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InfoNOW News 20th August


European Union Settlement Scheme update
What do you want from ONS statistics in the future?
Changes to coronavirus guidance from 16 August
CCTV in public spaces

Opportunities for Action

Nominate: Queen’s Award for voluntary service
IPCC Climate Change report

Spotlight On


Research & Reports

Are local home improvement hubs the answer?


Good practice guide to deliver health information to diverse community groups
Mental Health and Wellbeing

New on InformationNOW this week

This week’s events & activities at a glance
Updated articles & organisations


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European Union Settlement Scheme

Government has announced temporary protection for more applicants to the Scheme. People applying late and those joining family members will have rights protected while their application is determined. Taken at face value, people will be able to take up new employment, have a right to rent and apply for benefits. The statement of 6 August doesn’t make it clear whether changes will follow in law, regulations or operational guidance to Home Office staff, but further detail is promised. Employers and landlords are asked to get in touch with Employer and Landlord Checking Services if they have a prospective employee or tenant who has confirmation of a late application. InformationNOW’s EUSS webpage has a wide range of advice including how to get in touch with local organisations and get help.

InformationNOW has articles on: EUSS

What do you want from ONS statistics in the future?

Due to the coronavirus pandemic and Brexit, the UK is facing rapid societal change.  This means that the Office for National Statistics (ONS) needs to deliver timely, accurate statistics that help people understand that change. Organisations can use the data to inform their decision-making and service provision.Through this consultation the ONS want to get an updated view from users of exactly what they need from census data and analysis. This is so that the data that they produce helps to answer the most important questions facing society today. They also want to hear from users on their needs in topic areas that may be subject to rapid change since Census 2021.  Examples of these areas are health, employment and travel to work.  The consultation closes on 5 October

Change to coronavirus guidance if you have been fully vaccinated

If you have been vaccinated with a Covid 19 vaccine, you are less likely to catch COVID-19 and to become severely ill if you do catch it. You are also less likely to spread Covid 19 to other people, but it is still possible for this to happen.

Fully vaccinated means: 

  • people who have been vaccinated with a full course of one the vaccines approved by the MHRA for use in the UK which has been administered in the UK;
  • the vaccinations have been administered with at least 8 to 12 weeks between first and second dose and
  •  there were 14 days between the final dose and last contact with the case.

Approved vaccines are:

  • Oxford / Astra Zeneca
  •  Pfizer
  • Moderna

If you have symptoms of Covid 19 or have received a positive test result, you should still follow this guidance and self-isolate even if you have received one or more doses of Covid 19 vaccine. This will reduce the risk of spreading infection and help to protect other people.

From 16 August, if you are a contact of someone who has Covid 19 and you are fully vaccinated, or aged under 18 years 6 months, you will not be required to self-isolate. There is further information in the Household contacts who are not required to self-isolate section.

InformationNOW ‘s Keep up to date with coronavirus information include practical information about who can help if you have symptoms or self-isolate.

CCTV in public spaces

Northumbria Police is committed to providing an outstanding service to its communities.   They want to hear how you feel about visible CCTV in public spaces so that they can ensure they’re operating an effective public safety surveillance camera network. Your views will help them evaluate their current network and shape future plans.

InformationNOW has articles on: personal safety and reporting community crime

Nominate an organisation for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary service

Here is another opportunity to say thank you. I am sure  that once again there will be many submissions this year, but nominating is just as important recognition as winning. The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities.  Last year, successful North East organisations included: North East Council on Addictions, Remembering the Past, based at Linskill Centre ad the Whitley Bay Street pastors.  Submissions close on 15 September 2021.

Interested in volunteering? why not find out more about the Volunteer Passport.

The great advantage of the new Volunteer Passport is that the team will take you through a single set of recruitment and training procedures, then you will be good to go with a wide range of our partner organisations.

InformationNOW has articles on: volunteering

IPCC Climate change report

This week, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change published its Sixth Assessment Report. In a press release, the IPCC warns of alarming changes in every region of our planet. The report shows that emissions of greenhouse gases from human activities are responsible for approximately 1.1°C of warming since 1850 to1900, and finds that averaged over the next 20 years, global temperature is expected to reach or exceed 1.5°C of warming. However, strong and sustained reductions in emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases would limit climate change. While benefits for air quality would come quickly, it could take 20 to30 years to see global temperatures stabilise.

Just one thing

How many of us think about the impact of our every day activities on the environment?  Have you thought of keeping a carbon diary for a day?  You’d be surprised at your impact as an individual and a family.  From the moment you boil the kettle, put the shower on, flush the toilet and then travel to work you are having an environmental impact.   Write a diary and then think about what you could change in your behaviour.  Could you shower for a shorter time; not use water until you rinse your toothbrush; use recycled or bamboo toilet rolls.  Could you walk instead of drive; choose vegetables and groceries without packaging or that incurred air miles?  We can all make a difference if we notice what we do.

Have a look at last week’s InformationNOW news and the piece on a People powered plan for the green transition


Deaflink offers support to people who are deaf, deafblind, hard-of-hearing and deafened people and their families across the North East.
Sessions include:

  • Saturday Forum BSL accessible meeting, usually run every two months to give D/deaf community the chance to meet and share information and knowledge.
  • Drop in and chat / Zoom catch ups/ Regular BSL sessions for Deaflink members
  • Hard of Hearing Project

Aimed at people experiencing hearing loss from mild to profound – helping people navigate appropriate equipment and services by providing information, support and signposting.

They also run two monthly support groups which are face to face, but must be booked with Louise

Hearing Loss Support Group (formerly known as SHHH Group) a chance to:

  • meet others who experience hearing loss and share experiences
  • discuss coping strategies for different situations
  • discuss equipment that may help
  • occasionally meet reps supplying hearing equipment or audiologists
  • discuss different opportunities and settings that are deaf/ hearing loss friendly

Tinnitus Support Group a chance to:

  • meet others who experience tinnitus and share experiences
  • discuss coping strategies and different techniques used to manage symptoms
  • discuss equipment that may help
  • occasionally meet reps from the British Tinnitus Association or audiologists specialising in tinnitus
  • receive  and discuss updates and news about Tinnitus

InformationNOW has articles on: deaf and hard of hearingBritish sign language and subtitles

Are local home improvement hubs the answer?

With over four million poor-quality homes in England, over half of which are lived in by older people, this new research finds that local hubs have been backed by the public as a way to help address poor housing according to the Centre for Ageing Better.

The idea of a ‘one stop shop’ local housing hub that provides people with information and advice on how to make home repairs and improvements has received backing from the public in new research.

Co-commissioned by the Centre for Ageing Better and UK Research and Innovation’s Sciencewise programme for the Good Home Inquiry, the project conducted by BritainThinks brought together 89 people experiencing problems with their homes, including private renters, people in social rented homes, and homeowners, alongside housing experts and policymakers.

InformationNOW has a section on: housing which includes: Your Equipment Newcastle websiteMinor Adaptations Service and home care services

Good practice guide to deliver health information to diverse community groups

In partnership work with Healthworks and Comfrey projectHaref has developed good practice to help practitioners deliver appropriate and effective health information. Content includes:

  • planning and preparing for a session
  • what to be consider when you are delivering the session
  • follow up to a session

Mental Health and Wellbeing

We have added a few new organisation profiles to InformationNOW to help people find resources that they can use for their own wellbeing.

  • Self Detective aims to help you understand yourself better. There are resources for discovery and self-development on their website and free regular update sessions.
  • Do you panic has been set up by someone who has been learning to cope.  Will has helpful videos and observations about how to manage panic and anxiety and he will set up a one to one session with you for support.

InformationNOW has articles on: mental health and anxiety

This week’s events & activities at a glance

Patient public partner engagement sessions with the Clinical Commissioning Group. The CCG has split the engagement sessions into Newcastle and Gateshead events. Our next engagement event in Newcastle is on 27 September. Everyone welcome.
Gardening for dementia taster session

An introduction to Human Rights workshop
Adoption evenings
Accessible online content
Have your say about plans to redevelop Segedunum

What’s new on InformationNOW this week
Organisations Updated
Newcastle Eagles Community Foundation
The Hub Welfare Rights and Advice Service
Better days
Nunsmoor Centre
Riverside Community Health Centre
The Galafield Centre
Connected Voice Haref

New organisations
Cowgate Centre
Fawdon Children’s Centre
Way Widowed and Young
Inclusion North

Articles Updated
Looking for work
Community Centres and hubs


Last updated: October 21, 2021

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