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28 June InfoNOW news


  • Hot off the press – InformationNOW
  • Queen’s voluntary service award
  • Envirocall changes
  • Planning a holiday or getaway
  • Let’s Talk consultation on sexual health services
  • Relationships, emotion and wellbeing in older adults

AnchorResearch & Reports

  • An intergenerational audit of the UK
  • The impact of adult social care cuts on older people and disabled people

AnchorOpportunities for Action

  • Volunteer for Northern Pride
  • Live Well Social Meeting for key workers who support older people
  • Volunteers invited to represent the voluntary sector on two board meetings
  • Volunteer for Cornerstone
  • Volunteer for the Elders Council Board


  • Your Equipment Newcastle

New on InformationNow this week!

  • This week’s events & activities at a glance
  • Summer Hauntings


Hot off the press – InformationNOW

In the light of the plans by NHS England to appoint link workers through primary care networks to support social prescribing, InformationNOW has amended and published an article on social prescribing.

You can now search for commissioned services (services under contract with the Council to give support in the community) on InformationNOW on the organisations page. The list includes home care agencies, care homes and voluntary sector organisations.

Queen’s Award for voluntary service

Seven organisations in the North East were successful in achieving the Queen’s Award this year. The range was impressive: rambling, bowling, walking, cultural inclusion and more.
Submit your nomination by midnight on 13 September 2019 to make sure your group is considered for the 2020 awards.

Envirocall changes

From this Friday 28 June, you will no longer be able to email any reports or requests to Envirocall. All staff and customers need to report any issues or requests online at . Please contact 0191 278 7878  for l traffic problems or urgent/dangerous issues.

Planning a holiday or getaway?

Many people take advantage of early discounts to book their spring or summer holiday. Here are a few tips:

Let’s Talk consultation on sexual health services

Newcastle City Council is undertaking a review of sexual health services in Newcastle. Take part by 8 July and comment on services relating to:

  • contraception
  • sexually-transmitted infections (STIs)
  • HIV awareness and prevention
  • sexuality and promoting sexual health
  • how they provide advice about sexual health


Relationships, emotion and wellbeing in older adults

Take part in an online survey and help researchers to influence our future.  If you are over the age 65 and do not have a clinical diagnosis of anxiety or depression you are eligible.  Open until 26th July.  Contact details on the link.

An intergenerational audit of the UK

The Resolution Foundation has published its report on generational living standards differences in Britain according to the latest data.  Looking at four domains:

  • jobs, skills and pay
  • housing costs and security
  • taxes, benefits and household income
  • wealth and assets

they also give insights into different experiences related to the life curve.

The impact of adult social care cuts on older people and disabled people

A news item on The Association of Directors of Adult Social Care annual budget survey has revealed that there are worrying results to the cuts in spending year on year. The survey across councils in England shows budget savings of  £7bn since 2010 – a period when the demand on services also increased due to the ageing population.  There are concerns that the effect on our most vulnerable communities continue.  Home care closures affected 7,019 people in 2018/19, up from 3,290 in 2017/18 and care home closures impacted upon 1,173 people in 2018/19, down from 2,095 people in 2017/18.

See the Local Government Association spending review campaign.

Opportunities to get involved

Volunteer for Northern pride

Northern Pride is back on the Town Moor and Exhibition Park from 19 to 21 July.  They need lots of volunteers to help them manage this mammoth and enjoyable event.  Volunteer and buy tickets.

Live Well Social Meeting for key workers who support older people

Following the success of the Big Lottery funded project ‘Live Well’, Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums are launching the first block in the series of the monthly social events for key workers working with older peoples groups in the region.

These social meet ups will be a chance for key workers to discuss recent projects they have done with older people and museums, support each other with creative ideas and bring examples of projects they have been working on along to discuss and develop.

Segedunum Roman Fort, Wednesday 17th July, 10.30am-12.30pm
South Shields Museum and Art Gallery, Wednesday 31st July, 10.30am-12.30pm

Book  to attend.

Volunteers invited to represent the voluntary sector

Newcastle Wellbeing for Life Board

This is the formal Health and Wellbeing Board in Newcastle. It meets around five times a year. There is a vacancy for a voluntary sector representative and also a deputy in case of absence. Newcastle CVS has a place on the Board. Find out about what the Board does.

Newcastle Voluntary Sector Liaison Group

This is the formal quarterly meeting between six senior councillors and six voluntary sector representatives. There is a vacancy for a voluntary sector representative (ideally from a charity with an income of less than £1 million) and a deputy in case of absence. Newcastle CVS provides officer support to the Board. Find out about what the group does.

If you are interested in any of these roles, please contact Sally Young by 31 July 2019.

Volunteer for Cornerstone

Cornerstone is looking for volunteers to work shifts at their shop on Armstrong road.  Their charity shop is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 10am-2pm. They stock clothing, household items, linens, shoes, books and dvds.  They are looking for kind, approachable. practical people who can sort donations as they come in, keep the shop well stocked, make displays, have a chat with people, and help those who may need a little extra assistance.

Volunteer for the Elders Council Board

The Elders Council of Newcastle is seeking new members to join its Board of Trustees to help build on their achievements and bring fresh ideas and energy to lead the organisation through its next phase of development.  Find out more or apply.


Your Equipment Newcastle

Are you having problems carrying out day to day tasks?  Is it difficult to get to the toilet, move around your home or go into the garden?  Are you worried about slipping in the shower or managing the food on your plate?

The Council has launched Your Equipment Newcastle to help you find and buy useful products.  There are three steps to helpful information:

  1.  Choose a topic
  2.  Answer some questions
  3.  Get a personal report on products that might help you.

New events on InformationNOW

  • Keenagers badminton
  • Eagles activities including: walking football, Monday movers and boccia
  • Newcastle United Foundation activities including: fit in 30 and running group
  • Cuppa and catch ups – a wide range of social and information sessions including: dementia, local groups such as Westerhope and FAR.
  • Creative Legacies: Heritage and Mental Health Conference 29 June 2019

Summer Hauntings
Last chance to book the Lit & Phil’s festival of summer hauntings.  From classic and modern storytelling of the weird and wonderful, to eerie ghost tours, spooky twilight readings and uncanny folk-tale telling – it finishes on 5 July.

Last updated: June 28, 2019

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