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10 May InfoNOW newsandfeatures


•Nexus Insight Panel
•Celebrating Volunteers
•Movement for Good
•Telephone Fraud
•Learn my way, basic computer training


•Dementia Friendly Newcastle
•Jesmond Community Festival
•The Late Shows 2019


NEXUS Insight panel

Would you like to shape decisions by NEXUS? Membership of the Insight Panel is open to people aged 18 or over who live in Tyne and Wear, Northumberland or Durham.

Insight Panel members will be invited to complete short online surveys once a month. To thank you for completing them, they’ll give you the opportunity to enter prize draws. They will publish the outcomes and their plans on their website.

You can join the online Insight Panel here to give your views and opinions.

Celebrating volunteers – Saturday 8th June, 11 am to 2pm, Good Space, Commercial Union House

Celebrate Volunteers Week by joining the Volunteering Matters open house for anyone interested in finding out about volunteering. Volunteering is recognised as a great way to connect with your local community, share skills and life experience and gain personal value and satisfaction. Getting involved in volunteering  is different for everyone so this is a unique chance to talk directly to over 16 local charities from areas as diverse as: health and social care; fundraising; international development; older people’s support and young people at risk of offending

They will be celebrating volunteering with free cake and coffee. So if you are interested in finding out more about volunteering pop in

Contact Karen Watson or on 07419988821.

Movement for Good – Insurance firm to give 500 charities £1,000

Ecclesiastical Insurance will give 500 charities £1,000 each, with another 10 receiving £50,000 each for longer-term project funding. They are asking people to nominate charities they think should receive a share of a £1 million pot before they select 500 charities at random. Nominations can be made until 17 May.

Telephone Fraud targeting the elderly

Northumbria Police has reported that there have been a number of telephone calls reported from fraudsters claiming to be from the Metropolitan Police.  They are telephoning elderly people and informing them that there is a covert ,high profile on-going fraud investigation involving employees of their bank.  The offenders convince the victim that they need to move their money into a safe bank account – without informing the bank, otherwise it could be stolen. The fraudsters are quite convincing and pass a telephone number for a department within the Metropolitan Police; they then request victim to phone this number.  However, the fraudsters do not hang-up their end of the telephone; therefore the victim passes their bank details to another member of the criminal gang.  This can result in the victims bank account being wiped clean.


  • Police will never request bank account details or highly sensitive personal information over the phone
  • Police strongly recommend that no one should ever pass on confidential information to a cold caller

Information NOW has an article on fraud and scams, including how to report them.

Learn my way, basic computer training

An opportunity to learn or improve on your computer skills.  Places are still available on 14th, 15th and 16th May, The course covers: how to access the internet, using email and searching for information.  You could also attach an item to emails, such as your CV.

All of these courses are free and run at the City Library, over 2 sessions (two and a half hour per session, always on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday morning 10.30 – 1.00pm) expenses of £4.20 will be paid on production of a valid day travel ticket.

One to one support is given to each participant – this extra service has proven invaluable to customers who are nervous or have a barrier to learning.

Booking instructions for all courses

For more information and/or to book a place on any of these courses go to the YHN website, all courses are listed on the Home page under ‘What’s Happening at YHN or call 0191 277 4100.

Bookings require an email address, if you don’t have one yet, just use and your E-ticket will be posted to you.

Please note:

  • You will need to supply a postal address if you require a ticket and haven’t got an email account yet.
  • You will be asked for a telephone number so that the organiser can call you before the course starts.

Read the InformationNOW article on computer classes to find all the organisations that can help you get online and build your confidence.
InformationNOW has an computer activities category so that you can find something else to suit your needs


Dementia Friendly Newcastle

Dementia Action Week is one element of our plan to become a dementia friendly city.  National Dementia Action Week begins on 20 May 2019.  There will be a dedicated space at The Grainger Market with: information and advice, learning sessions and a range of activities. The InformationNOW team  will add items to the Grainger Market organisation entry as the details become available.  Other communities, such as Jesmond Dementia Action Alliance  and Dementia Friendly Gosforth, will be arranging activities as well:


InformationNOW has information on dementia and a number of Dementia friendly activities and groups that are available in Newcastle, such as:

Jesmond Community Festival, 11 May to 2 June 2019

The Jesmond Community Festival is an annual event. There is something for everyone, from toddlers and teenagers to students, families and pensioners, with concerts, jazz, talks, open days, family fun, walking tours, a fair and much more. Many events are free, although some ask for voluntary donations and a small number charge for tickets.  You may also have to book ahead so check their website..  There is limiting parking, so plan your journey using the Metro to West Jesmond.

To find out more, visit the Jesmond Community Festival website and Facebook pages or pick up a full festival programme from Jesmond Library .  Examples of events include:

  • 11th May – St George’s Church spring fair and Jesmond Library Jazz night
  • 12th May – cycling “tour de Jesmond” starting at Exhibition park
  • 18 May – Jesmond Food Market, Armstrong bridge, 10 to 3pm
  • 20 May – Scottish dancing in St Hilda’s church hall
  • 22 May – Fun & fitness with the Elders Council
  • 29 May – Circle dancing at Jesmond Library and a free wine and cheese evening at Little Waitrose
  • 30 May – Real tennis at Jesmond Dene tennis club
  • 1 June – allotments day
  • 2 June – concludes with a live classical concert for all the family

The Late Shows 2019

The Late Shows are back on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 May across Newcastle Gatehead, co-ordinated by Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, in association with NewcastleGateshead Initiative, BALTIC, Northern Print, Newcastle City Council, Gateshead Council and Arts Council England. The Late Shows has three parts: Twi-Lates 4-7pm for 12-17 year olds, the main event 7-11pm and the Late Late Shows 10pm-late. Friday night centres on Ouseburn Valley venues; Saturday’s event takes place at venues across central Newcastle and Gateshead.

On Friday, a half-hourly service will operate between selected venues in the Ouseburn Valley. A half-hourly shuttle bus will run on Saturday from the Shipley Art Gallery in Gateshead so that you can easily get to more remote venues.  An accessible taxi service is available for disabled people to use. Please speak to a volunteer steward if you require a taxi and they will liaise with a venue to book you one.


Last updated: May 16, 2019

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