Cost Recovery Workshop for Service Managers – 21st July

Age UK’s Financial Governance Team has been providing support to CEOs and Boards through their Finance Network Meetings. They are now hosting a workshop just for Service Managers on 21st July. Find out full details below.

Age UK’s Financial Governance Team has organised a cost recovery workshop specifically for Service Managers. This workshop will take place on Teams on Thursday 21st July from 11am – 12pm. Find out full details, including how to book your place, below. Please share this update with anyone who has the responsibility for delivering your organisation’s services, so that they can attend.

Age UK’s Financial Governance team has long-supported CEOs, senior Finance staff and trustees of Brand Partners in a wide range of financial governance and management matters, with feedback displaying that these contributions have been well-received.

However, an understanding of some key finance issues amongst other managers within across the Network is equally important. With that in mind, the Financial Governance Team has organised a workshop specifically for Service Managers – i.e. those who have the responsibility for delivering your organisation’s services. That said, if other senior staff or trustees wish to attend, you will be very welcome.

About the Workshop

When a charity is invited to tender to provide a service for its beneficiaries, or when the organisation is considering making changes to an existing charged-for service or applying for grant funding, it is important that the Manager responsible for delivering that service is aware of what it will cost the charity to provide it. It’s equally important for the Service Manager to know that the funds required will be sufficient to cover the costs involved and allow for unforeseen contingencies and a surplus.

As it is always good practice for Managers to continually look for ways to improve both the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of service delivery, it is important to have a full understanding of the financial basis of the service, so that good practice can be applied.

This workshop will take Service Managers through the basic financial considerations required to accurately cost and price a service so that together with Finance colleagues and other managers, they will feel confident that the application for grant funding or a proposed charge to users, will be fair and transparent, and that the provision of that service will represent a good use of the charity’s assets.

Book your place

This workshop will take place on Thursday 21st July, via Teams, will run from 11:00 to 12:00. It will take no longer than an hour and this will allow time for questions and answers. Please encourage your Service Managers and other colleagues who you feel would benefit from attending, to register by emailing John Fox (John.Fox@ageuk.org.uk) so that an invitation to join the workshop can be sent.

We intend to record the event and then to make the recording, and the supporting slide deck, available to the wider network as a Webinar which staff can view at a time convenient to them. However, attendance at a live, interactive event will always provide greater value.

By tailoring a workshop specifically for Service Managers, this is an experimental departure from our normal support approach to Brand Partners. Our aim is to raise awareness and understanding of Full Cost Recovery principles, why this is important, especially in the current challenging operating environment, and to demonstrate how it adds real value for all concerned across your organisations.

Men’s Mental Health Webinar | 30th June 2022

Aviva and Onebright have teamed up to host a webinar focussing on men’s mental health on Thursday 30th June. Find out full details below.

Following Men’s Mental Health Week last week, Aviva and Onebright have teamed up to host a webinar focussing on men’s mental health. The webinar will take place on 30th June from 11am to 12pm, click here to book your place, or read on to find out more.

Aviva are extending this webinar invitation to all their clients, their employees and their intermediaries to offer valuable education and awareness – whether interested personally, to support family or friends or as a line manager.

The webinar will cover:

  • Introduction – why mental health is so important
  • Men’s health statistics
  • Dispelling stereotypes
  • Common men’s mental health issues and triggers
  • Spotting the signs
  • Supporting each other at work and at home
  • Strategies to make improvements
  • When to get help

Click here to book your place.

Free webinar | Learn about Digi-Board – A new board evaluation tool

Digi-board are running a free webinar where you can learn more about Digi-Board and hear how the board and senior management team at Age UK Lancashire have used the platform.

Digi-Board provides tools to help charities to overcome the complexities of governance. They’re running a free webinar where you can learn more about Digi-Board and hear how the board and senior management team at Age UK Lancashire have used the platform. The webinar will take place on Tuesday 28 June from 11.00am to 12.00pm – read on for full details, or click here to book your place.

When resources, time and money are scarce, governance is often put on the back burner to be dealt with later. Yet, many charities have found that, if anything, the pandemic reinforced the idea that improving governance helps us all manage what we have more efficiently.

So what does it take to get to good governance in a time and cost effective way? And how do you evaluate the hard and soft drivers?

Digi-Board provides tools to help you address these challenges and overcome the complexities of governance – enabling you to assess your governance practices against the principles of the Charity Governance Code and other critical factors for good governance.

This free webinar will provide an opportunity for you to learn more about Digi-Board and hear how the board and senior management team at Age UK Lancashire and other charities took the bold step to use Digi-Board’s innovative digital approach to assess their governance effectiveness and learn how they identified what and where to improve.

Learn more about how they used data driven information, actionable insights and benchmarking to do things better to improve the overall effectiveness, performance and governance of the charity.

Speakers:

  • Helen Michaels CEO and Co-Founder – Digi-Board
  • Teri Stephenson CEO – Age UK Lancashire
  • David Burland Founder – dbassociates and Digi-Board associate consultant

Book your place

The webinar will take place on Tuesday 28 June from 11.00am to 12.00pm.

To register for a place, please click here.

Ageing Better: A Celebration – Learning event from the National Lottery Community Fund

To celebrate the work of The National Lottery Community Fund’s Ageing Better programme, there will be a final event to share key approaches and learning.

The National Lottery Community Fund’s Ageing Better programme distributed £87 million to organisations across the country to support older people. The final event sharing the learning from this programme will take place online on 28th June from 10am-1pm. Read on for further details, or click here to book your place.

As well as sharing wider learning, Ageing Better partnerships will be detailing/highlighting four of the key approaches developed within the Ageing Better programme which include: Community Connectors; Co-Production; Micro-Funding; and Warm Welcome

This is an open event with plenty of opportunity for interaction with experts from within the programme, so please do sign up and share this message with anyone else who might also be interested.

Warm Homes Programme – Applications now open!

The Warm Homes Programme is set to return this Autumn! Find out more here, including how to apply and details of an upcoming introductory webinar.

Calling all Age UK brand partners in England and Wales! Subject to approval from Ofgem, Age UK are planning to deliver a new round of the Warm Homes Programme from Autumn 2022. Find out full details of the programme below, including how to apply before the July 5th deadline and details of an upcoming introductory webinar.

Similar to previous years, the Warm Homes Programme will aim to address the main causes of fuel poverty and cold related ill-health through benefit entitlement sessions and home energy checks. We expect the delivery period to run from approx. September 2022.

Programme Guidelines and Contact Details

Please find attached guidelines for both benefit checks and home energy checks which explain the programme’s requirements and details in depth.

If you require further information, please feel free to contact the Project Team (warmhomes@ageuk.org.uk) to discuss any questions you may have ahead of the application process (please write SY12 QUERY in the subject box).

Upcoming Introductory Webinar – Weds 22nd June

We will also be running a webinar to discuss the programme and answer any questions regarding the application process from partners who are interested in applying. This will take place on Wednesday 22nd June 2022 at 11.30am-12.30pm.

Please register for this webinar by emailing the project team on warmhomes@ageuk.org.uk (please write SY12 WEBINAR in the subject box).

How to submit your application

Applications for this programme must be submitted via GIFTS by noon on Tuesday 5th July 2022:

  • To start benefit check applications, click here.
  • To start home energy check applications, click here.

To log into your GIFTS account so that you can resume your application/s, please click here.

You can view a guide to the GIFTS system here. For any issues or queries when applying for funding through GIFTs, please contact the Grants Team on grants.unit@ageuk.org.uk

Please note applications submitted after the July 5th deadline will be automatically rejected.

We Are Undefeatable Webinar – Upcoming campaign plans

Learn about the latest insights, news and campaign plans for We Are Undefeatable in 2022.

The We Are Undefeatable campaign are hosting a free webinar on 25 May from 10:30 – 11:30, where they will be sharing information around their campaign plans for the year and providing key insights from their winter digital campaign. There will also be chance to hear from guest speakers about how they are working to encourage people living with long-term health conditions to be physically active. Click here for full details.

Upcoming Live Longer Better Event – 8th June 2022

All Age UKs are invited to attend the next Live Longer Better Thought Leadership National Event on Wednesday 8th June from 10:00-11:30.

All Age UKs are invited to join the next Live Longer Better Thought Leadership Event which will focus on the Health and Care Bill. The webinar takes place on Wednesday 8th June from 10:00 – 11:30. Read on to find out more, or click here to book your place.

The NHS was set up as a single organisation in 1948 – numerous bureaucracies, but one organisation, one family. From 1990, collaboration was stopped and competition began.

We now have an Act of Parliament, the Health and Care Bill which has received Royal Assent, enacting the most significant health legislation in a decade into law. Integrated systems were deemed essential, with their four purposes outlined:

  1. Improving population health and healthcare;
  2. Tackling unequal outcomes and access;
  3. Enhancing productivity and value for money; and
  4. Helping the NHS to support broader social and economic development.

This marks a milestone in the recovery and reform of how health and care services work together. The Live Longer Better programme was designed on these principles, recognising that activity: physical, cognitive and emotional, is an essential part of population health management and MUST be integral to improving community health and longevity.

This Live Longer Better National Event takes a consultative approach with National Clinical Directors.

Register for this event to find out their barriers and hurdles, understand how physical activity can help them quantify the benefits of overcoming these problems and support delivery on their key objectives.

Our LLB National Events have proved extremely popular – over 2,000 delegates have attended our last 7 events with cross sector representation. Delegates confirmed that the events “fully met their expectations”.

This 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. We look forward to sharing some excellent presentations and speakers around the Live Longer Better work.

New Wellbeing Webinar from Zurich – “The Power of the Morning Routine!”

Zurich are hosting a wellbeing webinar hosted by a leading wellness coach, to discuss how having a morning routine can help your overall wellbeing.

Zurich are hosting a wellbeing webinar hosted by leading wellness coach, Kate Horwood, to discuss how having a morning routine can help your overall wellbeing. You’ll receive lots of tips, tools, exercises and advice around how best to manage your time and energy, and be more productive as a result. The webinar takes place on Wednesday 20th April from 10-11am and you can book your place here.

To add a little spring in our step, sparing a little time for ourselves to look after our mental, emotional and physical wellbeing is so important. In a modern world, where there are so many ways we can connect, it can sometimes be difficult to switch off, and how your morning starts can have an impact on how you feel for the rest of the day.

What you’ll learn…

  • Why a morning routine is so powerful  
  • How it sets you up for a positive and productive day  
  • The difference between being in a proactive versus reactive state  
  • Locus of control – what it is and why it’s so important  
  • Example morning routines of well-known, successful people  
  • Examples of what participants can do to start their own morning routine  
  • How to create a successful morning routine for yourself  
  • Participants leave with a plan for their new morning routine 

Upcoming Live Longer Better Thought Leadership Event – 23rd March 2022

All Age UKs are invited to attend the next Live Longer Better Thought Leadership National Event on Wednesday 23rd March from 10:00-11:30.

All Age UKs are invited to join the next Live Longer Better Thought Leadership Event which is titled “The Longevity Revolution”. The webinar takes place on Wednesday 23rd March from 10:00 – 11:30. Read on to find out more, or click here to book your place.

The number of older people is increasing, both in absolute terms and relative to the numbers of young people. This is often portrayed as a major problem but our understanding of the science of what is happening to us as we live longer is getting clearer, and the evidence about what can be done to prevent, delay, slow or even reverse conditions such as frailty, dementia and dependence is getting stronger.

Live Longer Better aim to:

  • Refocus the lens on population ageing to healthy longevity
  • Focus on reconditioning rather than deconditioning
  • Prescribe activity with, and sometimes instead of, drug prescriptions
  • Recognise that physical activity professionals are agents of change as catalysts for action within complex systems.

Expert Speakers confirmed to date include:

  • Sir Muir Gray                               
  • Jamie Blackshaw (Office for Health Improvement and Disparities)
  • Anant Jani (University of Oxford)
  • Dr Jenni Jones (National University of Ireland)
  • Dr Marlize de Vivo (Active Medicine)
  • Lisa Wood (Active Partnership – Wesport)

We look forward to sharing some excellent presentations from speakers around the Live Longer Better work, inspired by Sir Muir Gray in collaboration with Active Partnerships.

The LLB National Events have proved extremely popular – over 1,800 delegates have attended our last five events with cross sector representation including local authorities, Age UK, NHS, Care Homes, Leisure Trusts and various voluntary and community sector partners.  Feedback given by delegates confirmed that the events fully met their expectations. Register for this event now to secure your place!

Further programme details will be circulated nearer the event.

This 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. We look forward to sharing some excellent presentations and speakers around the Live Longer Better work.

Upcoming Webinar: Ageing Better – Evolving with hybrid models of delivery

The National Lottery Community Fund’s Ageing Better programme is holding an event to explore the impact, challenges and emerging best practices around hybrid models of delivery.

The Ageing Better programme would like to invite members of the Age UK Network to an event to explore the impact, challenges and emerging best practices around hybrid models of delivery (delivery face-to-face, online and by telephone) developed as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The session will take place on Tuesday 22nd March from 11:00-12:30, click here to book your place, or read on for more details.

The pandemic prevented most face-to-face delivery, requiring organisations to adapt and evolve their ways of working overnight. As we emerge from restrictions, hybrid models of delivery that blend offline and online elements, continue to evolve.

Drawing on learning from The National Lottery Community Fund’s Ageing Better programme, which sought to address loneliness and social isolation among people over 50, this session will explore the models being developed by Ageing Better partners as part of their work over the last 18 months.

About the event

The session will take place on Tuesday 22nd March from 11:00-12:30. It is being organised by Kaleidoscope Health and Care who are working in partnership with The National Lottery Community Fund.

Speakers from Ageing Better partnership areas across England will discuss:

  • The context for, and advantages of, using a hybrid model of delivery
  • The challenges that providers and services have experienced in adapting to a hybrid model of delivery
  • Emerging practice and learning from the Ageing Better programme

There’ll also be lots of opportunities for discussion and space to share experiences, challenges and solutions.

This event will be relevant to anyone involved in running groups, services or activities aimed at people aged 50+ seeking to address loneliness and isolation. 

If you are able to attend please sign up at the Eventbrite link here.

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