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InfoNOW News Travel and Transport feature issue 12th April 2019

  • Getting out and about in Newcastle
  • Feature area: Byker
  • Motability
  • Cycling
  • Dog Friendly pubs and cafes
  • Opportunities to get involved
  • Air quality consultation
  • NHS Newcastle and Gateshead Consultation
  • What’s new on Information NOW this week!

Getting out and about in Newcastle

As the weather improves, we start to think about making the most of the daylight and getting out and about. InformationNOW has a number of articles that you may find useful:

There are a number of schemes to help you get out and about in Newcastle if you are an older person or have a disability:

  • blue badge scheme
  • concessionary travel pass
  • senior railcard
  • Motability car scheme (see below)
  • Nexus TaxiCard scheme
  • Shopmobility
  • Hop to the shops
  • Slow Shopping

See the InformationNOW article on Help to get out and about for details of the schemes and contact numbers.

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Feature area:  Byker

One of the great benefits of InformationNOW is that you can search the website in a variety of ways.  One of the main reasons for upgrading the website in 2017, was to give community and voluntary groups a place to promote their activities to as wide a range of people in the city as possible.  We are featuring areas of the City in our newsletters, to show the diverse range of social and community activities available.

There are a number of organisations based in Byker. These include: Newcastle Carers, supporting anyone who is caring for someone else; St Martin’s Community Centre – which offers a range of activities that keep people connected including: a craft club, chair based exercise, making history group and they have a café and host events. Byker community centre offers: art, crafts, drama and East End community library and hub where you can borrow books, get help and use their Wi Fi.

If you are keen to keep fit, there is East End Pool which has a range of sessions, such as water work out at lunch times and from which the Linskill healthy walks start on Tuesday and Thursdays. There is an outdoor bowling club and Climb Newcastle has bouldering and climbing walls.

There are a number of places of worship in the area, as well as, Food Cycle Byker where you can cook meals.  Don’t forget the Men’s Pie Club – they begin baking at 1pm but eating at 5.30 pm.


The Motability car scheme makes an enormous difference to people, enabling them to get around, either with an adapted car or by assigning a named driver.The Motability Car Scheme allows you to exchange your mobility allowance for a reliable, brand new car every three years. This includes insurance, servicing, tyres, and road tax. Around 9% of cars have adaptations made including:

  •  person hoist
  • a boot hoist
  • space for a wheelchair

Read the article to see what the criteria are to be eligible for the Scheme.

Scooters and Wheelchairs

Motability Assist has launched an app which is free of charge to download that will help if you break down.  It means that the team can obtain your exact location. You must download Motability Recovery from Play Store or App Store before you travel and follow the instructions to set it up.  You can then click the button Rescue Me and send.

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If you want to improve your health and wellbeing, why not take up cycling? You don’t have to own a bike to get involved.  You can borrow a bike for the ride.  You can cycle on your own or in a group.  There are family rides, men and women’s rides and beginners or advanced cyclist rides.  The health benefits of regular cycling include:

  • increased heart fitness
  • increased muscle strength and flexibility
  • improved joint mobility
  • decreased stress levels
  • improved posture and coordination
  • strengthened bones
  • decreased body fat levels
  • prevention or management of disease

You can cycle with a disability – Better Days has adapted bikes at the Cycle Hub and Newburn Activity Centre runs drop in sessions where you can use a range of adapted bikes or tricycles.  You can also arrange group activities on the bikes.

Newcastle Chain gang offer cycling activities for visually impaired people. Visit their Facebook page.

If you require changes to your current bike, perhaps the handlebars or a footplate, then get in touch with Recyke y’bike.  You may like to support Recyke y’bike’s crowdfunding plea for £8k to enable their expansion into new premises in Byker with the aim of providing more free or cheap bikes to  those in greatest need.

How to get cycling in Newcastle

Active Newcastle run a number of activities, Type in the title of the event.

Sofa to Saddle  – a ten week instructed course  4 May from the Cycle Hub and 8 May with Greening Wingrove Bike Garden

This Girl Can Cycle – 25 April 5.30pmThey also run a series of Learn to ride for adults at different levels from Walker Activity DomeBritish Cycling has e a series of Let’s Ride events at Exhibition Park starting on 27 April 2019For further information, read our section on cycling in the InformationNOW fitness activities article, or visit the Cyclone Festival of Cycling website.Find out more about the Council’s cycling and walking plans.

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Dog Friendly pubs and cafes

As a pet owner you may want to take your pet with you when going out and about.

The good news is that there are a number of pubs and cafes that you can take your dog into.  There are several comprehensive lists that you can check:

Newcastle Gateshead Initiative have a tab on the Best Dog Friendly pubs including: The Brandling Villas, The Cluny and The Bridge Tavern. The list includes pubs in Gateshead and you could try the Staiths cafe.

The Chronicle Live has a list including restaurants and cafes such as Lola Jeans and The Town Wall as well as those further afield in South Tyneside, North Tyneside and Northumberland.

Read more on our Pets and Animals article.

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Opportunities to get involved

Live Well symposium: Museums, Wellbeing and an Ageing Population

Discovery Museum, Blandford Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4JA
Wednesday 12th June 2019. 9.00am to 4.30pm

What would a long term strategy look like for museums collaborating with people working in health, care and wellbeing in relation to social connectivity, sense of belonging and identities in an ageing population?  Book to take part.

Creativity and wellbeing week  10th to 16th June 2019

Are you or your organisation planning an event or activity related to culture, health and wellbeing for Creativity and Wellbeing week?

Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums would like you to send them your events and activities so they can advocate the benefits of cultural engagement and participation to people’s health and wellbeing. They are producing a printed and digital programme brochure featuring events in Tyneside, Sunderland and Northumberland.

If you have an event or activity you would like to be included please read the attached document for more information and email by Monday 6th May.  Find out more here

Events from across the North East can be found on and

Social Meeting for Older People’s Group Workers

Discovery Museum on Wednesday 29th May at 12.30pm to 2.30pm
Shipley Art Gallery on Wednesday 26th June at 1.30pm to 3.30pm

This is the first series of monthly social events at Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums for Key workers working with older peoples groups in the region. These social meet ups are a chance for key workers to discuss recent projects they have done with older people and museums, support each other with creative ideas and bring examples of projects they have been working on along to discuss and develop. There will also be the opportunity to present future project ideas in an informal and supportive environment.

At each session there will be a creative activity to learn more about what the museums can offer you when working with your groups. Come along to one or all of the dates.

These events are FREE. Please book your place here

North East Ambulance Service Recruitment Event

NEAS and the wider NHS are holding a recruitment event to attract Black, Asian and Minority ethnic people to work for them and a there is also a campaign to encourage BAME people to join our board. The event will take place on the 27th April 10,3pm at the RVI Training Centre, for more information visit their site.

Air Quality Consultation

The Council wants your views on potential measures for improving air quality and the health of everyone living, working and visiting here. Together with Gateshead and North Tyneside Councils they are consulting on options for reducing traffic-related pollution; potential measures include possible charges for some drivers. It is open to all residents, businesses, workers, students and commuters from across the North East and they need your thoughts. The consultation will run from 6 March 2019 until 17 May 2019. Please take part and give your views visit

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NHS Newcastle and Gateshead Consultation

The NHS in Gateshead and Newcastle is changing and it needs your help.
The government is investing an extra £20bn a year as part of the NHS long term plan, which sets out what the NHS wants to do better over the next ten years.

  • How can the NHS help people live healthier lives?
  • What would make services in Gateshead and Newcastle better?
  • How could care for people with specific conditions be better?

Take the survey here

This week/month on Information NOW

New and updated articles

Music – get involved

Care homes in Newcastle

Help to get out and about

New and updated organisations

Social Prescribing Team HealthWORKS Newcastle

Mental Health Recovery Support Community Outreach

Shared Lives

New and Updated Events and Activities

Why not go and listen the to the Dawn Chorus at Hauxley on 13 or 20 April
Westerhope Community Association has events including: carpet bowls, dancing and art clubs
Fancy having a go at arts and crafts? There’s a new weekly group in Ouseburn Vinnies art group

Last updated: April 16, 2019

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