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16th June 2017 InfoNOW News

Welcome to our 200th InfoNOW News!


  • Using Recite Me to translate on InformationNOW
  • Goodbye from Lauren
  • Healthwatch Newcastle announce their priorities

Research and Reports

  • Staying Mentally fit as you get older

Opportunities for Action

  • British Red Cross volunteers
  • Tyneside Cinema at 80
  • Workshops to design new housing
  • Get online with free training

New on InformationNOW this week

  • Events & Activities
  • Never the End Exhibition
  • Roman Cavalry Exhibition
  • Silver Screen Film Club

What’s new on InformationNOW this week

Articles updated

  • How to tailor InformationNOW to your access needs

Organisations Updated

  • HMS Care
  • Citizen Aid


Using Recite Me to translate on InformationNOW

If you have trouble reading websites because you speak a language other than English we can help to make InformationNOW easier for you to use.

You can open the free Recite Me software by clicking the icons in the right hand corner of any page on the site. This opens the Recite Me Toolbar where you can select the format which suits your needs.

InformationNOW homepage with arrow pointing to the Recite Me button

For example, to change the language on InformationNOW you need to:

  • select the flag button marked “Languages”.  This will then produce a drop down list of all the languages that Recite Me offers.
  • find the language that you want from the list and click on it, the site will then be converted to that language.
  • You can create a Recite Me account on the toolbar (the button which looks like a person)  and save your settings so InformationNOW appears exactly as you need it every time you visit.
Recite Me can be tailored to your needs.

 Healthwatch Newcastle announce their priorities

Following their conference in April, Healthwatch Newcastle have announced their priorities for 2017 – 2018.  Of particular interest will be their work on NHS continuing health care (CHC) which they will research across Newcastle and Gateshead.  CHC relates to care received in people’s own homes, a care home or another setting that is not a hospital, where the individual’s main needs are health-related.  If you are interested get in touch with Healthwatch Newcastle and read more about having your say about health services on Information NOW.

Staying Mentally fit as you get older

Newcastle University experts have been involved in a large scale study of over 2,000 mentally fit people over the age of 65 years.  The study looked at the association between a healthy lifestyle and mental health.  The findings show that staying in work, and learning new skills or acquiring new knowledge stimulates the brain and gives it more resilience in later life perhaps staving off dementia.

For more information on how to keep healthy and fit read our 10 tips for good health article.

British Red Cross volunteers

Wednesday 21st June 2017, 6 – 8pm
The British Red Cross, Croft House, Western Avenue, Newcastle, NE4 8SR .

If you’d like to try something new or learn a new skill then this British Red Cross event may be for you.  You will find out about a range of volunteer roles and the training you will be given to carry them out. Refreshments will be provided.

Please register by calling  0191 273 7961 or email:

To find out more about how the British Red Cross help people in our city browse our articles in the care category of InformationNOW including Home care, Getting to Hospital and Introduction to First Aid.

Tyneside Cinema at 80

Tyneside Cinema has been successful in getting Heritage Lottery funding to tell the people’s story of the Cinema beginning as a newsreel theatre to the present day. They are keen to celebrate people’s connections with the cinema and how it has shaped individual lives and communities.

Memories can be submitted as a written account or as a film recording in several ways:

Get online with free training

Once again Your Homes Newcastle are offering free training.

Learn My Way, Basic Computer Training
City Library, 10.30 – 1pm on Thursdays

This two session course is designed to develop basic computer skills which help you to access and use the internet including sending emails with documents attached. One to one sessions are also available.

Techy tea party
City Library, 2.00 – 3.30pm, second and last Thursdays each month

These courses are for customers who have a tablet, iPad or smartphone that they want to get more out of. Topics include basic settings, how to keep your device secure, general navigation and downloading apps.

For more information and/or to book a place on any of these courses go to the Newcastle City Libraries Eventbrite page or call 0191 277 4100. Bookings require an email address, if you don’t have one then use and your E-ticket will be posted to you.

For more information about getting online browse our InformationNOW

This week’s events and activities at a glance

Monday 19th June

Community lunch at St Martins
Yoga Classes for Over 50s
Older Peoples Social Group

Tuesday 20th June

Keep Fit
Cuppa tea and a chat at FAR CommunityCentre
Canasta club

Wednesday 21st June

Tai Chi
Mile Castle Social Get together
Carpet bowls club Robert -Stewart-Memorial Church

Thursday 22nd June

Dementia  Friendly Reading Group
Exercise for Men

Friday 23rd June

Computer Club
Dementia Carers Support Group
Beginners Ladies Golf

Never the End Exhibition
16th June, 8.30 pm to 10.30 pm Stephenson Railway Museum
Middle Engine Lane, NE29 8DX,North Shields

Why not go along to this free event at the Stephenson Railway Museum and take a journey through time looking at the industrial landscape.  Various artists will be hosting a playful art installation of light, fire, dance soundscape and sculptures along the railway tracks

Roman Cavalry Exhibition
8 April to 10 September

Why not visit one or all of ten museums and venues involved in celebrating Hadrian’s Cavalry?

The six month exhibition is a once in a lifetime opportunity for visitors to see a unique range of remarkable and finely decorated Roman cavalry objects including ornate helmets, armour and weapons on loan from national and international museums.  These will be shown alongside objects from museums across the Wall.

There will be dramatic re-enactment events across sites along the Wall and from July 2017, a specially commissioned piece of contemporary art celebrating the cavalry site will be on display at English Heritage’s Chesters Roman Fort and Museum.

Find out more about Tyne and Wear Museum’s Live Well project and discover the museums in Newcastle and across the North East.

Silver Screen Film Club

Last Friday each month, 1.30 pm
Church of the Ascension, Creighton Avenue, Kenton

If you are over 55 years and want to enjoy topical films and refreshments, go and join this free activity at the Church of the Ascension. Contact Sue: 0191 286 5090 or Bob on: 0191 242 1705.

What’s new on InformationNOW this week

Updated Articles

How to tailor InformationNow to your access needs

New and Updated organisations

HMS Care

Citizen Aid


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