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28 February 2020 InfoNOW news


Carers UK – state of caring survey
GP extended access at Lemington Resource Centre
NuBrain: Investigating Optimal Nutrition for Healthy Brain Ageing


Keeping fit and active
Reading and world book day

Updates to InformationNOW

Organisations and articles
Hodgson House (extra care)
Lifeline24 personal alarms
Walking wonders
Drugs and alcohol


New on InformationNOW

Velotech bike maintenance
Friendship Group at the Grainger Market
SHHH self Help for hard of hearing
Stress and sleep workshop


  • Parks and open spaces
  • Street Furniture
  • Volunteers wanted – Peer Talk Whitley Bay and Gateshead


Carers UK – state of caring survey

The Carers UK State of Caring Survey researches the lives and experience of unpaid carers . The 2020 survey is now open and will close on 17 May 2020.

Last year over 8,000 current and former carers shared their experiences and helped inform the State of Caring 2019 report.

Caring costs: Almost 2 in 5 carers (39%)  said they are ‘struggling to make ends meet’. Over two thirds of carers (68%) reported regularly using their own income or savings to pay for care or support services, equipment or products for the person they care for.

Cuts to support: 1 in 8 (12%) of carers reported that they or those they support received less care or support services during the previous year due to a reduction in the amount of support from social services

Carers put themselves last: 53% of carers said that they are not able to save for their retirement, and almost two thirds of carers (64%) say that they have focused on the care needs of the person they care for and not on their own needs.

If you are a carer, remember to look after your own wellbeing.  Things you can do include:

  • arranging respite for someone in a care home
  • enrolling on activities that you enjoy or starting new hobbies on your own or together.

Newcastle Carers  are the main organisation that can help you if you are a carer.

GP extended access at Lemington Resource Centre

The Lemington Resource Centre has been upgraded to offer an extended GP service.  If your GP can’t see you but thinks you need to be seen, or NHS 111 staff think you need to be seen, you may be offered an appointment here.

NuBrain: Investigating Optimal Nutrition for Healthy Brain Ageing

2nd April, 12:00 to 16:00 The Catalyst, 3 Science Square, NE4 5TG

Take part in an event on nutrition and healthy brain ageing in collaboration with VOICE . This event is the first of a series of events organised by the new NuBrain consortium and aims to raise awareness of the most up to date research in nutrition for healthy brain ageing.

The NuBrain consortium is funded by the Medical Research Council and aims to  bring together expertise and techniques in human nutrition, informatics, brain imaging, neuroscience, behavioural science and public health and policy, along with clinical psychiatry expertise to see how changes can be made in society.

Further information and to register.

Read about keeping your brain active on InformationNOW.



This week we are raising awareness about the menopause.  There is a campaign  #MakeMenopauseMatter to ensure that all employers have guidelines about the effect of the menopause and reduce the number of women leaving work early because of the symptoms they experience and feel they can’t discuss.

The menopause occurs in all women. The menopause is when a woman stops having periods and is no longer able to get pregnant naturally.  The menopause is a natural part of ageing that usually occurs between 45 and 55 years of age, as a woman’s oestrogen levels decline. In the UK, the average age for a woman to reach the menopause is 51.  Whilst this is a natural part of a woman’s life cycle, there are still women who can’t talk about this with their boss or employer and are unable to function the way they did at work. Some are leaving work early.

For those women who need treatment, there is help:

You may also be aware that there is a shortage of some HRT medication. The British Menopause Society has issued information on alternative HRT preparations to GPs to help those women in need.
Me and My Menopause
This community-engagement project focuses on the creative story telling of the menopause experience where discussions will contribute to educating medical practitioners and policy makers around the diverse experiences of the menopause. They will be running 2.5 hr workshops (lunch included) during the first two weeks of May at Newcastle University. Please email the project lead Karen Ross  if you would like further information or are interested in getting involved.

Keeping fit and active

Keeping fit and active is important.  Not only does regular activity, such as walking, playing sports, running and swimming help you maintain your muscles and keep your bones healthy, but sport helps with your mental health too.

InformationNOW has articles to help you think about ways to keep fit and an events and activities section that helps you find something that interests you or find something in your local area, such as Byker.
Benefits of being physically active
Fitness activities
Self Care and Disability
Leisure centres in Newcastle

Need something to aim for?  TRY on the Tyne will bring the first triathlon to Tyneside this August as part of a two-day festival of multi-sport events.  Cintra TRY on the Tyne will include 5k and 10k runs, duathlons, a family athletics event and two triathlons right in the heart of the city. It will be held on 22 and 23 August and is being organised by Steve Cram’s company Events of the North, in partnership with Newcastle City Council and Gateshead Council. Thanks to the support of Urban Green Newcastle, the swims will be taking place in Leazes Park lake. Competitors will then complete a bike section on closed roads in the city before completing their triathlon on the Quayside with a run along the banks of the Tyne. For more information or to enter visit the website.

Reading and World Book day

Thursday 5th March is #World Book Day.   This offers us an opportunity to think about the books we like, encourage reading across the generations and take part in activities.

Across Newcastle there will be visits to libraries by schools from 27 February to 29 March inclusive.

You can find out what is happening by using the #WorldBookDay on Twitter and visit our article on Libraries, reading and audiobooks to find resources.

Why not join a reading group or arrange for a home delivery service.

InformationNOW has some reading groups listed. Search events and activities and choose reading.

New and Updated on InformationNOW

Updated organisations

Hodgson House (extra care)
Lifeline24 personal alarms
Walking Works wonders, Groundworks

Updated articles

Drugs and alcohol

New events on InformationNOW this week

Velotech bike maintenance
Friendship Group at the Grainger Market
SHHH! Self-Help for Hard of Hearing
Stress and Sleep workshop


1.  Enjoying our Parks and Open Spaces, 18 March 2020 – 10.30 am – 12.30 pm
City Library, New Bridge Street, Newcastle

You are invited to join the Elders Council for this event which will explore what enables people over 50 years to enjoy our parks and open spaces.

We look forward to hearing your ideas and information about the places you to go to and what makes them special.

Book a place online, email or phone 0191 208 2701

2.  Thinking about street furniture, Monday 2nd March from 2.0 – 4.0 pm
Good Space, 2nd floor Commercial Union House, Pilgrim Street Newcastle

Newcastle University Master’s student Dom Langton is carrying out research on how furniture and elements of the streetscape impact the health, well being and social interaction for people in their 50s and over in Newcastle.  Street furniture is any object placed in the street for public use and may include information and signage, benches and streetlamps, murals or memorials.   In preparation for the workshop please email three examples of street furniture you like a and three examples of street furniture you do not like. Please email the photographs and Dom will print them off or take them along.  To book phone: 0191 208 2701  or email Elders Council.

3.  PeerTalk Whitley Bay and Gateshead is recruiting new volunteer facilitators for their peer support groups across Tyne and Wear.  If you’re interested in mental wellbeing, are a good listener, and want to make a difference, then read more on their website.  They will be launching a new group in Sunderland too.  Closing date for online applications is 23 March 2020.

Last updated: February 28, 2020

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