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4 March 2022 InfoNOW News

4 March 2022 InfoNOW News


Help at home is available

Your Equipment Newcastle gets you to products. Ideas to help with standing from a chair, sitting to chop or wash up in the kitchen, tap turners, lid and bottle openers are all on this website with a product catalogue too.

Need to talk to someone about difficulties with daily tasks or caring for someone.  Community Health and Social Care Direct can give you information on services and signpost you to help and support.

We are Newcastle – aiding economic recovery

NGI has created WeAreNewcastle, a local pride campaign where selected neighbourhoods in Newcastle have been given their own identity to help tell the story of each area and promote businesses on those high streets.

Initially the campaign will focus on eight neighbourhoods and high streets: Shields Road, Byker; Elswick (West Road and Adelaide Terrace); Gosforth; Heaton (Heaton Road and Chillingham Road); Ouseburn and the Quayside.

A new app has also been developed which will allow businesses to reach new customers and promote deals and discounts. The Geordie Street App will offer opportunities for retailers to serve customers in new ways; and to let a wide audience of shoppers know they are open for business.

NewcastleGateshead Initiative (NGI) is delivering the WeAreNewcastle campaign,on behalf of Newcastle City Council, having received funding from the Government’s Welcome Back Fund, the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

International Women’s day, 8 March

This year’s International Women’s Day theme is breaking the bias and it’s about working towards a world free of stereotypes and discrimination that is diverse, equitable and inclusive.  Locally, here’s what’s going on:

This Girl Can, Tuesday 8 March, 5.45 to 8pm

Partners include: Active NewcastleUrban Green Newcastle, Sport England

For runners and walkers alike, join hundreds of participants at the Town Moor and Exhibition Park.

Sign up on Eventbrite     #ThisGirlCanNewcastle and #IWD2022

Comedy, 8th March

There are still tickets available for Tyne to Stand Up, a gala of the great women comedians in the North East. The show takes place in aid of Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland with all money going to the charity.

Fancy Seeing You Here Exhibition, 8th to 12th March

Newcastle City Council Arts Development Team commissioned artist Laura Crow to work alongside two distinct Women’s Groups in Newcastle; Building Futures East in Walker and Changing Lives in Fenham.

They would like to share some of their creative responses with you and welcome you at their Exhibition ‘Fancy Seeing You Here’ in the Bewick Hall, City Library.

Domestic Violence
Ask Me Ambassadors are invited to a special event with Kim McGuinness, Police and Crime commissioner for Northumbria

There are a number of national virtual events available too

No Smoking day, 9th March

No Smoking Day is an annual health awareness day in the UK which is intended to help smokers who want to quit smoking. The first No Smoking Day was on Ash Wednesday in 1984, and it now takes place on the second Wednesday in March. The purpose of No Smoking Day is to campaign for greater awareness about the health dangers associated with smoking.

The original No Smoking Day charity was merged with the British Heart Foundation in 2011. It is now a mix of voluntary and government sector organisations.

Smoking is linked to a number of serious health conditions that may affect your quality of life, including:

Contact the Newcastle Stop Smoking + Service

Self Harm Awareness, 1st March

Self-Injury Awareness Day is on the 1st of March every year and is an international event that is recognised across the world.  Raising awareness is about educating people who do not self-injure, and reaching out to people who do.

Awareness leads to understanding and empathy, banishing judgment and fear, and reducing the number of people who feel alone and suffer in silence.

Young Minds Textline offers you free, 24/7 text messaging support, wherever you are in the UK. Text YM to 85258 to start chatting to a trained volunteer.
Apps: Calm Harm and DistrACT which provide tasks to help you resist or manage the urge to self harm.

InformationNOW has articles on: suicide and self harm

Ovarian cancer month

Two thirds of people with ovarian cancer are diagnosed too late when the cancer has already spread. This Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month we want you to know that:

  • only 1 in 5 women know that bloating is a symptom of ovarian cancer
  • only 1 in 100 women know that needing to wee more often is a symptom
  • 4 in 10 women wrongly believe that cervical screening detects ovarian cancer

Diagnosed early, ovarian cancer is easier to treat, yet too many people don’t know the symptoms.

Other symptoms include:

  • Pelvic or abdominal pain (that’s your tummy and below)

Occasionally there can be other symptoms:

  • changes in bowel habit (eg diarrhoea or constipation)
  • extreme fatigue (feeling very tired)
  • unexplained weight loss
  • any bleeding after the menopause should always be investigated by a GP

Organisations that can offer information and advice:

Maggies Centre offer support to all people affected by cancer.

Breaking Barriers Through Digital Skills 

Good Things Foundation has secured funding from the North of Tyne Combined Authority, through the Government’s UK Community Renewal Fund, to support working age adults resident in North of Tyne, with low or no digital skills, to take their first steps towards digital inclusion.

The project, which runs from now until the end of June 2022, will fund 2000 people across the North of Tyne to overcome their barriers to getting online. As well as providing funding to support skills development, the project will provide 1000 devices and data packages for those residents experiencing digital poverty.

Thanks to the support they receive, beneficiaries will be able to go online to access health, care, and other services, to have a voice in decisions that affect their communities and to connect with others.

A grant of £3000 is available for up to 55  partners across Newcastle, Northumberland and North Tyneside.  To apply you will need to be willing to connect with community engagement partners and to train volunteers/staff to act as ‘learning guides’ in support of 30 people in your local community. You will also receive £300 in additional funding to allocate 15 devices & data packages, supplied by Good Things Foundation, to eligible project users. The project runs from March to 30th June 2022.

If you are not currently an online centre, then you will need to apply to become one. The process is free and takes about 30 minutes.  Use the ‘join the network’ form on Online Centres. 

Further information available.

InformationNOW has a section on:getting online which covers choosing equipment and connecting with others

Small Sparks 2022

Age-Friendly Community Grants for Byker, Walker and West Fenham

The Elders Council Small Sparks programme aims to support small-scale community projects that benefit people aged 50 and over in the neighbourhood and reach out to those who are not involved in community groups or projects. You can apply for up to £200 from individuals and community groups.
Closing date: Friday 29 April 2022

Proposals are reviewed by a panel made up of local people and organisations and selected on Friday 6 May 2022 by representatives from each of the ward areas.

For an informal chat or to request an application form and guidance notes contact Clare Levi, phone 0191 2082701 or email

What’s On

Unity Arts Festival
A free festival of live music, performance, arts, exhibitions, stories and workshops is set in Byker and the Ouseburn. Friday, Saturday and Sunday this weekend with Skimstone Arts

Under the stars in Fenham and Hexham this weekend

Homes for the Future
Homes are vital to our health and our economy. But our homes need to meet a growing list of changing demands – from reduced energy usage and withstanding the impact of climate change, to accommodating increased working from home and an ageing society.

The North East Festival of Languages is aimed mainly at children of all ages but there are a few events for adults and the whole family.  Including: family quiz for Portuguese speaking families, interactive BSL conversation skills and linguacuisine.

HERE – seeking sanctuary in the UK

A Northern Stage,Curious Monkey and Newcastle University co-production, Four seasons, four people, from four corners of the world collide. The strange city folds and unfolds around them, a story that opens up like a book to get lost in.

HERE is part of The Arriving Project – Curious Monkey’s ongoing work with people seeking sanctuary in the UK, who have come from all over the world.

Suitable for ages 12+ Book here.

InformationNOW has articles on: asylum seekers and refugeesimmigration and asylum

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