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22 September 2017 Info NOW news


Information NOW
Plans for the Civic Centre
Waste Contamination of Recycling bins
Universal credit and debt management
Age UK Newcastle day service
Older People’s celebrations


Volunteer for Kynren 2018
House of Lords: Citizen and Civic engagement
IT classes project
Falls prevention awareness week

This week’s events and activities at a glance


Updated articles & organisations

When to call NHS 111 or 999
Jesmond Dementia Action Alliance
Arts Therapies UK



Information NOW

Information NOW would like to thank all the organisations in Newcastle for inviting us to demonstrate our new and improved website in August and September . We’ve visited several Newcastle Council social care teams, Your Homes Newcastle, City and Jesmond Library as well as showing it to primary care reception and administrative staff so they can help people find services and activities. One evaluation form said “what a great website – but perhaps it is Newcastle’s best kept secret”. We will keep spreading the word!

In the meantime send us your events and activities for our calendar.

Plans for the Civic Centre

As a Grade II listed building, it is important that the Civic Centre remains a landmark in Newcastle. Plans are well underway to welcome HM Courts and Tribunals Service into a refurbished, modern and attractive building in 2019. The plans will allow Newcastle Council to bring in significant income to support the development and growth of services for people in Newcastle

Waste contamination of recycling bins

Newcastle Council is testing new methods to prevent waste contamination of recyling bins. Solutions include: new designs for bins to reduce how much can be put in a bin at a time, education programmes aimed at schools and financial penalties. To avoid contamination please check the recyling details on packaging and remember that if food waste or nappies leak onto recyclable materials then they will all have to be disposed of as waste. If you need help contact Envirocall.

Universal Credit and debt management

Citizens Advice has launched a new report which highlights how some aspects of Universal Credit risk causing or worsening personal debt problems. Universal Credit replaces working-age means-tested benefits including Housing benefit and Working tax credits.

For more information and help, contact our local Citizens Advice, Newcastle City Council’s debt and benefit advice web page and read our Information NOW article.

Age UK Newcastle, Day Service

From October 2017, Age UK Newcastle Day Service will be available to provide fun, friendship and great food. They can collect you from your home and provide personal care. Costs from £35 per day. For more information, please contact 0191 232 6488.

Older People’s celebrations week c 2nd October

The Elders Council, Quality of Life Partnership and Information NOW will be involved in
events throughout the week to celebrate older people and ageing in the City.

Monday, October 2nd

“Walk on the wild side” leaving Brunswick Methodist Church at 1.15pm. This is a guided art walk by Active Newcastle finishing at Brunswick Methodist Church at 2pm. Following on, from 2 – 4 pm, Chain Reaction and Lunch Links are offering information for older people across the City as part of the “Stepping into the Future: Tapping the talents, contributions and participation of older people in society”.

Thursday, 5th October at St Martins Centre, Roman Ave, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 2RJ

Chain Reaction are organising an information and advice day for older people. There are a great range of stalls including: Carers Centre Newcastle, Alzheimer’s Society, Nexus, Community Physiotherapy, Rookie Sports and the EAST Neighbourhood Police Team. You can also participate in taster sessions including:
Tai Chi 10.30 – 11.30
Dementia Friends 11.30 – 1pm
Chair based exercise 1pm – 2pm.
In addition, Segedunum Roman Fort will be open from 10 – 4pm on 1st October to over 55s for free (mention Age Friendly Museums) and Dance City are holding taster sessions.

Volunteer for Kynren 2018, Auckland Castle Bishop Auckland, County Durham.

Eleven Arches, the organiser of Kynren, an Epic tale of England, are offering you the opportunity to register your interest in volunteering for their 2018 production. There are opportunities to be an archer (and be trained in combat skills) but you may be more interested in becoming involved with first aid, site marshalling, landscaping, estate management and event control.

House of Lords: Citizenship and Civic engagement

The House of Lords are asking you to join an online discussion about how we could all work together to make a better society. You don’t need to answer all these questions but these are the ones that they want to discuss online.

Why do so many groups in society appear to feel disengaged and ‘left behind’? How could they be supported and encouraged to participate more in public life?

Are there specific values or beliefs that are important within British society?
What role might citizenship education play in terms of promoting shared values and the skills necessary to engage in society?
What are the main barriers to civic engagement and – more importantly – how might they be removed?
Where are the examples of successful innovation, positive role models or new forms of civic engagement?

So get involved – let’s share our views from the North East.

IT Classes Project, October – November 2017
Room 107, Squires Building, Northumbria University

Elders Council working in partnership with Northumbria Students Union volunteers are running tailored IT classes. Sessions have recommenced and will take place 2 – 4 pm on 4th October; 18th October; 1st November; 15th November; 29th November. Tuition is tailor made to suit the learner. Topics include setting up an email account; learning how to use your iPad or even learning how to use a computer for the first time. For further details or to register your interest, please email or call Anne on 0191 208 2701.
Visit our getting online section and our events and activities pages for more computer training options.


Falls Prevention Awareness Week, 22nd to 29th September 2017.

Whilst we might think that Falls are a part of ageing, this isn’t strictly true. Data shows that our whole region is estimated to spend £84,973,249 per year on the consequences and treatment of falls. Apart from the immediate consequences of a fall, such as pain and a fracture, falls cause loss of confidence and potentially a loss of independence. Watch this short film by the AHSN for North East and North Cumbria to help you think about your balance, mobility and how to avoid falls.
Visit our health section for articles on falls and other health related issues.

Follow the ‘at a glance’ link to preview events and activities for week c 25 September 2017.

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What’s new on InformationNOW this week

Articles Updated
When to call NHS 111 or 999

Organisations Updated

Jesmond Dementia Action Alliance
Arts Therapies UK

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