Age UK Derby and Derbyshire works within the East Midlands region on shared projects, and we co-ordinate our work to achieve the best possible outcomes for older people in the East Midlands.
Age Concerns and Age UK working together
Within Derbyshire there are a number of smaller Age Concern groups. We meet together in a County Forum to share best practice and offer mutual support. Together the County Forum created a County Plan identifying ways we could work together more effectively and share resources. It identifies aims for future work and the resources needed.
If you would like to use the collective force of Age Concern/Age UK in Derbyshire please contact Katy Pugh, Chief Executive, Age UK Derby and Derbyshire.
Age Concern Groups are mostly volunteer led providing services within their local community. All rely on local fundraising and volunteer support.
Age UK Derby and Derbyshire offers support to older people’s groups in the county and city. This support includes signposting to sources of advice and information, practical help with issues such as funding, meeting basic standards, training and best practice. We also support local groups with promotion through our Information and Advice Service, newsletters and promotional materials.
If you would like support for your group please see the support for older people's services section below or contact us.
Local Age Concern groups
Age Concern Chesterfield & District
Advocacy, careline telephone-befriending, information service.
Age Concern Glossop & District
Social activities and information service.
Age Concern Ilkeston
For more information about an Age Concern group please contact us.
We believe we have a role in supporting other organisations, groups and communities that support older people, and that by doing so, we can help to achieve our own charitable objectives.
Specialist infrastructure support
Age UK Derby and Derbyshire believes that it has a role in supporting other organisations, groups and communities that support older people and that by doing so it can help to achieve its own charitable objectives.
Support provided by a variety of staff and services:
- Information and advice on starting or maintaining a group or organisation – issues such as funding opportunities, quality systems and best practice and practical help in resolving problems
- Signposting to other organisations offering infrastructure support (For a full list of CVS’ and Volunteer Centres please see 3D website link below)
- Mentoring and guidance to support groups during periods of change or crisis
- Specialist support to general groups who want to provide services to older people
Age UK Derby and Derbyshire services can also support groups and enable access to our services. For example The Information Roadshow enables smaller groups to access offers a valuable, free service to groups and clubs.
Resources to support your group:
Trustee Recruitment Toolkit - contact us to request
We can also help with practical problems in a number of ways. We can help by supporting you with promotion and publicity, use of equipment and lending equipment. Some equipment can be expensive and if you only need it occasionally does not make sense to purchase for yourself.
Publicity and promotion:
- Display boards in blue and red*
- Local publicity in newsletters and at events
- Powerpoint displays in Derby office window
- Display of materials on Information Roadshow events in your area.
*slot together velour covered boards in a large carry bag
- Gazebo for those outdoor events*
- Projector screen
- Flipchart easel
*white, pop-up gazebo with four sides including two window panels and two zip-up doorways, comes in a wheeled carry case
Use of administrative equipment:
- Spiral binding machine
(if we can find volunteer workers to help, and are given notice well in advance we can do the work for you for the cost of materials only)
We can also help source equipment, find second-hand items or unite a donor with a group. Let us know what you are looking for and we will do our best.
For example our charity shops have a large selection of board games, jigsaws, card games, china and glassware, kitchen utensils, books, knitting wool etc. If you have a project that needs supplies then we may be able to help for free or at very low cost.
As part of its partnership work Age UK Derby & Derbyshire participates in groups and structures which aim to develop a thriving community and voluntary sector.
Age UK Derby and Derbyshire is a member of the Network of Specialist Infrastructure Organisations (NSIO) which forms part of 3D, the Derbyshire Infrastructure Consortium. We work with other infrastructure organisations to support groups and organisations to meet the changing needs of their communities and to achieve their full potential.
Visit the 3D website
Age UK and Age Concern Groups
Age UK Derby & Derbyshire offers specialist support for older people’s groups. In addition and as part of its participation in Age Concern the federation Age UK Derby & Derbyshire offers infrastructure support to Age Concern Groups within its area of remit. This involves offering 1:1 support with issues such as governance, sustainability, legal and HR matters, funding and service development.
To develop best practice Age UK Derby & Derbyshire facilitates a County Forum of Age Concern Groups in Derbyshire. Age UK Derby & Derbyshire offers topical news and information to the Forum in a regular newsletter between its quarterly meetings.
If you have any concerns about whether an older person, or yourself, is being abused or neglected, please see our safeguarding adults page for help. We are committed to preventing the abuse and neglect of vulnerable adults.