Information Now

5 March 2021


World book day
Working together to improve health and social care for all white paper
International wheelchair day
Census day
Covid 19 vaccinations bus
Call to Care jobs

Opportunities for Action

Staying Connected
BelleVie survey about care
Disability Unit survey
Covid 19 vaccine study


Silverline memories update
Seeking poetry lovers
Spread the word about British Wireless blind fund

Events and Activities

Connected Voice events
ReCoCo onine activities
Celebrating International Women’s day



Now that the Spring is here, along with Active Newcastle, we want to encourage you to get moving in your home, in the park or in your garden. Why not download the Step Up Newcastle App from you play store and count your steps and feel good every day that you move more. Making sure you take your breaks is important, but taking your breaks away from your desk even more so.  This week get in to the habit of moving away from your screen and moving to a different room of the house, or in the garden.  Even a 5 minute break from the laptop screen helps your wellbeing, allowing you a little headspace and time to refocus.

InformationNOW has an events and activities session with all the online exerciseyoga, stretch and movement classes we can find. Keep looking and we hope you will find something.   We have a section on outdoor and nature too.

InformationNOW has articles on: benefits of being physically activegardening and health and fitness activities.

Want to know more about InformationNOW and how to use it?  There will be a public demonstration at the CCG Public and patient engagement forum on Monday 8th March. Contact Hannah to join.

Next week we plan to issue an e news on going digital.

World Book Day, 4 March 2021

Their mission is to promote reading for pleasure, offering every child and young person the opportunity to have a book of their own. Reading for pleasure is the single biggest indicator of a child’s future success – more than their parents’ educational background or their income.

Thanks to National Book Tokens, book publishers and booksellers, World Book Day, in partnership with schools all over the country, distribute over 15 million £1 World Book Day book tokens to children and young people under 18 in the UK and Ireland each year. Titles included are: the River Whale, Apocalypse Kings and there’s a Wolf in your Book.

Why not join the local library online for free and access e books, audio books and magazines.  InformationNOW has articles on: libraries, reading and audio books

Working together to improve health and social care for all

At the heart of integrated care is the aim that people can live healthier lives and get the care and treatment they need, in the right place, at the right time.

The Department of Health and Social Care’s White Paper Integration and innovation: working together to improve health and social care for all,  sets out proposals for health and care reform. These changes will bring public health, social care and health services closer together to transform care for patients and tackle health inequalities. Read five recommendations to government on how to legislate for integrated care systems, which have been co-produced with stakeholders.

InformationNOW has articles on: NHS infomation, from dentists and GPs, to the provider services, to going into hospital and discharge, as well as a wide range of medical conditions.

InformationNOW has articles on: care and support; paying for care; care homes; home care and carers.

International Wheelchair day, 1st March

Wheelchair day celebrates the freedom that a wheelchair gives to users and allows those who want to, to show gratitude to family, friends, carers and organisations who support people using wheelchairs.  The aims include:

  • enable wheelchair users to celebrate the positive impact a wheelchair has in their lives.
  • celebrate the great work of the many millions of people who provide wheelchairs, who provide support and care for wheelchair users and make the world accessible to people with wheelchairs
  • acknowledge and react constructively to the fact there are many tens of millions of people in the world who need a wheelchair, but are unable to acquire one.

InformationNOW has articles on: personal health budgets (which includes wheelchair budgets); self care and disabilitydisability rights.and hate crime.

Census day is 21st March 2021

Information about the Census will be arriving at the beginning of this month. Every household will receive a pack. The Census helps decide what services will be available in your area. The Government hope that most people will complete the census online and it is quite a long document. If you are unable to do so, or you need other assistance such as translation, braille or audio then there is information on this website.  You must complete the census by law or you could be fined up to £1,000 although some questions are labelled as voluntary. It is not an offence if you do not answer these.

If you need help, there are local Census support centres.

Covid 19 vaccinations bus

Go North East has converted one of its buses into a new mobile Covid 19 vaccination unit that will travel the local area visiting communities who are unable to get to vaccination centres, or where uptake has proved low, helping to make access easier and encourage more people to get their vaccination. The bus will initially visit hostels in Newcastle to vaccinate members of the homeless community and Newcastle Muslim Centre.

The bus will be driven, housed, maintained, and cleaned by Go North East, whilst staff from GP practices and NPGS will deliver the vaccinations and handle patient administration. Their work is conducted in a private area on board behind a privacy screen and with frosted glazed windows.

InformationNOW has articles on: concessionary travelpublic transport and vaccination priorities.

Call to Care

The Department for Health and Social Care has put out a call to action, encouraging jobseekers, volunteers and those on furlough to register their interest for short-term care work. The new initiative, Call to Care, is designed to provide a boost to the social care workforce whilst it is under such considerable pressure.  InformationNOW has articles on: looking for work.

Opportunities for Action

Staying Connected

Elders Council are keen to offer older people as much support as possible to enable them to get online.  To do this they need your help.  They are looking for people who are confident IT users and are willing to give a few hours a week to help someone else to get online.  Full training and support will be given.  To find out more, contact and they will send you further information.  This project is supported by the Postcode Community Trust.

BelleVie survey about care

As part of their person-centred approach to care and support, BelleVie are exploring new ways to improve the quality of life of older people across the UK. They have seen first-hand the difference the right products can make to the lives of older people and how stressful it can be to find trustworthy, compassionate services. To address this, they are investigating the idea of offering an online platform to help older people live well at home.  The survey can be taken either by an older person who would use the products and services themselves at home, or by a family member or friend on their behalf. They are also interested in hearing from those who are currently living in or know someone who is living in a retirement village or a care home. Please complete the short survey

InformationNOW has articles on: care and supportcare homes and care agencies

Take part in a survey if you have a disability

The Disability Unit at the Cabinet Office is developing a National Strategy for Disabled People. Publication is planned for Spring 2021.
To help the government with understanding the barriers that disabled people face and what it may need to focus upon to improve the lives of disabled people, they need to hear about your views and know more about your experiences.  This survey will ask about your life experiences either as a disabled person, a carer or parent or as someone who has an interest in disability issues.  It closes on 23 April 2021.

Contact: by email or if you need help including a braille version.  RNIB can also help by email

Covid19 vaccine study

More than 20 million COVID-19 vaccines have been delivered across the UK thanks to NHS staff, volunteers and Councils. Now the vaccination programme has kicked in, Healthwatch Newcastle and Gateshead would like to hear from you through their survey. What do you think of the vaccine and the vaccination programme?

InformationNOW has articles on have your say on health

Silverline memories update

Silverline Memories has launched a new look for their website.  They have lots of Zoom activities for each week and month, downloadable resources and there is a private members area to share experiences and offer support related to dementia.

InformationNOW has articles on Dementia and Dementia Friendly Newcastle

Seeking poetry lovers

LLARC has created a podcast of local residents who have contributed their poetry to Richard Finch’s poetry corner on Radio Tyneside on a Saturday night. They would love to encourage more of you to get involved.  Just record your piece and email it to Richard.  If you have written something, but don’t want to read it, then get in touch and he will arrange for it to be read and let you know when.  Get involved and share your voice.

Spread the word about British wireless for the blind fund

The British Wireless for the Blind Fund is providing free of charge audio equipment to people who are blind or visually impaired. These devices help to reduce loneliness and provide companionship and entertainment for some of the UK’s most isolated people. They particularly hope to reach social prescribers and link workers in the North East in the hope that they may refer any blind or partially sighted people for support where it is needed.

Contact: Newcastle Vision Support or the Library

Events & Activities

Connected Voice has events including: cultural competency;safeguarding; BAME communities; advocacy
ReCoCo onine activities include: yoga; mindfulness and welfare rights

Celebrating International Women’s day, 8 March

The Female Form, Discovery Museum, from 8 March
To mark International Women’s Day, The Female Form examines how women have been artificially changing the shape of their bodies for centuries to follow fashion through Discovery Museum’s costume collection.

Choose to Challenge with This Girl Can
This Girl Can celebrates.  You can choose to walk, hop, skip, shuffle, jog, run, cycle or anything else you can think of – we are excited to see what you come up with, so let’s get creative.  Register and then download the Step Up app from your play store.


Beccy’s pop up choir at 6.30 pm

and much more …

Links to more events for women next week.

Last updated: April 9, 2021

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