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Age Proud Newcastle

October is the month during which older people worldwide stand proud and celebrate their achievements and the contributions they make to society.

Many organisations and groups do something special during October to celebrate older people in all their diversity, to demonstrate the very varied ways in which individuals, groups and society approach the challenges and opportunities of ageing.  This year, the World Health Organisation launches the Decade of Health Ageing on 1st October, International Older People’s Day.


Opportunities to get involved

We are particularly grateful to Equal Arts for developing a printed and online brochure to inspire and delight and for commissioning a GIF Wall (see below).

This year we are also seeking nominations for #AgeProudChampions. See below.


Instigated by Age Friendly Newcastle,  partners and organisations in the city are coming together to deliver #AgeProudNewcastle, a celebration of ageing.

Partners include: the Arts Development, Communities and Carers Leads for the Council as well as:

Active Newcastle offer a range of activities with partners

Age UK Gateshead run ActivAge NEWCASTLE fitness and fun sessions

Equal Arts creative ageing charity

Elders Council influence policy and develop projects that involve older people

Healthworks gym and activity programmes

Independent Age, a national charity that has a regional team for Newcastle and the North East

Scotswood Garden run their Elderberries sessions

Search, based in the West of the City

Silverline Memories supporting people affected by dementia

Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums –  has published a resource to demonstrate the link between heritage and clinical outcomes in mental health, pain management brain activity and speech

UK National Innovation Centre for Ageing are launching their Ageing Intelligence exhibition

If you are planning an event in Newcastle, please contact us on to add your event to our listing.

Opportunities to get involved

Think Creative online conference

On October 15, 2pm – 3.30pm join an online discussion with Equal Arts looking at how creativity could support people aged 50+ back into training and work. They’d love to hear your views. Dr Virginia Tandy will chair the conversation involving Rebecca Blackman, Arts Council England; Cllr Joyce McCarty, Deputy Leader of Newcastle City Council; Steve McCall, Employer Relations & Partnerships Manager DWP Newcastle and Karen Ross, Prof of Gender & Media, Newcastle University.

To book your free ticket visit

Get your voice on the A – Z of Ageing Well Gif Wall

Pick a letter of the alphabet and get creative. Tell us about a location, an emotion, an activity – anything, as long as it represents is something that you feel helps you to age well.  Perhaps it’s a particular place, speaking to a friend or taking 10 minutes to be still, we’d love to hear from you. You can either film a 30 second clip on your phone or take a series of photos. You can send your clips and images to

Charity Equal Arts has commissioned an artist to collaborate with older people across Newcastle to capture their views. No camera?  They’re out filming this month in Newcastle; to take part and request a socially-distanced doorstep visit, ring 0191 261 1619.

Newcastle’s Age Proud Champions

This autumn we’re shining a light on the often unsung differences older people are making within their communities. Do you know someone who is a great example of ageing well or has helped those around them? Perhaps they’re a volunteer, has supported you through the past six months or simply have an inspiring attitude to life.

We’d love to hear about Newcastle’s Age Proud Champions and share their stories.

Send your nominations to us by December 5, 2020 –  We will seek consent to feature nominees in our Age Proud Newcastle campaign during 2020/21.

Take part in city art this autumn

Artist residencies with Newcastle City Council are looking to document the experiences of older people in two new six-month. Creative writers Natasha Haws and Elijah Young will lead intergenerational writing workshops with participants ahead of publishing a collection of their lockdown stories and portraits. Film maker Danielle Giddins will work on developing scripted dramas performed by older people and a documentary focusing on the city’s care homes which explores how society can better support care settings going forward throughout the pandemic. If you’d like to take part please contact the team on 07917 271331 or email

Older People’s Month creative brochure

You can view the online version of the Create at Home pack. Equal Arts prints a creative pack each month. For information about printed copies please contact Equal Arts on

Get your voice on the airwaves

Are you interested in radio and audio broadcasting – would you like to try it, get involved in the technical side, chat to a radio interviewer, or speak on a subject you feel strongly about? Partners from InformationNOW, Elders Council, Radio Tyneside and further afield including East London Radio and Sonder Radio Manchester have come together to form the Later Life Audio and Radio Cooperative.

Interested and want to contribute to our work? Contact Kate at or email

You can also follow on Twitter @LLARNetwork or call Elders Council on 0191 208 2701 for more information.

Multiverse Lab

What is the health research breakthrough you hope to see in your lifetime?  From 7 October 2020

This specially designed website is like stepping into an interactive lab – a lab of many voices. You can explore a map of North East health stories, a timeline of the last 100 years of health breakthroughs and listen to other people’s answers. From there you are invited to record your own answer to the question.

Silver Sunday

Find out what’s happening online on Silver Sunday, 4th October

Why not look at what else is on offer and take the opportunity to try something different?

The Elders Council would love to hear from you if you have tried something new for yourself or with your group.  Write to them on

Don’t forget that there is a wealth of activities out there for you to take part in throughout the year.  Take a look at our Events section (search on Age Proud Newcastle) to see what’s on offer.

Look at our local community virtual/online activities.

Look at our article on quick links to virtual activity online.

Last updated: January 11, 2021