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10 July 2020 Corona 14


Poem – I lift up my eyes
Re-opening Tyne & Wear Museums
Small business opportunity


Love Parks Week

Research & Reports

Financial impact of the coronavirus
Return to work carers pilot

Opportunities for Action

Why don’t victims cases go to court?
Coronavirus scams and alerts
Children and Young People’s experience survey


How to wear masks safely
Redesign your voluntary services and useful VCS data

This week’s events & activities at a glance

Summer outdoor concerts at the Racecourse
Northern Pride online



We have written two more articles about managing a low income and updated our looking for work article.

  • Help with clothing which includes where to get affordable school uniform and who can help when you have an interview.
  • Menstruation which includes where to find free hygiene products
  • Looking for Work article which includes support if you care for someone

Here’s our latest podcast on MixCloud – the interview was broadcast on Radio Tyneside.  Listen out for our dementia interview next Friday at 4 pm.

Please let us know if you are changing the way you offer your services – perhaps you are offering some face to face services or have created something online.

Organisations Updated

Jesmond Library click and collect
Justice and Peace
Skills Hub Newcastle

Poem – I lift up my eyes from lockdown

This poem has been released by Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Hospitals Trust and is read by Kevin Whatley.

Re-opening plans for Tyne and Wear Museums

TWAM museums and galleries will be opening soon.  The response to their public survey was good with over 1,700 people completing it. 27% of people said they’d visit as soon as they reopen and a further 47% said they’d only wait a short while to visit.  Here are the planned dates/venues:

  •  27 July – Arbeia
  • ·10 August – Laing Art Gallery
  • ·13 August – South Shields Museum & Art Gallery
  • ·21 August – Stephenson Steam Railway
  • ·25 August – Shipley Art Gallery
  •  1 Sept – Discovery Museum
  •  1 Sept – Great North Museum: Hancock
  • ·Autumn – Hatton Gallery and Tyne & Wear Archives

You will need to book a time slot and maintain social distancing rules.

Small businesses opportunity

To celebrate the return of high street shopping, Channel 4, in partnership with several brands, are looking for small, independent high street retailers and hospitality businesses to feature in an exclusive prime time TV ad break.

Each of the five independent retailers awarded the free promotion, will receive a free of charge 30 second TV advert that will be broadcast in an ad break takeover on Friday 31st July 2020 during Cats Does Countdown on Channel 4, as well as across slots on E 4, Film 4, More 4 and All 4. Channel 4 will also be pushing this out on its social platforms and all businesses will be given their 30 second ad to use on their own social accounts.


Love Parks Week, 12 to 21 July 2020

Many of us have taken to our parks and gardens in Newcastle during the lockdown period and, if we didn’t before, we have realised what a vital role our green infrastructure plays in our lives.  Green space or nature, nurture our physical and mental health.

At the end of June, James Cross, CEO of Urban Green Newcastle, the organisation that manages our parks, wrote to the Prime Minister to call for increased investment in our green areas to enable a more healthy and thriving city to emerge.  It will be interesting to hear how the Government responds.

Love Parks Week is an opportunity for us all to think about the importance of our green spaces.  Unfortunately, they are not treated with the respect and love they deserve and the Keep Britain Tidy campaigning organisation state that across our city, parks and green spaces, packaging from food and drink consumed on-the-go and cigarette-related litter continue to be our biggest litter blight.

So, why not enjoy our green spaces, take our litter home and respect their role in supporting our well being; reducing stress, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes.

Keep an eye on the Urban Green Newcastle website.

Get ready for the Great British September Clean 11-27 September 2020

Financial impact of the coronavirus

The Financial Conduct Authority has confirmed that credit card and loan customers struggling to repay due to the coronavirus pandemic can take a second three-month payment holiday.

A new report by Generation Rent shows that rent arrears have trebled since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, with over half a million households currently in arrears.

On 29 June 2020 the Institute for Fiscal Studies reported that new research had revealed that “non-payment of household bills, had increased further between April and May. In particular, the research noted that by May 2020, numbers of mortgage, rental and Council Tax payments were, respectively, 14, 11 and 9 % lower. This represents a further deterioration since April.

Citizens Advice has published the results of research conducted by The Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford. It suggests that nearly 1.4 million people have no recourse to public funds in the UK. This is an increase on previous estimates, based on 2016 data, which put the figure at 1.1 million. A person with no recourse to public funds can’t access welfare benefits, homelessness assistance from local authorities or an allocation of social housing through local authority registers.

If you need help contact Active Inclusion team 


Return to work carers pilot

The aim of this project is to help and support carers to return to work post Covid 19.
These opportunities will vary from carer to carer, but could include help with developing your work profile, preparation for job interviews or entering work-based opportunities, such as visits and tours, work experience or internships. For some it may be about accessing training or education as a stepping-stone back into employment. Contact Newcastle Carers if you live in Newcastle, but this is a North of Tyne project.InformationNOW has a range of articles on care including:
looking after someone
care and support
carer’s allowance
carer’s assessments
looking for work

Why don’t victims cases get to court?

Digital Voice for Communities has been asked to do some research regarding the number of people who go to court after reporting a crime. As some of you may know attrition rates in Tyne and Wear are some of the lowest in the UK.

Digital Voice will ask victims a short series of questions which will help them to understand why they decide not to go to court to testify against the perpetrators. They want to understand how better to support victims so they feel confident to seek justice.

If you are in receipt of the supporting victims fund contact Digital Voice 01207 566 866

Coronavirus related cyber scams and information

Mozilla firefox web browser

Misco Talos has issued a security notice for concerns which can lead to sensitive information being disclosed about your accounts. Products affected include:  Firefox version 76.0.2 x64 Firefox Nightly version 78.0a1 x64

To report a Facebook profile

  • Click on the on the persons cover photo and select Find Support or Report Profile
  • Select the option that best describes the account
  • Click at the top right of Facebook and choose Settings.
  • Click Blocking in the left side menu, select the person you want to block and click Block

Managing online accounts:

  • Create strong passwords
  • Avoid using predictable passwords
  • Don’t re-use the same password across important accounts.
  • A good way to create a strong and memorable password is to use three random words.
  • Multi factor authentication will help you eg extra security of a texted code or phone call

We have updated our cyber scams and fraud article

Children and Young Peoples’ Experience Survey

Closing date Sunday 19th July 2020

A Children and Young Peoples’ Experience Survey has been designed so that we can understand and respond to their experiences during the pandemic.  This is aimed at children who may not have used CNTW services and then goes on to those who have used their services – the opening questions collect general mental health data.

If you are between the ages of 10 to 18 years, CNTW want to know how your mental health has been affected or changed due to the pandemic. The survey is anonymous and all comments will remain confidential.  Additional support is available from Involvement Facilitators who can be contacted by telephone or email during office hours:

  • Dawn Willis (Central): 07866 133 240
  • Paul Nicol (North): 07969 242 704
  • Nicola Armstrong (South): 07920154 568

How to wear masks safely

WHO has a range of information, including films and posters, related to different types/styles of masks and where and how to wear them.

Redesign your voluntary services and useful VCS data

VONNE has designed a help and support series of modules and zoom sessions to redesign your service for digital access.

The UK Almanac 2020 by NCVO has been published. A comprehensive overview of VCS facts and figures at a national level.

Summer outdoor concerts at the Virgin Money Unity Arena, Newcastle Raceourse, Gosforth Park

Here is the line up for live music this summer which will follow social distancing guidelines. Tickets go on sale, Friday 10 July and the full line-up announced so far is

  • Fri 14th August – Craig Charles
  • Sat 15th August – Two Door Cinema Club
  • Sat 22nd August – Supergrass
  • Thurs 27th August – Tom Grennan
  • Sat 29th August – The Libertines
  • Sun 30th August – Jason Manford
  • Tues 1st & Weds 2nd September – Bill Bailey
  • Sat 5th September – Maximo Park

Tickets are available via this link from 10 am on Friday 10th July.

More information about how it all works.

Northern Pride online 18 July 2020

Get involved with Northern Pride this year. On 18 July you can enjoy Northern Pride online with virtual guest speakers, virtual performances and the event will finish with an online candlelight vigil. The key themes are unity, protect, identity, healing, sunlight and spirit. They will be showing their virtual march at 12 noon with photos of the audience from previous events that were sent in. Watch on Facebook or You Tube.

There will be an LGBT virtual 5k run during the weekend. Look out for more details.

Last updated: July 10, 2020

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