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InfoNOW news 30 April 2021

NEWS

Just one thing …
Congratulations Healthworks
Happy to chat benches

FEATURES

National Walking Month
Deaf Awareness week c 3 May
Food Newcastle

REPORTS

How has lockdown changed our view of nature?

RESOURCES & FUNDING

Ideas to tackle physical inactivity
Lateral Flow tests available

InformationNOW

Updated articles and organisations
Emergency funds and support
Bereavement benefit
Attendance Allowance
Personal alarm systems and telecare
Taxis
Ouseburn Trust
Living Streets
Jesmond Community Festival

EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

For deaf and hard of hearing
Online Shh Group
Online Tinnitus Group
Deaf awareness Family Fortune

Other events
Jesmond Community Festival from 1st May
Age of Creativity from 1st May
Patient and voluntary sector forum for Newcastle and Gateshead on health 10 May
Just Meditation online drop in sessions twice weekly
Thriving communities webinar 11 May
NGI consultation on the future of our city online 17 May
Equal arts online creative writing group weekly


NEWS

Just one thing …

At InformationNOW we are keen to support sustainable living. We realise that some options, such as natural shampoos or bamboo toilet rolls and clothes may be too expensive.  However, we want to introduce the idea of just one thing that you could do to make a difference to our planet.

Good Fish Guide from the Marine Conservation Society is a simple guide to selecting fish, using a traffic light system ranging from green for sustainable to red for unsustainable. You can download the app or a pdf to help you whilst you are shopping.  They also have fish of the month recipe section and information about  the quality of fish fingers.


Congratulations Healthworks

The GSK IMPACT Awards have been running since 1997 and are designed to recognise and reward charities that are doing excellent work to improve people’s health. Awards are given annually; applications are made through The King’s Fund. The awards are open to charities with an annual income of between £80,000 and £2.5 million that are at least three years old.  Unlike other areas of GSK’s charitable support, these awards are unrestricted.

Healthworks won their award for supporting and enabling local communities across the North East of England to improve health, wellbeing and life outcomes.

InformationNOW has articles on: 10 tips to good health and benefits of being physically active


Happy to chat benches aim to combat loneliness and isolation

As part of its work to improve health and wellbeing across the City, Collaborative Newcastle partners have installed new signage across public benches to help break down the barriers of social isolation and get people talking. The ‘Happy to Chat’ benches feature a simple sign which reads ‘Sit here if you don’t mind someone stopping to say hello’ and are designed to help combat loneliness and encourage community interaction.  Caroline Wills, Associate Director at Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (CNTW)  said  “As we come out of lockdown, restrictions ease and summer approaches, many people will be leaving their homes for the first time in a while, looking to interact with their community. By sitting on the bench, people will know that you’re open to a friendly talk. If you see someone sitting on one, why not consider approaching them and have a chat. You might learn something new, make a new friend, or simply brighten someone’s day”. Copy of the poster.


FEATURES

National Walking Month

Walking is more urgent than ever.  It helps with both our physical and mental health and it is good for the environment too.  A generation ago, 70% of us walked to school,  but now there has been a serious decline pre and during Covid-19.  Walk to school week begins on 17th May but the whole of May is national walking month. Living Streets are urging people to walk more, walk to school and walk to work. To motivate children they have developed some comic book inspired superpowers, such as SuperSmart and SuperSmiley.  Get involved and help your family stay fit and drive down pollution.

Please sign up to Living Streets and let them know how many short journeys you plan to walk each week in May (for the purpose of this pledge, they are counting a short walk as around one mile or 15-20 minutes).  They will then show you how many miles you walk, how many calories you burn and how much CO2 you save across the month compared to if you were driving those trips. They will also enter everyone who pledges into our prize draw to win either £200 or £50 worth of outdoor clothing shopping vouchers.

Local support
Locally, Active Newcastle is supporting walking month and they will have challenges that you can find on their website and StepUp app. Within your app go to the social tab click team and then and join team

Local research
Would you like to take part in research? Voice has developed a robot called Gita, a two-wheeled, cargo-carrying companion who pairs with you and walks beside you, carrying your goods whilst keeping you company.  Register your interest if you are over 50 years for 19 or 20 May 2021.


Deaf Awareness Week, 3rd to 9th May 2021

Deaf Awareness Week aims to promote the positive aspects of deafness, promote social inclusion and raise awareness of the huge range of local organisations that support deaf people and their family and friends. There are approximately nine million people in the UK who are deaf or hard of hearing. More than half of people over the age of 60 years old have a hearing loss, which is usually related to the ageing process. If you have a hearing impairment it can be very difficult to communicate and you can start to feel quite isolated.

The Council on deafness has created some top tips to behave inclusively towards deaf people. This year it is important that as changes are introduced as a result of the pandemic, particularly with the emphasis on remote working, the needs of people who are deaf or have any level of hearing loss are understood and necessary adjustments made to services. For instance, trying to find a video conferencing platform where the signal is good enough to lipread or to be able to see what someone is signing, or that offers live video captioning which is accurate enough to understand what is going on, is important to be inclusive to all staff and clients.

There are many live transcribing options and they vary in accuracy and between devices – see which one works well for you; Transcribe Live is a popular choice.  Skype, Zoom or Google Meet do have live closed captioning which you can set up ahead of the meeting.

Local support

Read our articles on Deaf and hard of hearingBritish Sign Language and subtitles and Interpreting and translation

Contact Deaflink for help and support or their Facebook page.   Please contact Louise 

Contact Language Empire for BSL and Interpreter services and watch their YouTube video.

Useful information

Claim line for Universal Credit if you are deaf or hard of hearing

Crisis Text  text DEAF to 85258 for free and immediate support from EE, O2, Three and Vodafone, BT Mobile, Tesco Mobile, Virgin Mobile, iD Mobile, Sky, Telecom Plus, Lebara and  GiffGaff. Even if it says there is a charge, there isn’t, it is free.


REPORTS

How has lockdown changed our view of nature?

More than a year on from the first national lockdown in spring 2020, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) looks at how people’s perception of nature changed during the pandemic and whether this is likely to continue as restrictions ease.

While homes have become offices, gardens  and the areas within walking distance of home, have become wildlife-watching spots and gyms. Nature has been a source of calm for many, as lockdown rules have heightened our appreciation for local parks and green spaces.

There are several aspects to this study. More recently, between 7 and 11 April 2021, 28% of working adults worked exclusively from home. More than three-quarters (76%) of people who only worked from home in this period had left home for exercise in the previous seven days, compared with 52% of people who only travelled to work. Those working from home were also more likely to visit a park or local green space than those who travelled to work (45% compared with 30%). It will be interesting to see if the homeworking trend increases our time in green spaces..

Many people used our parks and green spaces as gyms, cycling routes and walking routes during the first two lockdowns. The trend for nature was reduced during the Winter months and has not risen to the similar levels that we saw during Spring 2020 – the first lockdown.  What ONS has demonstrated though, is the inequality of access to green spaces for those in deprived or more heavily populated areas.  However, businesses have indicated that they may move to rural or coastal areas if their home working patterns are to remain beyond the next year.

Around 9 in 10 people surveyed by Natural England in May 2020 agreed that natural spaces are good for mental health and wellbeing. More than 40% noticed that nature, wildlife, and visiting local green and natural spaces have been even more important to their wellbeing since the coronavirus restrictions began. These percentages have remained stable throughout the pandemic showing that nature does support our sense of wellbeing.

InformationNOW has articles on gardening and health; walking and health, parks and gardens and sleep.


RESOURCES & FUNDING

Ideas to tackle physical inactivity

People with great ideas to tackle inequalities in physical inactivity are being invited to apply to Ideas to Action – a new programme delivered by Design Council, supported by Sport England and funded by the National Lottery. Submissions by 12 May 2021 on their website.  You can save and re-edit the form.

This programme is about doing things differently, working together and designing new solutions based on what people want and need, to bring about positive, lasting change. Ideas to Action is focused across four challenge areas:

  • Making changes within communities: working alongside communities to design safer places and spaces around homes and their neighbourhoods that encourage people facing barriers to being active.
  • Inclusive design: working with people to design accessible, relevant and meaningful information, products or services that help them get active.
  •  Making social connections: creating opportunities for people less likely to be active to participate to meet (physically or virtually) with others and be physically active.
  • Getting active in the digital world: working with people that are finding it hard to be active to ensure they feel able to access and use online resources and book activities.

Over six months, programme participants will benefit from weekly interactive workshops, expert one to one coaching and a range of online learning resources. Participants will develop design skills and mindsets they can use beyond the programme and apply to future challenges. In addition, they’ll benefit from building relationships with their peers and sharing learning as they go along.

InformationNOW has articles on fitness activities, benefits of being active and how to keep fit at home


Lateral Flow Testing

You can now request 7 free Lateral Flow tests for your household on GOV.UK to allow you to test yourself twice a week for Covid – 19.  You can submit a request every day for 7 tests. Kits are then sent directly to your home address. ThesE tests are not mandatory but you may wish to have a supply to carry out home tests.


EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

Deaf and Hard of hearing
Online Shh Group
Online Tinnitus Group
Deaf awareness Family Fortune
Other events
Jesmond Community Festival begins on 1st May, some items are online but they have a market and plants stall outdoors
Age of Creativity 1st May online events including poetry and storytelling
patient and voluntary sector forum – get involved and have your say on 10 May online
Just Meditation online drop in session 1 May
Thriving communities webinar 11 May
NGI consultation on the future of our city online 17 May
Equal arts online creative writing group weekly, Wednesday evenings

Last updated: April 30, 2021

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