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11 July Feature issue: Summer 2019


  • New on InformationNOW
  • Dementia Friendly Awards
  • Charity Commission’s report on Oxfam
  • Elders Council and Tolent


  • Out and about for summer
  • Work and retirement
  • Social wellbeing month
  • Northern Pride Festival


Your Equipment Newcastle


New on InformationNOW

You can now search for commissioned services (services under contract with the Council to give support in the community) on InformationNOW on the organisations page. The list includes home care agencies, care homes and voluntary sector organisations.  In the last four months, over 100 new organisations and 90 new events have been included on InformationNOW.

We have also written guidance on writing in plain English for the website, how to enter your organisation listing and make the best use of Favourites.  Contact us on:

Dementia Friendly Awards

Nominations are open for the sixth Dementia Friendly Awards run by the Alzheimer’s Society.  Nominations close on 9 August 2019.

There are a number or people and organisations involved in making Newcastle a dementia friendly city.  Who has helped you ?  Say thank you and make a nomination.

The Charity Commission’s report on Oxfam

On 11 June, the Charity Commission published its statutory inquiry report into Oxfam, following a lengthy investigation prompted by last year’s Times revelations. In this report, the Commission has drawn out wider lessons for all trustees to consider going forward. Elizabeth Chamberlain, NCVO’s head of policy and public services, reflects further on these lessons in her latest blog post and talks us through the guidance and practical support available for trustees on safeguarding.  Newcastle CVS has information on safeguarding

Elders Council event

Join the Elders Council on Friday 19th July at 10.30 am – 12.30 pm where you can hear from Tolent about their Newcastle Annuity Scheme through which they are building 148 new homes in the city.  You do not need to be a member to attend.  The meeting will take place at the Campus for Ageing and Vitality (Old General Hospital site). Contact them   or telephone 0191 208 2701 if you want to attend or need help with transport.


Out and about for summer

Join Active Newcastle and Park Lives and get active in one of our parks over the summer.

Become part of Active Newcastle and get your Active Newcastle Card to enable you to track your sessions and usage and sign in quickly. There are over 100 activities and sessions across the city. You will also receive offers and discounts once you have registered.

Make use of our great public transport and get out and about in the North East  and perhaps further afield.  Use the Elders Council EC Rider (summer outings leaflet).

Best summer ever  – StreetGames and Newcastle City Council are working with schools, leisure centres and community groups near you to offer free holiday schemes  for young people across Newcastle to have fun, keep fit and eat well.

Must see museums – sign up for their newsletter for Hatton Gallery exhibitions, Battle of the brick bots for children and early booking for Santa specials at Stephenson Railway Museum.

Tennis – maybe Wimbledon has inspired  you and your children to play? Search Active Newcastle or the Lawn Tennis Association activities at Exhibition Park.
Cycling – Why not take your family out on their bikes and keep fit? Rides take place at the Cycle Hub and a number of parks across the City.  British Cycling has lots of activities across the City.  Need a new bike or repairs? – try Recyke y’bike

Community Festivals
Friday July 26th Walker  Park 1-4pm
Friday August 2nd  Blakelaw Park 1-4pm
Friday August 9th, Fawdon community festival 1-4pm
Friday August 16th, Elswick Park 1-4pm

Work and Retirement

The Centre for Ageing Better has launched evidence that employment rates for the 50-64 age group have hit a record high.  However, in general, people aged 50 and above continue to face greater difficulty in accessing work-related training and re-entering employment than younger age groups. Around 1 million people aged between 50 and state pension age are not working but would like to be.

Many initiatives led by the Department for Work and Pensions has increased the number of people entering work. However, for some people, help in finding work is only part of the solution, they also need support during the transition as they start a new job, and help to increase their skills, so they can stay in work and move up the ladder.

There is lots of guidance on finding a job, including looking for hidden vacancies and volunteering.

Monster has some top tips.  Contact Newcastle Futures and you can go along to the Skills Hub at City Library.  Watch this video to see what support they can offer you.

InformationNOW has articles on looking for work , redundancy and retirement 

Social wellbeing month

This month is all about wellbeing and friendship.  InformationNOW has lots of information to help you find ways to keeping connected, finding new friends and overcoming barriers to loneliness and social isolation.  Have a look at our information on:

Search for an activity using different categories on the events and activity pages, such as:

Northern Pride Festival – 19 to 21 July 2019

Northern Pride Festival (partnered by Get into Newcastle) is returning for another packed weekend of LGBT+ celebrations on the Town Moor and Exhibition Park.  The Town Moor becomes the Pride Festival Arena, home to the Main Stage (Fleur East and Liberty X), food and drink and the fairground. This year, Exhibition Park joins the festival to become the Community Village, home to the Family & Youth Zone, Health & Wellbeing Zone and Rainbow Village stalls.The three-day festival includes the Stonewall Remembrance March on Saturday 20 July at 12 noon from the Civic Centre. Register your group.


Your Equipment Newcastle

Your Equipment Newcastle has tools and products to help you get out and about this summer.  This resource has been tailored to help you by the Disabled Living Foundation with Newcastle City Council.

Answer some questions on:
gardening and outdoor
shopping or
travelling to the shops
and you will get a personal report and product list to choose from.  You can shop online.


Last updated: July 16, 2019

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