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InfoNOW News 22 October 2021


Virtual InformationNOW Drop In Sessions

Would you like to speak to us to find out more about how to register your organisation, or login to update your information?

We are going to run a monthly virtual drop in session on the third Friday of the month from 10 am to 12 noon. The idea is that we can share screens and look at your information together to make sure we have the most up to date information about your service, so we can tell everyone about it and signpost people to you.  Starting on 19th November 2021.

Interested? Contact:

The Little Orange Book updated

The Little Orange Book has recently been updated. It contains advice on how to manage common illnesses and conditions experienced by babies and young children, and guidance on when to seek help.Find it on Worried about a Poorly Child or pick it up at your GP Practice.

InformationNOW has a section on health.

#ShowRacismtheRedCard 22nd October

Show racism the red card day is an annual event by an educational and campaigning charity.  You can show support by donating through texts and supporting their social media campaign.  You can also wear read to show solidarity.We’ve updated our hate crime article to show our support.  We now have all the Safe Reporting Centres listed.

How to report hate crime

Always report any incident of hate crime to:

Northumbria Police. You can:

Pension news

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has suggested that the state pension age should be raised by two years. Over the last few decades, Britain has already begun increasing the state pension age, and the Government has announced further increases over the coming decade.

According to the organisation’s research, typically a one-year rise in the pension age delays the average retirement by five months. This is because individuals would use their private pensions or savings to leave work before full government support kicks in.

OECD has warned that changes need to be made to prevent the rising costs of healthcare, pensions and debt servicing that will amount to 8 percent of GDP for the average country.   Whilst the UK is in a stronger position than some, the debate continues.

The full state pension is set to rise from April 2022.  Basic state pension will rise by £4.25  to £141.85 per week whilst the flat-rate state pension will rise by £5.55 to £185.15 per week.

Some experts believe the 3.1 per cent rise fails to account for the fact that pensioners are likely to be hit disproportionally hard by soaring inflation in areas such as heating and food prices.

InformationNOW has articles on:  pensions.state pension and retirement

Get Involved

UK Careers Fair in Newcastle,  3 November 2021

Looking for new job or new career?  Go along to St James’ Park and skip the online process and speak directly to the organisation.  50% of them are looking to hire now.  It’s free to attend.  Previous exhibitors have included:

Action for Children,  Gateshead College, Go North East, Institute For Apprenticeships and Technical Education, National Access and Scaffolding Confederation, Newcastle College, Newcastle University, North East Ambulance Service,  Sodexo, Tarmac,  University of Law and Virgin Money have all previously exhibited at Newcastle.

Book here with a guarantee that if it has to take place virtually you will still get in.

InformationNOW has articles on: looking for work

Black History Month 2021

Join Newcastle Libraries in celebrating Black History Month by exploring their new reading lists and events. There is a mini-exhibition exploring the lives and heritage of six Black British people on Level 2 of City Library throughout October.

There is also a collection of 100 non-fiction books by black authors exploring the lives, histories and achievements of black people. Check Black History Month 2021 | Newcastle City Council  They’ve curated a collection of eBooks and eAudiobooks you can download from Borrowbox and read or listen to at your leisure.

The Angelou Centre is celebrating 30 days of SHEroes on their Facebook page.

Sign up for the Black History Now webinar, 26 October

World arthritis day

World Arthritis day fell on 12 October, but we didn’t want the month to finish without mentioning this important range of conditions and acknowledging what a hard year it has been for those who are in pain and on the waiting list for surgery.  Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints, which can cause pain and difficulty when you move around. Other possible effects of arthritis are loss of grip and strength. Most people find that they have ‘good days and bad days’. In the UK there are around 10 million people who have arthritis and it is the single biggest cause of physical disability.

Versus Arthritis has a section on managing your pain
National Society for Rheumatoid Arthritis has a local support group
Arthritis Action offer an integrated resource related to eating, health and mental health and wellbeing


Wellcome Monitor 2020: How the British public engage with health research

This report is based on a survey of more than 2,600 people in England, Wales and Scotland. It gives a snapshot of:

  • the public’s appetite for engagement with health research
  • how the public access, engage with and get involved in health research
  • how health research engagement varies for different groups of people
  • it may be useful to you as someone who works in the VCS or public sectors

Broad findings include:

  • People from BAME or ethnically minoritised groups, those with higher qualifications and younger people were more likely to actively seek out health research
  • People in BAME  or ethnically minoritised groups, aged under 50, and with worse financial circumstances were less likely to view health research as valuable.
  • People were more likely to be interested in hearing directly from scientists than they were in 2015
  • Mental health remains the area people were most interested in, but there has been an increase in interest in the health implications of climate change
  • Most people reported taking part in health research activities where they were a “data subject” rather than those where they would play an active role
  • Most people said they would be interested in participating in health research in the future, particularly younger people and those with higher incomes

InformationNOW has a section on volunteering and you can get involved in health research through the National Institute of Health Research and VOICE

NIHR BioResource Whether you have a health condition or not, you can help by donating a blood sample. You can then be matched to research studies. Contact


Help to plan your trip to Newcastle City Centre

How Busy Is Toon ? gives you information to help understand how busy the buses, roads and city centre is. So you feel safe and prepared when planning to visit Newcastle city centre. Visit the website to see:

  • street images of: Northumberland Street, Grey Street, Barrack Road and Blackett Street, updated every 5 minutes
  • images of key roads into the city, updated every 15 minutes
  • a real-time map showing the location of every bus operating across Newcastle, searchable by route number
  • car park spaces available
  • up-to-date traffic and travel information
  • information on Electric vehicle (EV) charging locations
  • walking and cycling routes to help you plan your journey
  • up-to-date coronavirus rules and safety guidance

InformationNOW has articles on: Help to get out and about and Keep up to date with coronavirus information

Music and dementia

Music has huge benefits for people with dementia and those caring for them. It helps reduce agitation, depression and anxiety, alongside improving general health and wellbeing.

Here are a few practical tips on how to bring music into their lives:

Music Mirrors  offers an opportunity to make a brief life story in your own words, with sounds and music embedded to spark memories later.

Playlist for life offer resources to select music and have a video on how to create a playlist.

InformationNOW has articles on: dementia

Give an old metro a new home

Local communities are being given a chance to give an old Tyne and Wear Metro train a new lease of life after it’s been taken out of service to make way for the new £362m fleet.

Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, is keen to hear creative and innovative ideas about how an old train could be transformed into a vibrant public asset.  Could you use it in a school and turn it into soft play or a seated area for a community garden?  If you work in the VCS or community group sector – this challenge may be for you.  You need to download and complete the Expression of Interest form and send it back  by 30 November 2021.

InformationNOW has articles on: help to get out and about; concessionary travelpublic transport

Events and Activities

Take the Toon Trail and try to win a prize

Looking for something to do this half term? Why not take the Toon Trail?.

You can pick up a copy from City Library, level 2 near the café on Monday 25th October from 10am to 1pm if you want to pop and talk to them but they are available every day. You can download it. When you have completed the Toon Trail, all you have to do is put your name and contact details on the map and put it in a box at City Library at the John Dobson entrance, to enter a free prize draw or you can email your Toon Trail answers to There are lots of great prizes, such as Eagles Basket Ball Tickets for a family, Go North East Toon Trail Tickets, a family ticket for the Centre for Life, a family ticket for the Victoria Tunnel, a Black Friars tour and lunch and lots of prizes from the Grainger Market

Council tax support scheme 2022 to 23 online consultation and workshop

The Council is currently consulting on their working age Council Tax Support Scheme for 2022/23 and proposing some changes which include:

  • introducing a ‘true discount’
  • simplifying the application process for residents
  • providing additional support for some residents
  • changing some earnings disregards.


Misogyny hate crime session with West End Women and Girls on 27th October.

Coming up: World Science Day for peace and development, 10 November 2021

Last updated: October 22, 2021

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