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InfoNOW News 9th August 2019


  • New sexual health information on InformationNOW
  • Newcastle wins bid to host UK Recovery walk September 2020
  • The Herbert Protocol for missing people
  • YMCA new community cafe

Research & Reports

  • Centre for Ageing Better Report: Home truths: Housing options and advice for people in later life

Opportunities for Action

  • World Transplant Games
  • Great North Run Cheer Team Opportunities


  • Best Practice in Dementia Care

New on InformationNOW this week!

  • This week’s events & activities at a glance
  • Updated articles & organisations


New sexual health information on InformationNOW

We are writing new sections on InformationNOW to meet the information needs of our wider audience.  This week we are launching a new page on Sexual health to support the move towards Sexually Healthy Newcastle.  The World Health Organisation defines sexual health as:

“a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity. Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence. For sexual health to be attained and maintained, the sexual rights of all persons must be respected, protected and fulfilled.” (WHO, 2006a)

If you work in Newcastle, you can get free training through Newcastle Sexual Health Training to help you work more confidently with the people using your service.

Coordinated by Harriet Yudkin, there are a number of partners who deliver the training:

  • Changing Lives
  • LGBT North East Gender Identity Support Service (hosted by Humankind)
  • MeSH (Mesmac Newcastle and SHINE)
  • Newcastle Hospitals Sexual Health Services
  • PROPS North East
  • Public Health Team, Newcastle City Council
  • Sexual Health Promotion (Newcastle Hospitals Community Health)
  • Teenage Kicks (Newcastle Hospitals Community Health)

Newcastle wins bid to host UK Recovery walk September 2020

Newcastle has won the bid to host the 2020 UK Recovery Walk in Exhibition Park thanks to a public vote.   The annual walk celebrates people who are recovering from drug and alcohol addiction and supports people who are on their recovery journeys.

Organised by Faces and Voices of Recovery (FAVOR UK), the walk is held every September as part of International Recovery Month.

Read the news in full

The Herbert Protocol for missing people

The Herbert Protocol is a national scheme to record useful information about a vulnerable person that can be used by police if the person goes missing. Carers, family members and friends can download and complete the form to give vital details about the person they care for including: medication needed, emergency contacts, places they’ve lived previously and a photograph.

The form can then be handed straight to Police if needed. It can make a real difference.  It could help reduce the amount of time a vulnerable person is missing, bringing them to safety even quicker. For more information visit Northumbria Police’s website.

Read our page on Dementia Friendly Newcastle

YMCA opens new community cafe

YMCA Newcastle has opened a new lunchtime cafe from it’s centre at Space 2, Commercial Union House, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 2DX.

They offer various meal deals and are open 10am till 2pm daily.

Read more about Food and Friends on InformationNOW

Research & Reports

Centre for Ageing Better Report: Home truths: Housing options and advice for people in later life

This report demonstrates the need for understanding the local context and speaking  to local communities when developing information and advice services.

More than 90% of older people live in mainstream housing and intend to stay there. Yet, Britain has the oldest housing stock in Europe. As well as being in poor condition, the vast majority of these homes are inaccessible, with only 7% of homes having all four features that make them accessible to most people.

Decent homes can keep us safe and free from injury and falls, enable us to remain active and independent, and avoid costly health and social care. As we approach later life this can mean that we will need to adapt and repair our current homes or ‘rightsize’ to more suitable housing.

Read the report in full

Opportunities for Action

World Transplant Games

In the summer of 2019, more than 2,400 participants from over 60 countries, aged from 4 to 80+, will arrive in Newcastle-Gateshead for the World Transplant Games. These people have either donated or received a life-saving organ transplant. Get ready to celebrate an inspiring week of sport in the North East from 17 August to 24 August 2019.

Sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register today and remember to share your wishes with your family. You can contact them by phone at: 0300 123 2323 or online

Great North Run Cheer Team Opportunities
Alzheimers Society

Alzheimers Society have people doing the Great North Run again this year to raise funds. They need volunteers to show how much their hard work is appreciated. The main volunteers they’re looking to recruit will be for their cheer team who are based on one of two cheer buses along the route at mile 5 and 12.5.

They’re looking for a commitment of 2 to 4 hours starting either 10am or 11am on Sunday 8 September. They’ll be provided with cheer items and a volunteer top and will be cheering on Alzheimer’s Society runners as they pass.

Read more here


Best Practice in Dementia Care

The Housing Learning and Improvement Network used this year’s Dementia Action Week 2019 to gather and share examples of extra care schemes and other housing related community services supporting people with dementia to develop meaningful relationships.

These relationships can reduce social isolation and loneliness. The examples provided range from informal arrangements supported by staff or other residents to formal service provision.

This compendium brings those examples together in one place, along with further examples of best practice that we received during Dementia Action Week. Colleagues also told us about the fantastic work they were doing as Dementia Friendly organisations, and we have included a section of those examples as well.

Read in full here

This week’s events & activities at a glance






Newcastle Mela 2019

25th and 26th August

The Mela is a free event, based around Pakistani, Bengali, Indian and other South Asian cultures. The event is open to all public and encourages an audience from a variety of backgrounds to attend its annual grand festival. It is a true display of diversity within Newcastle upon Tyne. People come from far and wide to: learn; be entertained; enjoy cuisine; dance to new music; experience fine art and cultures from around the world and meet new people.

With a line up including contemporary Asian acts as well as traditional displays of music and dance, it’s an event which has historically appealed to all ages and races for generations.

Read more on InformationNOW

What’s new on InformationNOW this week

Articles Updated

Organisations Updated

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