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InfoNOW news 1st October 2021


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BBC invests in the North East

The leader of Newcastle City Council, Cllr Nick Forbes, today welcomed a £25m investment by the BBC in the North East. The BBC has pledged to produce a new daytime TV show from the North East, make Newcastle the BBC’s first ‘city of comedy’ and build on the success of its Angels of the North and Ambulance shows, which are filmed in the region.  Supporting independent production companies, this will create 70 new jobs in the city along with showcasing the Reith lectures later this year.

Digital Leaders Awards shortlist

Silverline Memories has been shortlisted for the Craig Macdonald Memorial Prize, for their work during the pandemic on Digital Inclusion for People with Dementia.  This is a national award, so it is great to see a small, local, grassroots charity recognised in this way.  You can vote for them in this category.

Silverline Memories has so much to offer, including: a dementia cafe, art clubs and much more.

InformationNOW has a section on dementia

What does accessibility mean to me webinar

Accessibility Awareness week 18th to 22nd October

ReciteME is celebrating accessibility week with an Accessibility round table discussion with a panel of inspirational and professional guests:

  • Charlotte Sweeney OBE, an ID&E Specialist
  • Dave Messenger, EDI and Disability Access Officer at Watford Football Club
  • Jurgen Donaldson, Head of Corporate Partnerships at Radical Recruit
  • Sophie O’Sullivan, a university student who has dyslexia.

They will be sharing personal experiences of accessibility and inclusion and providing best practice examples to improve your processes and strategies towards creating more inclusive environments for everyone.

The webinar is free to attend, and you can sign up here.

Read our article on Tailoring your needs with REcite Me on InformationNOW

What is long Covid?

Over the last eighteen months we have been hearing about Long Covid.  The NHS website explains some of the symptoms of Long Covid and there are trials taking place to identify what support is helpful for recovery.

The BBC has published a series of videos by doctors in 5 South Asian languages  including Punjabi, Urdu, Sylheti, Gujarati, Tamil.  The purpose is to explain the symptoms of Long Covid, so that people can get the help they need from their GP surgery or NHS. You may be able to get an appointment through your NHS app.  NHS App help and support.

Tyne & Wear Heritage Way

Setting yourself an Autumn goal?  What about making plans and seeing friends on the Heritage Way?

The trail is an 80 mile circular route, divided into nine stages, starting at North Shields Fish Quay and finishing at Mill Dam in South Shields. The route map is online and comes with a helpful guide to sights and landmarks, and links to public transport.

InformationNOW has articles on: day trips and visits

Stoptober starts 1st October

Stoptober is a 28-day stop smoking challenge.This is based on the evidence that if a smoker can quit for 28 days, they are five times more likely to quit for good.    It runs from 1st to 31st October every year calling on smokers in England to join the 2.3 million others who have quit smoking. Stoptober has a range of free quitting tools including:

  • the NHS Quit Smoking app
  • Facebook messenger bot
  • Stoptober Facebook online communities
  • daily emails and text messages
  • an online Personal Quit Plan to help you find a combination of support that’s right for you, including expert support from local Stop Smoking Services and stop smoking aids

As a result of increased smoking behaviours, since the pandemic, this year’s Stoptober mass quit attempt is more important than ever, with quitting remaining one of the best things a smoker can do for their health. The benefits of giving up smoking include being able to start moving better, being able to breathe more easily, increasing your energy levels, help with weight management and saving money!

Our local Stop Smoking service in Newcastle is available to help despite the restrictions. Give them a call.

InformationNOW has articles on: Giving up smoking

Breast cancer awareness

Breast cancer has now overtaken lung cancer as the world’s mostly commonly diagnosed cancer, according to statistics released by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in December 2020.

Every day more than 140 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK. Cancer Research UK raise money to keep improving the odds of survival for each and every one of us.  But 1 in 4 women are not attending their screening appointments which help to find and treat breast cancer early.  Breast, cervical and childhood cancers all have a high chance of cure if diagnosed early and treated appropriately.

What can you do to prevent or find breast cancer early?

Breast Cancer screening is recommended every 3 years for all women aged over 50 years old. If you are aged 70 years old or over, you will not automatically be invited for breast screening but you do have the right to be screened every 3 years if you ask.  Some women are now invited from the age of 47 years.  Screening includes a mammogram and may be followed by an ultrasound and/or biopsy if necessary. If you have found a lump, then your GP may refer you to a fast track/one stop breast screening service.

All enquiries should be made to the Breast Screening Team at the Royal Victoria Infirmary.

InformationNOW has updated its article on cancer to ensure you are informed about what screening is available and self-examination.

Breast Cancer Now  are inviting you to get involved and raise money for life saving research and help for those who are diagnosed.  They have a series of resources that you can use if you’d like to get involved on 22nd October 2021.

Free retail training

The Prince’s Trust is offering a free four week work experience programme in partnership with Marks and Spencer.

Take part in this exciting opportunity and learn valuable skills for your CV. You will experience a mix of online and in-store training in essential retail work experience; develop employability and customer service skills and receive six months of mentoring support. You’ll even get the opportunity to gain a three month paid contract on successful completion of the course with placements available in Newcastle City Centre and surrounding areas.

Taster day: Wednesday 6th October 2021
Programme starts: Monday 18th October 2021 for 4 weeks
No effect on your Universal Credit
Email:   Call: 0800 842 842

Your Equipment Newcastle

We have been looking at our data and we are still attracting good numbers to Your Equipment Newcastle .We are delighted with these results and hope that people are able to find the equipment and aids to help them live independently at home.  They will also be signposted to services if that is more appropriate.

Your Equipment Newcastle has been designed by the Disabled Living Foundation to make daily living easier for people who may have problems carrying out day to day tasks. The guided advice that you receive when you answer questions on a topic, has been written by occupational therapists.  Already people are telling us that it is useful, quick and easy. Products range from hand rails and adjustable seats to bath seats, items to help avoid falls or scalds, and transferring in and out of baths.

Read home adaptations, equipment and aids for more information.

What’s on

Inspire Festival

Dance City are inviting you to celebrate ageing and dance in all its glory.  They want to connect people to dance through workshops performances and talks.  Taking place at Dance City in Newcastle, an inspiring line up of speakers, dancers and workshops has been assembled by and for people aged 55 and over.  Options include: yoga, contemporary and improvisation and a performance by Boundless.

Tickets cost £20 for the Saturday event, £25 for the Sunday event or £35 for a weekend ticket. Tickets can be bought online at or by phoning Dance City.

Age Proud Newcastle

Don’t forget there are lots of activities at the City Library on 1st October.   From Curious Caravan, to dance and reminiscence and bereavement workshops – get involved and get connected.

Later, you could visit the Catalyst and enjoy the Home Alone exhibition and performance.

We have also added new activities for the whole of October. We have added in Hazlerigg walks, tai chi at St Martin’s, table sports on a Tuesday.

Why not visit Segedunum Roman Fort on 2nd October for free and say “#AgeProudNewcastle”.

What’s new on InformationNOW this week

Articles Updated
Tax Credits
Support for asylum seekers and refugees
Driving as you get older
Organisations Updated
Breast Cancer Now
Jesmond Library
Podiatry department NUTH

Last updated: October 6, 2021

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