Loneliness Awareness Week 2022 | 13-17th June | Ways to get involved

There are lots of ways to get involved with this year’s Loneliness Awareness Week! Find out more below, including some upcoming events!

This week is Loneliness Awareness Week, a great chance to connect with others working in the sector to tackle loneliness and promote your services. Here’s a reminder of some of the ways you can get involved, including: template social media wording to help spread the word; details of our webinar tomorrow; and Thursday’s Tackling Loneliness Hub workshop on addressing loneliness in the workplace.

If you have 5 minutes:

You can spread the word on your social media channels, using these template social media posts and graphics to raise awareness of loneliness, recruit new volunteers and promote your services.

All the materials you need are on the Box here.

If you have an hour:

Join us at our webinar, Tackling Loneliness at its Roots: how can we best support low-income households to overcome social isolation?

It will be hosted by Age UK on behalf of the DCMS Tackling Loneliness Champions. The panel will be discussing long-term, sustainable solutions to support those on low incomes to overcome loneliness, and will shine a spotlight on several innovative schemes.

Date: Tuesday 14th June, 11am-12pm

Chair: Darren Henry MP, Vice-chair of the APPG for Tackling Loneliness and Connected Communities

Platform: Zoom, please register here in advance

Speakers:

  • Robin Hewings, Programme Director, Campaign to End Loneliness
  • Jenny Paton, Deputy CEO, Age UK Wirral
  • Simone Banks, Lead Youth Worker, Youth Focus North East
  • Timothy Leech, CEO, Wavelength

If you would like to attend, please register here.

If you have an hour and a half:

Attend the Tackling Loneliness Hub workshop on addressing loneliness in the workplace. Please register here.

Date: Thursday 16th June, 2-3.30pm

This workshop will be a chance to hear examples of what works and understand how loneliness can affect colleagues and organisations. By the end of the workshop, we’ll have developed initial steps for addressing loneliness within our own organisations, with a particular focus on employee life cycles.

The workshop will cover:

1. Overview of Employers and Loneliness Guide

2. In focus: research on loneliness in the workplace

3. Case study and discussion: Re-engage approach to addressing loneliness in the workplace

4. Addressing loneliness throughout the employee lifecycle and life stages.

If you have any questions or would like any more information about Loneliness Awareness Week, please email Rhianon.Steeds@ageuk.org.uk.

Loneliness Awareness Week 2022 | 13-17 June

There are lots of ways to get involved with this year’s Loneliness Awareness Week! Find out more below, including some upcoming events!

There are lots of exciting activities going on and ways for you to get involved in this year’s Loneliness Awareness Week! It’s a great chance to connect with others working in the sector to tackle loneliness and promote your services. Read on for some template social media wording to help spread the word, as well as details of our upcoming webinar and the Tackling Loneliness Hub workshop on addressing loneliness in the workplace.

Book your place at the Age UK Winter Webinar 2021

Book your place at the Age UK Health Influencing Team’s Winter Webinar on Tuesday 19th October from 3pm-4pm.

Age UK’s Health Influencing team would like to invite all partners to our 2021 Winter Webinar on Tuesday 19th October at 3pm-4pm. This webinar is a chance to learn about our Winter Well-being Campaign and to hear from guest speaker Dr Adrian Hayter on NHS winter messaging and flu/ booster vaccinations. Adrian is the National Clinical Director for Older People and Integrated Person Centred Care at NHS England & NHS Improvement. If you would like to attend the event, please email healthinfluencing@ageuk.org.uk. The session will be recorded and distributed to the network for those who are unable to attend on the day. Thank you!

Free awareness talks from Bowel Cancer UK

Bowel Cancer UK host free online bowel cancer awareness talks, to help organisations to support those they work with. Find out how to book a presentation for your organisation.

Bowel Cancer UK provide free online bowel cancer awareness talks to workplaces and community groups across the UK. As 90+ percent of bowel cancers occur in those who are over 50 (yet are treatable and curable when caught early) the organisation would like to invite all members of the Age UK Network to book one of their 30-minute virtual presentations to highlight signs, symptoms, and risks for older people. Find out all about the talks, including how to book your place at a presentation, below.

Bowel cancer is currently the fourth most common cancer in England and the second biggest cancer killer. Over 34,000 people in England are diagnosed with bowel cancer each year, and over 13,500 people die annually from the disease.

However, it doesn’t have to be this way, as bowel cancer is treatable and curable, especially when caught early. That’s why Bowel Cancer UK are dedicated to raising awareness through our volunteer-led awareness talks.

What will be in the talk?

Our volunteers will deliver a 30-minute virtual presentation and highlight the following key awareness messages:

  • Signs and symptoms – learn the most common symptoms of bowel cancer
  • Risks – gain an awareness of the risk factors associated with bowel cancer
  • Bowel Screening – learn about the NHS bowel screening programme and the importance of taking part

Our volunteers will also be happy to answer any questions you might have. Very often, they have had personal experience of bowel cancer, and therefore have a great deal of knowledge and wisdom to share.

We really do rely on the support of workplaces and community groups to help us raise awareness of this common, yet curable, cancer.

Creative Later Life: October Meeting – Free Creative Resources for Local Age UKs

The next Creative Later Life meeting will take place on Thursday 14th October from 11:00-12:00 and will focus on free creative resources for local Age UKs.

The next Creative Later Life meeting will take place on Thursday 14th October, 11-12pm on Teams. Led by Age UK Oxfordshire’s Farrell Renowden, the theme for the meeting is ‘My Top 10 list of FREE creative resources for local Age UKs’. Farrell will talk participants through 10 of the most useful resources that she uses day to day. Book your place below.

Farrell is often asked how staff and volunteers can find accessible websites and useful toolkits or sign up for creative networks and national campaigns, so this session is ideal for those partners that are keen to develop their knowledge on the topic and get extra support- that is already freely available for us to use. 

November’s meeting will take place on Thursday 11th, 11-12pm, and will focus on tackling inequalities with creativity. 

All colleagues across the Age UK family are welcome, please email farrellrenowden@ageukoxfordshire.org.uk for a link or to be added to the CLL mailing list for updates.

Find out more about the Creative Later Life Network here.

Creative Later Life: September Meeting – Music Special

The next Creative Later Life meeting will take place on Thursday 9th September from 11:00-12:00 and will focus on Playlist for Life.

Whether you are new to Playlist for Life or already part of their network, the team have new free resources to enable more people to enjoy more music. Click here to join us at the next Creative Later Life Meeting on Thursday 9th September from 11:00-12:00, for the chance to hear how staff, volunteers, carers and colleagues are using Playlist for Life resources locally. Everyone across the Age UK Network is welcome, so please share it with any colleagues you think would be interested. We apologise that this reminder is at such short notice but we still wanted to share it with you in case you are able to attend on Thursday. This meeting will also be recorded and circulated afterwards for those who can’t make it on the day.

Playlist for Life say:

“Listening to the music that we love has many psychological benefits. In this session you’ll hear about the benefits of ‘personal’ music and how it can help improve wellbeing for people living with dementia. Whether it’s the music from a first dance, lullabies from childhood or a theme tune from a favourite TV show, singing or listening to just one song together that holds special meaning for someone can brighten their day and help you connect.”

For a flavour of their work, check out: ‘Get started with our resources’ 1 min 45 sec video and a longer 4 min Discover Playlist for Life video.

We look forward to seeing you at this Thursday’s meeting.

If you would like to join the Creative Later Life Network, please email Farrell Renowden at Age UK Oxfordshire.

Finance Focus: Important VAT Updates and Support for Partners

Age UK’s Financial Governance Team have created a summary of the support available to Partners to help you to review your VAT position.

Through the wide-ranging enquiries received by the VAT helpline and directly by the Financial Governance team, we recognise that this continues to be a key area of challenge for many partners. It has no doubt been further exacerbated by Covid- 19. Below is a handy summary of the support available to Partners from our VAT Helpline provider Crowe UK LLP to help review your VAT position.

We would encourage all partners to regularly review your VAT position through their professional advisors, even if you may not be currently VAT registered. A VAT health check can highlight any potential issues with your VAT accounting, identify any weaknesses in your accounting systems and look for any opportunities to improve your position.

As you currently work through your year-end accounts for 2020-21 this may be an opportune time to do so. Remember, getting it right can save you money; getting it wrong can be very costly.

Our VAT Helpline provider Crowe UK LLP have produced a wide range of bitesize webinars and publish regular updates and insights on key topics of interest for the charity sector. The webinars, such as Covid-19 and VAT recovery and others can be accessed (available on demand) here.

Partners seeking basic VAT advice and support can access this through our VAT Helpline. Crowe UK LLP offer a free 15-minute consultation, available to all partners in England and Wales (Cymru). Support can be accessed via their helpline and on email, as and when needed, between 9.30am and 5pm, Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays).

Email: ageukVAT@crowe.co.uk  or Call: 0207 842 7499

If the team is busy, the call will go to a dedicated voicemail. They will endeavour to respond within one working day. The same applies to any enquiries sent in by email.

Please note: Crowe will discuss VAT specific matters only for a period of up to 15 minutes with no charge. They will then draft an email confirming their advice and where appropriate include a reference to HMRC guidance and public notices.

For queries which are likely to exceed 15 minutes, or where additional work is necessary to bring the query to a resolution, Crowe will discuss with the local partner and where appropriate, give an indication of fees to continue with the query. Where such additional and in-depth bespoke support is required, any agreed fees are payable directly by the local partner to Crowe. To be clear, local Age UKs are under no obligation to use the professional services of Crowe UK LLP.

Remember the Helpline service is not intended to be a comprehensive technical reference, but rather a user-friendly support for our local partners to improve knowledge of, and compliance with, VAT requirements and to ensure opportunities to mitigate VAT are fully considered. Above all, to encourage the network to seek professional advice be it through Crowe or other accredited VAT specialist providers as and where appropriate to do so.

July Finance Network Meeting – Book your place

A reminder that registration is now open for the next Finance Network Meeting on Wednesday 21st July. The primary topic of this meeting will be “Key Performance Indicators and Dashboards”.

A quick reminder that registration for the next Finance Network Meeting is now open! This virtual meeting will take place on Wednesday 21st July from 11:00 – 12:30 and will cover the topic “Key Performance Indicators and Dashboards”. Please click here to book your place*, and please note that registration will close at 7PM on Tuesday 20th July. If you need to book after this time, please email john.fox@ageuk.org.uk or david.chenery@ageuk.org.uk.

If you are unable to attend on the day but would like to receive a copy of the slides and access to a recording of the meeting , please still book onto the event. We fully appreciate that the timings are not always convenient for colleagues. That way you can ensure you receive them.

Key Performance Indicators and Dashboards – How to measure and present what really matters to your organisation

Mark Salway and Marcus Lees-Millais of Moore Kingston Smith LLP will be asking ‘Are you measuring what really matters to your organisation’?

They will be taking an in-depth look at what drives your organisation and how to present that information in a concise and understandable manner.

KPIs are something that are often talked about, like a buzzword, without ever really being examined in more depth. What are the drivers of your organisation, are you measuring those things that matter, and how do you measure those things? Intelligent use of your data has always been important but getting it right in the Coronavirus environment is critical.

A Dashboard should be a summary of the things that really matter to your organisation. This means blending both finance and impact. All too often we see dashboards and management information that are heavily finance focused without including impact when that is what we all exist for as charities.

This will be an interactive webinar with input and discussion from participants encouraged and will include survey questions to compare your organisation’s practices with those of the other participants.

Please click here to book your place.*

*Please note that you should read the privacy notice that Eventbrite provides. This describes how the your data will be used by the platform.

July Finance Network Meeting – Book your place

Registration is now open for the next Finance Network Meeting on Wednesday 21st July. The primary topic of this meeting will be “Key Performance Indicators and Dashboards”.

Registration for the next Finance Network Meeting is now open! This meeting will take place via Microsoft Teams on Wednesday 21st July from 11:00 – 12:30 and will cover the topic “Key Performance Indicators and Dashboards”. Mark Salway and Marcus Lees-Millais of Moore Kingston Smith LLP will give a presentation titled ‘Are you measuring what really matters to your organisation?’. Please click here to book your place, and please note that registration will close at 7PM on Tuesday 20th July. If you need to book after this time, please email john.fox@ageuk.org.uk or david.chenery@ageuk.org.uk.

If you are unable to attend on the day but would like to receive a copy of the slides and access to a recording of the meeting , please still book onto the event. We fully appreciate that the timings are not always convenient for colleagues. That way you can ensure you receive them.

Since January of this year, we have been delivering a series of Finance Network Meetings designed to support Brand Partners in their planning for the ‘new normal’ world post-pandemic. During our meetings so far, we have featured:

  • VAT arrangements,
  • forecasting and scenario planning,
  • Building Back Better – Opportunities, Risks and considerations for the recovery,
  • Reserves management,
  • Full Cost Recovery,
  • Changes to Audit requirements regards Going Concern assessments.

If you missed any of these meetings or would like to re-watch them, we have stored all the recordings here.

With all that internal focus under our belts, we now need to turn our focus outwards – how well are we telling the story of what we are doing to achieve our objects.

Key Performance Indicators and Dashboards – How to measure and present what really matters to your organisation

Mark Salway and Marcus Lees-Millais of Moore Kingston Smith LLP will be asking ‘Are you measuring what really matters to your organisation’?

They will be taking an in-depth look at what drives your organisation and how to present that information in a concise and understandable manner.

KPIs are something that are often talked about, like a buzzword, without ever really being examined in more depth. What are the drivers of your organisation, are you measuring those things that matter, and how do you measure those things? Intelligent use of your data has always been important but getting it right in the Coronavirus environment is critical.

A Dashboard should be a summary of the things that really matter to your organisation. This means blending both finance and impact. All too often we see dashboards and management information that are heavily finance focused without including impact when that is what we all exist for as charities.

This will be an interactive webinar with input and discussion from participants encouraged and will include survey questions to compare your organisation’s practices with those of the other participants.

Please click here to book your place.

Applications open for Media Trust’s Digital Summer School 2021

Find out how to apply for Media Trust’s Digital Summer School – a free online programme to help charities learn how to inspire, engage and mobilise their online audiences.

Media Trust is running their Digital Summer School – a free, three-week online programme to help charities learn how to inspire, engage and mobilise their online audiences. Twice a week throughout the programme, there will be a 90-minute workshop, each on a different theme and delivered by a digital expert. There will also be access to mentoring, learning resources and wellbeing activities. Click here to find our more on the Media Trust website. Applications close on 16 July 2021 and successful charities will be notified by 22 July.

As the changes in our rapidly evolving digital world gain pace, it’s vital that charities get ahead and embrace the opportunities that come with digital. This programme aims to help your charity tell its story well, grow and engage its audience online and mobilise them to take action and support your cause. 

You’ll be joined by digital and charity experts who will provide specialist training and mentoring – helping you take your comms to the next level.

This programme is designed for charity professionals, volunteers or trustees who: 

  • Have responsibility for the day-to-day management of their charity’s digital communications.
  • Have a good understanding of how social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and websites work (this is not a beginner course).
  • Have the support of senior leadership to innovate the way your charity uses digital to engage your audience.
  • Are passionate about learning new strategies and ideas to strengthen your digital communications and help your charity stand out online.
  • Can dedicate 3-5 hours a week over three weeks between 2-20 August 2021
  • Did not attend Digital Spring School in April 2021

Each week of the programme is designed to build on the previous week. Participants will gain from the continuity of working with the same group members for peer-to-peer learning and support in their small group mentoring sessions. Therefore, individual participants need to commit to attending the full three-week programme. Where this isn’t possible because of holidays, caring responsibilities and/or heavy workloads because of reduced teams, you can nominate another colleague from your organisation to attend in your place.

Applications close on 16 July 2021. Successful charities will be notified by 22 July.