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27th August 2021 InfoNOW News


  • Get Online Newcastle – courses resuming September 2021
  • European Union Settlement Scheme temporary protection for more applicants
  • Golf in Society – new organisation on InformationNOW

Opportunities for Action

  • Age Proud Month October 2021
  • How to help Newcastle support Afghan refugees

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  • Passport to Volunteering


  • Free mental health training courses from Tyneside Mind

New on InformationNOW this week!

  • This week’s events & activities at a glance
  • Updated articles & organisations


Get Online Newcastle – courses resuming September 2021

Face to face classes are starting again soon. Have a look at the courses below, choose the one that suits you best and don’t forget to book your place

Online Basics: One to one volunteer support gives you the confidence get online for the first time and to learn basic digital skills in an informal setting. get to grips with how to use a computer, send an email, search the internet, and attach photos and your CV to emails. It’s a 2-part course, available all year round, delivered at City Library

Introduction to Office, Word, Excel & PowerPoint: Learn the essential tasks including how to cut, copy and paste, sort a spreadsheet and insert a picture into a document.  There are 4 sessions to attend in total and we deliver it all year round at City Library.  You have the option to take a City & Guilds qualification in session 4.
Techy Tea Party: Bring along your own device – laptop, smart phone, tablet or iPad – and find out how to complete your basic settings, secure your device and download and navigate apps.  These courses are single sessions, you can book for 1 session or for 4 consecutive sessions, available all year round, delivered at City Library.

If you are worried or need some inspiration about joining a class, have a look at what some of the previous learners said on the Get Online Newcastle webpage

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European Union Settlement Scheme temporary protection for more applicants

On 6th August 2021 the Government announced temporary protection for more applicants to the SchemePeople applying late and those joining family members will have their rights protected while their application is determined. This means you can:

  • take up new employment
  • rent property
  • apply for benefits

It isn’t clear whether changes will follow in law, regulations or operational guidance to Home Office staff, but further detail is promised. Employers and landlords are asked to get in touch with Employer and Landlord Checking Services if they have a prospective employee or a tenant who has confirmation of a late application.

Read more advice on Newcastle City Council’s EUSS webpage. This includes where you can get help locally.

Read more on InformatioNOW 

Golf in Society

New Organisation on InformationNOW

Golf in Society specialises in providing enjoyable, regular golf sessions for people facing challenges later on in life, such as dementia, Parkinson’s, stroke and loneliness.

No golf experience is necessary, each session will be personalised to your needs.  Sessions will run each week from 2 different venues: Matfen Hall and N1 golf in Morpeth.

Give them a ring to register your interest.

Read more on InformationNOW about Hobbies

Opportunities for Action


Age Proud Month October 2021

The plans are underway for Age Proud Month which begins on 1st October 2021.

Older and Greener is the theme which the UK Network of Age Friendly Communities is using this year, partly to show that older people also care about the environment.

Is your organisation planning an event or activity?

We are asking everyone to do what they can either in person or on line to help us to celebrate the contribution that older people make to the life of the city. If you are doing anything which is about nature or climate change that would be most welcome!

If you are able to organise something – it may be a regular event that you are organising at which you just offer something a bit special during October – please send the information to  and so that your event is included in our calendar for the month.  It will help us to promote everyone’s activities as widely as possible and illustrate the richness of the work being done in Newcastle.

Would you like to participate in the celebrations and activities?

We are using the hashtags #ageproudnewcastle alongside #IDOP2021 (International Day of Older Persons 2021) #olderandgreener to keep the conversation going.

The launch event will take place at Newcastle City Library on 1st October to launch the month.  More details will follow soon.


How to help Newcastle support Afghan refugees 

Newcastle is proud to be a City of Sanctuary and home to many diverse and vibrant communities.

Following the Council’s commitment to support and house asylum seekers fleeing Afghanistan they have been inundated with offers of support and donations.  The following voluntary and community sector services are looking for any contributions, regardless of size.

West End Refugee Services (WERS)

West End Refugee Service (WERS) aim to create a better future for all, with a specific focus on mutual tolerance and understanding. The organisation already works with residents from across the globe, including families from Afghanistan, and support them to feel safe, secure and welcome in Newcastle.

Volunteer opportunities There has been an influx of applications recently. Visit their site to read more and apply. WERS may take some time to respond, please be patient.

Donations are welcome to support their Hardship fund which provides essential financial support to destitute people.

Donations of toiletries are essential and distributed weekly. Any donations are welcome. Unfortunately, WERS cannot take donations of clothing at this time. You can drop off donations at St Philip’s Vicarage, St Phillip’s Close NE4 5JE, Monday to Wednesday between 10am – 1pm.

North East Solidarity and Teaching (N.E.S.T) 

North East Solidarity and Teaching (NEST) are a student run volunteering group who support asylum seekers with care packs and clothing.  They work with other charities across Newcastle and can help store any donations.

For further information and to make a donation email
Read more on InformationNOW about  Support for Asylum Seekers and Refugees

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Passport to Volunteering

Are you keen on volunteering but not sure about the right type of volunteering for you?

Many people are in this position, so Volunteer Centre Newcastle has created the innovative Volunteering Passport (VP), that allows you to volunteer for a wide range of different roles suited to your availability, skillset and interests to find just what’s right for you; it’s a sort of “try before you buy” for volunteers.

The great advantage of the new Volunteering Passport is that they will take you through a single set of recruitment and training procedures, then you will be good to go with a wide range of our partner organisations.

Whether you want to try a day of community gardening, help a community group with some DIY, or offer your specific skills to a group whose cause is close to your heart, the VP opens up a whole world of volunteering for you.

Whether you want to volunteer to meet new people, develop your skillset, enhance your CV or simply give back to your community, the VP, with its citywide recognition from a diverse range of charities, will help you quickly and easily find your niche and experience the satisfaction and development that volunteering with the right organisation for you can offer.

Watch the short video on Youtube

Read more on InformationNOW Volunteering


Free mental health training courses from Tyneside Mind

Tyneside Mind are offering funded sessions are available to anyone currently working within Newcastle.

  • Online Mental Health First Aid Sessions
  • Mental Health Awareness
  • Suicide on Support
  • Emotional Resilience

Download the PDF for more information here

To book onto one of the above courses or for further information please contact stating which course and date you would like to attend. For further information and specific training for your organisation please contact

Read more on InformationNOW on Mental Health

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