Information Now

4 May 2018


Information NOW and Recite Me
Citizens Advice offer legal and financial advice
St Martin’s Royal Wedding celebrations
Silverline Memories Birthday dance

Research & Reports

Older workers with mental or physical health conditions need more support

Opportunities for Action

Cyber security across the lifespan
The Shingles Vaccine
Family Explorers North East
The Late Shows – volunteer
GoodGym – volunteer and keep fit

New on InformationNOW this week!

This week’s events & activities at a glance
Tinnitus Support Group
Play reading for over 60s

New and Updated articles & organisations

Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums
Safe Newcastle
Theatre Royal
Arts Therapies UK
Smart Works Newcastle
The National Careline


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Citizens Advice Newcastle (CAN)
based in the Library, 10 – 3 pm, Monday to Friday

Are you looking for specialist legal advice on wills, probate or power of attorneyCitizens Advice Newcastle can offer pro-bono advice appointments every week, free of charge.  You can also get some specialist financial advice on issues such as pensions, trust funds and equity release, for free.

To access these specialists, clients need to contact CAN so they can assess your needs prior to setting up an appointment for you.

You can find legal and financial information on Information NOW.


Do you want to help redesign public spaces? The next Memoryscapes workshop will take place on 29 June 2018, 1.00 – 4.00 pm in the Squires Building, Northumbria University City Campus.  Please register here.

Memoryscapes is a project led by Northumbria University with Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums and Faulkner Brown architects.  They bring together heritage, place-making and technology to re-design public areas into accessible and welcoming spaces.  Some of this work will influence the on-going redesign of Northumberland Street.

St Martin’s Centre Royal Wedding Celebrations

Friday 18 May 12 – 4 pm, £5

Would you like to attend a Royal Wedding themed entertainment? St Martin’s Centre  is holding celebrations including a singer and a light afternoon tea.  Purchase tickets in advance.

Smart Works – supporting the unemployed

We also want to draw your attention to a new service for unemployed women across the age range, Smart Works.  This organisation has moved into Newcastle having been successful in a number of cities across the UK.  They offer a two hour service which includes dressing and interview coaching.  They are also looking for volunteers to support the people they help; they would welcome donations of smart work clothes.

Silverline Memories Birthday tea dance

10 May, 1.30 to 3 pm

Enjoy dancing at the Silverline tea dance.  Mike Memphis as Elvis will provide the entertainment. Tickets are priced at £3.50 including refreshments and available on the door at Fawdon Community Centre. Call  0191 603 0095 for more information.

If you enjoy music you might consider the King’s Hall free lunchtime concerts or joining the Ukulele Group or if you enjoy dancing, you could try Argentine dancing or Zumba. Visit the Information NOW events and activities section.


Older workers with Mental or Physical Health conditions need more support

The Centre for Ageing Better has published a new report showing that employers are not properly supporting older workers experiencing long-term physical and mental health conditions. A survey of over 1,000 people shows one quarter of people aged 55 and over with a health condition who are still in work are considering leaving because of their health. The research also found that workers are often put off speaking to employers until the last moment due to poor workplace culture and overly bureaucratic procedures.

The research finds that early access to support, small adjustments to the workplace and working patterns and empathetic management are crucial to enabling people to manage their health at work and remain in employment.

Information NOW has a series of articles on work and retirement.


Cyber security across the lifespan

Researchers at the University of Bath are working on a project called Cyber Security Across the Lifespan and want to find out how people define and remember information about cyber security.  There are two short online questionnaires for people over 20 years.

The first asks people to look at some cyber security related words and complete a brief memory test which takes approximately 10 minutes.    You don’t need to know anything about cyber security to take part.just follow this link.  The second takes approximately 8 – 10 minutes, asking you to read six different scenarios and rate them. Anyone over the age of 20 can take part but the researchers would like to receive input from people over 50 years in particular for both surveys.  For either study, feel free to contact Dr Emily Collins  for more information.

Read our series of articles on keeping safe online.

The Shingles Vaccine

Public Health England have issued information to remind people how important it is to take advantage of the shingles vaccine.  Anyone reaching the age of 70 or 78 this year should be informed by their GP, but if you are not, then ask at your surgery.  Shingles is a paintul condition.  To find out more about the importance of avoiding shingles, watch this video.

Family Explorers North East

Family Explorers North East offer a free service and help you find discounts when taking your family out and about.   You can sign up to their newsletter and Facebook page.  If you are looking for something to do over half term  with your children or grandchildren ideas include: Robin Hood at Warkworth Castle from 26 – 28 May, Robots at the Life Science Centre from  26 May and Big Family music at the Sage on Monday 28 May. For children over 14 years you might also like short plays, “10 minutes to break the mould” by Live Theatre.

You may be interested in the Beamish May Day celebrations on 6 and 7 May in the Pit Village.

Read our article on Day trips and visits with a handy list of contacts.

The Late Shows – volunteer

The Late Shows are back on Friday 18 and Saturday 19 May across Newcastle Gatehead supported by Port of Tyne and Sofa Workshop . Over 70 daytime arts, culture and heritage venues are staying open for you with lots of activities for families and adults.  There will be shuttle buses to help you get about Ouseburn, the City, Gateshead and the Quayside. A few of the attractions include: Shipley Art Gallery celebrating The Angel of the North’s 20th birthday; you can book a swing bridge tour or you might enjoy the Time Bandits and their Victorian murder in Ouseburn.

If you’d like to be a Late Show steward you can volunteer here for one or both nights.  You’ll receive a T shirt, lanyard and help people get to the right place or tell them what’s one.   You won’t be on your own and you can meet people at the briefing.  A taxi can be arranged to make sure you get home safely.

GoodGym – volunteer and keep fit at the same time

GoodGym launched in Newcastle on Monday 30th April. 42 runners ran 2k uphill and 2k back down having performed tasks such as a kitchen and garden clean up.  The concept is positive – help older people and keep fit at the same time.  The idea is to reduce isolation amongst older people by doing handy jobs, befriending and keeping in touch. All volunteers will be DBS checked and partner organisations can make referrals into the scheme.


To search for events and activities to suit your needs, just type in one of the search boxes

Search on day of the week for instance, Monday
Search by location eg Byker or Benwell &Scotswood
Search by category eg music
Search by Organiser eg Blackfriars

If you’d like us to include a category of events or you are an organiser that would like to include some of your activities, then contact us at Information NO

This weekend you could go to the Jesmond Community Festival and  next weekend there’s the Living North Fair at the Racecourse.

Tinnitus support group, Thursday 24 May 2018, 11 Tankerville Place, Jesmond, NE2 3AT.

Deaflink  are launching their new support group for people with Tinnitus on Thursday 24 May from 1.00pm. To reserve a place, or ask questions contact Louise.  Deaflink Shhh events are posted on their website and their next speaker is from the North East Ambulance Service, NEAS on 1 May from 1pm at the City Library.

For more support groups across Newcastle and the region read our Information NOW article.

Please contact THEM if you would like regular meetings of a support group included in this information.  We cover a wide range of groups from alcohol addiction to cancer, from stroke to carers groups and LGBT.

Play reading for Over 60s!

Are you interested in plays old and new?  Read Through is held at Northern Stage. Summer term starts on Thursday 10 May (every 2nd Thursday for 4 sessions).  It costs £6 a session including tea/coffee & scones.  Click here for more information.  Please book in advance.


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Last updated: June 27, 2018

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