Information Now

5 January 2018


  • Please share Information NOW
  • Rough Guide to 2018
  • Bite back at Mouth Cancer
  • Bringing together older and younger generations
  • Elders Council and Information NOW are moving

Research & Reports

  • Older People want to stay in their current homes

Opportunities for Action

  • Newcastle Street Charter
  • Well Newcastle Gateshead Arts Fund
  • Dementia – research, technology, prevention and volunteering
  • Capturing the public’s experience

Events, activities and articles on Information NOW


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Rough Guide to 2018

Newcastle has made it onto the top18 places to visit during 2018.  From new trekking routes and historical trails to underrated cities and conservation success stories, the Rough Guide team have revealed the 18 places that should be on your radar in 2018. This summer, the city – along with neighbouring Gateshead – will host the Great Exhibition of the North, a two-month celebration that will tell the story of Northern England and how its artists and innovators have helped shape the world we live in. Expect live music, performance art and insightful exhibitions at some wonderful venues


Bite back at mouth cancer in 2018

It is easy….all you need to do is commit to checking the inside of your mouth once a month, then encourage all your friends and family to do the same. By doing this you will help increase awareness about the signs and symptoms of mouth cancer and what to look out for.

Bite Back at Mouth Cancer campaign is a simple check that can be done in a matter of minutes by everyone in the comfort of their own home and it will help save lives. All you need is a mirror, good light source and clean fingers. Watch this video on the Mouth Cancer Foundation website to see how simple the check is.  Information NOW has an article on cancer.

Bringing together older and younger generations

A new report highlighted in Nursery World calls for intergenerational  shared sites to bring together older and younger generations.  According to United for All Ages in its ‘Mixing Matters’ report, urgent action is needed to create 500 shared sites across the country by 2022 to tackle growing social divides in ‘Brexit Britain’.  According to this Think Tank housing schemes for the elderly should be co-located with nurseries to enable people to connect with each other and dispel the fears that build up through lack of understanding.

Elders Council and QoLP are moving offices

A new year and a new start. The Elders Council and Quality of Life Partnership (QoLP) will relocate to 2nd Floor, MEA House, Ellison Place on 29 January 2018. The new address and contact information will be:

Elders Council of Newcastle
2nd Floor, MEA House
Ellison Place
Newcastle upon Tyne

Tel. 0191 0191 235 9905 Fax 0191 235 9933 Email

Information NOW will be on the same floor at MEA House but our contact telephone number will be: 0191 235 9544 Email:


Older people want to stay in their current homes

In July 2017, in conjunction with Care & Repair England, BMG Research undertook an online poll with 481 UK residents aged 55 or over to find out their views on home adaptations. Over half (55%) do not expect to have to adapt their home, whilst 23% do expect to have to carry out adaptations at some stage. Just over a fifth of respondents (22%) want to move to a home that suits them better as they get older.

Looking into the barriers which may stop people from adapting their home, 43% of over 55s say that they cannot afford home adaptations and 23% don’t know what adaptations might be possible or best for them or where to get the information they need.

For information about housing and adaptations contact Care and Repair Newcastle and browse the Information NOW housing section.


Newcastle Street Charter

The Newcastle Street Charter was initiated and led by blind and partially sighted people organisations.  It has been developed in consultation and with the support of disabled people and other groups and organisations in the city including the Elders Council. It’s purpose is to create an inclusive environment and deal quickly with barriers to getting around the city.  Newcastle City Council will provide accessible reporting systems so that issues such as temporary obstacles, overgrown shrubbery and broken pavings and audible bleeps at crossings can be easily made by the public. They also undertake to measure their progress and achievements as part of the Public Equality Duty.

Well Newcastle Gateshead Arts Fund Applications

Well Newcastle Gateshead is one of 10 Pathfinders that make up Well North, an initiative created to address the inequalities in health outcomes between the North and South of the country. The Well Newcastle Gateshead Pathfinder is managed by Blue Stone Consortium.  They are launching their arts fund funding criteria. One funding stream aims to tackle social isolation, mental health and low self-esteem in adults in the  Byker and Chopwell areas and the other is focused on Felling and inner west Newcastle working with children aged 2-7, their parents and grandparents with the aim of improving school readiness.  For more information contact David Watson.

Dementia – research, technology, prevention and volunteering

The UK Dementia Research Institute is launching a new care and technology programme worth £20 million and they are looking for an inspirational Associate Director.

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) are launching a joint call in January 2018 to fund large social science grants in dementia. They are looking to fund ambitious projects that will bring theoretical understanding and social context together with clinical application and policy development.  More information is available here.

Silverline Volunteers Wanted
Silverline rely on their amazing volunteers  to support their services and activities.  Volunteering is a great way to make new friends, gain new skills and make a real difference to people affected by Dementia in the North East of England.  There are vacancies in a variety of tasks including, helping in cafes or lunch clubs or driving a mini bus or support in the office. Email them to find out more and to receive an application pack.

Information NOW has an article about Dementia and you can contact the Alzheimer’s Society Newcastle if you have been affected by dementia.

Caring consultation

Are you one of many people in Newcastle who look after a family member, friend, partner or neighbour who could not manage without your help?

If so, Newcastle City Council and the NHS Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group would like to hear about what works for you in your caring role and where they need to make improvements.  There will be opportunities to take part in a paper based and online survey but there are also a number of face to face sessions scheduled across Newcastle including the Lemington Centre, Gosforth Library and Newcastle Carers from 8 January to 26 January. To take part please contact Fiona Richardson by email or ‘phone: 0191 277 7452.

Read our article on Looking after someone for more information on caring.

Capturing the public’s experience

Voice North wants to recruit residents and working people in Newcastle to contribute their ideas and opinions about research and innovations that impact on their lives. The aim is to:

  • Improve the focus, quality, relevance and impact of research
  • Stimulate and shape social and technological innovation
  • Encourage lifelong learning and becoming research-active citizens

Two studies include:

  • A reliable way to assess internet use in older adults with communication difficulties such as aphasia starting this month; and
  • The effects of foods on cognitive function in older adults

Contact Voice North.


Free Yoga Class at Walbottle Village Institute
The Green, Walbottle, Newcastle upon Tyne
NE15 8JE

To celebrate national Iyengar Yoga Day you are invited to a free yoga class. BKS Iyengar was a visionary Indian teacher who recognised the benefits of yoga and determined to make it widely accessible. His international bestseller ‘Light On Yoga’, published in 1966, is still considered an essential guide to yoga postures today.

If you’ve done it before, bring a friend who hasn’t. This day will be basic but challenging, with refreshments. Yoga is suitable for anyone who is reasonably fit and aged 16 to 80 years old.  Take a mat if you have one, and wear loose clothes.

Email Ali with any queries.

Free Birdwatching and Feeding Workshop
Scotswood Natural Community Garden, John Marley Centre Whickham View, NE15 6TT

Elderberries (older people’s programme) will host a free birdwatching and feeding workshop on Friday 26th January, 10.00 am-12.30pm. Please RVSP or call 0191 200 4706 if you would like to attend.


Articles Updated

Self care and disability

Organisations Updated

Ashton Court Care Home
Sovereign Court Care Home
Victim Support 
PROPS North East


Last updated: May 14, 2018

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