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8 September Info NOW News


Older People’s day
Update on scams
Active Citizens
Be clear on cancer


In Sickness and in Social Care


Freedom City 2017
NICE guidance on neurological conditions out for consultation


Falls prevention awareness week

New on InformationNOW this week!

This week’s events & activities at a glance

Newcastle Allotment and Garden Show
Great North weekend activities

Updated articles & organisations

Parks and Gardens
Newcastle Parkrun
Gosforth Central Park
Rookie Sports

Older People’s Day, 1st October

This is a day that is celebrated every year and there are a variety of activities across the city for older people – for instance Segedunum Roman Fort will be open from 10 – 4pm to over 55s for free (mention Age Friendly Museums) and Dance City are holding taster sessions.   Information NOW and Quality of Life Partnership will be involved in events around that date. Keep an eye on our events and activities section for more information.

Update on scams – doorstep sellers

Northumbria Police have received reports from members of the public regarding doorstop sellers claiming to be working on a Probation Scheme from the Middlesbrough area.  Please be aware that no such scheme exists and they are using these tactics to encourage you to buy items from them.  Doorstep sellers or Pedlars must hold a certificate under the Pedlars Act 1871.  However, A pedlar’s certificate is not an indication that the product is of  merchantable quality. If a doorstep seller comes to your house, please do not be pressured into buying from them and ask them to leave; use a spy hole, chain or window to see who is at the door.  If you do not recognise the person speak through the closed and locked door.  Look out for your neighbours and report any suspicious activity to the police by noting down any information you have such as vehicle details.  Read our article on Information NOW.

Active Citizens

Do you have an idea or project that will bring people together? Active Citizens are people from across the world who want to make a difference in their communities.  You will get help to set up and run your own project in Newcastle.  You can apply for funding from their own “Dragon’s Den” and take part in workshops to help you develop your plans. The next workshops to find out more are: 14th, 15th October, 21st, 22 October

For more information contact Active Citizens.

Be clear on Cancer


The NHS and Public Health England are launching this year’s Be Clear on Cancer respiratory symptoms campaign. The campaign encourages anyone aged over 50 who has had a cough for three weeks or more or who gets out of breath doing things they used to be able to do, to visit their GP as these could be signs of lung or heart disease, or even cancer.

To learn more about the campaign go to the campaign website or to get involved go to the campaign resource centre.

Information NOW has articles on: COPD,  cancer and heart disease.

In Sickness and in Social Care


Dr Kevin Fong  examines how the NHS and social services meet the needs of an ageing population.  A new series on Ageing on Radio 4 began on 5 September and continues next week on 12 September at 9 pm.  In this opening programme, Dr Fong reveals how professionals, working on the front line in health and social care, try to address the complex needs of older people, whether it’s discharging them from hospital or trying to support them in the community.

As the National Health Service and social services struggle to meet the needs of today’s ageing population, Dr Fong reflects back on his own medical career to explore why this is now such a challenge and what’s being done to address it.

Freedom City 2017


There’s still time to get involved in the Freedom City events this year.  To participate you can sign up on the website but you can also attend key events so mark them in your diary now.

Freedom City 2017 is a partnership between Newcastle University, Northern Roots and the NewcastleGateshead Initiative.  On 13 November 1967, Dr Martin Luther King accepted an honorary degree from Newcastle University and events have been held around the city to remember his contribution and legacy.

On Sunday 29th October a great drama will engulf Newcastle Gateshead.
Out of the buildings and through the streets of Newcastle Gateshead will come a unique afternoon of theatre, music, dance, circus and art to celebrate the courage and sacrifice of those who have led the long march for civil rights.

Other events this autumn include: an exhibition telling the story of Dr King’s visit at The Great North Museum and in November Sage Gateshead will host a celebration of the music that defined the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s and 70s.The aims of Freedom City 2017 are:

  • To bring Dr King’s legacy to life for a new generation to equip them with knowledge and skills and empower them to contribute towards tackling the great problems of war, poverty and racism.
  • To enable artists to create internationally significant work inspired by the themes of Dr King’s acceptance speech and galvanise the region’s cultural venues and landmark sites as hosts to a global audience.
  • To stimulate academic research and debate that will likewise contribute towards finding solutions to the challenges posed by war, poverty and racism.

NICE guidance on suspected neurological conditions


The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) is consulting on their guidelines with a view to publication early next year.  Neurological conditions, including MS, epilepsy, migraine, Parkinson’s and dementia, account for about one in 10 GP consultations.

Nearly a third of patients with a neurological condition had to see their primary care physician ‘five or more times’ before being referred to a specialist. NICE want to ensure that patients are referred correctly or treated in primary care where appropriate. Browse our health and conditions section to find information about neurological conditions.

Falls Prevention Awareness, Week c 22 September


The Academic Health Science Network for North East and North Cumbria (AHSN NENC) has created a short film and a dedicated webpage to provide older people and their families with practical tips to avoid falls.  The film is available on You Tube or you can also download the film to your system.

The AHSN NENC has a dedicated webpage.   If you have any materials that you would like them to highlight or direct visitors to through this webpage, then contact them direct through email1 or email 2.

Information NOW also has a useful article on falls prevention.



A wide range which includes: art at St Martin’s, Ukulele at Throckley, Beginners Tai Chi at Broadacre House, Carpet bowls on Wingrove Road or singing in the evening at J’s & B’s.
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Activities include: cuppa and a chat at FAR, Dementia Friendly Reading Group at Gosforth Library and Ladies Aqua at Fenham Pool in the evening.
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Activities include: Gentle gardening at Scotswood, Making History at St Martin’s, Stepping stones gentle fitness at Newburn and Singing for the brain in Benwell.
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Options include: Coffee morning at St James’, Benwell, Art Club at Byker and lunchtime concerts at Kings Hall.
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Includes: Zumba at Blackfriars, Computer Club at Search and Games for the brain in Newcastle.
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Newcastle Allotment & Garden Show 2017 – celebrating 100 years of growing in the city at Leazes Park

Budding gardeners and green-fingered enthusiasts are invited to show off their gardening and growing skills on 23rd September at the 2017 Newcastle Allotment & Garden Fete, organised by Newcastle City Council, working in partnership with the city’s Allotments Working Group (AWG). Exhibits will include: flower, vegetable and fruit classes, as well as jams, chutneys and wine. Entry is £3.  For more details about the show visit  or contact Newcastle allotments officer, Mark Todd,

The public show starts on Sunday, 24 September at 11am, when it will be officially opened by the Sheriff of Newcastle and finishes at 5pm.  There will be a range of entertainment including: children’s activities, music, raffles, stalls selling a wide range of flowers, produce and preserves as well as advice on bee keeping and organic gardening.

Great North weekend activities in Newcastle

This weekend there are two exciting events taking place in Newcastle. The Great North City Games take place on 9 September at the Quayside.  World class athletes will compete against our own talented sportsmen and women. There are two big screens on the Quayside so you can watch the athletics, long jump or pole vault wherever you are standing. You can also watch the whole event from your sitting room on BBC One from circa 1 pm to 3.15 pm.  On Sunday, the Simply Health Great North Run takes place once again and Sir Mo Farah will be hoping to defend his title.  BBC One coverage from 9.30 to 1.30 pm.  Get involved and cheer everyone on.

If you are looking for something different then you could visit a Heritage site from 7 – 10 September. Please check the website here.

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