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21st April InfoNOW News

InformationNOW website launch

Book a place at the launch event to hear more about the new and exciting features of Newcastle’s older people’s website. Learn how to

  • get the best out of the free information and advice to plan ahead
  • find events and activities
  • discover services in your area
  • save and share your favourite information
  • raise awareness of your organisation

Or you can drop in at anytime throughout the day to our information stall in the Banqueting Hall at Newcastle Civic Centre

This is part of the Your Home, Your Choice Event organised by the Elders Council of Newcastle.
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Your Home, Your Choice

Being comfortable at home is so important to us all. The Elders Council wants to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to make choices about their future home, whether they want to stay put, or whether they want to find something new.

Working with a range of partners, the Elders Council is organising Your Home, Your Choice – an event which will feature over 40 stallholders offering information and advice on housing and care, and a series of short presentations to help you to think through your housing options.

Whether you are an older person, a carer, a relative or a member of staff working with older people, this event is for you! Put the date in your diary and book your place for the presentations in advance using the Eventbrite links below.

10.30 am Opening Remarks – Cllr Jane Streather, Portfolio Holder, Public Health and Housing, Newcastle City Council

11.00 am Thinking About Your Housing Options – book now

11.30 am InformationNOW – launching the new improved website – book now

12.30 pm An introduction to the adult social care pathway – book now

1.45 pm Achieving Cosier Low Energy Homes – book now

2.30 pm Creating independence through technology – book now

3.00 pm Future Homes for all generations – book now

One of the key features of the event will be the re-launch of the InformationNOW website. Don’t miss this opportunity to find out about the new features on the site and the opportunities for you to promote your organisation and your activities.

Further information is also available on The Elders Council website

Free Get Online Champions Training

Get Online Champions Training for Tuesday 30th May 2017, 10am – 3.00pm and Tuesday 27th June 2017,10.00am – 3.00pm, both courses will be delivered at the City Library.

This course has been designed specifically for staff and volunteers from community and charity organisations, it is perfect for anyone with good IT skills who want to gain the confidence and skills to help get their customers online

  • What is a Get Online Champion?
  • Who are Get Online Champions?
  • Barriers to learning
  • The learning journey and case studies
  • Go Digital (Free city wide WiFi)
  • Introduction to the impact of Universal Credit
  • Useful resources
  • And lots more!

Please get in touch if you think this course would be beneficial for any of your volunteers or staff contact

Read more on InformationNOW on Computer classes and Information Technology (IT) support available in Newcastle.

What’s on next week in Newcastle?

Thursday 27th April

  • Tai Chi for over 50’s at Great North Museum
  • Dementia Friendly Reading Group
  • Exercise for Men
  • Mahila Mandal
  • Silverline Tea Dance

Friday 28th April

  • Computer Club at Search
  • Dementia Cafe at Great Park
  • Dementia Carers Support Group

Monday 1st May

  • Older People’s Social Group
  • Yoga Classes for over 50s
  • Tap Dancing

Browse all the events and activities for older people in Newcastle on InformationNOW

New on InformationNOW this week

Articles Updated

Organsiations Updated

Centre for Ageing Better launches digital project

The Centre for Ageing Better has awarded a grant of £39,000 to Good Things Foundation for new research with people in later life around digital technology.

The organisation wants to develop a deeper understanding of why some people in later life become sustained internet users, whilst others only use the internet rarely or never, and even stop using it altogether.

Read more

A good Death TED Talk

A new TedX Talk by Jane Duncan Rogers ‘How To Do A Good Death’ is now out.
Read more on InformationNOW about what to do when someone dies.

Free Tax Help for Older People

Tax Help for Older People is an independent charity, offering a free tax advice service for older people on low incomes. They specialise in giving Personal Tax advice to people over 60 (or their representatives) with an income under £20,000. Their philosophy is to help clients help themselves as far as possible, which means they give guidance, assistance, advice and support depending on the client need.

Volunteers are available to provide free face to face tax advice for pensioners across the UK, although initial contact should be to their team of tax advisers in Dorset (01308 488066 or 0845 601 3321). They are also able to provide Talks; Training; and Attendance at exhibitions. Unfortunately for these, they do have to ask for expenses to be covered, or for a small donation.

Volunteers meet clients at the offices of Age UK, CAB and local government or community organisations or, if they are less mobile, at home. Taking the time to explain, in jargon-free language, what has happened and how it can be resolved, they will, if necessary, take up their case with HMRC. Of course, all clients’ cases are completely confidential.

Their free monthly Tax Tips email is sent every month. You can subscribe here.

Read more on InformationNOW about Tax

Call blocking will be given to most vulnerable people

Older vulnerable people plagued by nuisance phone calls will be given call blocking devices, the prime minister has announced. The government will spend £500,000 on around 1,500 devices for the most vulnerable, including dementia sufferers.Doctors, trading standards officials and local councils will identify those most at risk.

Theresa May said she is “determined to clamp down” on fraudsters.

Read the story from BBC News here.

Read more on InformationNOW on Telephones

HAREF and Newcastle CVS

Health and Race Equality Forum (HAREF) is a network of people across communities, organisations and sectors, working together to reduce health inequalities linked to ethnicity. HAREF has achieved a lot through collaboration that has remained strong over more than ten years.
HAREF is moving to be part of Newcastle Council for Voluntary Service (NCVS), who will support the network to continue its effective practical and strategic work. Newcastle CVS is committed to improving the quality of life for everyone in the diverse community of Newcastle and Gateshead and welcomes HAREF to the Newcastle CVS family. Newcastle CVS and HAREF are working towards a move in early summer 2017.

Who cares what you think? Healthwatch do!

Every year, Healthwatch Newcastle asks you to help choose their work priorities. There is an online shortlist of five health and social care topics, which you can rank in order of preference.

Complete the survey or call Freephone 0808 178 9282 during office hours.

Read more on InformationNOW about Having your say about health services

Wise on waste

A new website has been launched by the Newcastle Waste Commission who want to hear from people as they gather ideas and feedback on how the city can deal with waste in a new and radical way.

The Newcastle Waste Commission want to hear you from you.

  • Do you have ideas on how we minimise the waste generated in the city?
  • Do you have thoughts on how people could be encouraged to re-cycle and re-use more?
  • Are you already involved in schemes to reduce waste or do you know about best practice elsewhere that we could learn from?
  • Are there any reports, articles or research that you think the Commission would be interested in?

Get involved here.

Read more on InformationNOW about Dealing with rubbish and pests

Survey: help with eating and drinking

Do you know a carer/personal assistant who helps someone to choose, prepare and consume food and drink?

Carers UK and Designability want to identify the challenges people have in eating and drinking well, and to find potential solutions that could be turned into practical products.

Take the survey here.

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Last updated: May 1, 2018

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