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14 July InfoNOW news


Places of worship
Staying alert, staying connected
Scam awareness month
Healthwatch Newcastle
Newcastle University becomes centre of excellence for dementia research
New web resource will help communities to ‘age better’

Research & Reports

Reading well scheme through Newcastle Libraries
How law affects lives

Opportunities for Action

What’s on your bucket list?
Ordnance Survey Greenspaces

New on InformationNOW this week!

Events & activities at a glance
Out and about for the summer
St Martin’s Social Group

Updated organisations & articles


Garden Lodge Care Home
Society of Friends
St James’s and St Basil’s
Friends of Jesmond Dene
St Nicholas Cathedral

Places of worship

Places of worship

Take a look at the new information on Places of Worship on Information NOW.  This article covers a wide range of faiths and communities across the City.  Many churches and faith centres offer a range of community activities including gardening, music, and exercise classes making them a central venue for our communities.


Staying Alert, Staying connected

Northumbria Police has launched a two way communication system which can be accessed  through computers, laptops, smartphones and tablets.  It allows officers to engage with the community with:

  • crime prevention advice
  • appeal information
  • victim support and
  •  intelligence gathering

using location based alerts identified by ward areas, postcodes and address.  For instance you can add your home address or child’s school for alerts. They can also assist in critical scenarios such as emergency evacuations and severe weather warnings.

Simply follow the link to Northumbria Community Messaging and register on this secure site.  You may also find it useful to revisit our article Keeping Safe from Attack for more information about keeping in touch with the police.

Scam awareness month

July is scam awareness month and we wanted to take this opportunity to remind you about the articles on Information NOW.

Most recently there is an alert about fraudsters contacting older people claiming to be from HMRC and telling them they have a tax debt from years ago.  However, they often ask for payment of the debt in iTunes vouchers which should alert you straight away.

It can be difficult to know how to handle a situation when you are approached by an unknown person or organisation who tries to sell you something or persuade you to give them money or your personal details. Taking sensible precautions can help make yourself less likely to be a victim of fraud or scams.
Read our staying safe online and our Fraud and scams articles.

Healthwatch Newcastle success

Healthwatch Newcastle has been highly commended for their work on home care during 2015-2016 in the category: Engagement in Service Improvement. Chosen from over 150 entries, they were shortlisted by Healthwatch England for their impact; six of their report recommendations were incorporated into the Newcastle City Council’s service specification for the new home care contract.

Newcastle University becomes centre of excellence for dementia research

Newcastle University will become one of three ‘Centres of Excellence’ for dementia research and care thanks to a grant from the Alzheimer’s Society.  Newcastle University is one on of three pioneering ‘Centres of Excellence’ to be created nationwide, along with the University of Exeter and University College London.

The funding will also boost the number of researchers working in dementia care, with the aim of making the UK a world leader in the field.

New web resource will help communities to ‘age better’

A new web resource launched today by the Centre for Ageing Better will offer information and insight into ways communities can respond to our ageing society and provide a better later life for their residents.
The UK Network of Age-Friendly Communities is part of a global network of age-friendly cities, which includes Newcastle, and communities around the world supported by the World Health Organisation.

Anna Dixon, Chief Executive of the Centre for Ageing Better said
“More people living longer represents a huge opportunity for society, but it also means that the way the local environment and services are designed and how communities work together needs to change so that they can support their residents to have good quality later lives.”

Reading well scheme through Newcastle Libraries

Newcastle Libraries has launched a new scheme to support people living with long term conditions. The scheme has been designed to support people to self-manage the physical and wellbeing symptoms of living with a long term condition. The list of 28 books includes health information, memoirs and self-management titles covering conditions such as diabetes, stroke and heart disease, as well as fatigue, pain, wellbeing and sleep problems. This new category has been developed following the successful “Books on prescription” scheme where GPs prescribed books to support patients’ mental well being and patients or carers affected by dementia.

The recommended books can be found in the ‘Reading Well Books on Prescription’ sections of each library participating in the scheme. As with other Reading Well schemes, health professionals can recommend titles to their patients. The books are available to borrow for free from: City, Cruddas Park, Denton Burn, East End, Fenham, Gosforth, Kenton, Outer West and West End Library.

Find out more about what Newcastle libraries have to offer.

How law affects lives

UK Parliament has continued to develop its Your story, Our History pages to show how the laws that UK Parliament passes shape all areas of our lives.  Last year, their theme looked at how Parliament race relations laws helped change the lives of people within the Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) group.  This year, they have released three short films focusing on laws about relationships, gender identity and sexual equality.

Find out more about relationships by searching the Information NOW website and browse our Family and Relationships category.

What’s on your bucket list?

Perhaps like one of our readers, you’ve a long list of things you’d like to do once you’ve reached 60 or 65 years old.  Perhaps you’d like to sail the Atlantic, climb a mountain, swim somewhere special or take part in a cycling challenge?  Well, why not choose an activity and raise money for a cause that is dear to your heart.  Age UK, Diabetes UK, the Stroke Association and many more charities would be delighted if you decided to do something and set up your own Just Giving page to raise donations for them.  It’s easy to do and may give you that extra incentive in the face of adversity – perhaps when you face the Channel in the Winter!

Ordnance Survey Greenspaces

A Government initiative to make it easier for people to locate and access greenspaces has launched this week with the release of a new database and interactive digital map identifying accessible recreational and leisure green space in Great Britain.  Jesmond Dene is one of the “green lungs” that can be zoomed into on the new map.

Find out more about green spaces and Jesmond Dene or become a Friend of Jesmond Dene.

Events & activities at a glance

The events calendar is a new facility on Information NOW.  Did you know that you can search the events and activities on Information NOW in a few ways to get the information most useful to you:

  1. Use the events and activities box, and for example, type in “music”,  and this will bring up the International Recital Series at St Nicholas Cathedral on a Friday.
  2. Select an option in the “type” box, for example gardening or sports and fitness and this will bring up all the opportunities for exercise beginning on the day of your search
  3. You can select a location or “ward”, for example Fenham, and this will give you all the results for the area including Rabita Women and Cuppa and a chat
  4. You can select a “day”, for example Monday and you will get a range of results including craft clubs, tai chi and yoga classes
  5. You can search by organiser or venue, for example Age UK, and this will bring up a range of their activities including fitness and dance classes.

Finally, you can view the results on a calendar for the week or on the map. Click on the pin for more details.

We are always seeking to improve our range of events on the calendar so please let us know what is on by contacting us at Information NOW.

Out and about for the summer

The summer holidays are approaching.  Once the schools break up, circa 21st July for six weeks, many of you will be wondering what to do with your grandchildren or children during the holidays.  You will be pleased to know that there are lots of activities to choose from:

  • NE1’s Screen on The Green has returned from July to September in the City Centre. There will be films for the family and two open air Operas broadcast directly from the Royal Opera House in London.  On Friday 14 July, Turandot will be screened live. Have a look at the schedule which includes Wimbledon and Athletics.
  • Nexus has published “Metro’s little book of things to See”, a free adventure book for families to get out and about.  The book can be downloaded and printed or contact Nexus for more information.
  • Park Lives will be running free activities across Newcastle and the North East. Type in your postcode to find results that suit your needs.
  • Local museums and galleries also have lots to offer. Visit the City Council’s What’s On page and type in a location or category.
  • Why not take part in activities at our swimming pools, community centres, churches and sports centres.  Change4Life recommend 60 minutes of activity each day for all the family.
  • Have a look at our Lifestyle and Leisure activity category on Information NOW

Social Group, St Martin’s Centre, Friday 21st July

10 – 11.30 am Roman Avenue, Byker, NE6 2RJ

St Martin’s is starting a new social group to help you grow your social connections, take part in fun activities and learn to use the internet.

Articles Updated

Places of worship

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Last updated: September 12, 2019

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