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InfoNOW News 30th July 2021



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  • Clean Air Zone
  • Changing Places toilets
  • NHS England proposes new mental health access standards
  • Best Picnic Spots in the North East
  • Newcastle Parkrun is back
  • Bereavement support update

Opportunities for Action

  • Holocaust memorial day programme funding opportunity
  • Newcastle City Council Digital Inclusion Survey
  • Covid-19 Discussion: Experiences of Clinically Vulnerable and Clinically Extremely Vulnerable People
  • Adult Eating Disorders Lived Experience Advisory Group

Research & Reports

  • Flu vaccination research


  • DWP summer jobs portal

New on InformationNOW this week!

  • This week’s events & activities at a glance
  • Walking Basketball at Newcastle Eagles is back
  • Updated articles & organisations


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Clean Air Zone planned for next summer

An update on plans for a Clean Air Zone in Newcastle is being considered by cabinet. The report, which will also go to Gateshead Council’s cabinet on Tuesday, sets out

updated proposals and a revised timescale for introducing them – with a provisional date of July 2022 being set out.

The plans include financial support for those likely to be affected by charging. Details of support packages will be confirmed in the autumn, well in advance of any changes coming into


The proposals no longer include plans for lane restrictions to reduce and manage traffic on the Tyne Bridge. This is because new analysis has shown that air quality targets can be met in 2022 without this additional measure being in place.

£30m investment to provide Changing Places Toilets

The UK Government is investing £30m to provide Changing Places toilets in existing buildings in England.

Changing Places toilets are larger accessible toilets for people who cannot use standard disabled toilets, with equipment such as hoists, curtains, adult-sized changing benches and space for carers.This will be delivered in partnership with the charity Muscular Dystrophy UK, co-chairs of the Changing Places Consortium, who will be providing advice to support councils in their delivery.

More than 250,000 disabled people in the country will benefit from greater access to life-enhancing Changing Places toilets, as the Government announces a new £30m fund to increase the number of facilities across England.

To inform the changes RIDC (Research Institute for Disabled Consumers) will be working alongside the partners to research the experiences of current users and identify their needs and priorities.

Read the news in full

Read more about Accessible and Public Toilets on InformationNOW

NHS England proposes new mental health access standards

The NHS is set to take another major step towards improving patient access to mental health services with the introduction of five new waiting time guarantees, under plans set out today.

The proposals could ensure that patients requiring urgent care will be seen by community mental health crisis teams within 24 hours of referral, with the most urgent getting help within four hours. Mental health liaison services for those who end up in A&E departments would also be rolled out to remaining sites across the country.

The NHS is consulting on the new standards, which have been piloted by mental health providers in collaboration with acute NHS trusts, and are backed by clinical and patient representatives.

They are part of overall service expansion and improvement for mental health outlined in the NHS Long Term Plan.

Read article in full on NHS website

InformationNOW has articles on: Mental Health

Best Picnic Spots in the North East

Looking for places to visit this Summer? Forestry England lists 15 of the best picnic spots to visit in the North East.

Visit our new article on Summer Activities for more information and inspiration.

Newcastle Parkrun is back

Newcastle parkrun organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone and are safe and easy to take part in.

In Newcastle the adult run is 9am every Saturday starting on the Town Moor in Exhibition Park, near the Cafe.  The 2km Junior Parkrun starts near the same spot on a Sunday at 9am.

Register before your first run and take a printed copy of your barcode to every run (request a reminder). If you forget it, you won’t get a time.

Newcastle Park Run are always looking for volunteers/marshals for both the adult and junior runs.

Other Parkruns take place at Saltwell Park, Rising Sun, Gibside, Sunderland and Whitely Bay

Read more about Fitness activities on InformationNOW

Bereavement support update

On 15 July 2021, a draft plan was laid before Parliament which will extend bereavement support which will extend the Widowed Parent’s Allowance and Bereavement support Payment to the surviving co-habiting partners with children who were living with their partner at the time of death. Changes will be retrospective and will apply from 30 August 2018. Further information is available here.

Read more about Bereavements Benefit on InformationNOW


Holocaust Memorial Day programme funding

Deadline 13th August 2021

Applications are invited for grants of up to £1,500 from organisations who would like to contribute to the Holocaust Memorial Day programme 2022.  This year the emphasis is on projects that can contribute to a hybrid online and in person programme of activities and that connects with local communities and engage people online.

The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2022 is ‘One Day’ and all projects need to relate to the theme.   The Holocaust Memorial Trust have created a Theme Vision and other resources to help you develop your project that reflects the theme of One Day.  You can find out more about One Day and why it is so important here.

Those making applications are advised to discuss their proposals before making an application and should contact Alison

Read more about Newcastle’s Holocaust Memorial Day Programme and how to apply here.

Newcastle City Council Digital Inclusion Survey

Reminder survey is open until the end of August.

The Digital Inclusion Survey aims to gather data from as many Newcastle residents as possible to help inform the council’s ongoing programme to reduce digital poverty.

The council knows that many partners have already undertaken digital inclusion surveys with their service users, but this data gathering exercise is also part of a nationwide Cooperative Councils Network initiative. At the end they will share the findings. They want to gather a range of representative views across Newcastle.

As the survey is online it will exclude many of the residents who can’t currently get online or access the internet to complete the survey. With this in mind, the council are asking partners to support their service users to complete the survey when they meet with them face to face or over the phone.

The 19 survey questions take about 10 minutes to answer. No personal data is collected, only the post code area.

The survey can be easily completed on any PC or mobile device (multiple times) and can be printed off for completion too. Completed printed versions can be handed into any Library across the City.

InformationNOW has articles on: Getting online and digital equipment

Covid-19 Discussion: Experiences of Clinically Vulnerable and Clinically Extremely Vulnerable People

The Covid Age Project is looking to research and gather stories and information about the experiences of those who are clinically vulnerable or clinically extremely vulnerable. This will be done via online open discussion forums, where people can share their experiences and opinions of lockdowns, shielding, and the Covid-19 pandemic generally.

The information gathered from these sessions will be used to inform the script of a short drama aiming to depict the realities of those who have been living through this period as someone at increased risk of catching and becoming significantly unwell with Covid.

You do not have to have received a letter advising you to shield to participate in this research – we are also interested in hearing from people who consider themselves as CV or CEV but who may not have been identified as such by the systems in place.

There are multiple sessions available to book online on:

Adult Eating Disorders Lived Experience Advisory Group

North East and North Cumbria Adult Eating Disorders Provider Collaboratives

An opportunity for service users and carers to be involved in an Adult Eating Disorders Lived Experience Advisory Group, looking at the overall governance and development of the

North East and North Cumbria Adult Eating Disorders Provider Collaboratives (a partnership between Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (CNTW) and Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust (TEWV)).

They would like to establish new Lived Experience Advisory Groups, made up of people (service users and carers/families) with lived experience of the specific services within

the last 4 years. Dates/times of the meetings have not yet been confirmed, but involvement will mostly be via Microsoft Teams.  Some of the larger events may require some travel to a venue central to the area (likely to be Newcastle or Durham areas).

They would like to hear from people with:

  • Lived experience of care within the specific clinical area, either as a service user, family member/carer or friend, within the last 4 years of Adult Eating Disorder Inpatient and/or Intensive Day Services
  • Willingness to actively and constructively contribute to discussions
  • Able to read documents provided in English and sent by email
  • Able to attend meetings, in person or virtually
  • Able to communicate effectively by phone, email and through video conferencing
  • Have some experience of working well with others, including active listening, appreciating different perspectives and being able to think of solutions

For more information regarding this contact Jo Murray, Programme Manager, at Or if you would like to take part in this activity, please send expressions of interest. The closing date is Monday, 16th August.

Read more about the opportunity here.

Read more about Mental Health Support in Newcastle on InformationNOW


Flu vaccination research

NHS and Newcastle University Research

The NHS in partnership with Newcastle University is undertaking research to understand the factors that influence the decisions of people to access the flu vaccination. They’re particularly keen to hear from people aged 18 – 64 years who have a long term condition that puts them in a clinical ‘at risk’ group.

They’d like to talk to people about why they do – or don’t get the flu vaccine. Findings from this project will be used to make it easier for people to get a flu vaccine, so your input is vital.

The research will take the form of a focus group and will last around 60 minutes. These will be held remotely via Microsoft Teams on 16th and 17th August. If you are interested in taking part, please complete the short survey available here: Flu vaccine insights (

Read more about the project here


Summer jobs portal

The DWP has launched a new summer jobs portal with an initial 20,000 vacancies. The portal is available now and features summer, seasonal and temporary roles for jobseekers of all ages throughout the UK.

InformationNOW has an article on Looking For Work

New on InformationNOW this week

This week’s events & activities at a glance


  • Health and Wellbeing Programme
  • Explore Tyne and Wear with Nexus


  • Creative writing and poetry
  • Recipe Kits
  • Covid 19 discussion for CEV or CV people


  • Expanded Interiors Re-staged
  • Yoga at Walbottle


  • Men’s Pie Club – Fenham
  • Visual arts
  • Walking Basketball


  • Yoga with Healthworks
  • Victoria Tunnel Tours
  • Felling Male Voice Choir Rehearsals

Walking Basketball at Newcastle Eagles is back

Thursday 5 Aug @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Walking Basketball is back again on Thursdays at 11 am until 12 pm at a cost of £3.  It is open to all abilities. Whilst aimed towards the over 55, it is open to those aged 40 and above.

Contact Newcastle Eagles Community Foundation for more information

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