Building Back Better webinar – Places still available!

Age UK are running a Building Back Better webinar on Wednesday 10 March from 11:00 to 12:30.

As we look forward to the spring with the planned end of lockdown and the gradual re-opening of shops and leisure activities, we should start to consider what this will mean for our services. The recovery phase of any economic cycle brings with it increasing risks and unfortunately it is the time when many businesses fail. With that in mind, we are running a webinar on surviving the recovery phase on Wednesday 10 March from 11:00 to 12:30. Please email David Chenery or John Fox at Age UK to book your place.

This webinar will be led by Steve Billot. Steve has been working closely with the network for the last few years and having visited over 60 local Age UKs, has a real understanding of the issues we face. He lectures at Cass Business School on their Masters Course on Charity Management and was formerly an Insolvency Practitioner. He has seen many business cycles during his career and will share with us his thoughts on what the next 12-18 months are likely to bring to the charity sector and particularly to Age UK.

This session will have an interactive element where you will be able to ask questions and participate in a general discussion.

Please email David Chenery or John Fox at Age UK to book your place. The Webinar will be via Microsoft Teams and full joining instructions will be sent towards the end of the preceding week.

Upcoming Webinar: Building Back Better – How to survive the recovery phase

Age UK are running a webinar to look at the future prospects for the network on Wednesday 10 March from 11:00 to 12:30.

As we look forward to the spring with the planned end of lockdown and the gradual re-opening of shops and leisure activities, we should start to consider what this will mean for our services. After a long period of forced hibernation and the largest drop in recorded GDP, the hope is that we will see a rapid bounce-back for the economy, with a surge in activities. This will bring with it many opportunities for us to restore services but it will also be a time of increased competition, particularly for funding.

The recovery phase of any economic cycle brings with it increasing risks and unfortunately it is the time when many businesses fail. With that in mind, we are running a webinar to look at the future prospects for the network on Wednesday 10 March from 11:00 to 12:30. The primary intended audience is Chairs and trustees, but all CEOs and FDs are warmly invited to attend.

This webinar will be led by Steve Billot. Steve has been working closely with the network for the last few years and having visited over 60 local Age UKs, has a real understanding of the issues we face. He lectures at Cass Business School on their Masters Course on Charity Management and was formerly an Insolvency Practitioner. He has seen many business cycles during his career and will share with us his thoughts on what the next 12-18 months are likely to bring to the charity sector and particularly to Age UK.

This session will have an interactive element where you will be able to ask questions and participate in a general discussion.

This is a Webinar not to be missed! Please register your wish to attend by emailing David Chenery or John Fox at Age UK. The Webinar will be via Microsoft Teams and full joining instructions will be sent towards the end of the preceding week.

Book your place at the February Finance Network Meeting

There are still places available for next week’s Finance Network Meeting, find out how to book your place.

There’s still time to book your place at the next virtual Finance Network Meeting on Wednesday 24th February from 11:00 until 12:30. To secure your place in this meeting, please email either John.Fox@ageuk.org.uk or David.Chenery@ageuk.org.uk as soon as possible. We will send you the link to the meeting nearer the time.

The topic will be ‘Forecasting in a time of uncertainty’ which has surely never been more relevant than now, given the ongoing pandemic restrictions and the fact that despite the encouraging progress of the vaccination rollout, we still have no clear timescale or understanding of how we will all begin to emerge from the present lockdown measures. Just how do you forecast when there are so many unknowns?

The session will be led by Stuart Walker, a charity accountant commissioned by Cranfield Trust and we’re looking forward to a very interesting presentation. It will include a Q&A session, so please be ready for the opportunity of asking ‘live’ questions.

To secure your place in this meeting, please email either John.Fox@ageuk.org.uk or David.Chenery@ageuk.org.uk as soon as possible. We will send you the link to the meeting nearer the time.

Covid-19 Q&A Webinar

An opportunity to hear and ask questions about the latest updates on the Covid-19 pandemic and the plans around the easing of lockdown.

The Health Influencing team invites all members of the Age UK network to join our Covid-19 Q&A webinar on Wednesday 24th February 3-4pm. You will hear from the Health Influencing and Research teams about the plans and next steps for a route out of lockdown, and the latest on the Covid-19 pandemic including the impact of the vaccination programme and what that means for older people. It is open to all Age UK and Brand Partner employees including volunteers. Please circulate to those who might be interested.

To sign up via Eventbrite, please fill in your details below (or click here) and we look forward to welcoming you to the webinar!

Please submit questions in advance when you sign up on Eventbrite or by sending them to Healthinfluencing@ageuk.org.uk  by Monday 22nd February.

There will also be the opportunity to ask questions at the webinar, but please be aware we may not be able to answer all questions during this time.

The webinar will be taking place on Microsoft Teams, once signed up we will send through a diary invitation with the link.

The webinar will be recorded for you to view at your convenience. If you cannot attend but have a question, please do still submit it and we will be happy to try to answer it.

Please contact healthinfluencing@ageuk.org.uk with any queries.

Football Association Pilot Training Course Available for Local Age UKs

The Football Association is offering a discount on their “Introduction to Football” training pilot. Find out how you can get involved.

The Football Association have an exciting opportunity for a limited number of people to take part in the pilot for a new training course that has been developed, and as a partner in our new Walking Football Programme, we wanted to let the network know about it.

The FA’s ‘Introduction to Football’ Course is a great opportunity for any new or existing football coaches who are looking to widen their knowledge and gain formal qualifications. This course is usually £160 (RRP) but will be available at a discounted rate of £50 to those that wish to apply. All learners will also receive access to the FA’s new safeguarding and first aid qualifications as part of this offer. This training is online and can be completed at your own pace throughout March, including self-study and optional webinars led by the FA.

A pre-requisite for taking part in this training pilot is that individuals must have already completed or be able to complete the FA Playmaker Course by 22nd February 2021. The FA Playmaker Course is an entry-level training which takes around 6-8 hours to complete online. We appreciate that this is a very quick turnaround, but we have just been informed of this pilot and we thought this was still an exciting training opportunity worth sharing.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please get in touch with Peter Dutton, Project Manager at Age UK, to discuss the next steps – peter.dutton@ageuk.org.uk.

Please note, this training is not part of Age UK’s Walking Football grant Programme but has been offered to our network due to our ongoing partnership with the FA.

February Finance Network Meeting

The next Finance Network Meeting will take place on 24th February. Find out how to book your place.

On 24th February, we are holding the next virtual Finance Network Meeting on Teams, from 11:00 until 12:30, to which we warmly invite all Finance Directors, Heads of Finance Department and Finance Managers, together with CEOs, Treasurers and other interested trustees.

The topic will be ‘Forecasting in a time of uncertainty’ which has surely never been more relevant than now, given the ongoing pandemic restrictions and the fact that despite the encouraging progress of the vaccination rollout, we still have no clear timescale or understanding of how we will all begin to emerge from the present lockdown measures. Just how do you forecast when there are so many unknowns?

The session will be led by Stuart Walker, a charity accountant commissioned by Cranfield Trust and we’re looking forward to a very interesting presentation. It will include a Q&A session, so please be ready for the opportunity of asking ‘live’ questions.

To secure your place in this meeting, please email either John.Fox@ageuk.org.uk or David.Chenery@ageuk.org.uk as soon as possible. We will send you the link to the meeting nearer the time.

You are invited to Active Partnerships’ second National Live Longer Better event

The second National Live Longer Better event “Covid-19 Resilience and Recovery” takes place on Wednesday 24th February.

Active Partnerships is inviting all local Age UKs to join them for the second National Live Longer Better event. Live Longer Better is about shifting public and professional perceptions of ageing to create a new culture that redefines the concept of care for older adults, using physical activity as the driver to increase health span and improve mental health. Age UK and Age UK Oxfordshire are part of an early stage working group led by Active Partnerships that is looking to develop this initiative in the longer term.

The first National Live Longer Better Event was held mid-January to raise awareness of Sir Muir Gray’s ‘Live Longer Better’ initiative and to promote partnership working. 218 delegates attended the event with cross-sector representation including local authorities, Age UK/local Age UKs – (47 local Age UKs attended), NHS, Care Homes, Leisure Trusts and various voluntary and community sector partners.  100% of the delegates who provided feedback confirmed that the event met their expectations:

  • “Thank you so much for such an informative and useful webinar and many thanks to the fantastic speakers for presenting their inspirational projects and activities to us” – Sadia
  • “Brilliant session, best one I’ve been to for a long time! Totally inspired!” – Deborah

Book your place

Active Partnerships is now very pleased to announce its next national event:  ‘Live Longer Better:  Covid-19 Resilience and Recovery’ on Wednesday 24th February at 10.00 – 12.00.  Registration for the event is now open here.

Registration for the first event was closed after two weeks due to such huge interest, so we urge you to REGISTER NOW to avoid disappointment!

The 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 and social care.  We look forward to sharing some excellent presentations and speakers around the Live Longer Better work – the final programme will be available nearer the time.

Making Tax Digital Guidance

Guidance on preparing for the “Making Tax Digital for VAT” period which begins in April 2021.

Further to the recent VAT session at the Finance Network Meeting held in January, we thought it important to highlight that local partners need to be prepared for the Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT ‘hard landing’ period from April 2021. Additional Making Tax Digital for VAT (MTD) requirements will take effect from Thursday 1 April 2021. When HMRC first announced MTD, it was a two-phase process.

  • Phase one: The first phase was considered a ‘soft landing’ period and came into effect from April 2019. Under phase one, businesses with an annual turnover of more than the registration threshold of £85,000, were required to submit their VAT returns electronically.
  • Phase two: The second phase was initially planned for April 2020, however, due to COVID-19 it was delayed for a year and will apply for VAT periods starting on, or after, Thursday 1 April 2021.

Crowe UK LLP has put together an alert on the important aspects and changes to MTD which companies need to be compliant with for the imminent end to the ‘soft landing’ period and start of the second phase, including:

• what is changing from Thursday 1 April 2021?
• digital links and phase two compliance
• compliance when using advisors and accountants.

For further information to ensure your processes are MTD compliant please click here.

They are also providing a free webinar on Monday 22 February 2021 from 14:30 – 15:30 where their VAT specialists will be covering all the important information to make sure you’re prepared for the end of the ‘soft landing’ period. You’ll also be able to take part in a live Q&A.

For any additional support, please contact the VAT helpline on 0207 842 7499 or email AgeukVAT@crowe.co.uk.

February Finance Network Meeting

On 24th February, we are holding the next virtual Finance Network Meeting on Teams, from 11:00 until 12:30, to which we warmly invite all Finance Directors, Heads of Finance Department and Finance Managers, together with CEOs, Treasurers and other interested trustees.

The topic will be ‘Forecasting in a time of uncertainty’ which has surely never been more relevant than now, given the ongoing pandemic restrictions and the fact that despite the encouraging progress of the vaccination rollout, we still have no clear timescale or understanding of how we will all begin to emerge from the present lockdown measures. Just how do you forecast when there are so many unknowns?

The session will be led by Stuart Walker, a charity accountant commissioned by Cranfield Trust and we’re looking forward to a very interesting presentation. It will include a Q&A session, so please be ready for the opportunity of asking ‘live’ questions.

To secure your place in this meeting, please email either John.Fox@ageuk.org.uk or David.Chenery@ageuk.org.uk as soon as possible. We will send you the link to the meeting nearer the time.

Free carbon monoxide awareness workshops for frontline staff and volunteers

The Gas Safe Charity is offering a free webinar for those who visit or work in the homes of vulnerable people.

Over the next few months, the Gas Safe Charity is offering a free, on-line Zoom workshop aimed at front line staff and volunteers who visit or work in the homes of vulnerable people. It is also relevant to those who provide telephone support. The workshop lasts about an hour and explains the sources, signs and symptoms of high and low level carbon monoxide risks in the home and includes relevant scenarios to explain what steps to take if carbon monoxide poisoning is suspected. They have asked if we can let people know about their workshop so if you’d like to find out more and book onto an upcoming workshop, please click here.

New Microsoft Teams training session and updated links for upcoming sessions

Microsoft have offered a new training session for the Age UK Network to learn more about using Microsoft Teams. Find out how to join below.

We’re excited to offer another Teams training session, run by Microsoft, on February 10th. Alongside colleagues at Age UK, this is a wonderful opportunity for all Brand Partners who use MS Teams to learn new skills directly from Microsoft. This new training session will cover how to set up meetings on Teams and you can find the link to join below. PLEASE NOTE: We now have an updated link for the upcoming “Breakout Rooms Training Session” which we announced last month, please use the updated link below to join this meeting on February 19th at 2pm.

Wednesday 10th Feb 4-5pm GMT – Teams Meetings

This session will focus on how to set up and manage meetings on Teams.

Wednesday 17th Feb 2-3pm GMT – Teams 100

This session will cover the basics of Microsoft Teams. So if you do not feel confident using Teams, this session is for you. The session will cover navigating Teams, using chat, collaborating in Teams, calendar and meetings, making calls, sharing files and more.

Friday 19th Feb 2-3pm GMTBreakout Rooms Training

Attend this session to learn how to split meeting attendees into mini-groups during a meeting, and how to get the most out of this long-awaited new feature.