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5 February 2021


Become a community champion
Metro Developments
The Young Trustee Movement
Laing Art Gallery to host the Lindisfarne Gospels


Alcohol and You
Tinnitus awareness week


Mapping services for BAME young dads
Putting People First


Looking after you


What’s on next week

War Graves seeds

LLARC radio broadcast opportunities




We have had some great feedback about the design refresh of the website.  Thank you.

We’d just like to remind you that we have fourteen categories of information where you can just click on an icon and browse all the topics.  There are 300 articles of information and each organisation on the website is linked to at least one article.

Also, for those of you who haven’t registered as a member of the website, a major advantage is that you can save any article, organisation or event to Favourites which makes them quicker to find if you use them regularly.  From the perspective of events, you can create your own personalised table of events and share it with someone else by email or print.   All events and activities are online at present, but that will change at some point this year.  Just register on the homepage

If you work in safeguarding, look out for our social prescribing and InformationNOW webinar next Tuesday.

Become a community champion

Help support communities in the city stay safe from Covid-19 by becoming a community champion. Since the pandemic began, the council has been supported by a network of champions from across the city that have volunteered and helped share key Public Health messages helping residents protect themselves against the virus.

They’re looking for residents who live or work in Newcastle that want to make a difference in their communities.

Metro developments

A major programme of overhead line renewal is to be carried out on Metro’s busiest lines through the centres of Newcastle and Gateshead. They are replacing essential overhead power lines as part of a £30m programme of wire renewals across the network over five years. It will get the network ready for the introduction of a new train fleet, which will transform the customer experience by 2025.

The major line closure will mean that there are no Metro services between Heworth and Regent Centre / Four Lane Ends for 14 days – Monday 15 February to Sunday 28 February. Services will resume as normal on Monday 1 March.

The Young Trustees Movement

The Young Trustees Movement  is made up of current and aspiring young trustees, employers and allies. They aim to double the number of trustees aged 30 and under on charity boards by 2024.

The Young Trustees Movement is led by young people. Their Ambassadors are leading and building the movement across England and Wales. If you are, or know someone who is  16 – 30 years old, passionate about their mission, curious to learn and committed to social justice and inclusion, they would love to hear from you

Laing Art Gallery to host the Lindisfarne Gospels

The Lindisfarne Gospels, the most spectacular surviving manuscript from Anglo-Saxon England, will go on display in the North East on loan from the British Library in 2022.

The manuscript will feature in a high-profile exhibition at the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle, with a supporting exhibition at neighbouring Newcastle City Library with the aim of attracting visitors from across the North and beyond.

To celebrate the Gospels going on display, venues across the North East will be invited to host supporting events and there will be an accompanying programme of activity for community groups and schools, as well as a high-profile artist commission to reimagine the Gospels for a 21st century audience. The process for this has not yet been decided.

Following a competitive process Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums (TWAM) in partnership with Newcastle City Library was selected as the preferred bidder and approved by the Association of North East Councils (ANEC), receiving warm support by local leaders across the area.

Alcohol and You

Balance is relaunching of Alcohol is not the answer campaign.. 44% of North East drinkers who found themselves drinking more in the last year feel worse as a result, according to a new survey by Balance. 2020 was a dreadful year and 2021 not much better so far – but the survey of over 600 people in the North East and North Cumbria suggests that the hangovers, tiredness and low mood caused by alcohol are not the answer.

Meanwhile one in 5 drinkers (18%) say there have been more arguments and tension in their family during the pandemic because of alcohol.

The campaign launched in November 2020 and led to half of those who saw it cutting back down on alcohol.

For local support and advice read our Alcohol information or contact Newcastle Treatment and Recovery Service.

Tinnitus Week, 1 to 7 February 2021

Tinnitus is when you hear a sound in your head or ears, when there is nothing making the sound. You might hear ringing, buzzing, whooshing or humming. The sound might go on and on or it might come and go. It might be in one ear, or in the middle of your head.

Tinnitus is not a disease or illness, it is a brain activity that has got out of normal balance. A change in the ear, such as an ear infection, a cold or wax blocking the ear might start the tinnitus. Loud noise such as concerts, machinery or power tools can be a cause or it can be started by a stressful life event.

One in three people get tinnitus at some point in their lives. One in ten people have tinnitus that doesn’t go away, some people find it upsetting and annoying and others don’t mind.

The British Tinnitus Association has published a film to raise awareness and offer information.


Mapping services for BAME young dads in the North East

Funded by the University of Lincoln, the Diverse Dads co-research project involves a partnership between the Following Young Fathers Further (FYFF) research team and North East Young Dads and Lads (NEYDL).

The project is mapping services for BAME young dads in the North East and generating evidence about how and why services should engage with a diverse constituency of young fathers. Findings from the project will be delivered via a webinar in March 2021.

They are inviting organisations and services in the North East to be part of this research and complete a short survey

As part of the research they would like to speak to BAME young dads. If you know any BAME young dads who would like to take part in this research, please ask them to contact:  Linzi Ladlow and Dr Laura Way

Putting People First

We all want to live in the place we call home with the people and the things that we love, in communities where we look out for one another, doing the things that matter to us.

The Social Care Future inquiry, led by a group of people with lived experience of social care, are looking at what needs to change to make this vision a reality for everyone. They want to hear from anyone with a view or ideas about how we can get there.

The survey is anonymous, but you will have the chance to join the Social Care Future email list at the end of the survey if you want to. The answers people give will be themed and used to report on the change people want to see.

You can answer in a different way by…

  • joining a zoom session – please email  to get dates and times.
  • phone us on 0121 474 5900 and speak to Wendy who will take down your answers for you.
  • send  an audio/video / drawing or something else that express your views

Looking after you

Newcastle Carers has put together a booklet called Looking after you which includes tips and suggestions from staff, and carers they have recently spoken to, about ideas, activities and ways for carers to look after their wellbeing.

Tips include:

  • looking after yourself is important and building something into your day, even for 5-10 minutes, may help carry you through the weeks ahead
  • deep breathing exercises
  • get out in nature

Not sure if you are a carer?  
A carer is someone who provides unpaid help and support to a family member, parent, friend, partner, child or neighbour who could not manage without their help.  This applies to children, young carers and adults.  When you are a carer, it is important to look after your emotional health as well as your physical health.  Caring can be stressful and confusing because your relationship with someone may change.

Newcastle Carers: 0191 275 5060
Newcastle Emergency Carer’s Card Scheme: 0191 273 7961
Dementia care support: 0191 217 1323

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Commonwealth War Graves Week

In the build up to War Graves Week in May, they want you to remember those who died in the world wars by creating your own wildflower memorial. They will send you free packets of wildflower seeds that you can plant in your own garden or in plant pots. If you plant them when they arrive, you’ll have your own patch of wildflowers which will grow from May to October. Share a photo of your bloom on Twitter and Instagram to enter our contest and win a prize of £200. .

You can apply for these seeds at no cost, but we’d love for you to donate to the work of the Commonwealth War Graves Foundation. Your donation will help us to engage and educate people about our work..  Phone:07742667504

Involving older people in radio and audio broadcasting

Later Life Audio & Radio Cooperative (LLARC) has completed ten episodes on #Housing matters, a series of podcasts.  Interviews by Gerry Foley, Moyra Riseborough and Kate Bowman cover issues of accessible design, housing stock, future proofing your home and our future housing needs.  Inspired by the work between Elders Council and Skimstone Arts, there is also an interview about Doorbells.

You can also sign up to a webinar on the Future of housing and green spaces with Professor Rose Gilroy, Newcastle Helix and the Chairman of Urban Green Newcastle on 17 February.

LLARC creates new initiatives all the time.  We are currently developing a poetry corner.  If you are interested in writing and speaking your poetry – get in touch.

Last updated: February 17, 2021

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