Information Now

29 March 2018


AnchorResearch & Reports

  • Struggling to cope with later life
  • People with Type 2 diabetes

AnchorOpportunities for Action

  • Inclusive rail-ticketing and check-in survey

New on Information NOW this week!

  • Things to do this Easter
  • New opportunity for people with dementia

Articles and Organisations

  • Updated articles & organisations


Information NOW report on 2017

This month we thought we’d give you a summary of how people have used Information NOW  during 2017.

The content on Information NOW is well used. Monitoring the most viewed and shared information on the website helps us to build a picture of what people in Newcastle need help with and what concerns them most. Over the last year the most read sections of the website were leisure and lifestyle, money and health.  The trends do fluctuate depending on the season though, for example as winter approaches visitors look at information on energy and winter fuel payments and in the summer, information on swimming pools and gyms is popular.

We moved to a new web platform last March and this was partly to enable us to launch the Events and Activities section which was developed following feedback sessions in 2016.  The benefits of this section are that there are a number of lesser known organisations that get an opportunity to promote their activities to a wider public through the website and that people can find something to suit their tastes and budget – from music to keep fit, from arts and crafts to gardening.  The most popular searches have been on day/date as well as for fitness options including Tai Chi, line dancing and golf.  Social activities are also popular including: reading groups, community groups, food with friends and learning a new skill including computer clubs.

We”d like to give a big thank you to Elders Council and Quality of Life partnership for continuing to help develop this resource.  Keep bringing your ideas and information to us.  Contact:  or ring on 0191 277 8814.


Why do we need British Sign Language?

To celebrate British Sign Language week, Deaflink has released a film explaining the importance of British Sign Language to the deaf community.  Just like any other language, it evolves and includes dialects and words unique to our region too.  Information NOW has an article on deaf and hard of hearing.

Are you a budding artist?

VOICE has opened an art competition with two categories: living well with multiple conditions through exercise and living well with multiple conditions through social interaction.  Artwork must be photographed and submitted by 5 pm on 6th April.

Slow Museums

If you have visible, invisible, intellectual or cognitive disability then you might like to consider joining the Slow Museums at Shipley Art Gallery on 27th April and subsequent dates.   Slow Museums offers:

  • Dedicated times each month where staff and volunteers can assist anyone who needs more time.
  • Extra seating and a supportive environment for you to find out more about the culture and history of the North East.
  • Planned exhibits and lots of little extras to help you explore.


Pickleball – a fast growing sport

Pickleball is a rapidly growing sport in the UK and a cross between tennis, badminton and table tennis. Played on a badminton size court with a tennis height net and a “paddle” about twice the size and thickness of a table tennis bat, it is fun and easy to learn.

Please contact Peter McCue on 0782 7776101 or on to play at Tyneside Badminton Club. For more ideas on racquet sports and keeping fit read our article or search our events and activities tab. 

Free energy advice

Are you looking for free, independent and confidential energy advice?. Citizens Advice Newcastle has launched a new service.  Contact: 0370 145 1450 or email . For information about keeping warm in cold weather, choosing suppliers or heating problems, visit our Information NOW series of articles.


Struggling to cope with later life

An Age UK England recent report shows that almost one and half million over-65s feel that what happens in their life is determined by factors beyond their control. Almost a million say that their life rarely or never has any meaning.  These feelings are more prevalent among the oldest age groups, with nearly 1 in 5 over-85s thinking their life rarely or never has meaning, compared to 1 in 10 aged 55-65.  It should be noted that depression is a significant factor as we get older but many people over the age of 65 years don’t get help.  Interviews were carried out across a number of areas including: asking for help or support; employment and having a sense of worth; debt and money worries; choice and motivation.

For ideas on how to keep active and socially involved, visit Information NOW categories including: care, health and leisure and lifestyle as well as our events and activities section. You might also want to consider volunteering. 

People with Type 2 Diabetes

Newcastle Gateshead CCG has been consulting patients about potential changes to their services if their condition is stable.  Once the new model of care, which will involve GPs in more closely monitoring their patients’ diabetes, it will be formally announced. Read the consultation online.

Do you want to have your say about services and how they affect you. Why not join a patient participation group?  


Inclusive rail-ticketing and check-in survey

Rica has been commissioned to undertake a survey into the needs of older( 65 +) and disabled people when travelling by train. Everyone who completes the survey has the option to be entered into a prize draw.The prizes are 1 X £100 and 2 x £50 high street shopping vouchers. The survey is available online; in print and large print or you can give your answers over the phone. If you’d like the survey in an alternative format or have any questions, please contact: Catherine Cashman or ring 020 7427 2466.


Things to do this Easter

If you re looking for things to do this Easter, we have lots of articles with links to organisations that may help you plan::

Day trips and visits, Public transport,Things to do in Newcastle and Children’s activities.  Tyne and Wear Museums manage a wide range of museums and galleries that you could also visit.

For further ideas on what to do and where to go, visit our events and activities section.   Remember some regular sessions may not be running on Good Friday and Easter Monday so please ring to check.

Specific events that we have been informed about include:

  • Events and activities at Jesmond Dene including Easter treasure hunt, meet the animals as well as birdwatching and walks.
  • Chocolate workshops at the Life Science Centre
  • Learn about the human heart at the Great North Museum.
  • Why not take part in the PROPS family and friends walk from the Linskill Centre to Whitley Bay and back?.  Contact Teresa or phone to confirm your attendance.


New opportunity for people with dementia
John Marley Centre, Whickham View, Scotswood, NE15 6TT

Scotswood Natural Community Garden are inviting people to take tea on 23rd April from 1 – 3 pm, explore the garden and socialise. Go along and find out about a new project which is free to join.

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Kate Bowman
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Last updated: May 8, 2019

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