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Age Proud Newcastle

Newcastle is committed to becoming an age-friendly city.  An age friendly city is a place which is good to grow old in and a place where older people feel valued.  The month of October gives us the opportunity to celebrate the many and varied contributions of older people to the life of the city, starting with the International Day of Older Persons on 1st October.

Ageism reared its ugly head during the COVID 19 pandemic, so we need to re-double our efforts to fight ageism; to enjoy our later life and to acknowledge the many and varied contributions that older people make to the life of our city.

Organisations in the city have come together under the umbrella of the Older People’s Network (a citywide network of organisations and older people working for the benefit of older people) to create opportunities for us to get together online or in person to have some fun and celebrate what we can achieve together.

The UK Network of Age Friendly Communities has adopted the theme of Older Greener for 2021, demonstrating that older people do also care about climate change.  We will also be adopting this theme in Newcastle with a range of events focused on environmental issues.

The Age Proud Newcastle celebrations will start on 1st October with a medley of workshops and activities in the City Library.  Throughout the month of October there will be different activities taking place across the city.  To keep in touch with what is happening look on or sign up for the Elders Council of Newcastle e bulletin by emailing

#ageproudnewcastle  #olderandgreener #IDOP2021


Opportunities to get involved

1st October

A series of events and exhibits at the City Library starting at 10.30 am.  Keep an eye on our Age Proud Newcastle events listings.

Beyond the Waves (bereavement learning taster)

Home Alone: exhibition/set in the foyer of the Catalyst

Other events & activities

City Centre transformation Plans, 5 October

Elders Council is delighted to be working with Newcastle City Council on a consultation event about the City Centre Transformation Plans.  This is an opportunity for older people to find out more about the changes that are being proposed and to have their say on the changes and how they will be implemented.  Sign up

Climate Writing workshop, 8 October

Climate writing workshop online

With the international summit on Climate Change COP26 taking place in Glasgow in November, this creative writing workshop offers an opportunity to explore what climate change and environmental challenge means to you.  Linda France, Climate Writer in Residence with New Writing North and Newcastle University, will guide you through a process of enquiry and reflective writing to gain a deeper awareness of your thoughts and feelings, hopes and fears, and identify possibilities for positive action.  Everyone over 50 is welcome – all you need is pen and paper and a willingness to ponder.

Older People’s Month creative brochure

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,  Sonder Radio Manchester and Near FM Ireland, 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 @LLARCoop or call Elders Council for more information.

Try something new

Why not look at what else is on offer and take the opportunity to try out a new activity. 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


Last updated: September 6, 2021