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20th December 2016 InfoNOW News

Welcome to your bumper edition of InfoNOW News!

Wishing you a very merry Christmas from us all at InformationNOW – Newcastle’s Older People’s Website

We’re taking a break over the holidays and will be back with you in January.

News

  • Newcastle City Council Christmas opening times and service changes
  • Home Safety Checks from Tyne & Wear Fire and Rescue Service
  • NICE urges collaborative working to prevent loneliness in older people
  • Newcastle University Ageing Generations Education (NUAGE), Newcastle University shortlisted for award
  • Flagship transformation of city centre street completed
  • It’s even more important than a will – do you have a Power of Attorney?
  • Park smart in Newcastle this Christmas
  • Newcastle loan shark sentenced to prison
  • The benefits of mindfulness meditation
  • New Home Support Services from Age UK Newcastle

Research & Reports

  • Kinder Communities: The power of everyday relationships
  • National Audit Office report on benefit sanctions
  • Approaches to integrated housing, health and social care services: case studies from North Tyneside Council and Northumbria Healthcare

Opportunities for Action

  • Living with Age-related macular degeneration (AMD), Cataracts or Glaucoma? RNIB want to hear from you
  • Paid a hidden fee to a care home? The market watchdog wants to hear from you
  • Survey and event for people from a BAME background

Resources

  • Tips for better winter photography
  • Disabled Facilities Grant briefing
  • How to make your house cosier and cheaper to run
  • Help to switch energy supplier from Age UK Newcastle

Social Activities and Events

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Newcastle City Council Christmas opening times and service changes

Newcastle City Council have prepared information on opening times and any service changes to council services during Christmas including bins, customer services and libraries.

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Home Safety Checks and Safe and Well visits from Tyne & Wear Fire and Rescue Service

Tyne & Wear Fire and Rescue Service is committed to achieving it’s Vision of ‘Creating the Safest Community’ by reducing the risk of fire in domestic premises through Home Safety Checks.

The Safe and Well checks are carried out in addition to their home safety check and are available to anyone over 65 years of age living in Newcastle and are aimed at primary falls prevention so I donӴ see why not.

Firefighters can visit your home, where you may be at the greatest risk from fire, and offer advice on Fire Safety, tailored specifically to your needs and where necessary fit free smoke detectors.

They are currently targeting our resources at those households most at risk, but will attend to you as soon as possible if you request this service.

 

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NICE urges collaborative working to prevent loneliness in older people

Reducing older peopleӳ loneliness can help prevent physical and mental health problems, health watchdog NICE has said in a new standard.

NICE recommended that healthcare professionals, councils, housing organisations and charities should identify older people who are at risk of a decline in their independence and mental wellbeing, and ensure social and physical activities are in place for them.

Factors that increase older peopleӳ risk of a decline include poor health, being over 80, unemployment, and suffering divorce or the death of a partner.

 

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Newcastle University Ageing Generations Education (NUAGE), Newcastle University shortlisted for award

NUAGE has been shortlisted for a national higher education academy award on the basis of the collaborative approach they have taken in setting up and running the NUAGE module.

If successful in January, they will receive a sum of money to be able to continue to support student and public input into the NUAGE module, which will be starting its 4th annual run in January 2017.

Gaining awareness of the needs of an expanding ageing population is important for university students from all academic backgrounds. Student interns and older people collaborate with faculty members to design, deliver and evaluate this module, which has now run annually since 2013.

ԃollaboration with module leaders allowed me to gain first-hand experience into the intricate and intense planning involved in organizing meaningful sessions.Ԡ(NUAGE student intern).

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Flagship transformation of city centre street completed

A ñ.7 million pound flagship refurbishment of a city centre street has been completed.

Newcastle City Councilӳ transformation of John Dobson Street is the first stage in a wider plan aimed at making it easier and safer to travel in and around the city centre.

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It’s even more important than a will – do you have a Power of Attorney?

Protect your family and yourself – sort a Power of Attorney this Christmas via a new, far cheaper way from Money Saving Expert

It may seem a strange subject for the festive season. Yet this is a family time. And while presents under the tree are lovely, a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) protects you & your family from the huge stress, hassle and cost if you were to lose your faculties without one. Only 14% of people have a Power of Attorney.

In brief…

  • If you lose your faculties, relatives can’t just access your money, not even to pay for your care or mortgage. 1 person develops dementia every 3 minutes, others lose capacity through strokes or accidents. It’s often quick. And when your family are already having to deal with your condition, without an LPA, the only way to take charge of your finances is via the Court of Protection.With an LPA you nominate a trusted friend/relative to take control of your assets ONLY if you lose capacity. It’s a bit like an insurance policy in case the worst happens. While many do wills, few do LPAs, even though they’re likely even more important. Every grown-up with assets, of any age, should consider doing one. Die will-less and you don’t choose where your assets go – not good. Yet without an LPA, your assets could be locked down just when they’re needed.
  • New. £69.50 Which? Power of Attorney codes. An LPA is a legal document you pay the Government £110 to register (£74 in Scotland). If you’ve simple circumstances and know what you’re doing, you can DIY via an online form. How ever that’s a risk, while the gold-standard solicitor-drafted LPAs cost £500ish.A new halfway house is Which?’s legal services – you fill in a questionnaire & the LPA is populated for you, then crucially checked by a paralegal. The standard cost for the financial LPA is £139, but Martin’s Money Saving Expert has blagged codes to get it half-price. Full info in Which? codes. (You still need to pay Govt registration fees on top.)
  • Sort future medical care & your (living) will too. Martin has focused on the financial LPA, but you can also set up a Health & Welfare Power of Attorney to give loved ones authority over your treatment, and a living will (officially ‘an advance decision’), where you can refuse certain medical treatments if you lose capacity in future. Plus, while you’re at it, do consider making a will if you don’t have one.
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Park smart in Newcastle this Christmas

Smart shoppers are being encouraged to steer clear of congestion and queues by choosing a different car park this festive season.

In the busy shopping period during the run up to Christmas, Newcastle City Council is reminding people that there are almost 10,000 public car parking spaces in the city centre.

View the interactive map here

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Newcastle loan shark sentenced to prison

On 6 December 2016 a Newcastle loan shark was sentenced to 18 months, suspended for 2 years, following a hearing at Newcastle Crown Court. The prosecution described to the court how one victim had borrowed £100 in May 2002 and was charged £40 per fortnight in interest until the whole amount was repaid. The victim’s debts increased to between £3,500 and £4,000, with interest rising to between £600 and £900 per fortnight. After coming to an arrangement of making monthly payments of £700, the victim was notified that her debt was over £10,000. She was never provided with any paperwork whilst the illegal money lending activity was ongoing.

If you, or someone you support, is worried about loan sharks help is available. To report a loan shark text LOAN SHARK and the lenders details to 60003, call the 24 hour confidential hotline on 0300 555 2222, or email the team at reportaloanshark@stoploansharks.gov.uk

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The benefits of mindfulness meditation

Meditation can take many forms, but in essence it is a simple technique that almost anyone can use in order to improve their general wellbeing. It has proven value in the relief of stress and related conditions, and it helps people to achieve a greater sense of calmness, clarity, balance and perspective in their lives. The Newcastle Meditation Centre is an independent high street meditation centre in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne. It offers a regular programme of ‘drop in’ classes and workshops, as well as special programmes and training courses.

Find out more information here.

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New Home Support Services from Age UK Newcastle

Age UK Newcastle aim to make older people’s lives easier; so whether you’re bothered about benefits, perplexed about your pension, or worried by your will,they have expert staff who can guide you through every situation.

Their Home Support service offers everything from help with cleaning to 24/7 live in care. They provide companionship and support to help you to get out and about, on a regular basis or as a ‘one off’ on an outing, special occasion or a hospital appointment. They can support you on a holiday or a short break so that you and family can enjoy the time together.

You may have been unwell or had a stay in hospital and need an extra pair of hands; we can help you with this until you get back on your feet. Moving house and the task of packing is often daunting – we can do that for you and give your new home a one off clean. For those who need extra help our staff are specially trained in conditions like Dementia, MS, and Parkinson’s and can offer 24 hour live in care for your peace of mind.

A local independent registered charity with over 50 years of experience of working with older people in Newcastle they can offer affordable support which is tailor-made for you, including free and impartial information and advice.

If you would like to find out more about any of the services available please contact them on 0191 235 9900.

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Research & Reports

Kinder Communities: The power of everyday relationships

Kinder Communities is a joint project between the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Carnegie UK Trust which brings together strands of work by both organisations to test a developing theory of change on the importance of everyday relationships and kindness in communities.
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National Audit Office report on benefit sanctions

On 30 November 2016 the National Audit Office published a report showing that the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) should do more to examine the impact of sanctions on people claiming benefits.For more information or to read the report or summary please click here

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Approaches to integrated housing, health and social care services: case studies from North Tyneside Council and Northumbria Healthcare

This new case study report for the Housing Learning and Improvement Network (LIN) presents three case studies of innovative approaches to integrated working across housing, health and adult social care from North Tyneside Council and Northumbria Healthcare Foundation Trust.Read more on Housing Lin

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Opportunities for Action

Living with Age-related macular degeneration (AMD), Cataracts or Glaucoma? RNIB want to hear from you

Do you have AMD, Cataracts or Glaucoma? Have you ever wanted to change something about the treatment you receive? Well now’s your chance. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is the organisation that tells care services, such as hospitals, in England how they can improve health and social care. In 2017 they’re planning on rewriting the guidelines for these three eye conditions and RNIB want to make sure your voice is heard. Whether you have something to say about the amount of time it takes to get appointments, the information you’re given, or any other aspect of your treatment, it’s important that these decision makers know what matters to you. Have your say on the treatment you receive.

Read more

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Paid a hidden fee to a care home? The market watchdog wants to hear from you

Care home residents and their families who have encountered hidden charges or unexpected fee increases are being encouraged to notify the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) as part of its investigation into whether people in care homes are being treated fairly.

Read more from Money Saving Expert

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Survey and event for people from a BAME background

North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (NEAS) is running a survey for people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.

Give your views on its services, including 999 (for emergencies), NHS 111 (the number for non-emergency care) and Patient Transport Services. NEAS also wants to hear what people think about its job recruitment and selection processes.

For more information about the survey please email Tim Brown ontim.brown@neas.nhs.uk or phone 0191 430 2180.

They are also holding a free event in partnership with NEAS, so people can meet and share their views. This will take place on Friday 13 January, 10am – 12 noon, in Newcastle. Book your free place at the event here
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Resources

Tips for better winter photography

The seasons are changing, so get your camera phone out. Read more from Carphone Warehouse here

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Disabled Facilities Grant briefing

Care and Repair England have published a new practical briefing Disabled Facilities Grant – a system of help with home adaptations for disabled people in England – an overview.It covers the Disabled Facilities Grant – who it helps, who decides, who funds, evidence of its benefit and looks at issues for the future. Home adaptations have a critical role in supporting independent living, efficient delivery of health and care closer to home, reduction in delayed transfers of care, better management of long term conditions and the prevention of falls. This information may be helpful in your work with older and disabled people.

Read more

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How to make your house cosier and cheaper to run

Find out more from the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) who are offering a free 30 minute talk on how to keep your home warm and save money

Then book this FREE talk from the WEA North East Green Branch.

Read more and find out how to book

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Help to switch energy supplier from Age UK Newcastle

Information session available

How do you know if you need to switch your Gas and Electricity supplier?

If your group, coffee morning or other get together would like the Advice and Information Team to come to talk to you on;

  • How to switch supplier
  • The Priorities Services Register
  • Warm Home Discount
  • Replacement Boilers and Insulation Scheme

please contact Age UK Newcastle Julie or Brenda 0191 2326388 or enquiries@ageuknewcastle.org.uk

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Social Activities and Events

Christmas Day Lunches in the North

Community Christmas has an interactive map where you can find Christmas day lunches in area.
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Newcastle Futures On Track Delivery Programme 2017

Newcastle Futures are running a number of On Track courses in January 2017. Delivery is aimed at individuals who are looking to boost their confidence and make positive changes in their life. The sessions cover concepts used in life coaching to help support the way in which an individual can overcome fears/constraints about their own situation. This includes understanding how important their own mental health is to their overall personal success and introduces mindfulness, resilience and managing change.Sessions: Groups will consist of a maximum of 8 individuals at any one time and are delivered in comfortable surroundings. The group participants discuss and learn personal techniques to help them make significant life improvements. Sessions are once per week x 6. Each session lasts 2.5 hours. Learners are to attend all 6 sessions.

These sessions are aimed at: Individuals 35 years old and over, living in Newcastle who are currently unemployed and claiming benefits or unemployed and have not undertaken any previous formal accredited training qualifications in the last 3 years.

So far 95% of the people that have already attended say the sessions have helped them to make the changes in their life that they needed.

For more information or to register your interest please contact Newcastle Futures by:

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New Year’s Eve celebrations in Newcastle return with a bang!

Who will inhabit Newcastle’s dark streets this New Year’s Eve? Watch as they crawl with otherworldly creatures, puppets and street bands, all illuminated with fire and light. A mysterious, majestic leader will guide the procession of fiery torchbearers, artists, bands and community groups as they make their way to Newcastle Civic Centre to ring in the New Year in style.

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Scotswood Centre Christmas openings and New Year Timetable

Scotswood Centre will open on Christmas Day to provide meals for those who would be alone this Christmas. They have a few spaces left this means that if anybody knows anyone who would benefit from having a meal here and appreciate the chance to meet new people this Christmas please get in touch with their details and they will book them in.

See timetable

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Relaxed Cinema Screenings Tyneside Cinema

Here is the latest screening information for Access Cinema: Tyneside Cinema‘s relaxed screenings, for people with learning disabilities, autism and/or additional needs.

Enjoy great family films in a low sensory environment with the sound turned down a touch and the lights up a little. There won’t be any adverts or trailers to sit through and our friendly team will be on hand throughout the screening if you need any help. We also have a chill-out space handy if you need to take a break, and if you need to move around or make a bit of noise that’s absolutely fine. Where possible the screenings also feature HOH subtitles.

Tickets for the Sunday morning screenings are just £4.00 for everybody. Carers with a
carer’s pass or accompanying the holder of a Max
Card, HUB Card or CEA pass will be admitted for FREE
(one companion per party).

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY (12A) (Live Action) HOH Subtitled.
SUNDAY 18 DECEMBER, 10:30am

XMAS SPECIAL: THE MUPPETS CHRITMAS CAROL (U) (Live Action)
FRIDAY 23 DECEMBER, 10:30am

DISNEY’S PINOCCHIO (U) (Animation)
WEDNESDAY 28 DECEMBER, 10:30am

DISNEY’S FANTASIA 2000 (U) (Animation)
FRIDAY 30 DECEMBER, 10:30am

Book tickets, join the Access Cinema mailing list, or find out more about Access Cinema here or call the Box Office team on 0191 227 5500.

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