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6 February 2020 InfoNOW news


  •  InformationNOW
  • Time to talk day, 6 February
  • Healthworks
  • International Women’s Day event
  • LGBT history month

AnchorResearch & Reports

  • Loneliness annual report: the first year

AnchorOpportunities for Action

  • Social care jobs fair
  • World Cancer day
  • Reynaud’s awareness month


  • Supporting residents to pay priority debts
  • Learning disability app for families
  • Online resources to help you

New on InformationNOW this week!

  • This week’s events & activities at a glance

New and updated organisations

  • Walking Works Wonders supported by Groundwork South Tyneside and North Tyneside
  • Skills for Care
  • Lifeline24 personal alarms


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Religious and cultural festivals

An update for 2020.  Including the Pride Festival, International day of the disabled and the Late Shows.

Time to Talk Day, Thursday 6 February 2020

Time to Talk Day encourages you to talk about mental health and help change lives.The important message is that we can be kind to one another, listen to one another and calm situations where someone is anxious or upset.  Without that listening space, people may spiral into a more serious condition. Remember to look out for other causes of mental unhappiness – such as debt, pressure at work, a breakdown in relationships.

For those people who have been diagnosed with a mental health problem or crisis, we need to remove the stigma and enable them to talk about how they feel.

Organisations that can help are listed in this news item from October 2018


Healthworks has launched a new brand identity and a new website.  Healthworks is a community organisation that works with people across Newcastle to help them to live longer and healthier lives.   You can self-refer for some services. Services include:

International Women’s day event 2020

Why not sign up to the Active Newcastle This Girl Can, event from 5.30 to 8pm on 5th March 2020?
Wear bright clothes and take part in an optional 1 mile or 5 k “do it your way” event – walk, run, hop, skip or jump – it all counts!   If you haven’t got an Active Newcastle card, then remember to sign up for one so that you can scan into the event.

International Women’s day takes place on 8th March 2020.

LGBT  History month

LGBT History month is an informative and celebratory month which aims to educate out prejudice and make LGBT+  people visible in all their diversity.  The theme this year is Poetry, Prose and Plays. Throughout the month, they will be shining a light on some key pieces of LGBT literature.  Here are some of the highlights that may be of interest:

Loneliness Annual Report: the first year

The government has published the first annual report since the publication of the cross-government Loneliness Strategy in October 2018.

A connected society: a strategy for tackling loneliness contained 60 new policy commitments from across nine government departments. This Annual Report provides an update on the progress made against each of these commitments, and sets out the government’s future direction of travel.

The report contains updates across a range of policy commitments, including:

  • supporting frontline workers to recognise and act on loneliness
  • expansion of social prescribing: 1,000 additional social prescribing link workers to be recruited by April 2021.
  • pilots to help us learn about and act on loneliness in different parts of society

InformationNOW has an article on social prescribing. We will add to this as we receive more information on the Primary Care Networks arrangements.

Social Care Jobs Fair – Tuesday 18 February,10 am to 2 pm, City Library

When you care, every day makes a difference. As part of the Department of Health and Social Care recruitment campaign, the Skills Hub is organising a social care jobs fair in partnership with the Being Well team, Jobcentre Plus and Skills for Care. There will be a range of jobs on offer in residential care, supported living, home care and day services, with both part time and full time roles available. For more information go to the Eventbrite page or email the Skills Hub

InformationNOW has articles on Care homes in Newcastle, Home care agencies in Newcastle and Looking for work.

World Cancer Day, February 2020

‘I Am and I Will’ is the theme ahead of World Cancer Day 2020, an empowering call for personal commitment to reduce the growing impact of cancer.

World Cancer Day is a national day when we raise awareness of cancer in people’s minds and across the world media. The aim is to make you think about your health, remind you about screening programmes that are there to help you and ultimately to save millions of preventable deaths each year by encouraging individuals to take action.  This may include reducing or stopping smoking and drinking or enabling conversations about cancer, so that more people understand that it is curable and take up screening.

Four in 10 cancers are preventable, but there are concerns that people are not attending their screening appointments.  Research published in the Lancet shows that there is a stigma associated with cancer, such that people do not always attend screening because they are afraid that they will lose friends and family because of their diagnosis.

Information NOW’s cancer article covers the importance of screening programmes.  Bowel screening is available from the age of 55 years to 60 years by endoscopy and from 50 – 74 years through a postal system.  Please take up this opportunity if you receive a letter from the NHS.

Unfortunately, there has been a drop in cervical screening and we need all female age groups to continue with or start their screening programmes.

World Cancer day reminds us that scientists continue to develop tests that help find specific types of cancer before signs or symptoms appear.  Some types of cancer currently do not have an effective screening method, but organisations such as Cancer Research UK are always looking for new treatments and screening methods.  The main goals of cancer screening are to:

  • reduce the number of people who die from the disease, or eliminate deaths from cancer altogether
  • reduce the number of people who develop the disease

February is Reynaud’s awareness month

Raynaud’s is a common condition affecting around 10 million people in the UK. In people who have Raynaud’s, the small blood vessels in the extremities are over-sensitive to changes in temperature or stress causing an attack.  Raynaud’s symptoms generally affect the fingers and toes, but all extremities can be involved, including: the ears, nose, lips, tongue and nipples.  You can take a test to see if you think you may be affected:

  • a colour change in the extremities such as hands or feet
  • cold extremities and numbness
  • tingling or pain
  • Primary Raynaud’s can be diagnosed by your GP and can be managed easily.

Autoimmune conditions known to be associated with secondary Raynaud’s include:

  • scleroderma – a condition that causes hardening and thickening of the skin
  • rheumatoid arthritis – which causes joint pain and swelling
  • Sjogren’s syndrome – where the immune system attacks the body’s sweat and tear glands
  • lupus – which causes tiredness, joint pain and skin rashes

Supporting residents to pay priority debts

Thursday 27 February, 2 pm to 4 pm, Civic Centre 

Residents are finding it increasingly difficult to manage their debts.  However, there are debts that are a priority for them to pay to avoid serious difficulty.

February’s Financial Inclusion Group seminar will consider how to support residents to pay their Council Tax and rent. They would like to hear your experiences of working with residents who might have difficulties paying these debts and plan together, how to overcome those challenges. The seminar will cover:

  • what priority and non-priority debts are
  • how to consistently assess income and expenditure, to inform decisions about affordability and repayment
  • how  to identify and respond to vulnerability
  • the information and training requirements to enable a citywide approach to supporting residents with these debts

These discussions and your experiences are timed to inform work that Newcastle City Council and Your Homes Newcastle are doing on their debt collection processes. The seminar is free to attend but places must be booked. For more information, or to book a place, please email the financial inclusion team

Learning Disability app for families

Learning Disability Matters has launched a new app for families.  It offers information about:

  • rights, advice and guidance
  • health
  • support
  • resources

InformationNOW has an article on learning disability with a handy list of organisations.

Online resources to help you

The InformationNOW team are responsible for Your Equipment Newcastle and a ChatBOT that works 24/7 directing you to helpful information and services related to equipment, aids and adaptations.  We would love you to use the website and ChatBOT and let us know if they are working well for you.  Email us.

Your Equipment Newcastle
Services and Equipment ChatBOT

Sexual Violence Against Older Women, 4th March 2020, 10 to 12 noon, The Beacon

This is an opportunity to find out what has been achieved by the project hosted by Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland over the last year.   The event will include two case studies and a short film, as well as plans for the future.

If you are a professional or front line worker or were involved in the launch last year, book your place on Eventbrite.  You can also book a stall by Friday 28 February by emailing Margie.

Organisations Updated

Walking Works Wonders supported by Groundwork South Tyneside and North Tyneside

Skills for Care

Lifeline24 personal alarms

Last updated: April 8, 2020

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