24 January 2020
Our year in stats from the InformationNOW team; Max and Keira’s law and how it affects organ donation; recycle contact lenses and more …
• Online resources to help you
• Thomas Cook ATOL refunds open
• Flu vaccinations
• Slow shopping venues
• Half price bus tickets for jobseekers
• NHS 111 – Help Us Help You
• Retirement Living Standards
• Do you want to shape how public money is spent
• Exploding the myths conference
• Older and wiser – join a national consumer panel
• Clean Air Consultation – Round 2 Have your Say
• Listening Ear Free Membership Offer
• Ward committee grant applications
• Radio.garden – stay connected across the world
The InformationNOW team are responsible for Your Equipment Newcastle and a ChatBOT that works 24/7 directing you to helpful information and services related to equipment, aids and adaptations. We would love you to use the website and ChatBOT and let us know if they are working well for you. Email us.
Thomas Cook stopped trading and entered compulsory liquidation last month, resulting in 100,000s losing holidays and redundancy for 1,000s of members of staff. If you had a future booking which was protected by ATOL, you can now apply for a refund via a new website
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Flu is an infectious virus and there are groups of people, including those with long term conditions and respiratory conditions that will benefit from the flu vaccination.
Last year, the take up of flu vaccinations in Newcastle was below 50% amongst people with a learning disability despite guidance that they are a priority group from NHS England.
Several studies, including numbers emerging from the current Learning Disabilities Mortality Review (LeDeR) programme, have shown that respiratory problems are a major cause of death of people with learning disabilities.
Tips and guidelines for surgeries include:
Read more on Public Health England’s website
If you have a family member who has a learning disability, run a service for people with a learning disability or know someone, then please let them know that the flu vaccination is available, free and will prevent them from becoming ill.
Slow Shopping is for anyone with visible, invisible or intellectual disabilities who may find shopping stressful or challenging.
Slow Shopping provides a time each week when stores or supermarkets offer an enhanced service to customers who may need a bit more time or support to do their shopping. There are chairs if you need them, as well as a quieter and calmer shopping experience.
John Lewis are gently introducing Slow Shopping into their branch in Newcastle. In ‘The Place to Eat’ they will lay the tables in part of the restaurant and use table runners to mark out the tables. There are also chairs in various departments to use if you need a break during your visit. They are starting by offering it once a month until all the Partners are trained. The times are as follows;
The Newcastle Building Society are also offering Slow Shopping at all their branches starting the week of 04/11/19, it is best to enquire at each branch the exact times as they are responding to the needs of the local community. Gosforth times are here.
Read more about Dementia Friendly Newcastle
Stagecoach is proud to offer jobseeker discounts to help you get back on board and back into work. If you’re a jobseeker who has a Jobcentre Plus travel card, you can get half price single and return tickets.
InformationNOW has an article on looking for work.
People can use NHS 111 to find out what to do and where to go when you have an urgent but non-life-threatening medical concern. Please call 111 or visit 111.nhs.uk online to get the best information on what you should do when you are unwell
The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association has published Retirement Living Standards to help paint a picture of what kind of lifestyle we could have in retirement. Research showed that 77% of savers don’t know how much they’ll need in retirement and only 16% of savers can give a figure. The key headings include: house; food & drink; transport; holidays & leisure; clothing & personal; helping others.
InformationNOW has a section on work and retirement.
Every six months the Council publishes its commissioning intentions. This list of upcoming commissioning activity shows when engagement and consultation is planned and allows providers and residents to get involved in the early stages of designing services, goods and works for Newcastle.
Under the social value commitment, the Council seeks the views and experiences of residents. Social value is value that builds up in our local communities. It is what residents say is valuable to them, for example: a stable job, a good place to live, and equal access to a range of quality services in the local area.
Find the current commissioning intentions online. Get in touch with the Council lead who is identified on the document, if you want to get involved.
Volunteering Matters is holding a full day event to promote inclusive volunteering in the mid to late life and dementia sector. Through guest speakers, round table discussions and workshops, you will explore some of the obstacles that may prevent potential volunteers from getting involved and develop actions to address these issues. The event is free to attend and includes refreshments and lunch.
Read about volunteering here.
Use your knowledge and experience as an older person to improve things on the ground. RiDC was the first UK charity to develop a consumer panel specifically for older and disabled people. The charity, run by disabled people, is really keen for more older people and carers to join.
The RiDC panel consists of people who help RiDC research, review, mystery shop services and carry out product usability testing. When you join the panel, you will
You don’t have to sign up online. Give RiDC a ring using the telephone on 0207 427 2460 or email.
Consultation on final proposals for tackling poor air quality in our area is now under way. Together with Gateshead and North Tyneside councils , Newcastle City Council are seeking people’s views on the final plans before they submit them to government. The proposals take into account public feedback from the initial consultation earlier this year, as well as, updated predictions on pollution levels. Plans include a city centre Clean Air Zone, affecting non-compliant buses, coaches, taxis, HGVs and vans, as well as some traffic restrictions on the Tyne Bridge and Central Motorway. At this stage they are not intending to charge private cars. They are also setting out proposals for supporting those affected by charging and investment to improve public transport, walking and cycling routes. The consultation is open to all residents, businesses, workers, students and commuters from across the region.
Read more about the proposals and take part in the consultation.
You can fill in the questionnaire online or, if you are responding on behalf of a group or organisation, you can also email your comments. You can have your say until midday on Monday 25 November 2019.
This is a national charity providing an audiobook library service for anyone who finds that an illness, disability, specific learning difficulty or mental health condition impacts on the ability to read or hold a book. They currently have free memberships available for people living in
Newcastle who would find it difficult to cover the membership fees for any genuine reason (usually between £20 and £45 per year). They have over 8,000 fiction and non-fiction audiobooks in their library for adults and children, many from best-selling authors. Members can borrow titles in three easily accessible ways:
Apply for a free membership
Read the InformationNOW article on sight loss and visual impairments.
Ward Committees are currently accepting grant applications for ideas/projects linked to their ward priorities.
For 2019-2020 the priorities are:
Each ward may have adopted different wording for their priorities. The
Please check the neighbourhoods page to check the ward boundary changes.For more information and to apply for a grant visit their website. this page shows the monies available, phone: 0191 2777523 or email
Radio.Garden offers you the chance to hear local radio stations across the world. Rotate the globe and select a radio station. It’s fun and there is something for everyone. Stay connected.
Enjoy a free cream tea and help break a world record!
Join the world record attempt at Sage Gateshead. Register to join in: Eventbrite
Full details of transport options and car parking facilities at Sage Gateshead can be found here.
Swimming pools in Newcastle
Support for asylum seekers and refugees
Elswick Community Leisure Centre
Shout – crisis text service
NHS Business Services Authority
Last updated: October 28, 2019