to let us know. The survey will remain open until 21st January.

If you have any questions or want to discuss the LG Inform tool, please email localstatistics@ageuk.org.uk

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

Solace Women’s Aid Launch Event: Supporting Older Survivors Toolkit

Book your free place at the launch of Solace Women’s Aid new “SOS Toolkit: Supporting Older Survivors”. Age UK’s Safeguarding Manager, Carrie Bower, will be speaking at the event.

Solace Women’s Aid are excited to announce the launch of their ‘SOS Toolkit: Supporting Older Survivors’, created in collaboration with Dewis Choice. At this event, a panel of experts will be reflecting on the research in the toolkit, specifically the ‘invisibility’ of older women and the barriers they face to accessing support. Age UK’s Safeguarding Manager, Carrie Bower, will also be speaking at this free event. This launch event will take place on Thursday 25th November from 12:00 – 13:15. To find out full details and to book your place, please click here.

Physical Activity Resources

Download a useful list of physical activity resources to share with older people in your area.

Following an increase in queries to the Advice Line relating to physical activity, we have produced a brief document to help with signposting to physical activity resources that are available online, on the TV and radio, and also hard copy. This is a non-exhaustive list, but we hope you find this useful.

Social distancing terminology guidance

The Age UK Health Influencing team have put together a briefing to help staff and volunteers feel clear about social distancing guidance for different groups of people.

The terms Social Distancing, Self-Isolating, & Shielding have caused confusion for many. The Age UK Health Influencing team have put together a briefing which may help staff and volunteers feel clearer about the guidance for different groups of people, and how to direct someone to the most appropriate guidance. This may also prove useful for new volunteers looking for clarification on these terms.

If you do have any questions regarding the information in this toolkit, please contact: HealthInfluencing@ageuk.org.uk

Toolkit: Helping new volunteers to support people living with dementia

Alzheimer’s Society have created a toolkit to help new volunteers to develop a greater understanding of dementia and how best to support people living with dementia.

As many new people have signed up to help or volunteer in their local communities during Coronavirus and will be supporting people affected by dementia, Alzheimer’s Society has produced a simple ‘top tips’ guide. This guide is designed to help people develop an understanding of dementia, its impact and the how they can help in their community during the pandemic.   

Created together with people affected by dementia, it includes five simple things that volunteers / helpers can do e.g. tips on communicating effectively, where to signpost to for support.   

Click here to access the guide.