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22 October 2020


Coronavirus related information
Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day
Green Flag Award for Newcastle’s parks
Your NHS needs you to donate blood


Rape Crisis report

Opportunities for Action

Highway Code consultation closing soon
Moving the nation
Patient and Citizen Leadership virtual programme for the NHS


Green homes energy options
Lockdown Gazette

New on InformationNOW this week!

This week’s events & activities at a glance
Half term drama and performing arts for 4 to 18 years
Online Meditation
Live Theatre
Raising awareness of women and gambling

Updated articles & organisations
Parks and gardens
Keeping warm and well in Winter
British Cycling
Stitch Sisters



InfoNOW news won’t be circulated for a couple of weeks, but please keep sending in your information and events and activities.

Following the appointment of people to the artist in residency posts, Radio Tyneside and the Later Life Audio and Radio Cooperative talked to Elijah about plans for the creative writing residency. There is still time to get involved.  Listen here.

Coronavirus related information

Money Navigator tool

The coronavirus restrictions have affected millions of people and things are taking a while to recover. What this means for your finances will be very personal to you. The Money Navigator tool  from the Money Advice Service asks people a short series of questions about their financial situation, before providing guidance which is personalised to their needs. It also highlights priority areas where they should consider taking action most urgently to avoid further financial difficulties.

The tool is designed to help people who have seen their finances impacted by Covid-19, including those dealing with complex financial situations who may find it difficult to know where to start such as: workers coming off the furlough scheme, facing redundancy or job loss; the self employed whose work has dried up; those who have had a temporary or long term income drop who may need help to get back on track; those looking for support in a specific area; and those who will owe money to a range of creditors.

COVID-19 and Inequalities

This NIHR webinar, Levelling-up in our post-pandemic future, took place last week and covers interesting information that may be useful to you.

Covid 19 cash course

Designed to equip community workers, charities and churches to be able to help individuals recover from financial problems that have arisen due to the coronavirus, Together Newcastle provides ongoing comprehensive support, with regularly updated resources. Book to join.

Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day

Every year people from across the city come together on Remembrance Sunday to remember the service and sacrifice of our Armed Forces, veterans and their families.  This year, 75 years after the end of World War 2, Newcastle will pay a very special tribute with a programme that will run from Remembrance Sunday on 8 November through to Armistice Day on Wednesday 11 November. They are encouraging staff, residents and businesses to show their respects by taking part in a range of activities including sharing messages of remembrance, taking part in Art of Remembrance activities and by helping to create a Poppy trail throughout the city.  More information will be published in the next few days so keep an eye on the Council Facebook page to find out how you can get involved.

You could consider supporting #ProjectNova part of the RFEA Forces Employment Charity.  They are asking people to paint a poppy on a pebble and either place it on a local war memorial or find a headstone and place it there.  Once you have placed it contact the project so they can map all the Poppy Pebbles

Green Flag Award for our City parks

Well done to Urban Green Newcastle for their green flag awards in our parks across the city. Two of our parks have retained their award status – Jesmond Dene for the 7th consecutive year and Walker Park for the 4th consecutive year – and Exhibition Park and Leazes Park have been recognised for the first time since 2011.

The Green Flag Awards set the benchmark standard for how well our parks and green spaces are managed and is recognised both across the UK and globally. Urban Green Newcastle’s ambition is that all 33 parks across Newcastle will have a Green Flag Award over the next ten years and will work closely with partners to achieve this.

All the parks are listed in this article.

Your NHS needs you – help by donating blood

Newcastle Blood Donor Centre is encouraging new and regular donors to register and book appointments. The Centre based on Barrack Road holds daily blood donor sessions and has had collection capacity added over the next few months to help meet local and national demand for blood and blood products. Appointments are available Sunday to Friday, times vary. Book an appointment and save a life.


Rape Crisis  

New figures from Rape Crisis show a steep rise in women and girls hospitalised following abuse.  Hospitals in England treated 1,012 female assault victims in the year 2019-20 where the cause of admission was a form of maltreatment, including physical or sexual abuse, torture or mental cruelty.  That was an increase of 31% compared with the same figures for the year 2015-16.  Female rape or sexual assault victims showing up in hospital also increased by 89% since 2015-16.

Need help?
Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland
Newcastle Integrated Domestic Abuse Service



Highway code consultation – closes 27 October 2020

In September we told you about a consultation regarding pavement parking. This one escaped our notice. The Highway Code consultation is important. It puts pedestrians and cyclists at the heart of a move to more environmentally sound transport and travel.

There are 3 main changes that are being proposed through this consultation:

  • introducing a hierarchy of road users which ensures that those road users who can do the greatest harm have the greatest responsibility to reduce the danger or threat they may pose to others
  • clarifying existing rules on pedestrian priority on pavements and that drivers and riders should give way to pedestrians crossing or waiting to cross the road
  • establishing guidance on safe passing distances and speeds when overtaking cyclists or horse riders, and ensuring that they have priority at junctions when travelling straight ahead

Take part in the consultation now or email

Moving the Nation

In 2017 the Government published its paper on the Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS).  In June 2018 British Cycling came together with  Cycling UK, Living Streets, Ramblers and Sustrans to share goals to help make cycling and walking the natural choices for short journeys in Moving the Nation.

Their campaign details five clear goals:

  • every town and city is served by a core network of segregated cycle routes and networks of walkable routes to and within centres.
  • every community has access to green spaces and is connected by traffic-free cycling and walking networks for all.
  • every rail and bus station is attractive for people travelling on foot or by bike, and has facilities that prioritise cycling and walking.
  • every child is able to walk and cycle to school in safety and with confidence, gaining essential life skills.
  • everybody has opportunities to take up walking and cycling, through programmes in schools, workplaces, and local communities.

These are the core foundations of some of the happiest, healthiest cities in the world; places like Copenhagen and Amsterdam where cycling and walking is simple, attractive and safe.At the moment British Cycling are campaigning for temporary bike lanes to reduce health inequalities –  people in lower income households make 2.5 times as many bus journeys as those in higher income households, highlighting how the lowest paid find it hardest to keep social distancing and stay safe.

See our section on cycling.

Patient and Citizen Leadership Virtual Programme for the NHS

The purpose of the programme is to provide a development opportunity for patient and citizen leaders who are working with people and services in the NHS. This could be in hospital trusts, general practice, mental health services, community services, research settings or elsewhere.

The programme is for people and patients who have stepped forwards to give their time, insights and experience to work alongside clinicians and managers to achieve better outcomes for people receiving services. It is for people who would like to build their confidence and skills and to work as partners alongside people working in NHS services, strengthening relationships and building understanding. Participants will be invited to form a new patient/citizen leader peer network.  Friday 20 November to Friday 18 December (five sessions @3.5 hours) Complete the the online form  by 31st October 2020. Further questions? Contact Amy by mobile 07780 587 183 or email.


Green homes energy options

If you’re a homeowner or residential landlord you can apply for a Green Homes Grant voucher towards the cost of installing energy efficient improvements to your home.  Improvements could include insulating your home to reduce your energy use or installing low-carbon heating to lower the amount of carbon dioxide your home produces.  You need to check the criteria to see if you are eligible.  Gas boiler upgrades are not covered by the scheme as government policy is moving away from gas.  If you live in Newcastle we have a fully funded air source heat pump offer as an alternative. In its simplest form a heat pump is a device used to extract energy from the air or ground and converts this energy into useable heat, to heat your home and hot water. Heat pumps still require electricity to operate. However around 75 percent of the energy required is generated from the outside air or ground collector with only the remaining 25 percent coming from electricity.

Looking for advice? contact Energy Services at the Council.

Lockdown Gazette

The Lockdown Gazette issue 2, produced by ReCoCo with partners in the New Bridge Project is out now.  You will be able to collect it from Food banks, ReCoCo (though they are moving to Carliol Square any time now), Arthur’s Hill, FAR and other volunteer groups.  Here is the online version.

What’s ON

Half term dance and performing arts for children aged 4 to 18 years
Raising awareness of women and gambling
Online drop in Meditation Sessions
Live wired by Live Theatre

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Articles Updated
Parks and gardens updated with 10 minute meditation walks and the St Cuthbert’s 3 church trail
Keeping warm and well in Winter
Organisations Updated
British Cycling
Stitch Sisters
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