9 July 2020
Updates on the coronavirus and plastic free July.
Find a Job – job seekers website
Tyne and Wear archaeology day
Arranging a funeral and planning ahead
June is scams awareness month
Bus routes changes over the summer
Report on digital credit by Newcastle and Durham Universities
Emergency hospital admissions – Health Foundation findings
Are you recently retired? – retirement research study
Digital North drop in sessions
MiCare Plan cup cake day
St Martin’s summer garden party
ReCoCo: The Recovery College Collective
Tax help for Older Peole
North East Autism Society
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This week is volunteering week and we all know that volunteers contribute an enormous amount to individual projects and services as well as the economy. This week many local and national organisations are saying “thank you” to their volunteers. Just follow #volunteersweek2018 and you will see the range of volunteering that takes place, from fundraising to administration, from raising awareness to becoming a trustee and taking part in social and health research.
Researchers at the University of Hertfordshire have published a study which demonstrates that patients and public involved (PPI) in research do not always feel their contribution is valued. This is because they do not get feedback on how their evidence was used or whether it had an impact. Contributors can also be unsure about how contributions are analysed and how decisions are taken. The NIHR offers guidance on PPI here. “Thank you” is important but feedback is equally so.
Information NOW has an article on the benefits of volunteering.
Looking for a job or a job change. The government has launched a new free recruitment website which replaces Universal Job Match. You can create an account and manage your applications online.
If you need some help looking for work or restarting your career, read our article Looking for Work and contact some of the local organisations listed.
Have you got an artefact that you’d like some information about? Why not take it along to get it identified and recorded on the Portable Antiquities website at this event hosted at the Civic Centre. There will be talks about our heritage in the North East by professional archaeologists covering prehistoric times to the Cold War. You don’t need to be an expert in archaeology. Book tickets (£9) in advance and contact 0191 211 6218.
Both the Treasury and The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) have announced that they will be launching separate reviews of the funerals market to ensure that customers are getting a fair deal as the cost of pre-paid plans and funerals rise.
The CMA will be checking that funeral directors are providing fair and transparent pricing. The Treasury is separately proposing that pre-paid funeral plan providers come under the regulation of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). There are claims that elderly people are misled into taking out these plans without a clear understanding of the cost/benefit and there is evidence that some people lose money. It is worth considering whether you could save more effectively with a savings account and looking at savings and investments articles on Information NOW.
According to Citizens Advice, 72% of people surveyed have been targeted by scammers between 2015-2017, and over a third had been targeted five or more times. This year’s campaign – Don’t Miss a Trick, Be Scam Aware – aims to raise awareness of how to avoid being scammed and how to report. Read the Information NOW article on Frauds and Scams.
Newcastle City Council has confirmed that it plans to close Blackett Street for 10 weekends during the Great Exhibition to enable a wide variety of events to take place. These events include cycling and fun activities for all the family.
The first of the weekend closures is planned to take place on Saturday 30 June and Sunday 1 July. After that closures are planned for every weekend up to and including Saturday 1 September and Sunday 2 September. You can keep up-to-date here.
The transport department are looking for volunteers to contribute an online diary of their experience of the closures; the routes affected are: 12; 39 / 40; 62 /63 and the 100, although volunteers are not restricted to being users of these buses.
To find out more and register your interest, please attend the next session in room 7.1 in the Civic Centre on Thursday 14th June 2018 17.00 – 18.00.
If you would like to attend, please register your attendance for one of the sessions at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Digital Credit, Mobile Devices and Indebtedness report by these two local universities shows that online borrowing is often impulsive and the behaviour can be harmful. Amongst other issues they state that “Digital access to credit increases instances of borrowing because it gives consumers a heightened sense of anonymity and privacy when compared to more traditional face-to-face or telephone-based financial services. This can reinforce secretive behaviours relating to money matters and lead consumers to keep borrowing activity hidden from friends and family.”
The Health Foundation is an independent charity that conducts research and analysis of our health and health provision, as well as funding innovation and research in healthcare. The findings include:
The briefing also identifies opportunities to reduce emergency admissions including:
Information NOW has an article on choosing emergency and urgent care.
A Research team from the Department of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation at Northumbria University wants to explore why some individuals enjoy their retirement but others do not and experience loneliness, sadness and a loss in identity. The project is focusing on improving our understanding about why that is and what could be promoted to help people have a more positive transition from work to retirement.
They are seeking participants who have retired within the last 12 months or who are planning to retire from paid employment within the next 6 months. Participants will be invited to complete a questionnaire pack (online or paper based) which should take around 45-60 minutes.
For further information please contact Anastasiia Fadeeva or call 01912437018.
Disability North has established a new project to help people get online safely. If you are over 50 or disabled and want to get the best out of your computer or tablet, learn to online shop or pay bills, then they can help you. There is parking and regular bus services. Contact: Beatrix or phone the main number.
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MiCarePlan are hosting a cup cake day as part of Alzheimer’s Society national event. As well as cupcakes there will be free Mybooklets and ID Cards for people to fill in and take away and they are going to have twiddle muffs available for people to decorate. Contact or just turn up, make a donation and enjoy your treat.
New and Updated Organisations
Last updated: May 29, 2019