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InfoNOW News 23 August 2019


•Moneywise Own comforts
•Don’t risk your pension – watch out for scams
•Sugar Smart September Challenge 2019
•More than half of people aged 65 and over now shop online
•Universal Credit scams

Research & Reports

•Adaptations without delay
•Empowering people with a learning disability to take control over their own health and care

Opportunities for Action

•Making a noise for older people’s day
•Newcastle Allotment and Garden Fete 2019
•Celebrate world mental health day
•Support for professionals working with older people


•NCVO launches Civil Society Almanac 2019

Updated events, organisations and articles

•Fenham library activities
•Best Summer Ever
•Free Legal Advice Surgery

•East End Women
•LGBT Federation North East
•Freeman Hospital Social Work Department
•Newcastle Integrated Domestic Abuse Service (NIDAS)



The InformationNOW team is working with partners in Newcastle to promote a positive perception of ageing and show the wealth of opportunities that you can get involved in as you get older.  Older People’s month includes Older People’s day on 1st October and Silver Sunday on 6th October.

Our tagline for 2019 is Ageing with Style and we welcome updates from partners and our wider InformationNOW readership and membership to add to the article we have just started.  When the events or activities for October are tagged with Ageing with Style, it means that organisations and individuals can save events into their favourites and create a date ordered list of activities across the City or locally to them (using location/ward).  This can be printed or emailed as you choose.

Get in touch and remember to tag your event Ageing with Style, so that it can be searched in our Events and Activities section.

We will be adding links to our Older People section on events and activities too.

Contact: InformationNOW

Please note preparation for the events Making a Noise for Older People’s month under opportunities for action.

You may also be interested in the Older People – healthy and active session, at Bewick B Gateshead Civic Centre, coordinated by the NewcastleGateshead CCG (statutory health body) on 2nd September from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm, where there will be a number of stalls aimed at older people and information on the NHS Long term plan.  Contact Patient and Public Engagement team.

Moneywise – Own Comforts

Moneywise Credit Union launch ‘Own Comforts’ with weekly  or monthly repayment options for household items. Please note, applicants don’t need to be existing members to apply for an Own Comfort loan.

Don’t risk your pension – watch out for scams

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and The Pensions Regulator are working together to warn people about fraudsters targeting retirement savings. Research shows that 42% of pension savers (equating to five million people) across the UK could be at risk of falling for at least one of the six common tactics used by pension scammers. Recommendations are:

  1. Reject unexpected pension offers whether made online, on social media or over the phone
  2. Check who you’re dealing with before changing your pension arrangements – check the FCA Register or call the FCA contact centre on 0800 111 6768 to see if the firm you are dealing with is authorised by them
  3. Don’t be rushed or pressured into making any decision about your pension
  4. Consider getting impartial information and advice

InformationNOW has an article on fraud and scams.

Accessible bus day – 14 September, 11 – 3 pm, RVI outside Peacock Hall, NE1

Supported by GoNorth East, Newcastle hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Stagecoach. Arriva and Nexus the Newcastle Disability Forum  are coordinating an event to show you the accessible buses and talk to representatives from local bus companies about any practicalities of bus use or availability of routes. Limited free parking is available in the designated parking bay around the Queen Victoria Statue.

Sugar Smart September Challenge 2019

Sugar Smart Newcastle are supporting Sugar Smart September and welcome your support in promoting or organising your own events.  Twitter: #SugarSmartSeptember, #SugarSmartNcl
Facebook: @sugarsmartuk, @SugarSmartNewcastle

The aim is to encourage people to be smart about their food choices and try to reduce the amount of free sugar eaten during September.   To give you an idea of how easy it is to over-consume free sugar and then burn it off:

  • it will take over 3 hours of walking to burn off one chocolate bar and one fizzy drink
  • it will take 49 minutes for a 10 year old boy to burn off one doughnut playing tag

Some suggestions on what people could do to cut the free sugar they eat:

  • eat less than the maximum recommended 7 teaspoons of added sugar per day
  • cut out added sugar from your diet for the whole of September
  • avoid added sugar during weekdays, with moderate treats only during weekends
  • cut out added sugar during working hours – particularly suited to those office workers who are tempted daily by office treats
  • set your own Challenge – ditching fizzy drinks or cooking from scratch to avoid hidden sugars in popular foods.

Resources are available to download online
InformationNOW has an article on healthy eating and drinking and on benefits of being physically active.

Read our InformationNOW article on Affordable furniture

More than half of people aged 65 and over now shop online

The online shopping revolution has officially become mainstream among the once tech-resistant generation aged 65 and over, with more than half now saying they shop online. See the data and
read the article in full from The Guardian.

InformationNOW has articles about getting online and what you can do online.

Universal credit scams

Newcastle City Council has a page dedicated to Universal credit scams.  Read this page for details of the scams, the outcomes and what you can do.  Watch this short animated video.  Follow or share this Council Facebook page

Research and Reports

Adaptations without delay

The Royal College of Occupational Therapists’ recent guide, Adaptations without Delay: A guide to planning and delivering home adaptations differently,written by the Housing LIN, is proving a useful publication.  Delays in installing adaptations can increase an individual’s risk of health and social care needs developing or increasing.

Your Equipment Newcastle offers you a range of solutions.  There are three steps to helpful information:

  1.  Choose a topic
  2.  Answer some questions
  3.  Get a personal report on products that might help you.

Empowering people with a learning disability to take control over their own health and care

Foresight, a charity based in North and North East Lincolnshire, worked with people with a learning disability to create the My Health My Way project. The project supports people with a learning disability to develop their own personalised health and lifestyle plans with support from dedicated volunteers. In the last twelve months, 180 people with a learning disability developed and implemented their own lifestyle plan, resulting in a first-class preventative service that has reduced the need for health services and empowered individuals to make positive life choices.

Foresight, with a grant from NHS England, produced a video to explain how they involved people with a learning disability and the impact this has made.

InformationNOW has articles on learning disability & autismservices for people with a learning disability and autism and 10 tips for good health.

Opportunities to get involved

Making a Noise for Older People’s month

On Wednesday 9th October, older people, supported by the Elders Council and the Workers Educational Association (WEA), will gather at the Monument to sing songs and wave banners celebrating ageing with style. The Elders Council are working with the Workers Educational Association and Newcastle University to make banners and songs to prepare for the day.  Join them at the Grainger Market Arcade, Unit 12/13 opposite Oliver’s Cafe:

  • Thursday 22nd, 29th August, 12th September from 1:15 – 4.15 pm.
  • Thursday 19th September from 10.15 – 4.15 pm (Lunch provided on this full day).

Please book your place with Jude or telephone 0191 212 6100.

InformationNOW are working with a number of partners to promote Ageing with Style events and activities in October.

Newcastle Allotment and Garden Fete 2019,  Sunday 15th September 11.00 – 5.00 pm at Leazes Park, Newcastle

Budding gardeners and green-fingered enthusiasts are invited to show off their gardening skills once again at the annual Newcastle Allotment and Garden Fete, now organised by Newcastle Parks & Allotments Trust in partnership with the city’s Allotments Working Group (NAWG). There is a small charge of £3 per exhibitor and for this you can enter as many classes as you wish, children’s classes are free. Prize money will be awarded to the best exhibits on the day, so please feel free to enter prior to staging on Saturday 14th September.

If you want to attend, there will be a range of stalls, live music and a climbing wall on 15 September.

Celebrate World Mental Health Day at St Nicholas Hospital,  Thursday 10th October, 12 noon – 2 pm

To celebrate World Mental Health Day and the 150th birthday of St Nicholas Hospital, NTW invite voluntary sector groups to have a stall and share information about what you do with other providers, staff and patients at St Nicholas Hospital. If you are interested in having a stall please email and they will provide you with further information nearer the time.

Support for professionals working with older people

Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums are organising two sessions to improve networking and generate ideas.  These two events are free to attend. If you have already attended one or both you are welcome to book on or please pass on to anyone you think would be interested.

Networking Meeting for older people’s group workers 
Monday 16th September, at Discovery Museum, 9am to 11.30 am
Meet other key workers to discuss recent projects they have done with older people and museums, support each other with creative ideas and how to access museums and bring examples of projects you have been working on along to discuss and develop. book your place.

Key Worker training session 
Wednesday 25th September at Discovery Museum, 9am to 11.30 am
Find out more about what museums can offer to support your work, how to develop your own Live Well project using museums, galleries and creative activities and an opportunity to borrow an object handling box to use with your group. Book your place.


NCVO launches Civil Society Almanac 2019

The NCVO has launched the 2019 edition of the UK Civil Society Almanac, a comprehensive overview of facts and figures related to the voluntary sector is now available. Despite the growth in bigger organisations ( funds of over £100m), the voluntary sector is dominated by small organisations that operate locally. Eight in ten organisations have an income of less than £100,000.Read a summary of the key trends here.

Updated events, organisations and articles

Fenham Library activities

Support your local library.  As well as stocking books and audio, access to Wi FI and computers, Fenham library has a number of activities for the community.

Knit and Natter group every other Friday from 1-3pm. The next date is Friday 16 August. A small amount of wool will be given to get you started so take your knitting needles and join in.
Dying to meet you in the cafe every first Wednesday of the month 10.30 am-12 noon. A team from Marie Curie will be there to create an informal, safe space to talk about death, dying, loss and grief.

Do you enjoy reading and talking about books? There are many Book Clubs across the city, in Libraries as well as other venues, and a new one is starting in Fenham Library. The first meeting is on Monday 2 September at 11.00 and every first Monday of the month after that. They are eager to welcome people and the cup of tea/coffee is on the house.

The Cafe is open every day 9am to 3pm serving light meals, snacks and drinks.

Best Summer Ever

The holidays aren’t over yet.  Get active with the Active Newcastle Card or take part in the Best Summer Ever. Activities include swimming, walking, football and ball skills and there are partners across the City who are supporting free opportunities. Search for Newcastle Best Summer Ever and then insert your postcode and a list of providers with dates will be available.

Free Legal Advice Surgery

Thursday drop in 2.00pm, Byker Community Centre, 153 Headlam Street, Byker, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 2DX 

Once a fortnight, Byker Community Centre will be holding a free legal advice session with a solicitor.
If any women would prefer to see a female solicitor please email/phone and we can advise when one will be available.

Articles Updated
Free meals and cheap food in Newcastle
New and updated organisations
East End Women
LGBT Federation North East
Freeman Hospital Social Work Department
Newcastle Integrated Domestic Abuse Service (NIDAS)


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