Age UK Financial Governance Virtual Masterclass Programme – One week left to apply!

There’s one week left to apply for the upcoming Virtual Financial Governance Masterclass Programme! Find full details here.

A quick reminder that applications close on 30th November for the Financial Governance Masterclass Programme, set to be delivered by Moore Kingston Smith in early 2022. This programme is open to all Age UK and Age Cymru Brand Partners and will support up to a total of 16 participants with a maximum of two attendees from each local partner. Find out full details below, including how to apply for a place.

As we start to consider coming out of the pandemic, the Age UK Network is thinking about how to navigate the future. Many Brand Partners have commented to Age UK’s Financial Governance Team about the complexity of this landscape as they try to navigate the competing forces of impact (and meeting older people’s needs) whilst ensuring financial sustainability for the future, especially with changing funding flows.

This virtual masterclass series, held in partnership with Moore Kingston Smith Nonprofit Advisory, will explore the complex financial governance landscape from seven different angles:

  • Strategy and competing priorities – Focusing on the right things and the real core issues.
  • Impact – Focusing resources and money on the outcomes we achieve for older people and their lives and aligning our money with this.
  • Financial Sustainability – Using our money and funding effectively (both unrestricted and restricted funds) to build a business model which balances risk, reserves and long-term sustainability. We will also look at cost recovery and better use of reserves within this.
  • Re-imagining services (and developing social businesses) – Re-imagining your work, and specifically the shift towards more earned income models.
  • Efficiency – Driving efficiencies through the organisation and its work.
  • Fundraising – Making better use of fundraising and ensuring we maximise return on investment.
  • Change – Finally, no change can take place without the trustees, management, staff and volunteers being motivated and aligned for the future. The course will focus on change and how to lead in this environment.

The course

The course will be delivered by Moore Kingston Smith Nonprofit Advisory (MKSNA) as a series of morning online / virtual sessions and 1:1 support.

The online sessions will take place over five Thursday mornings between 10 January and 27 February 2022 with a break in between to allow time for follow-up with each Brand Partner’s attendees.

The aim is a facilitated conversation with attendees rather than direct teaching in order to assess what each attendee’s needs really are and provide bespoke help to them.

Benefits of the programme to you

  • Develop your knowledge of cutting-edge tools and tactics.
  • Create an opportunity for self-reflection and peer-to-peer learning.

Benefits of the programme to your organisation

  • Each participant will leave the programme with a framework for creating change in their organisation.
  • Drive organisational change by develop­ing new knowledge and skills.
  • Generate new thinking about strategy, financial sustainability and growth.
  • Develop a set of responses to ensure that your organisation can thrive in a tough operating environment.

Interested? Apply today!

This programme is open to all Age UK and Age Cymru Brand Partners and will support up to a total of 16 participants with a maximum of two attendees from each local partner. We will use the information you set out in the application form below to select the participants.

Please find full details and how to apply below:

Deadline for applications: 5.00pm Tuesday 30th November.

If you have any questions relating to the programme, or would like further information please contact john.fox@ageuk.org.uk  or david.chenery@ageuk.org.uk

Partner Information Return: Data Report Published and Upcoming Event Scheduled

The full data report for the second quarterly Partner Information Return can be found below, along with details of an upcoming event to discuss the future of the PIR.

Thank you for taking the time to complete the second quarterly Partner Information Return (PIR). The full data report for this quarter can be found later in this article, along with details of the upcoming third quarterly PIR, and an event this December to discuss the future of the Partner Information Return.

The report on the data submitted for the Second Quarterly Partner Information Return can be accessed here.  If you have any questions on the report please contact localstatistics@ageuk.org.uk

The return for quarter 3, October 2021 to December 2021, will be released in January 2022.  We will be extending the completion window for this return until February 11th to allow additional time for completion following the Christmas and New Year period.

Event: Future of the Partner Information Return

We will be holding an event on 8th December, 10:00 – 11:00, to discuss the future plans for the Partner Information Return, and to discuss what data Partners feel would be helpful to include moving forward, and what would add value on a network wide level.

If you are interested in attending, please register for the event here.

Healthy Ageing and the LGBTQ+ Divide – Virtual Conference 2021

Opening Doors are hosting a virtual conference “Healthy Ageing and the LGBTQ+ Divide” on Wednesday 1st December from 11am-1pm. Find out full details, including how to book your place.

Opening Doors’ latest research, and that of their partners, informs the Pride in Care quality standard and other training that they offer to health and social care services throughout the UK. To help further the impact of this research, recent findings will be presented at their virtual conference, Healthy Ageing and the LGBTQ+ Divide: Virtual Conference 2021 on World Aids Day (1 December from 11am – 1pm), with presentations from Dr. Michael Brady (LGBT Health Advisor to the Government), Marc Thompson (The Love Tank, Team Prepster), Helen Belcher (TransActual UK) and more.

All attendees will receive the Opening Doors LGBTQ+ 50+ Health and Wellbeing Survey Report 2021 and links to the speakers’ research presentations.


Opening Doors would love to see you there! Alternatively, if this might be of interest to others you know, you can share some info about it by clicking: FacebookTwitter or Instagram.

Find out how the shared Network Quality Framework is shaping up at our upcoming webinar!

Join our free webinar on 25 November to find out how the shared Network Quality Framework is shaping up!

Over the past few months, the Age UK Quality team has been working with local and national partners to develop different aspects of the Age UK quality framework. The framework will apply to all members of the Age UK network (Age UK, national partners, and local partners) and its development is part of the joint Age UK / AEA quality review process which also feeds into the Services for Older People Committee (SOPC).

We will be holding a webinar from 10:00 – 11:30 on Thursday 25 November to provide a demo of the work that’s been developed by Communities of Interest over the summer; describe how they all fit together and into the quality framework; discuss next steps; and invite you to participate in further development and testing.

To sign up to the webinar, click here. We will send you joining instructions the week before the webinar.

To see more about the work that’s been taking place, visit our Quality Hub.

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.

Upcoming Webinar – Voluntary sector partnerships and Integrated Care Systems

Find out full details of the upcoming SCIE webinar “Voluntary sector partnerships and Integrated Care Systems” on Tuesday 30th November.

The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) is hosting a webinar on Tuesday 30th November 12:00pm – 1.25pm, covering the topic “Voluntary sector partnerships and Integrated Care Systems”. Click here to book your place or read on for further details.

This webinar will explore the importance of the voluntary, community and social enterprise VCSE sector contribution in shaping, improving and delivering services, and developing and implementing plans to tackle the wider determinants of health. It will look at how to effectively include this diverse and creative sector in emergent ICB structures and models. 

The webinar shares learning from systems, and asks:

  • How Integrated Care Boards ICBs can engage and embed the VCSE sector in system level governance and decision making arrangements.
  • How to build on the involvement of VCSE partners in forums at place and neighbourhood level.
  • And also examines how to ensure the VCSE sector can be supported to remain resilient and effective as part of a wider system

Voluntary sector partnerships: the vital cornerstone of integrated care systems

Chair:

Neil Tester, Director at the Richmond Group of Charities

Speakers: 

  • Frances Newell, Head of Partnership Development, Leadership and Partnerships team, NHS England and NHS Improvement
  • Maddy Desforges, CEO, NAVCA
  • Susannah Howard, Programme Director, Suffolk and North East Essex ICS
  • Sally Chandler, Chief Executive, Carers Trust Hillingdon
  • Stewart Lucas, System Lead for VCSE Integration (Mental Health), Manchester Mind

Click here to book your place

New Skills for Care Leadership Course Launched

“Leading Change, Improving Care (LCIC) is a new course from Grey Matter Learning set to start in the new year. Find out more, including details of available funding for each learner.

Grey Matter Learning has been approved to deliver the new Skills for Care Leadership course called Leading Change Improving Care (LCIC). They will begin providing this course in the new year. Due to limited availability, providers can contact them for pre-registration now. If you are interested in the course, please click here to contact Grey Matter Learning, or read on for further information – including available funding for each learner.

About the Course

The learning programme is grounded in the reality of social care delivery. LCIC takes a practical look at how to implement change in order to address challenges and service needs in social care. Leaders will discover the tools and techniques needed to drive change and ultimately improve the quality of care delivered.

The programme is delivered through five interactive modules covering the objectives below:

  • • Leading and managing the process of change within your team and organisation
  • • Facilitating change sensitively and building resilience for change
  • • Successful leadership skills and behaviours
  • • Managing hard to reach colleagues and those resistant to change to improve the performance of teams
  • • Coaching and development
  • • Improving personal effectiveness and time management
Funding Available!

You will be able to claim back £500 per learner on completion of Leading Change Improving Care through the Workforce Development Fund. The Grey Matter team can support you through the process.

Interested?

If you are interested in doing this programme with a Skills for Care “Centre of Excellence” endorsed provider who has won multiple awards, including ‘Best Social Care Course Training Company 2021’, then please click here.

Loneliness Community of Interest Meeting – Wednesday 1st December

Find out all the details of the upcoming Loneliness Community of Interest Meeting on Wednesday 1st December, including how to book your place.

After the recent loneliness survey and workshop, a Loneliness Community of Interest is being set up. This Community of Interest (CoI) will be facilitated by Age UK and will build on four elements that emerged from the workshop. The first Loneliness Community of Interest is being held on 1st December 10.00 – 11.30. Click here to register or read on for more information.

The four elements that emerged from the recent Loneliness Workshop are: 

  • Identifying and assessing loneliness risk and need. This includes how to raise the issue with service users and/or customers and the use of scales  
  • Guided Conversation and goal setting that includes discussion of a person’s capability, opportunities, and motivation 
  • Community asset mapping and exploring local partnerships. This involves understanding local need, the local system and improving access to support across local communities and populations 
  • Delivering a multi stranded offer to older people 

It is expected that each element will be explored by a sub-group within the Community of Interest, so experts across the Network can help shape our work. 

The structure, format and timings for each sub-group will be the primary focus of the first Loneliness Community of Interest. It is planned to agree the CoI’s aim and broader objectives, the frequency of meetings, outputs, and activities. It is envisaged this is a six-month commitment and local Age UKs may wish to involve more than one person from their organisation.

The first Loneliness Community of Interest is being held on 1st December 10.00 – 11.30. At this meeting participants will be asked to select which sub-group they wish to join and a timetable of attendance will be outlined.

If you would like to join the Loneliness Community of Interest, please register via this link.  

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Sarah Jewell: sarah.jewell@ageuk.org.uk.

Age UK Financial Governance Virtual Masterclass Programme – January and February 2022

Age UK’s Financial Governance Team has partnered with Moore Kingston Smith Nonprofit Advisory to host a Virtual Financial Governance Masterclass.

As we start to consider coming out of the pandemic, the Age UK Network is thinking about how to navigate the future. Many Brand Partners have commented to Age UK’s Financial Governance Team about the complexity of this landscape as they try to navigate the competing forces of impact (and meeting older people’s needs) whilst ensuring financial sustainability for the future, especially with changing funding flows. Find out full details of an upcoming virtual Financial Governance Masterclass series below, including how to apply for a place.

This virtual masterclass series, held in partnership with Moore Kingston Smith Nonprofit Advisory, will explore the complex financial governance landscape from seven different angles:

  • Strategy and competing priorities – Focusing on the right things and the real core issues.
  • Impact – Focusing resources and money on the outcomes we achieve for older people and their lives and aligning our money with this.
  • Financial Sustainability – Using our money and funding effectively (both unrestricted and restricted funds) to build a business model which balances risk, reserves and long-term sustainability. We will also look at cost recovery and better use of reserves within this.
  • Re-imagining services (and developing social businesses) – Re-imagining your work, and specifically the shift towards more earned income models.
  • Efficiency – Driving efficiencies through the organisation and its work.
  • Fundraising – Making better use of fundraising and ensuring we maximise return on investment.
  • Change – Finally, no change can take place without the trustees, management, staff and volunteers being motivated and aligned for the future. The course will focus on change and how to lead in this environment.

The course

The course will be delivered by Moore Kingston Smith Nonprofit Advisory (MKSNA) as a series of morning online / virtual sessions and 1:1 support.

The online sessions will take place over five Thursday mornings between 10 January and 27 February 2022 with a break in between to allow time for follow-up with each Brand Partner’s attendees.

The aim is a facilitated conversation with attendees rather than direct teaching in order to assess what each attendee’s needs really are and provide bespoke help to them.

Benefits of the programme to you

  • Develop your knowledge of cutting-edge tools and tactics.
  • Create an opportunity for self-reflection and peer-to-peer learning.

Benefits of the programme to your organisation

  • Each participant will leave the programme with a framework for creating change in their organisation.
  • Drive organisational change by develop­ing new knowledge and skills.
  • Generate new thinking about strategy, financial sustainability and growth.
  • Develop a set of responses to ensure that your organisation can thrive in a tough operating environment.

Interested? Apply today!

This programme is open to all Age UK and Age Cymru Brand Partners and will support up to a total of 16 participants with a maximum of two attendees from each local partner. We will use the information you set out in the application form below to select the participants.

Please find full details and how to apply below:

Deadline for applications: 5.00pm Tuesday 30th November.

If you have any questions relating to the programme, or would like further information please contact john.fox@ageuk.org.uk  or david.chenery@ageuk.org.uk

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.