22 January 2021
Cervical cancer screening; Burns night and sugar awareness week.
Coronavirus and Christmas help and information
Grief over Christmas – who can help
Christmas recycling tips
Local shopping at the Laing
Christmas events and activities to book or do online
A weekend of festive markets
Wishing you a safe and merry Christmas and happy and peaceful New Year.
Looking for our archive newsletters – just go to news and they are available in date order.
The InformationNOW team are responsible for Your Equipment Newcastle where you can review your needs by answering some questions and get a personal report – perhaps you need something to help you pick things up, open a jar, special cutlery or a higher toilet seat? Read information tailored to you.
Kate and Carol will be out of the office from Tuesday 23 December and will return on Monday 4th January 2020.
Is the NHS confident the vaccine is safe?
Yes. The NHS will not offer any Covid-19 vaccinations to the public until experts have signed off that it is safe to do so. The MHRA, the official UK regulator, has said this vaccine is very safe and highly effective, and they have full confidence in their expert judgement and processes.
As with any medicine, vaccines are highly regulated products. There are checks at every stage in the development and manufacturing process, and continued monitoring once it has been authorised and is being used in the wider population.
Last week we ran a feature on coping over Christmas if you are bereaved. Here is contact information to share and pass on for help and support locally and nationally.
Over half a million older people will spend Christmas alone this year and many people will find themselves isolated. If you have friends, relatives or neighbours who may be lonely this Christmas can you give them a call, connect using What’s App or Facebook or Zoom/Skype or send them a card?
One of the best ways of coping with loneliness is to volunteer, meet new people and get connected with a community or place. This year, this has been much harder to do unless you are volunteering with the voluntary sector or a food bank. So, why not keep in touch with someone in a care home this Christmas? Kirkwood Court Care home is looking for pen pals for residents with similar interests. Contact
The Silver Line is the confidential, free helpline for older people across the UK open every day and night of the year and they offer befriending calls.
Good Gym are always looking for more runners – they help people as part of their run. You can keep fit and healthy and help someone in need.
Read more about volunteering.
Christmas always creates additional waste such as, wrapping paper, toy boxes or food waste, so please recycle as much as possible. Top tips include:
Did you get a real Christmas tree this year? St Oswald’s Hospice are running a Christmas tree-cycle scheme. For £10 they will come and collect your tree and Greentech services will turn it into compost. All monies go to St Oswald’s. Book here. Alternatively take it to an HWRC.
The Laing Art Gallery shop is open until Christmas Eve. Shop local this Christmas and browse homewares, fashion, jewellery, prints and books. Don’t miss their sale across 2021 calendars and Christmas decorations. All profit made from sales in the shop goes directly into funding the Laing, its collections, exhibitions and events. Please note only the shop will be open, not the gallery.
Silverline Memories Christmas Party online for people with dementia Contact Sandra
Great North Museum Christmas activities online
Glasgow Science Centre Christmas Extravaganza for families with young children Make snowflakes or a wreath, look for reindeer and make gingerbread.
The Centre for Life has teamed up with a Great British Bake Off contestant to create a gingerbread house. Follow the video. Too late to enter the competition though.
Unfolding Theatre is performing Winter Tales in Byker and Walker. Book
Healthworks Christmas activities pack
A weekend of festive markets
Along with Quayside and Grainger Markets, which are open this weekend there is also the first ever Ouseburn Christmas Outdoor Market,Saturday 19 to Sunday 20 December, 10am – 4pm. Arranged by Ouseburn Valley organisations you can find local artists and gifts of glass, wood , headwear and more,
The Jesmond Food Market will be taking place on Armstrong Bridge this Saturday, between 10am and 3pm. Food and gin – what more do we need?
When visiting any market, please follow the guidance, and remember to keep safe – hands, face, space
Last updated: January 8, 2021