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This edition of the Link shares some news and upcoming events which may be of interest to you. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at Friends@ageuk.org.uk
Carers Week 2021 | 7 – 11 June
This year’s Carers Week will run from 7 – 11 June 2021. It’s an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and pave the way for policy makers to provide greater support for carers in the long term. There are lots of ways you can start getting involved now and show your support for carers.
The Carers Week website has a whole host of resources to help you take part.
The Big Lunch 2021
The Big Lunch is the UK’s annual big date to celebrate and give thanks to our neighbours and communities. Started in 2009, it’s an idea from the Eden Project that each year brings 6 million people together, made possible by The National Lottery and supported by new headline sponsors Iceland Foods. Find out more about The Big Lunch below, including how your organisation can get involved if you wish.
Every year during The Big Lunch, people meet, chat and have fun in their neighbourhoods, annually fundraising £8m for local causes they care about. This year, there are even more reasons than ever to get together and enjoy The Big Lunch, as the big date on 5-6 June kicks off a Month of Community, offering a feast of opportunities to share friendship and fun, and make positive local connections in your area.
Find out all about The Big Lunch on their website.
Thank You Day | July 4th
The last twelve months have been difficult for everyone, and we couldn’t have got through it without each other. Starting from just 13 individuals proposing a Thank You Day, the idea is now supported by hundreds of organisations across the country, ranging from the Scouts and Guides to Rotary and the Royal Voluntary Service, NHS, The Mirror and the Sun, the Football Association and the Church of England.
The aim of Thank You Day is to make Sunday 4th July the day for everyone to get together in the sunshine (fingers crossed!) raise a glass or a cuppa, and say a great big thank you to everyone who’s been helping us through this past year.
Find out how you can get involved on the Thank You Day website.
DEC appeal extended to respond to India’s devastating coronavirus surge
Age International has been supporting older people in India affected by the pandemic for a year, but with a surge in coronavirus cases devastating the country, Age International and the DEC have extended their Coronavirus Appeal to help address India’s growing crisis. Find out more about the campaign below, including how to get involved.
You will likely have seen on the news the images showing the devastating impact a second wave of coronavirus is having on India, as infection rates spiral out of control. The country’s health system is on the brink of collapse, with many hospitals overrun and oxygen supplies falling short of demand. The Disasters Emergency Committee, including Age International, has extended its Coronavirus Appeal to respond to the crisis in India, yesterday launching a media and fundraising push.
Doing more with less: how charities can rethink, reprioritise and recover, post-COVID
Lost income, the disruption of face-to-face services and the challenges of switching to digital have all impacted massively on the third sector, at a time when many charities have been seeing greater demand for their help than ever. And Covid-19 has only exacerbated the daily pressures that every organisation faces, such as leadership, staffing and volunteer management. With many smaller charities fearing for their futures, what are the most cost-effective strategies for recovery?
In this Third Sector webinar in partnership with the Open University, they focus on what every charity should be doing now, to survive and thrive in the long-term – from upskilling their people to continuing their digital transformation. The webinar will take place on Tuesday 8 June 2021 from 11:00am. Book your Place
Building a Long Term Remote-Hybrid Working Strategy
Manage Remote Teams, an organisation that aims to help organisations master remote and hybrid working are running a webinar titled “Beyond the Pandemic: Building a Long Term Remote-Hybrid Strategy”. The next session runs on Wednesday 19th May 2021, 10am – 12:30pm. We appreciate this is short notice but we’ve only just been informed of this webinar and we still wanted to share it with you in case you are able to attend. Find out more
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