Information Now

20 July 2018


  • Events & Activities on Information NOW
  • Tyne Bank Brewery awarded Gold for its beer
  • Newcastle Trust tops national research activity list
  • Retirement accommodation

Research & Reports

  • The importance of being sugar smart
  • Preparing for an ageing workforce

Opportunities for Action

  • Changes to urgent care services in Newcastle
  • Do we need to talk?
  • Newcastle United Foundation Mental Health First Aid Courses
  • Co-create an ode to Northern Women


  • Summer Parks festival with Active Newcastle

New on Information NOW this week!

  • Events and activities for the next two weeks
  • Our Summer activity guide
  • Newcastle Pride

Updated articles & organisations

  • National Institute for Health Research CRN North East and North Cumbria
  • RiDC
  • LNER
  • Digital North
  • Gasbags North Eas
  • Volunteering
  • Swimming Pools (Fenham Pool closed for six weeks)
  • Public Transport (LNER taken over rail service)


Events & activities on Information NOW

The summer holidays are when everyone wants to find information on what’s on locally.  Information NOW’s events and activities section gives you information the whole year round.  Do check that all the events are on over the summer as there may be some changes during this period. There are different ways to search in this section.

  1. Use the events and activities box, and for example, type in “music” and a range of options will come up including  a musical picnic at Summerhill pavilionamongst other events.
  2. Select an option in the “type” box, for example gardening or sports and fitness and this will bring up all the opportunities for exercise beginning on the day of your search
  3. You can select a location or “ward”, for example West Fenham, and this will give you all the results for the area including Rabita Women and Art club at Holy Cross
  4. You can select a “day”, for example Monday and you will get a range of results including craft clubs, tai chi and tap dancing
  5. You can search by organiser or venue, for example Search and this will bring up a range of their activities including computer club and walking.

Finally, you can view the results on a calendar for the week or on the map. Click on the pin for more details.

We are always seeking to improve our range of events on the calendar so please let us know what is on by contacting us at Information NOW.

Tyne Bank brewery wins Gold award

Tyne Bank Brewery, an independent brewery and tap room, has scooped top prize for its Summer Breeze, light pale ale and Stalin’s Cow, won Canniest Beer Award.  Craft beer enthusiasts can enjoy these lovely beers and sharing platters in their beer garden on Walker Road.

Newcastle Trust tops national NIHR activity league for seventh year

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is the country’s best performing trust for volume of clinical research for the seventh year running.  It topped the national league tables for the number of health research studies with a total of 550 studies supported by the Trust, exceeding last year’s record of 528.  Dame Jackie Daniel, Chief Executive, of the Trust,  said: “We’re thrilled to be leading the way nationally in clinical research once again. As a Trust, we are committed to delivering the best possible care to patients by investing in research which can help improve the lives of people not just regionally, but also nationally and internationally.”

Why not volunteer to take part in a local study?  Visit the NIHR page.

Retirement accommodation

Looking for retirement accommodation?  Have a look at Riverview Lodge, off Armstrong Road, NE4. Contact the Manager  on 0191 273 1529.  Thinking about your housing options? Visit our housing for older people information.

Look out for our Information NOW housing special in July/August this year.


Changes to urgent care services in Newcastle

Following the initial consultation in the winter,  Newcastle Gateshead CCG now plans to share its overall findings and invite comments, at two public events and a series of focus groups hosted by community organisations. The changes are expected to take place by December 2019. If you live or work in Newcastle, you can get involved by:
Attending a public event (please call 0191 217 2803 or book your place online)

  • Tuesday 4 September, 5.00pm to 6.30pm at City Library (book your place)
  • Thursday 6 September, 12.00pm to 1.30pm, at Lemington Resource Centre (book your place)
  • Wednesday 12 September, 12.00pm to 1.30pm, at City Library (book your place)

People who would like to share their views on urgent primary care services at the Lemington Centre, can also complete a survey or request a paper survey from 0191 217 2803 before 14 September 2018.

Do we Need to Talk?

Martin Gollan, Newcastle CVS, has written a thought piece about the consequences of procurement and contracting for voluntary organisations.   Join in the debate on Twitter using #need2talk.

Join the Healthwatch Newcastle Committee

Healthwatch Newcastle are seeking Committee members to provide strategic oversight and development of Healthwatch Newcastle. These are voluntary, unpaid roles, although travel and carers’ expenses will be covered.Their vision is “to be Newcastle’s independent and trusted voice for outstanding social care and health services for all.”

If you think you have the drive, skills and commitment to fulfil their vision — and can inspire others to share in this — they want to hear from you.

Find out more

Co-create an ode to Northern Women

Company of Others are creating a new work and looking for 300 women of the North to co-create an ode to Northern women, and their resilience, power and empathy.  Stories, sound recordings, pictures, videos and blogs can be submitted to Nadia Iftkhar and will be treated sensitively and confidentially.  Deadline 6th August.  You can submit your story anonymously c/o Dance City.


The importance of being sugar smart

The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (which advises Public Health England) has recommended that average maximum intake of sugar should be halved, not exceeding 5% of total dietary energy. This amounts to 7 tsp of sugar (29g) for an adult. Statistics show that 16 – 64 year olds are consuming considerably more than this, at 58.5g per day or nearly 15 tsp.  Sugar contributes to obesity and ill health, including complications such as diabetes; it also contributes to tooth decay. For example, a Massimo’ Costa Chai Latte contains 80g or 20 tsp of sugar.  It is easy to consume hidden sugar and we need to train ourselves to measure our sugar intake if we are to stay healthy. At the same time, the food industry has been requested to reduce its sugar in popular products by 2020. These products include cereal, yoghurt, sauces and spreads. Information NOW will be updating its information on sugar in more detail in 10 tips for good health, but in the meantime, why not download the Sugar smart app to help you shop wisely, available from Google Play or Apple Store.

Preparing for an ageing workforce

Two reports have just been published. The first report, based on a survey of 500 employers, by the Centre for Ageing Better, shows that one in five employers (20%) have faced challenges with managing age-diversity at work, including older workers feeling uncomfortable working under younger managers and vice versa. Despite this, only a third (33%) of employers said they provide support, training or guidance for managers on managing age diversity.  The result is that 50% of the older workforce leave early which may ultimately lead to a skills shortage.Alongside this, the Women and Equalities Committee of Parliament, has issued a report that shows that the talents of more than a million people aged over 50 who want to work, are being wasted because the Government has failed to enforce age discrimination and bias and outdated employment practices continue.Read our article on age discrimination and read  Independent Age’s Ageism + page


Newcastle United Foundation Mental Health First Aid courses

Newcastle United Foundation is now offering Mental Health First Aid two day courses at both St. James’s Park and in the workplace. Becoming a Mental Health First Aider will give you a deeper understanding of mental health and how it can affect your wellbeing; you’ll be able to spot signs and triggers and also know how to support people who might be suffering. Find out more.

Please see the following link for four courses coming up over the next few months. Discounted places are available for those working in the voluntary sector.   If you are interested in training at your organisation please contact Ashley Lowe.or call 0844 372 1892.


Summer Parks festival with Active Newcastle

Join Active Newcastle and Park Lives and get active in one of our parks over the summer.

Become part of Active Newcastle and get your Active Newcastle Card to enable you to track your sessions and usage and sign in quickly. There are over 100 activities and sessions across the city. You will also receive offers and discounts once you have registered.

Have you ever visited the Edinburgh Fringe? Why not visit our local Jesterval run by Live Theatre.  A number of acts are doing their “pre-fringe” shows for the next two weeks, but there’s much more.

Why not take your family out on their bikes and keep fit? – join Let’s Ride at Exhibition Park on 29 July. Remember to register.

Why not visit the Sunderland International Airshow from 27 -29 July?  Activities start on Friday evening and there are flyovers from the Red Arrows. Visit the See it Do it website.

Don’t forget the Great Exhibition of the North. They have several trails but you could also enjoy seeing Stephenson’s rocket at the Discovery Museum.  Can’t get there? Northern tech company, hedgehog lab, have recreated a fully immersive and memorable experience of the original Rocket. Find on Google Play or Apple Store.

Our Summer activity guide

  1. Summer is the perfect time to get out and about and Inforrmation NOW has an article on day trips and visits that may help you plan your activities.  Included in our article is the Elders Council outings with a concessionary bus pass including routes from Newcastle to: Durham, Richmond, Scarborough, Beamish, Keswick to name a few.
  2. Travelling around with your children or grandchildren this summer? or do you have children under 16 who need bus and metro fares to get about? Have you thought about applying for a Pop card from Nexus to make life a little easier.
  3. You can also visit DisabledGo to help you decide whether a venue, pub, or shop meets your needs.
  4. Read our article on Things to do in Newcastle which includes activities/groups for toddlers, families and adults.
  5. Why not take part in activities at our swimming poolsleisure centres, churches and sports centres. Change4Life recommend 60 minutes of activity each day for all the family.
  6. Why not download Metro’s Little Book of things to see, a free adventure book for families to get out and about.
  7. Get into Newcastle will be screening 84 movies at the Screen on the Green,Old Eldon square, over the next six weeks. Two screenings a day and free of charge. Why not try the Jungle Book on 20 July or West Side Story on 18 August.
  8. You may remember that in May this year, Inflatable Planet was launched at the Walker Activity Dome.  Sessions are available throughout the holidays for children, but people over 18+ can also access sessions just for them.
  9. Life Science Centre has launched its Robot Activity trail including quizzes, activity sheets and games.  The admission ticket also includes access to the 4D motion ride, science theatre and planetarium.
  10. Visit Bede’s World, in the heart of South Tyneside, to discover more about the Anglo-Saxons.
  11. You might want to join the Forest Adventurers holiday clubs, near Ryton, for children up to 13 years of age.Contact Suzanne and visit her Facebook page.
  12. Explore the North East coast with the Crab and Compass trails.  The trails are accessible for all, including wheelchair and pushchair friendly. Each trail is £11.99 plus P+P, including activity sheets, map and colourful character pin.

Newcastle Pride 2018

This Friday marks the beginning of Northern Pride’s,  Newcastle Pride 2018.   Includes a party on Friday (paid ticket) and Parade at 12 noon on Saturday.  Most events are free of charge and take place at Nuns Moor park from lunch time till late. Includes S Club, Alexandra and David Gates.   Closes on Sunday with a candlelit vigil at the Civic Centre at 9 pm.

What’s new on Information NOW this week

Articles Updated

Swimming Pools (Fenham Pool closed for six weeks from 22 July)
Public Transport (LNER has taken over rail service)

Organisations – new and updated

National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network  North East and North Cumbria

Digital North
Gasbags North East


Last updated: November 1, 2019

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