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10th March 2017 InfoNOW News

News

  • Elders Council Newsletter now available
  • Fair for You can now offer carpets and vinyl flooring
  • ‘Fixing our broken housing market’ white paper
  • Government publishes its Digital Transformation Strategy
  • Are you a YHN tenant or lease-holder and interested in housing issues?
  • Time for co-production to be business as usual
  • Energy Saving in Wingrove
  • £1.2 million in forgotten bank accounts
  • Roll out of Universal Credit in Newcastle – February and March 2017
  • £1.2 million in forgotten bank accounts
  • Long-winded speech could be early sign of Alzheimer’s disease, says study

Research & Reports

  • The Benefits of Making a Contribution to Your Community in Later Life

Opportunities for Action

  • DisabledGo – Newcastle City Council
  • Action Hosting open evening at The CastleGate
  • Active Citizens
  • Interested in hosting a workshop with balletLORENT?

Social Activities and Events

  • Free Training Session for Group Leaders
  • Community Exercise to Prevent Falls in Older People: Sharing Best Practice
  • Dementia friendly afternoon tea club
  • More dates for free computer classes in Newcastle
  • National Disabled Access Day
  • Crack I.T. with Chain reaction
  • Friends Action North East North Tyneside Social Group

News

Elders Council Newsletter now available

March/April 2017

Please find attached a PDF copy of the March to April 2017 edition of the Elders Council Newsletter, which is also available on the Elders Council website here.

Read more on Elders Council here


Fair for You can now offer carpets and vinyl flooring

Fair For You offers an affordable alternative to weekly payment stores. They provide low cost loans for new branded white goods, furniture such as beds, mattresses, sofas and sofa beds, pushchairs and prams at fair prices for low income households. Unlike other weekly payment stores, Fair For You do not penalise customers who choose to repay their loan early or charge expensive missed payment fees. Fair for You’s loan calculator tool lets customers check how much the loan will cost in total. After people have found what they are looking for, they can play around with the loan calculator to see what the overall cost will be over the course of a range of weeks or months. The price shown will include delivery charges and installation charges (if selected), so there are no hidden fees or charges. The representative APR for loans is 42.6%, in line with the maximum interest rate charged by credit unions.

Fair for You have extended their product range and are now able to offer a range of carpets and vinyl flooring (including fitting options). For more information about Fair for You phone 0333 4330739, email enquiries@fairforyou.org

Read more on affordable credit here


‘Fixing our broken housing market’

The Government’s newly launched Housing White Paper, ‘Fixing our broken housing market’ whilst primarily focussing on building new homes for new households, does include a short section specifically about older people (‘Housing for our future population’, page 63). This inclusion is an improvement on the previous Housing Strategy and, whilst it will not go far enough for many people in the housing and ageing fields, it does at least offer the possibility of future action as a result of responses to the consultation. The White Paper sets out a series of questions, including some concerning housing and ageing. The deadline for responses to the Consultation is the 2nd May 2017.

Click here to download the White Paper.


Government publishes its Digital Transformation Strategy

The Cabinet Office has published the long-awaited Government Transformation Strategy, setting out how the government will harness digital technologies, skills and tools to transform public services and put citizens first.

Delivering the keynote speech at the Reform think tank’s annual conference in central London, Ben Gummer MP, Minister for the Cabinet Office, outlined the government’s commitment to build on the Digital by Default services developed under the previous digital transformation strategy.

Central to this commitment is identity assurance – establishing that the user is who they say they are via GOV.UK Verify. To achieve this, the Government Digital Service will accelerate the roll-out of GOV.UK Verify, aiming to have 25 million Verify users by the end of 2020. Verify pilots with local authorities, banks and the commercial sector are planned.
Read more from Digital by Default News.


Are you a YHN tenant or lease-holder and interested in housing issues?

Have your say!
If you are a YHN (Your Homes Newcastle) tenant or leaseholder and want to have your say, Newcastle Independent Tenant Voice (NITV) want to hear from you.
NITV is setting up a new conversation between the City Council and people living in YHN properties. You can give your views:

  • by face-to-face conversations
  • by completing surveys
  • via social media
  • through the website
  • by joining the tenant panel

If you go on to the panel,
YHN will support you via training, conferences, events and site visits.
If you are interested in having your say, please ring 0191 277 1807, email nitv@newcastle.gov.uk or visit their website

Read more on where to get advice about housing issues here


Time for co-production to be business as usual

Awareness, Buy-in, Expectations, Performance and Feedback. The five key steps to co-production according to Steph Cutler, a co-production consultant and specialist fellow of Clore Social leadership. And the key value? Mutual respect and equal access to information. Why? Because they can foster a genuine sense of equality and not a ‘business as usual’ ‘tick box exercise to consultation’Read more


Energy Saving in Wingrove

Greening Wingrove Energy Saving Project is available for residents of the Wingrove area to receive advice and support on energy related issues in their homes. This free and impartial service, established in October 2016 by Greening Wingrove Project, provides householders in the area with advice on all energy related matters. Our home energy advisor is available to make home visits to provide face-to face advice that is crucial when dealing with potentially complex problems associated with bills and energy use.

Residents can refer themselves to the service using the contact details, or can be referred by third parties such as social or private landlords.
To contact the team, call 07771 577950, or e-mail, eric_siqueiros@thewisegroup.co.uk or hello@greeningwingrove.org.uk

Read more here

InformationNOW’s energy saving tips


£1.2 million in forgotten bank accounts

Research by Comparethemarket.com suggests that £1.2 million pounds is sitting in unused bank accounts, with the average amount of money per dormant account being £141. The Money Advice Service has produced helpful guidance on tracing lost bank accounts – it is simple and free to check if you have a lost building society or savings account, savings with National Savings and Investments (NS&I) or unclaimed Premium Bond prizes.


Roll out of Universal Credit in Newcastle – February and March 2017

The Universal Credit ‘full service’ for all new claims to the six benefits and Tax Credits it covers was introduced to the Newcastle East Jobcentre area on 8 February 2017 and will be introduced to the Newcastle West Jobcentre area on 15 March 2017. This roll out includes anyone who is currently on any of the six benefits and Tax Credits and has a change of circumstance that would trigger a new claim to Universal Credit.

Please see the attached information sheet on the support arrangements for the digital and budgeting aspects of Universal Credit. There is also more information and useful resources on the Newcastle City Council website.

Read more here


Long-winded speech could be early sign of Alzheimer’s disease, says study

Research finds distinctive language deficits in people with mild cognitive impairment, a precursor to dementia

Read more on The Guardian


Research & Reports

The Benefits of Making a Contribution to Your Community in Later Life

The Benefits of Making a Contribution to Your Community in Later Life report is an analysis of existing evidence on the benefits that older people derive from voluntarily helping others.Older people with fewer social connections, lower levels of income and education, and poorer health may have the most to gain from helping others. However, the people who are most likely to volunteer are those who are already relatively wealthy, in good physical and mental health, and with high levels of wellbeing and social connections. People who could benefit most from developing new friends and increasing their sense of purpose and satisfaction in later life are losing out, because they are less likely to get involved.

There is evidence of a volunteering divide in later life. People aged 50 and over are more likely than younger people to be highly committed to voluntary activity, but they are also more likely than others not to make any contributions at all.

Dan Jones, Director of Innovation and Change at the Centre for Ageing Better, one of the report’s authors, said:

“Organisations that support volunteering should be confident that participation does make a difference in terms of wellbeing and increased social connections in later life, especially for people who are less well connected and active now. Funders should put more resource into volunteering schemes that would benefit those people most and meet the costs of supporting them to participate.

“But whilst volunteering is great for both individuals and society, it is not a miracle cure and there is no strong evidence that it increases employability, or addresses social isolation or frailty.”

Today’s report underlines the value of helping others in later life, for the person who provides help as well as the recipient. Ageing Better wants to find effective ways to tackle the barriers that older people can face in giving their time and talents to help others, and ensure that any activities they undertake deliver the maximum benefits for them.

Read more on volunteering


DisabledGo – Newcastle City Council

DisabledGO work in partnership with Newcastle City Council to provide access guides to hundreds of venues covering the area. DisabledGo provide information on all sorts of venues such as shops, restaurants, leisure centres, hotels, parks, museums, resource centres and many more. The guide is available online at disabledgo.com and newcastle.gov.uk it is also free to use.

We are really excited to show you the DisabledGo website and demonstrate all of its features. We are also really keen to show you a guide to Newcastle to welcome any feedback and also get to find out which venues you feel should be included in the guide to the area.

When: Tuesday 14th March 2017 1.15pm to 2.30pm
Venue: Civic Centre (In the Collingwood meeting room), Newcastle, NE1 8PP

Contact for more information or to book a place:
P: Unit 7, Arlington Court, Arlington Business Park, Stevenage, SG1 2FS
T: 01438 842710
M: 0790 8129 952
E: events@disabledgo.com


Action Hosting open evening at The CastleGate

Newcastle based organisation, Action Foundation, has been live with their hosting scheme for over 6 months, and are looking for new volunteer hosts. They are holding open evenings to talk about their hosting scheme. If you have a spare room and would like to help someone who is homeless, then hosting may suit you.
The dates for the evenings are:

  • Wednesday 29th March 1800-1900
  • Wednesday May 10th 1800-1900
  • Wednesday June 21st 1800-1900

The scheme helps destitute asylum seekers in the Tyne and Wear area. Hosts will provide a safe place to sleep, for people who have nowhere else to go, for an agreed and defined amount of time. They will provide full induction training to all hosts who are who are eligible to become part of the scheme.

Would you like to find out more? Come to the meeting and they can tell you how the scheme works and what support they will give you. There is more information about the scheme here

Please RSVP at hosting@actionfoundation.org.uk with the date of the meeting that you would like to attend.


Active Citizens

Reviving the Heart of the West End are running a programme called Active Citizens working with local people who want to make a real difference in their local community through a social action project. Participants attend free training workshops, receive 1:1 guidance and support and have the opportunity to apply for seed funding to get their idea kick-started.

The workshops are open to anyone who is over 18 years old – there’s no age limit and anyone whether they are in work or unemployed can take part.

Anyone interested in taking part will need to attend the four short workshops planned:

On Monday 6th/Tuesday 7th/Monday 13th/Tuesday 14th of March 2017
From 9.30am-2pm

At John Buddle Work Village, Buddle Road, Newcastle

Read more here

Contact Alex for further information 0191 226 7300


Interested in hosting a workshop with balletLORENT?

balletLORENT are offering movement workshops for older members of the community, as well as school children, based in Newcastle as part of their new project which will be to make the third in their trilogy of fairy tales for family audiences.

From the success of Rapunzel and Snow White, which included children from the community, they are continuing with Rumpelstiltskin which looks to include children and older members of the community. They are currently in the research and development stage, and will premier Rumpelstiltskin at Northern Stage in October 2017.

They are currently looking for community groups who would be interested to take up the opportunity to host a workshop. The workshops would be delivered by 2 professional dancers who work for balletLORENT, they will be free of charge and can be up to 2 hours long. The workshops are adapted for those who are in the room and are gentle on the body, they are fun light hearted and inclusive. There will be an opportunity for those who take part in the workshop who are interested in finding out about further opportunities in this project to talk with the workshop leaders.

As a host organization they are asking you to provide a space for the workshop, recruit participants and provide refreshments. They will do the rest!

balletLORENT is a professional dance company that has been based in the North East for nearly 25 years and tour its original works throughout the UK and overseas. They have collective experience in working with members of the community of all ages.

If you are interested, please contact Natalie Trewinnard natalie@balletlorent.com or James MacGillivray james@balletlorent.com .


Social Events & Activities

Free Training Session for Group Leaders

Museums are the perfect place to visit as a group, not only do we have amazing objects and exhibitions, but we are safe, friendly and welcoming. This is a free information session for workers who would like to find out more about what Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums have to offer their groups.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017, 10-11.30am
Discovery Museum, Blandford Square, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 4JATuesday, 25 April 2017, 10-11.30am
Segedunum Roman Fort and Museum, Buddle Street, Wallsend NE28 6HRThursday, 11 May 2017, 10-11.30am
South Shields Museum and Art Gallery, Ocean Road, South Shields NE33 2JA
Free of charge. Refreshments provided.

The session will cover:

  • An overview of our nine venues and collections
  • Key objects on display and where to see them
  • Starting group conversations around museum objects
  • Museum resources e.g. trails, handling objects, on gallery activities
  • Wider museum programme and how to access it
  • Access, facilities and cost

Suitable for:
Anybody who leads groups. This includes: people working in Health and Social Care, NHS workers, care staff, workers from voluntary and charitable organisations, volunteers and community leaders.

To book a place or for more information, please contact:
livewell@twmuseums.org.ukSophie Mitchell: 0191 277 2246 (Mon, Tues, Wed) Newcastle and North Tyneside
Ben Jones: 0191 227 2253 (Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri) Gateshead and South Tyneside
Ruth Sheldon: 0191 227 2249 (Wed) Carers and people who care for others


Community Exercise to Prevent Falls in Older People: Sharing Best Practice

Monday 13th March 2017, 09:00-16:30 Durham County Cricket Club, Chester le Street

Organised by the North East Regional Falls Task Group and the Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria, this free event is an opportunity to:

  • hear about innovative approaches to engaging older people in community based exercise across the North East;
  • learn about the evidence base to support exercise for falls prevention in older people;
  • gain a national perspective on community exercise from Public Health England;
  • share your own expertise and experiences of delivering exercise in older people;
  • network with a wide variety of people interested in exercise and falls prevention in older people.

This event is aimed at everyone with an interest in community exercise for older people including: practitioners and providers from health and social care; sports, fitness and leisure services; the voluntary sector; independent tutors; commissioners; public health and local authorities; university staff; health and wellbeing boards; and older people themselves.

To register for the event, please click here

Read more on falls prevention here


Dementia friendly afternoon tea club

A dementia friendly Afternoon tea Club.
All Saints’ Church Hall West Avenue, Gosforth
Every Tuesday 3 – 4.30
£2.00 Carers Free

A Friendly, supportive group for everyone.

For more information contact allsaintsgosforthpost@gmail.com

Read more on food and friends here


More dates for free computer classes in Newcastle

The Learn My Way, Basic Computing course is perfect for customers who have little or no idea of how to use a computer or how to access and use the internet, we can also accommodate customers who have some knowledge and want to upskill themselves more.
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 Thursday morning 10.30 – 1.00pm) expenses of £4.00 will be paid on production of a valid travel ticket. One to one support is given to each attendee this extra service has proven invaluable to customers who are nervous or have a barrier to learning.
Customers can book themselves a place on a date and time that suits them – all of the courses are featured on the Newcastle City Libraries Events page. Customers will need an email address to book their place, if they don’t have one they should use Getonline@newcastle.gov.uk, their E-ticket will then be sent to me and I will put it in the post for them. Customers can also book by calling 0191 277 4100.

Techy Tea Parties – these informal sessions are for customers who have a tablet, iPad or smartphone that they want to get more out of. Topics covered include basic settings, how to secure their device, general navigation and downloading apps. The sessions take place on the second and last Thursday of every month at the City Library, 2.00 – 3.30pm.

Customers can book themselves a place on a date and time that suits them – all of the courses are featured on the Newcastle City Libraries Events page. Customers will need an email address to book their place, if they don’t have one they should use Getonline@newcastle.gov.uk, their E-ticket will then be sent to :Lisa and she will put it in the post for them. Customers can also book by calling 0191 277 4100.
Contact Lisa.Dawson@yhn.org.uk

Read more on computer classes here


National Disabled Access Day

Friday 10th & Saturday 11th March 2017

What is Disabled Access Day?

Disabled Access Day is all about trying something or somewhere new, whether that’s a local museum or gallery. This year the event will take place on 10th & 11th March and we’d love you to get involved and visit somewhere new with your friends and/or family. There are lots of exciting events, activities and offers going on across Tyne & Wear, from British Sign Language tours to discounted entrance fees to facilitated activities. We hope there is something for everyone!

What Support & Assistance is Available?

Free accessible transport is available to disabled people, their family, friends and carers who cannot use public transport or have no access to a private vehicle. This offer is open for any of the tours and activities which are listed below. There is a limited budget so please book up soon to avoid disappointment. For information related to accessible parking and safe/secure dropping off points for taxis etc. Please ring 0191 277 2313 or via email robert.latham@twmuseums.org.uk

If you book a place on any of the free tours you will also receive a 10% reduction in all of the venue shops as well as a 10% discount in the Discovery Museum Cafe, GNM: Hancock cafe and The Laing cafe. To take advantage of this offer you will be issued with a National Disabled Access Day badge on your arrival at any of the participating museums & galleries if you have booked a place on a tour or made us aware that you are just coming along for a visit on Friday 10th & Saturday 11th March.

The closing date for booking transport; places on the various free tours; BSL interpreter support; face painting; or to take advantage of the 10% reductions on offer in the museum & gallery shops and various cafe’s is Thursday 2nd March 2017.

What is Happening and Where?
The Discovery Museum, Blandford Square, Newcastle

Friday 10th & Saturday 11th March – An exciting audio/visual exhibition produced by people with profound and multiple learning disabilities from The Twisting Ducks Group. The exhibition will be shown in the Carpathia Room in the Discovery Museum and will be open between 11am and 3pm. It is suitable for audiences of all abilities this is the chance to come and interact with learning disabled produced art.

Friday 10th March – Two free guided tours of the Newcastle Story for all Deaf & disabled people, their family and friends. Walk the streets of Newcastle through the years, from Roman times up to the early millennium, stopping by the homes, communities and businesses of the past. See the Norman castle that give Newcastle its name, take a look at the city’s Victorian past, learn more about Newcastle’s effort in supporting both World Wars and groove away as the swinging 60s swept through the toon. The first free tour will take place between 11am & midday, BSL interpretation is available for this tour on request. The second free tour will take place between 2pm & 3pm. There are 12 free places (including carers) for each tour which can be booked by ringing 0191 277 2313 or via email robert.latham@twmuseums.org.uk

Friday 10th March – Free guided tour of the Arcs & Sparks store. Arcs and Sparks is an opportunity for visitors to gain an insight into electricity: what it is, how it works and the role our region played in laying the foundations for a now universal technology. The Arcs and Sparks store is located in Discovery Museum’s basement. It is a fascinating collection of electrical inventions from the Victorian period to the present day. This opportunity is open to all Deaf & disabled people, their friends and families. BSL interpretation is available for this tour on request. It starts at 12:30pm and ends at 1:30pm. There are 12 free places (including carers) for this free tour which can be booked by ringing 0191 277 2313 or via email robert.latham@twmuseums.org.uk Unfortunately there are only 2 wheelchair user places available due to health & safety regulations.

Saturday 11th March – Free face painting or glitter tattoos for the first 50 Deaf & disabled children and/or their brothers or sisters. There will also be balloon modelling where an artist will make cartoon characters; animals and many other models. There is a charge for the balloon activity from £3 upwards. This can be booked by ringing 0191 277 2313 or via email robert.latham@twmuseums.org.uk

GNM:Hancock, Barras Bridge, Newcastle

Friday 10th & Saturday 11th March – Free guided tour of The Bones: Skeletal Secrets of the Animal World exhibition. From itty-bitty bats to whopping whales, bones are the hidden keys to how animals move, survive and evolve over time. Join us on a journey through land, air and ocean and marvel at real bones, teeth and fossils from over 100 creatures. Spot a salamander. Discover the dodo. Reveal the skeleton secrets of the animal world! This opportunity is open to all Deaf & disabled people, their friends and families. The free tours take place between 11am & 12pm. BSL interpreter support is available Saturday 11th March on request and free places can be booked by ringing 0191 277 2313 or via email robert.latham@twmuseums.org.uk

South Shields Museum & Art Gallery, Ocean Road, South Shields

Friday 10th March – A free general museum tour between 11am &12pm. The museum is spread over two floors telling the story of the borough’s social, industrial and maritime history from 4,000 years ago to the present day through a range of displays, exhibitions and nationally significant works of art. On the ground floor you can get closer to the collection and treasures of South Tyneside. There’s also Creature Corner, home to our resident reptiles and insects. Up on the first floor is the temporary gallery which holds regular exhibitions and Art Adventure, our interactive gallery displaying paintings by artists such as Scott, Carmichael and Hemy. This free opportunity is open to all Deaf & disabled people, their friends and families. Places are available for up to 15 people (including carers). BSL interpreter support is available on request. Free places can be booked by ringing 0191 277 2313 or via email robert.latham@twmuseums.org.uk

Friday 10th March – Free stores tour & handling session which covers the social history of South Tyneside; its industrial heritage; art collections and much, much more! This free tour is between 2pm & 3pm. This free opportunity is open to all disabled people, their friends and families. There are 10 free places for disabled people (including carers). This tour can be booked by ringing 0191 277 2313 or via email robert.latham@twmuseums.org.uk

Saturday 11th March – Free story telling with Jungle June! Come along and enjoy an extra-special selection of stories for Deaf & disabled children, their friends and family. Jungle June has some WILD picture books she would like to share – some of her favourite animal stories! The drop-in sessions will be relaxed, highly inclusive and lots of fun for children from aged 2 upwards and their grown-ups to enjoy. The sessions will last between 20 & 30 minutes and the first performance will be at 11am. Why not bring along your favourite jungle animal soft toy to join in too? BSL interpreter support is available on request for the 11am, 12pm & 1pm performances. Free places can be booked by ringing 0191 277 2313 or via email robert.latham@twmuseums.org.uk

Segedunum Roman Fort, Buddle Street, Wallsend

Friday 10th March – Come along on this day and you will receive free admission to Segedunum Roman Fort which is a major site on Hadrian’s Wall. It is the most excavated fort along the Wall with surviving foundations of many buildings and part of the Wall itself. There is a large interactive museum plus full-scale reconstructions of a bath house and a section of Wall. This free opportunity is open to all Deaf & disabled people, their friends and families. This tour can be booked by ringing 0191 277 2313 or via email robert.latham@twmuseums.org.uk

Friday 10th March – Two free tower talk & short tours between 11am & 12pm and 2pm & 3pm. The 120 foot high viewing tower provides outstanding views across this World Heritage Site. This free opportunity is open to all Deaf & disabled people, their friends and families. There are 15 free places for Deaf & disabled people (including carers) and BSL interpretation is available for the 2pm tour on request. This tour can be booked by ringing 0191 277 2313 or via email robert.latham@twmuseums.org.uk

Please remember that there is free entry to the Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead and Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle every day, but if you wish to take advantage of free transport or the 10% reductions on offer in cafe’s and shops you must book places in advance by ringing 0191 277 2313 or via email robert.latham@twmuseums.org.uk


Crack I.T. with Chain reaction……

Supported by staff from SAGE & students from Newcastle University.

The Crack I.T. sessions are for over 55s living in Newcastle. They run over 8 weeks on Tuesdays 11-1pm and will consist of around 1 hour of teaching followed by one to one help you with your own device (please see timetable of classes).

The support will be around your individual needs and we don’t mind going over things as many times as you need to. You must bring with you your own item of IT equipment which you need some help with ie phone, tablet, laptop etc

Chain Reaction can help you crack I.T !

The group will take place in central Newcastle and will be small (no more than 10) so early booking is essential.

You will be supported by staff from Chain Reaction and SAGE in addition to Students from Newcastle University to learn to use your device and make the most of email, internet, social media and to stay safe while you do.

If you need any further information or to book please contact Jude on 0300 300 7070 (same price as a local call)


Friends Action North East North Tyneside Social

Friends Action North East are running a new social group. The aim of the social group is to set up a friendly, regular group for people with a learning disability or autism who live in North Tyneside. The group will visit different places, cafes, bars etc and then people can review each place for our NEAR (North East Accessibility Rating) Awards, a bit like a Trip Advisor, but based on accessibility.

The group will meet on the second Saturday each month.

You can meet Toby at the entrance to Tynemouth Metro station at 4:00pm.

Read more here
Download poster here

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