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InfoNOW news features issues 4 October 2019


Moneywise Credit Union and saving for Christmas
Silverline Memories
BBC Music Day focuses on wellbeing


Breast cancer awareness #ThinkPink
Mental health and world mental health day #WMHD
Age proud – the state of ageing #AgeProud


Events and activities

Diabetes UK support group
Local history talk

Shanti Bee Well being Centre
Newcastle Vikings Handball Club
Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (CNTW)



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Moneywise Credit Union and saving for Christmas

A credit union is a co-operative financial institution, owned and controlled by the members who use its services. Credit unions are not-for-profit and exist to provide a safe, convenient place for members to save money and to get loans and other financial services at reasonable rates. All credit unions are regulated by The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

Moneywise offer a number of services for people in Newcastle. Now that Christmas is upon us, you may want to open the Xmas Saver account. Complete a new member application form on-line and then at the very end of the application form it asks for a Promotion Code. Type in XMAS SAVER and send. This will ensure that your Xmas Saver Account is opened.

Apply for a members loan; to save, join here.

Silverline Memories

Silverline Memories support people with dementia and their carers.
Please help Silverline Memories by taking part in their brand awareness survey.
Find out more about dementia and Dementia Friendly Newcastle on InformationNOW.

BBC Music Day focuses on wellbeing

BBC Music Day this year, focused on wellbeing, including a new Music and Dementia initiative encompassing 800 events and a week-long focus on BBC Radio 4’s Women’s Hour, and Get Singing in 1,300 schools.  Read more from the BBC and Age of Creativity


Breast cancer awareness #ThinkPink

Four in 10 cancers are preventable but there are concerns that people are not attending their screening appointments.  Research published in the Lancet shows that there is a stigma associated with cancer, such that people do not always attend screening because they are afraid that they will lose friends and family because of their diagnosis.

At the same time, scientists continue to develop tests that help find specific types of cancer before signs or symptoms appear.  Each type of cancer has its own screening tests. Some types of cancer currently do not have an effective screening method. Developing new cancer screening tests is an area of active research.The main goals of cancer screening are to:

  • Reduce the number of people who die from the disease, or eliminate deaths from cancer altogether
  • Reduce the number of people who develop the disease
Breast Cancer screening

Every day more than 140 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK. Cancer Research UK raise money to keep improving the odds of survival for each and every one of us.

What can you do to prevent or find breast cancer early?

Breast Cancer screening is recommended every 3 years for all women aged over 50 years old. If you are aged 70 years old or over, you will not automatically be invited for breast screening but you do have the right to be screened every 3 years if you ask.  Some women are now invited from the age of 47 years.  Screening includes a mammogram and may be followed by an ultrasound and/or biopsy if necessary. If you have found a lump, then your GP may refer you to a fast track/one stop breast screening service.

All enquiries should be made to the Breast Screening Team at the Royal Victoria Infirmary.

InformationNOW has updated its article on cancer to ensure you are informed about what screening is available and self-examination.

Have a look for support groups here.

Mental health and World Mental Health Day #WMHDay

Mental health is about how we think, feel and behave. One in four people in the UK have a mental health problem at some point in their lives which affects their normal daily life, relationships or physical health.

Symptoms may include: feeling sad, losing interest or enjoyment in things, crying a lot or unable to cry, feeling lonely even in company and feeling angry and irritable. Other symptoms may include: worrying a lot about your health despite reassurance from a GP; uncontrollable and unhealthy eating habits; poor sleeping pattern; social anxiety, uncontrollable anger and low self-esteem as well as low mood  often related to significant life events including bereavement and loss, loss of employment or inability to participate in meaningful activity.

Without care and treatment, mental health problems can have a serious effect on the individual and those around him or her.

There is no single cause of mental health problems, the reasons they develop are as complex as the individual.

If you are concerned that you are developing a mental health problem, you should seek the advice and support of your GP as a matter of priority. If you are in distress and need immediate help and are unable to see a GP, you should call the social care 24 hour mental health team or NHS 111 which is staffed by clinicians and call handlers.  NHS 111 can also transfer you to 999 if the situation is urgent.

World Mental Health Day

There are events taking place in Newcastle and Gateshead to celebrate the World Mental Health Day which falls on 10th October.


There will be stalls and information at St Nicholas Hospital on 10 October between 11 am and 2pm in the Jublilee Theatre.


There are cultural activities and information available at Shipley Art Gallery on 10 October between 11 am and 3 pm.

InfoNOW news collated information and organisations related to mental health in October 2018.  Read the news item which is still relevant and lists the organisations that can help you.

Public Health England Mental Health information

Public Health England is setting up a Stakeholder Engagement Group for a project focused on developing metrics for Fingertips that will help understanding of inequality in access to and use of mental health services. They want to profile users from the NHS, Councils and third sector organisations who would be interested in being part of this group.  The group’s role would be to advise us on subject matter and presentation of mental health inequality metrics.  The group will meet at the end of November (either in person or via skype for an hour). If you are interested please contact .

Public Health England #Every mind matters launches on 7 October 2019

The campaign aims to support everyone to feel more confident in taking action to look after their mental health and wellbeing by promoting a range of self-care actions.  Go to the website to download resources to support this campaign from 7 October.

#Age Proud – the state of ageing

The Centre for Ageing Better has published a report on the State of ageing 2019 – adding life to our years.   Their conclusion is that ‘As more people live longer, greater focus is needed on tackling the causes of preventable ill health and disability including poor diet and low levels of physical activity. The Government must require all new homes to be built to be accessible and adaptable as standard and commit to improving the condition of existing housing. Employers must do more to support people to keep working in fulfilling jobs as long as they want, especially those managing health problems or caring responsibilities, enabling them to save more for their later life.’

Using statistics provided by the Office of National Statistics and other public data, here is a snap shot of what they have found:

  • there are 11.9 million people aged 65 years and over; of these 3.2 million are over 80 years
  • 1.9 million are living in relative poverty and 1.1 million living just above the poverty line
  • life satisfaction peaks at the age of 70 to 74 years; this is partly because people feel they belong to their neighbourhood
  • Men and women have a reduced life expectancy and disability free expectancy that is significantly worse in Newcastle by 5 years than the South, South West of England
  • around 1 million people aged between 50 years and state pension age are not working but would like to be
  • by the age of 55 years, 40% of men and women are not meeting the recommended aerobic and muscle strengthening guidance (source, NHS digital)
  • 20% of homes did not meet the decent homes standard (source, ministry of housing, communities and local government)
  • there is a rising number of private renters over 55 years
  • there is a rising number of women aged 45 years to 65 years living alone

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Support group

The Diabetes UK support group meet in the Clinical Skills Centre in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital at 7.30pm, on the first Wednesday of the month – except January, February, July and August.


Monday 21st October at West End Library
Rosie Serdiville will give an illustrated talk about the terrible flood of 1761 which affected thousands of people and swept away the Tyne Bridge

Last updated: December 5, 2019

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