AGE UK UPDATE – 30 MARCH 2020:

We are continually updating our website to ensure information and advice is available to older people, their families and people in the community wanting to help their neighbours. More information is here: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/coronavirus/

We have developed a neighbourly volunteering offer. This encourages people to help support their elderly neighbours who are staying at home during the epidemic, and is permitted within the Government’s most recent guidance: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer/neighbourly-volunteering/

Local Age UK’s are responding to the Government’s announcements on Monday and the latest guidance and are doing their best to support the older people in their area who need their help. Some are still able to operate essential support services, but many are re-working what they can offer, this includes assisting many volunteers who will be taking up neighbourly volunteering within their one outing per day allowance announced on Monday.

If you would like to see what help you can give to your local Age UK, please contact them here: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/services/in-your-area/

To help us best serve and protect older people with the greatest need in this crisis, we would like to see GBG (largest provider of DBS checks across LAUK network) gain agreement from Disclosure and Barring Service (Home Office) to permit digital submission of ID verification for DBS checks. This will allow charities like Age UK to continue safe practices when using volunteers in some key services. If you would like to raise this issue with Ministers please contact us for more information.

And finally, being asked to stay at home can be more of a worrying time for some than others. For more information on safeguarding during this worrying time, please share our latest information and advice with your constituents. This includes information on how to avoid scams, and how to deal with an abusive partner, former partner or family member: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/coronavirus/staying-safe-and-well-at-home/staying-safe/

 

AGE UK UPDATE – 26 MARCH 2020:

Age UK have been in touch to provide an update about the information and support they are providing:

Dear Kevan,

During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic, Age UK will be providing you with a brief, weekly email with information and advice that you can share with older constituents, how you can help during the crisis, and updates on Age UK’s work during this important time.

Helping your older constituents – information you can share

We are continually updating our website to ensure information and advice is available to older people, their families and people in the community wanting to help their neighbours. More information is here: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/coronavirus/

We have developed a neighbourly volunteering offer. This encourages people to help support their elderly neighbours who are staying at home during the epidemic, and is permitted within the Government’s most recent guidance: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer/neighbourly-volunteering/

Local Age UK’s are responding to the Government’s announcements on Monday and the latest guidance and are doing their best to support the older people in their area who need their help. Some are still able to operate essential support services, but many are re-working what they can offer, this includes assisting many volunteers who will be taking up neighbourly volunteering within their one outing per day allowance announced on Monday.

If you would like to see what help you can give to your local Age UK, please contact them here: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/services/in-your-area/

And finally, being asked to stay at home can be more of a worrying time for some than others. For more information on safeguarding during this worrying time, please share our latest information and advice with your constituents. This includes information on how to avoid scams, and how to deal with an abusive partner, former partner or family member: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/coronavirus/staying-safe-and-well-at-home/staying-safe/