Information Now

17 August 2018


  • Have you got a bright idea?
  • Heritage Open Days
  • Listen to the Elders council radio station on 102.5 fm
  • Take part in a Type 2 diabetes survey

AnchorResearch & Reports

  • Welcome Here – a Newcastle CVS report
  • Housing options – YHN and the Council improve and build new stock

AnchorOpportunities for Action

  • Patient Leaders Programme – NHS North East Leadership Academy
  • Dementia Lab 2018 – experience, participation and design
  • Healthwatch Newcastle and Healthwatch Gateshead small grants fund for mental health
  • Rehabilitation survey for blind and partially sighted people
  • Active voices – Elders Council and WEA


  • Guidance for researchers on involving people with dementia
  • National Disability Arts Collection & Archive
  • Access to training, volunteering and employment opportunities

New on Information NOW this week!

  • This week’s events & activities at a glance
  • Lit & Phil events
  • Memory Walk for the Alzheimer’s Society

New, Updated articles & organisations

  • International Glaucoma Association
  • Nature’s Landscapes
  • Journey Enterprises Ltd
  • ReCoCo Recovery College
  • Mental Health
  • Credit Unions
  • Loan Sharks
  • Affordable Credit
  • Dentists


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Have you got a Bright Idea?

This year’s Bright Ideas in Health Awards, hosted by the Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria (AHSN NENC), is now open for entries. The Bright Ideas in Health Awards is now in it’s fifteenth year. The competition, depending upon the category, is open to all small and medium sized enterprises, NHS organisations and academic institutions in the NENC region.

Categories for this year include:

  • Development of an Innovative Service or Device
  • Service Improvement
  • Innovation Champion of the Year
  • Demonstrating an Impact on Patient Safety
  • Research Impact: Improving Patient Care (Sponsored by NIHR Clinical Research Network North East and North Cumbria)

The closing date for entries to the awards is 17th September 2018.

You can find out more about this year’s awards and submit your ideas at the Bright Ideas in Health Awards website

Heritage Open Days in Tyne and Wear 2018 (sponsored by Port of Tyne) 6-9th and 13–16th September 2018

Heritage Open Days – England’s largest free festival of architecture, history and culture, takes place in September. There are 64 buildings and activities in Newcastle, and 203 in Tyne & Wear, that you could visit. Options include a visit to: Bessie Surtees House, Seaton Delaval Hall, James Cook sailing vessel, Grey’s Monument. For more information log on to the national website here: Heritage Open Days, or pick up a local booklet from Libraries or Council Offices.  Information NOW has a section on Events and Activities in Newcastle and the North East.  Find something local to you, any day of the week.

Listen to the Elders Council radio station on 102.5 fm

Elders Council of Newcastle host their own monthly magazine style radio show on the first Friday of the month on the Community Radio Station NE1fm.  Please tune in to 102.5 fm at 2pm  – the next show on 7 September covers everything about gardening and amongst the guests is Marian Foster, Producer of BBC Newcastle’s Garden Mania.

You can also follow them on Facebook and listen/watch a live stream of their recent show in August which covered volunteering and the Great Exhibition of the North.

Take part in a Type 2 diabetes survey

NHS Northern Clinical Networks, together with support from Diabetes UK would like to invite people with Type 2 diabetes to take part in a survey.  Despite the range of information and education available to support people who are diagnosed, the session uptake is poor.  They would like to understand why this is.  It should take a few minutes to complete the survey which will close later in September 2018.  Paper copy surveys are available.  Should people with diabetes wish to talk to someone about this survey please contact the team by email or telephone: 0113 825 3307.
For more information on symptoms and treatment of diabetes, read our article or visit NHS Choices.


Welcome Here – a Newcastle CVS report

Newcastle CVS has conducted a study into the changing demographics of the population of Newcastle with a particular focus on the quality of life of the Black, Asian, and minority ethnic communities. Between the 2001 census and 2011 census the BAME population more than doubled in both Newcastle and Gateshead. In Newcastle 40,600 people (14.7%) were from Black and Asian groups and 8,510 people (3.7%) were White Other, most east European.
Whilst there is a great deal of voluntary and community activity to support new individuals, families and communities, it is clear that there are barriers to integration and belonging, owing to poverty, cultural barriers and the fragile state of the voluntary sector.  Read the Executive Summary  and the full report  which contain some recommendations to improve on these findings, on their website.

Housing options – YHN and the Council improve and build new stock

Bamburgh House in Westerhope, and Milecastle House in Walker, have been remodelled to better meet the needs of older people in Newcastle. Exclusively for people over 55, the state-of-the-art developments managed by Your Homes Newcastle (YHN) on behalf of Newcastle City Council are expected to have a major positive impact on the lives of those who live there.  Information NOW has an article on housing for older people and you could visit Your Time Your Space or call 0191 278 8585.

In addition, Fergusons Lane, a development of 42 new build bungalows, has just been completed in Denton Burn, and is exclusively for people over 55 or with a recognised medical need.  Contact the West End Housing Services team at YHN on 0191 277 1484 or email.


Patient Leaders Programme – NHS North East Leadership Academy

This programme  may be of interest to any patients, members of the public or carers who are interested in developing their skills and knowledge in relation to their patient leadership or citizenship roles.  Feedback from some of their patients who have undertaken this programme in the past has been very positive, helping them to become confident in participating in patient forums and wider patient engagement work.  Closing date for registration: 31 August 2018 and the course starts in October in Durham.

Dementia Lab 2018 – experience, participation and design; Urban Sciences Building, Newcastle University

Dementia Lab is an event that aims to bring together researchers, professionals and people with personal experience of dementia to share stories and learning on issues related to design and dementia. For Dementia Lab 2018, as well as broadly exploring the role of design and the creative arts in relation to dementia, they are specifically focusing on issues of experience and participation. Alongside a series of keynote talks there will be six short workshops on topics related to design, creativity and dementia.

The event is entirely free to attend and participate in. Please register. For a full overview of the programme, take a look at the event website.  You may also email your questions.  Visit Information NOW for more on dementia.

Healthwatch Newcastle and Healthwatch Gateshead small grants fund

Healthwatch Newcastle and Healthwatch Gateshead have chosen mental health as one of their work priorities for 2018 – 2019.  They will focus on:

  • The LBGTQ community
  • Veterans
  • The African/Caribbean community
  • Young people
  • People who are homeless/living in insecure accommodation
  • People who have experienced domestic abuse

Although most of the work will be carried out by Healthwatch officers and volunteers, they are offering two small grants of £1,000 to enable specialist organisations to gather views from groups that they would not engage with as effectively.  Closing date 9 September 2018.  You can also contact Lyndsay Yarde on 0191 338 5718.

Take part in a rehabilitation survey for blind and partially-sighted people

Thomas Pocklington Trust’s new survey on vision rehabilitation services, aims to improve services provided to blind and partially-sighted people. Vision rehabilitation usually involves a worker from your local council or another organisation visiting you shortly after your diagnosis of sight loss to assess your needs.  They will then help you develop the right skills to get around safely and continue with everyday activities. Go to the survey  For more information about visual impairment read the Information NOW article.

Active Voices – engaging with civil society

Elders Council of Newcastle, Workers Educational Association (WEA) and Newcastle University are offering the Active Voices course which introduces people to different ways in which they can engage in civil society.  The courses support participants to decide how to practically address an issue or problem they feel strongly about.  If you think this may be of interest, there are two opportunities for you to find out more:Saturday 1st September, 1.30 – 3.30 pm at Brunswick Methodist Church. There will be an opportunity to meet previous course participants and find out why they enjoyed the course and what they have done since.

Monday 10th September, 10.00 am – 12 noon at Brunswick Methodist Church. This will be your chance to enjoy a taster session and decide whether you want to sign up for the course in October.

To find out more and book a place, please email or call 0191 212 6100.


Guidance for researchers on involving people with dementia

The Research Institute for Disabled Consumers has published guidance on how to run effective participatory research involving people with dementia.
For tips and techniques, read their guidance here.

Access to training, volunteering and employment opportunities

Moving On Tyne & Wear (MOTW) work with people aged 18+ who are out of work owing to physical or mental health barriers. Local Navigators help people manage their health, as well as other barriers such as debt and housing, as well as to access training, volunteering, and employment opportunities.

The programme operates from five localities in Tyne & Wear: Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland, North and South Tyneside. Each area also runs Innovation Projects to address specific issues including: long-term health conditions for over 50s and peer support.  The programme supports people who are 50+ looking for work.

To refer someone into the programme, contact the programme team on 0191 217 3206 or email. MOTW is joint-funded by the Big Lottery and the European Social Fund.


New events and activities

  • Linskill Healthy Saturday Walks
  • Friendship Hub – trip to the SageThe Great Exhibition of the North runs until 9 September – try the Design Trail, Innovation Trail and Art Trails.  What about attending Northern Stage’s Self Build UtopiasBank holiday weekend brings us the 25th anniversary of Newcastle Mela
  • Newcastle Allotment and Garden Fete takes place on 1 and 2 September.
    Get in touch if you’d like to be an exhibitor in September.
  • Remember to put Great North Star in your diary to celebrate women’s suffrage.  Quayside on 7 September circa 9 pm.  Tickets will be available soon.

Lit & Phil events

Thursday 30th August, 7pm £5/3

The Lit & Phil will be hosting an “in conversation” session led by North East writer, Ann Cleeves, author of Shetland and Vera. She will be speaking to Marcia Talley, a mystery writer based in the USA and Kate Charles who specialises in mystery books with an ecclesiastical theme.

Tuesday, 11 September, 6.30 pm £2

2018 marks 100 years since some women got the right to vote. It is also the year of the Great Exhibition of the North when we are reflecting on the North’s past successes, and aiming to encourage the aspirations of our young people.  Why not go along to find out about  Angels of the North – notable women of the North East?

You can reserve a place by ‘phoning and paying over the ‘phone or pop in to the Lit & Phil.

Memory Walks – sign up or volunteer

Alzheimer’s Society are holding two memory walks locally this year. Saturday 6 October – South Shields Memory Walk and Saturday 13 October – Tyneside Night Walk. There is a longer 22 km route at South Shields as well as the 3 and 7 km routes.  Perhaps you could volunteer to help with a route?  Otherwise why not take part in one of the walks?

Articles Updated

Credit Unions
Loan Sharks
Affordable Credit
Mental Health

New organisations

International Glaucoma Association
Natures Landscapes
Journey Enterprises Ltd
British Thyroid Foundation
ReCoCo College

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