30 November 2023
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The National Carers Survey has gone out to adults caring for adults in Newcastle. This survey is your chance to be heard about your experience of caring.
If you have recieved a survey from Newcastle City Council, please complete the confidential survey and return it to Newcastle City Council by post. If you need help you can
Read more on InformationNOW about care and support for adults
Thursday 23 November from 9.30am to 3pm, One Strawberry Lane, Newcastle NE1 4BX
Carers Rights Day is a national day to highlight the rights of carers, let carers know where to get help and support, and raise awareness of the needs of carers. This conference will bring together unpaid carers, representatives from Newcastle City Council adult social care services and children and families services, primary and secondary health care services and voluntary sector services to discuss the picture of caring in Newcastle and begin the journey to develop a carers strategy and delivery plan for the city
Read more on InformationNOW about Caring for someone
Eligible people pay a £5 membership each time they attend the pantry which will give them access to over £20 worth of groceries including fresh produce, meat etc as well as non-perishable goods such as tinned food; toiletries and other household essentials are also available.
The pantry will be held in the activity studio each Thursday.
Read more on InformationNOW about free meals and cheap food
6 to 10 November 2023
Talk Money Week is a week for people across the UK to have more open conversations about their money – from pocket money to pensions – and continue these conversations year-round.
This year the focus is Do One Thing that could help improve their financial wellbeing – and to make a noise about it, to inspire others to do the same.
Money & Pension Service have a comms kit (available online here) to promote the Do One Thing focus.
There is a wide range of talk money information topics available on InformationNOW
Think about ways to manage your money
Make sure youre claiming Welfare benefits that you are entitled to,
Look at ways to deal with debt,
look at affordable credit from Credit Unions
Find tips and help to manage the Cost of Living
Check if youre eligible for retirement help such as pension credit and cold weather payments
Read more on InformationNOW about financial advice
Newcastle GP services (NGPS) are coming to you in the community!
Their community health buses are out and about Newcastle where you can get health advice, your blood pressure checked, your cholesterol monitored or walking stick/ crutch rubber ferrule replacements for free.
Look out for the community health buses at:
Monday 13 November 10 am to 4pm
Community Health Bus at City Library
Tuesday 14 November 9am to 3pm
Community Health bus at Blakelaw pantry
Thursday 16 November 10 am to 4pm
Community Health bus at The Beacon
Friday 17 November 10 am to 4pm
Community Health Bus at St Martins Centre
Read more on InformationNOW about your GP or Doctor
Feeding Families help families at Christmas by matching a family who need help with one who could donate a Christmas Dinner. One family buys the food to cook a Christmas Day dinner and it is delivered directly to the matched families home. The matched christmas dinner application process is now open and will close in early December.
They are offering 6 menus to choose from, to suit all dietary requirements including Halal & Vegan. You can pick the one that suits the majority of your family.
In order to qualify for a matched christmas dinner people need to upload evidence of one of the following:
You can find out more about applying for a matched christmas dinner using this link here
If you would like to donate a christmas dinner to a family you can find out how using this link here:
Read more on InformationNOW about Money saving ideas for Christmas
Saturday 18 November 10am
If you have a spare couple of hours you can help keep your local area look better by joining a litter pick around the South Gosforth area. The litter pick group will meet on station road opposite Thyme Square cafe to get started.
They have the tools you need to join; Litter pickers, gloves, bin bags, bag hoops. The collected litter will be removed. You can view the litter pick poster here
If you need more information, contact your local Councillors
Read more on InformationNOW about reducing litter and recycling
Kate, Moyra and Richard welcome you to the November edition of the Podcast ‘In the Round’ (formerly City News and Views), featuring topics and news to interest you. This month they meet Angie, Daniel and Liam from Disability North who tell us about the services and support that they can offer.
Moyra introduces a new initiative called ‘Platform 60’ and Richard White from InformationNOW joins with a look ahead at some of the events and activities taking place across Tyneside over the coming month.
Listen now on Mixcloud
The government is inviting some people to claim Universal Credit. You may need to be aware of who this affects, what the implications are, what people have to do, how to avoid problems and who can help. To help you with this, Clive Davis, the City Council’s Welfare Rights Officer from the Welfare Rights Service has set up short briefings on Microsoft Teams for Newcastle professionals lasting about 45 minutes. They aim to give basic information to the people you support and signpost them to the most appropriate service if they need further help and advice.
The dates and the online application form are on this page under training
Please note: these are not full training sessions about Universal Credit and they are aimed at non-specialists.
In the meantime, you can visit Welfare rights webpages on newcastle.gov.uk for the latest updates on Universal Credit:
Read more on InformationNOW about Universal Credit
Tuesday 14 November 1.30 to 3.30pm, Brunswick Methodist Church, Brunswick Place, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7BJ.
Following on from recent carer engagement events in September for the recommissioning of the specialist drug and alcohol service, Newcastle City Council and Newcastle Public Health Department are holding a carer forum for carers who support those with problematic drugs and/or alcohol use.
The forum will be held at Brunswick Methodist Church, and they will be discussing the future development of the forum at this session.
If you would like to attend please can you confirm your attendance to
Jayne.email@example.com. Please let us know if you have any access requirements in advance.
10am to 12pm Wednesday 6th December at Building Futures East
Struggling to understand your energy bills or want to see if you’re eligible to be on the priority services register? Maybe you just want some energy saving tips?
Want to be involved in your Community? Have you ever thought about volunteering? Riverside Community Health Project have the perfect opportunity for you to explore
If this is something you are interested in or you would like to know more please book a place at one of their information sessions:
Monday 4 to Wednesday 6 December 9am to 4pm.
RE:geon training will be providing a free fully funded 3-day Introduction to Construction course, for people aged 16 years or older in December at Riverside Community Health (Carnegie Building).
To book a place on this free course, please contact Emma on 0191 2260754 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please see the poster below or scan the QR code for more information
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16 November, 10am to 4pm, County Hotel, Neville St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5DF
Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear (CNTW) NHS Foundation Trusts next Service User and Carer Reference Group is on 16 November 2023. focusing on the theme of Children and Young Peoples Services (CYPS).
The Reference Group is a service user and carer led forum made up of individuals from statutory services, third sector community groups as well as individual carers and people using CNTW services that work towards continuous improvement of Mental Health Services.
The day will commence at 10am with refreshments available from 9.30am. There will be guest speakers and lunch included.
For more information about the Service User and Carer Reference Group or to join the mailing list to stay up to date with news and meeting dates, please email: Events-Involvement@cntw.nhs.uk
Places are limited to 100 therefore spaces at the venue will be allocated on a first come first served basis and now available to book on eventbrite
Read more on InformationNOW about having your say about health and care services
16th November, 9.30am to 4:30pm Sunderland City Hall, Plater Wy, Sunderland SR1 3AA
VONNE’s annual Conference and annual general meeting will be focussing on AI and the Charity Sector, and VONNE’s future strategy. Through a series of presentations, panel discussions and roundtable talks you’ll have an opportunity to find out more about AI, how you could be using it within your organisation, what you need to be aware of and consider, and what the future might hold.
The event includes:
Throughout the day there will be also be opportunities to network with your peers, chat with the VONNE team, meet the event experts and enjoy a delicious lunch. All attendees will receive a digital delegate pack post event full of useful goodies.
The conference is also available to attend online for free.
Read more on InformationNOW about staying sage from Cyber crime using AI
Healthworks Newcastle have several health role opportunities available.
Primary Care Network Cancer Facilitator (Newcastle & Gateshead) : working with Primary Care Networks (PCN) and GP practices across Newcastle and Gateshead.
Read more about the role and apply on Healthworks website here
Primary Care Network Cancer Facilitator (Northumberland & North Tyneside): : working with Primary Care Networks (PCN) and GP practices across Northumberland & North Tyneside.
Read more about the role and apply on Healthworks website here
Health Promotion Practitioner – Pregnancy and Breastfeeding: Provide information, sessions, groups and support around pregnancy and breastfeeding to the community
Read more about the role and apply on Healthworks website here
Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland Conference
Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland is in its 45th anniversary. To celebrate the occasion, they are hosting a half-day conference on November 15th that will showcase their journey from their routes in activism and protest to where they are today: Power to the Women Tickets, Wed 15 Nov 2023 at 13:00 | Eventbrite
Closing date 17th November
Disability North are looking for feedback from disabled people, older people and their families to help shape their strategy for the next 5 years.
Disability North is undertaking a review of its work and looking ahead to the new 5-year strategy/plan for the organisation. As a disabled persons user led organisation, at the heart of the organisation are the people they support, advise and those who may look to use them in the future.
They would like to hear what is important to you and have created this short 5 minute survey to gather your views. You do not have to answer every question, just what feels right to you.
If you have any questions please contact them or if you would like this survey in an alternative format please contact email@example.com
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Closing date 1st December
Newcastle City Council is asking You to vote for your favourite small business in Newcastle. You can vote for:
Read more on InformationNOW about Starting your own small business
29 November and 6 December
Researchers at Newcastle University are seeking to speak to people who are aged 50+ years who
The researchers would like to understand people’s views about using health activities. Workshops will take place on
You can find more out about the study and register to take part using this link here
Read more on InformationNOW about Getting involved in research
Northumbria Police want to understand your views on the city centres and night time economy areas across the Force to identify any issues and/or areas for improvement.
The term ‘night time economy’ is used to describe economic activity that takes place in the evening (roughly from 6pm onwards), such as eating, drinking, entertainment and night life.
The survey on Northumbria Connected only takes around 5 minutes to complete The feedback from this survey will help them to improve the services they provide for the nighttime economy so please be open and honest in your responses.
You can take the survey here
Deadline 13 November
the North East and North Cumbria VCSE Ageing Well group are conducting a survey to gather information about two Ageing Well workstream priorities, Falls in Care Homes and Winter Planning.
This is to gather knowledge of the work that is currently being done across the North East and North Cumbria area and to enable their group representatives to have a good understanding of the outcomes/results of work that the VCSE are doing, which they raise at the Regional Ageing Well Steering Group.
The aim is to demonstrate the value of this work to the community and health and care services.
Read more on InformationNOW about preventing falls
Thursday 30 November 10am to 3pm
This what’s important to you consultation is hosted by Skills for People on behalf of the Collaborative Newcastle Learning Disability Partnership with the aim of creating a plan that will help improve the health, wealth and wellbeing of everyone in the City.
This event is about Jobs.
At this event they want to hear from you about what you need and what Collaborative Newcastle Learning Disability Partnership can do to make this happen.
This week is Advocacy awareness week and the theme is ‘Back to basics – all about advocacy’, helping more peole understand what advocacy really is. Advocacy is free, independent support to help you to get your voice, views, rights and wishes are heard.
There are free advocacy awareness week resources available on National Development Team for Inclusions website here
You can get advocacy support in Newcastle:
Your Voice Counts are commissioned to provide the following advocacy services for people in Newcastle:
Connected Voice Advocacy offer free Community Advocacy helping vulnerable adults in Newcastle to help make informed choices and speak up for themselves.
Silverline Memories runs a Dementia Advocacy and Care Navigation Service. They can help people with a diagnosis of Dementia, their carers and families to navigating health and social care system and to get your voice heard.
North East NHS Independent Complaints Advocacy (ICA) can help if you feel you have not had the service you expect from the National Health Service (NHS) and want to complain.
Read more on InformationNOW about Advocacy support to get your voice heard
Drop In Sessions, East End Library (Shields Road), Wednesdays 10am until 12pm,
Are you struggling to access you UC journal online? Are you worried about adding information into your journal?
Get Online Newcastle are running Universal Credit Journal Support drop in sessions at East End Library (Shields Road), every Wednesday. Pop in, have a cuppa and get the help you need. These sessions are for people who already have a Universal Credit Account
Read more on InformationNOW about Universal Credit
You can help Care Leavers have the best Christmas Ever. For those who feel able to this year, Newcastle City Council are asking residents and businesses to buy items from the online Amazon Wishlist for Care Leavers. The ambition is for every Newcastle Care Leaver to wake up to a wrapped gift on Christmas morning. This means providing gifts for up to 300 young people. If you would like to buy an item from the Wishlist, it will be delivered directly to a council building, and gifted to young people in time for Christmas.
Read more on Newcastle council’s website about the offer for young care leavers
Read more on Newcastle Support Directory about support for young people and young care leavers
A reminder that 20-24 November is national Safeguarding Adults Week where organisations across the country come together to raise awareness of important safeguarding adults issues.
Free webinars are being ran by Newcastle Safegarding Adults Board aimed at professionals and volunteers. The sessions cover a wide range of topics linked to safeguarding adults, particularly those which might relate to emerging issues or developing practice.
Newcastle is preparing to remember all of those who have sacrificed so much to protect our country with a military parade and Service of Remembrance this Sunday (November 12). Prior to 11am a military parade make its way from the Civic Centre to the City War Memorial at Old Eldon Square where the Service of Remembrance is to be held. At 11am, a two-minute silence in memory of those who lost their lives in two World Wars and the conflicts that have followed will be held.
To enable the Remembrance Sunday commemorative events to run safely, a number of road closures will be in place. Blackett Street will be closed between 10am and 12.30pm, and temporary closures will be in place at Sandyford Road, St Mary’s Place, John Dobson Street and Percy Street.
Read more about the event on Newcastle Council’s website
Read more on InformationNOW about mental health support for veterans, their families and carers
In July 2023, the Newcastle Children and Families Team developed a short survey to establish what support parents/carers and families were receiving whilst waiting for an assessment or treatment from a health service in Newcastle upon Tyne. The survey was developed in consultation with the local authority SEND team and the parent carer forum.
See the results of the survey and the actions they are taking. Visit NewcastleSupportDirectory and select the ‘Parenting Support and New Parent Advice’ section to download the report.
Read more on InformationNOW about Baby, children and young people’s health
Your Voice Counts provide independent statutory and community advocacy services across Newcastle, Gateshead and South Tyneside and also offer a range of services designed for people with learning disabilities and autistic people.
Their 2022/2023 annual report is available now. This report shares a summary of their key activities and achievements over the year.
You can read the annual report here
Read more on InformationNOW about Making decisions and your mental capacity
On 1 October, the Energy Price Cap fell 7% a year for a typical household (based on Ofgem’s new, lower typical use). If you’re on a price-capped standard tariff you can check if your direct debit amount is along the right lines.
Money Saving Expert from Martin Lewis have a Direct Debit Energy calculator that could help you save money and get a fair valuation on your energy direct debits payments:
You can find the calculator on Money saving expert here
Read more on InformationNOW about energy saving tips
It can be hard to tell if a relative, friend, neighbour or colleague with bad credit is involved with a loan shark rather than borrowing money from safe and reputable lenders like a credit union. If you have suspicions someone is lending money illegally report it on 0300 555 2222, visit www.stoploansharks and use their live chat feature or download the stoploansharks app on the App store or Google Play
Be aware or share the common signs that someone might be a loan shark. Look out for:
Stop Loan Sharks have a free social media kit to help spread awareness
Read more on InformationNOW about Loan Sharks
Throughout the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, White Ribbon UK will host a webinar series. These online events will allow you to learn more about:
Read more on InformationNOW about Personal Safety
Public Health Newcastle are offering free training to help you understand problem gambling and gambling-related harm, including signs, symptoms and the impacts of problem gambling on an individual’s life and those around them.
Read more about Public health literacy at Newcastle City Council
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Sunday 19 November 12pm to 2pm
Join Incursions from the Farrell Centre, for an autumnal walk in Newcastle’s urban environment on 19 November. The walk will begin at Farrell Centre and will last roughly 2 hours, returning to the centre for informal conversation and a warming cup of tea.
Read more and book a space at an Incursions walk on InformationNOW
Thursday 16 November 2023 10am to 11am
Search Newcastle’s Swimming and aqua aerobics session for older adults in Newcastle at Elswick pool.
Read more on InformationNOW about Search Swimmers and Aqua Aerobics for Older People
Friday 24 November 2023 9.30 am – 12.30 pm
Wednesday 15 November 2023 11am – 1.30 pm, St Vinnies, New Bridge Street, Byker
The Justice and peace project at St Vincents centre Newcastle provides a warm wlecome space for asylum seekers and refugees to get support, help and advice.
Friday 17 November 2023 10am to 12pm, St Vinnies, New Bridge Street, Byker
Learn a new craft, skill or hobby. Try your hand at candle making quilting or upcycling. Drop in, all welcome.
9 to 18 November
Being Human is the UK’s national festival of the humanities. A celebration of humanities research through public engagement from 9 to 18 November. There are several events in the North East including:
Pop Up Catch Club at Newcastle Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Road, NE1 1SE
Join the pop-up catch club for an evening of community singing, mirth, and merriment. No singing experience necessary!
Make new acquaintances, learn and sing some catch-songs (16th-17th century round or catch songs such as London’s Burning).
Pre-School Poets at Seven Stories, 30 Lime Street, NE1 2PQ
Learn about what children can understand at different stages of their language development, creating two poems along the way as well as poetry readings and drama games for you and your child.
Songs By The Way at Northern Stage (Foyer), Barras Bridge, NE1 7RH
Join the Ouseburn Folk Choir and researchers from Newcastle University for an evening of song and history.
Charlton Street is a community and children and families hub. They run a range of activities and services such as health visitor weekly workshops, Special Educational Needs (SEND) drop in play sessions, mental health support
Read more on InformationNOW about Charlton Street Lemington Children and Families Hub
updated organisation -New free food coaching service
Nourish Food school is now offering free food coaching for people experiencing food insecurity, recovering from addiction or caring for someone in recovery at Fenham Library
Read more on InformationNOW about Nourish Food school
Ways to Wellness is a social prescribing service for people with long term health conditions who use GP practices in Newcastle. Their Link Workers can provide local information and opportunities to connect, help support you to lead a healthier life and manage your health condition.
Read more on InformationNOW about Ways to Wellness
Violence and crime of any kind is not acceptable. This article has some tips to help you to stay safe and tells you where to report any threats to your personal safety.
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Looking to connect and make new friends? There are many places to meet up with people in Newcastle.
Loneliness and isolation can be a huge problem, and as you get older, you may find that your friends and family become fewer or you see them less often.
Read more on InformationNOW about Finding friends
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Last updated: December 1, 2023