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16 October 2020


Black History Month

Opportunities for Action

Young Women’s Film Academy Intergenerational Loneliness Project
Active Newcastle 7 week festive challenge
Carers Information – flu vaccine
#Breast cancer awareness month


Veterans railcard
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This week’s events & activities at a glance

Updated articles & organisations



We were delighted to support hate crime awareness week and we have an interview with Councillor Clare Penny-Evans on signs of hate crime, protected characteristics and how to report it.

We also want to raise awareness that the Law Commission is consulting on the reform of hate crime and hate speech laws including aggravated offences, enhancing sentencing and stirring up hatred offences. This includes looking at whther other characteristics should be protected including age, sex/gender.   Easy read version available.  If you’d like to take part the closing date is 24 December 2020.

Last week we drew your attention to take 10 minutes walks in Newcastle’s Parks.  Here is a broadcast with Hugo Ross speaking about how they work.

Black History Month

Black History Month 2020 is a time to look forward and celebrate the here and now, as well as, future possibilities.

Locally, Newcastle University has the Insights virtual lecture:


  • A Bitter Sweet Journey: from slavery to freedom and beyond the colour line by Dr Keith Magee on 20 October


Visit Black History Month website for listings including:

  • Coming Home on 18 October,  is a reminder that racial healing and justice is part of every day life. They have gathered Buddhist and Mindfulness teachers of Afrikan descent to honour ancestors, heritage and contributions which has influenced culture, wisdom, wealth and development of countries around the world.
  • An evening with Jeffrey Boakye  on 21 October, author of Black, Listed: Black British Culture Explored

Read about braid messages in the Washington Post.


Want to know more about the role of telecare and assistive technology in helping someone stay safely in their own home?.  Watch our film on the InformationNOW YouTube channel and read our article.


Young Women’s Film Academy Intergenerational Loneliness Project

The Young Women’s Film Academy is exploring what loneliness means to different generations of women in Newcastle upon Tyne, attempting to break down barriers and stigma associated with universal experience and how we approach it, the positives and the negatives, throughout our lives.
The project will encourage and document an intergenerational conversation that will form the basis of a fictionalised film developed and made by the young women of the Young Women’s Film Academy. The film will be used in an outreach programme in schools to further the issue.

They are seeking women 65+ from the Newcastle ward area to have conversations with our young women and share experiences. Due to Covid-19 this will be done using online platforms. Some filming of discussions is desirable but not essential. Email Hannah

Active Newcastle 7 week festive challenge #StepUpNewcastle

Newcastle’s Couch 2 Christmas starts on 2nd November 2020.  Been on the couch too long? Want to get active?  Here’s a chance to have some festive fun, set yourself, family or colleague an activity goal and discover the simple joys and benefits of walking or being active.  The challenge is to take part in 2 fun activities per week and join hundreds of people in Newcastle who are counting their steps.  Don’t worry if walking isn’t for you – they have a handy converter that you can use to ensure your activity counts.

The idea is for Newcastle to come together virtually, get involved and keep each other motivated.  Over the 7 weeks participants will use the Step Up Newcastle app to record how active our City is by counting our steps.

Each week Couch 2 Christmas will encourage you to take part in 2 fun activities of your choice, and one additional smaller festive challenge that will be set by Active Newcastle and This Girl Can Newcastle. If you attempt this additional challenge you can choose to be entered into the weekly prize draw.

Activity can be anything and they will provide examples of this throughout the 7 weeks.

The Step Up Newcastle App will record any walking, running or steps that you do during the week.  If you engage in any other activities as part of Couch 2 Christmas you can add the step conversion using the information below either through your own activity tracker or using the website.

Activity Convertor

  1.  low intensity activity where your breathing is not increased = 65 steps per minute of activity
  2.  moderate activity where your breathing is increased but you are still able to talk = 100 steps per minute per activity
  3.  vigorous activity where your breathing is fast and you are unable to talk = 200 steps per minute activity
  4.  10 minutes of low intensity gardening activity converts to 650 steps.

Please remember to adhere to government guidelines – this is a virtual challenge.


Every day more than 140 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK. Cancer Research UK raise money to keep improving the odds of survival for each and every one of us.

What can you do to prevent or find breast cancer early?

Breast Cancer screening is recommended every 3 years for all women aged over 50 years old. If you are aged 70 years old or over, you will not automatically be invited for breast screening, but you do have the right to be screened every 3 years if you ask.  Some women are now invited from the age of 47 years.  Screening includes a mammogram and may be followed by an ultrasound and/or biopsy, if necessary. If you have found a lump, then your GP may refer you to a fast track/one stop breast screening service, such as, Breast Screening Team at the Royal Victoria Infirmary.

InformationNOW has updated its article on cancer to ensure you are informed about what screening is available and self-examination.

Have a look for support groups here.



Look up tool – cases in your area
Alert levels – information on the tiers
Council update and FAQs

Veterans Railcard

There is a new Railcard for Veterans coming soon. Like other Railcards the holder will benefit from 1/3 off most rail fares, but an additional companion will also benefit and up to 4 children can travel with you at a 60% discount. The Railcard is due to launch in October for travel from early November at a special introductory price of just £21 until 31 March 2021. It will then retail at £30 a year from 1 April 2021 onwards. A three-year card will also be available for £61 instead of the usual price of £70. Register your interest as eligibility criteria apply.

Read our concessionary travel article, detailing local and national fares.

Need help to do things online?

  • Get online Newcastle can help you with advice to use new technologies or think about devices.  Contact them by phone or email and they will see how they can help over the phone.
    Search are partnering in a Digital Voice service. Give them a call on 0191 273 7443Other articles that may help:

Internet and broadband

Getting online and digital equipment



Dr Bike Sessions at Nuns Moor park
Old frame New Pictures by Culture and Creative –  how to change the narrative about how the media represent older people, 28 October

Art Deco by the Sea

Exhibition at the Laing Art Gallery celebrating a time when this distinctive style of art, architecture and design transformed the British seaside.

Durham Town Hall exhibition on isolation

Home Alone Exhibition exploring people’s experiences of isolation during the pandemic.

Organisations Updated

Last updated: January 21, 2021

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