InfoNOW News Wednesday 6th March 2024

InfoNOW News Wednesday 6th March 2024


Updated User dashboard

When you log into your dashboard as an organisation, you will now see a message ‘Please send us your events using this from’. Clicking on the ‘this form’ link will take you to our easy to use event form. Here you can provide information about your event including description, dates, times and format and then it will be added to the Events and activities section of the website for you.

In The Round

The March edition of the ‘In The Round’ Podcast is out now to listen to. Hosts Richard Finch and Moyra Riseborough are joined by:

  • Newcastle Social Prescribers Lauren and Claire talking about how social prescribers support people
  • Jack and Hannah from Healthwatch Newcastle and Healthwatch Gateshead about their plans
  • Richard White from InformationNOW drops in with another update on whats going on in Newcastle this March.

You can listen to In The Round – topics and news to interest you for March 2024 here. You can also listen to the podcast by visiting the News section on InformationNOW and clicking listen to launch the LLARC channel.

Read more on InformationNOW about Local events

Young Carers Action Day

Newcastle Carers are running a Young Carers Action Day Lunch and Learn for Professionals on 13 March.

The session will be delivered by Newcastle Carers CEO, Luke Bramhall. The session will support professionals to:

  • Gain insight: Learn more about the experiences and challenges young carers face.
  • Celebrate Young Carers Action Day: Recognise the invaluable contributions of young carers within our community.
  • Discuss Best Practices: Discuss how we can collectively support young carers more effectively. Explore best practices and resources to create a supportive environment for young people with caring responsibilities.
  • Network: Connect with like-minded professionals who want to learn more about caring.

To secure your spot, book today at

Any questions? Get in touch with us on 0191 275 5060 or email [email protected]

Read more on InformationNOW about Young carers and adult carers

National Lottery Open week

National Lottery Open Week is from 9 –17 March 2024. National Lottery funded venues are offering free entry, discounts and special offers. Anyone with a National Lottery ticket, scratch card, or Instant Win Game (digital or physical) can enjoy perks like:

  • Free planetarium shows – gaze at the stars in dazzling 2-for-1 deals
  • Behind-the-scenes tours – peek behind the curtain and discover hidden gems
  • Expert-led talks – delve deeper into fascinating exhibitions with insightful guides

National Lottery week events
Discovery Museum

Tuesday 12 March – 11am Charge! Gallery tour

Tuesday 12 March – 1pm  North East inventors gallery tour

Thursday 14 March – 11am The Northumberland Hussars in the Second World War history talk

Friday 15 March – 11am  Tyneside Challenge gallery tour
Great North Museum: Hancock  9-17 March

2 for 1 Planetarium Tickets
Hatton Gallery  Tuesday 12 March (11am) and Thursday 14 March (1.30pm)

Kurt Schwitters’ Merz Barn Wall Talk
Laing Art Gallery 9 March and 11-16 March

20% Admission Discount – Yevonde: Life and Colour
Shipley Art Gallery Wednesday 13 March – 10.30am

Arts and crafts collection tour
Stephenson Steam Railway  Saturday 9 March – various times

Workshop guided tours

Read more on InformationNOW about Museums and other attractions

International Women’s Day

Friday, 8th March, is International Women’s Day. It’s a time of celebration, solidarity and reflection. It’s a day where women’s voices are front and centre.

International Women’s Day Data Science Event  – 8 March 12.30pm – 4pm
This event brings together women working in various science and technology fields to network, share good practice as well as get hands-on, practical skills and knowledge around data science from Dr Antonia Kontaratou and Louise Braithwaite MSc. There will be an introductory workshop an Interactive AI session, and plenty of time to network.
The International Women’s Day Data Science Event is open to anyone who identifies as a woman

You can book a free space at this event on EventBrite here

International Women’s Day Newcastle Business Brunch – 8 March 10.30am – 1:30pm
This brunch and networking event is for women  from the local business community together.
three of BIPC North East’s Expert’s in Residence will share insights: Cyber Security Expert, Charlotte Knill from North East Regional Cyber Crime Unit , Accessibility Expert, Tara Mackings, owner of Tailored Leisure and Business Advice Expert, Melissa Middleton  This event is supported by  The Millin Charity and Reviving The Heart of The West End .

You can book a space at this event on Eventbrite here

International Women’s Day at Tyne and Wear Museums & Archives – open throughout March.
The Discovery Museum has 2 interactive museum trails that celebrate women. The Discover Her Story trail  celebrates pioneering and courageous women of Tyneside’s past. The We are here: Inspirational Women trail celebrates 16 inspirational women who’ve made a difference to their communities. The Great North Museum Hancock has a new moving image art exhibition ‘Voicing Objects’ that tell stories of what life was like for women in the ancient world. The Hatton Gallery is exhibiting local artist Katie Cuddon with her exhibition A is for Alma featuring work exploring the union between mother and child

NENC ICB International Women’s Day Webinar – 7 March, 2pm – 3pm, Online

NENC ICB are holding an International Women’s Day Webinar with the 2024 theme  #InspireInclusion. Guest speakers will be joining Jacquie McBurnie from NHS England from different organisations across the North East and North Cumbia to share stories on their leadership journeys. this webinar will include sharing of their lived experiences and a discussion around future changes.

You can find out more and register here

You can find a range of women’s events on InformationNOW which includes:

White Ribbon UK works with men to prevent violence against women. Violence against women and girls is not a women’s issue. It’s up to men to challenge unhealthy and harmful masculine norms that lead to women living in fear of violence and experiencing it – in all its forms.

Read more about  Personal Safety and Domestic abuse on InformationNOW

Pop Up health checks

Free NHS Health Check Pop-up sessions
8 to 12 April 2024, 10am to 2:15pm at East End Pool in Byker, NE6 1AL

HealthWorks Newcastle are offering free pop up NHS health checks in Byker during April, and you can book a space now. If you’re aged 40-74, take advantage of this free, comprehensive check-up. Measure your blood pressure, cholesterol, and BMI. Discover potential health risks early and get personalised advice for a healthier lifestyle

You can book your free NHS Health Checks on Healthworks Newcastle website here

Free mobile smear test sessions
6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30 March 2024. 9:30am – 4:30pm.

If you are due or overdue your smear test for cervical cancer, you can drop in to the mobile screening unit – no appointment needed
During March, the screening team will be at West End Women and Girls centre in Elswick every Wednesday and Newcastle Trampoline Park on Westgate road on a Saturday.

Read more on InformationNOW about Screening for cancer

Plan ahead for travel disruptions

Restoration of the Tyne Bridge is set to get underway from 2 April 2024, as refurbishment works move on to the main bridge deck. Lane restrictions will come into force which will see capacity reduced to one lane in each direction, as engineers start work on the main structural repairs on the Gateshead side of the bridge, next to the tower. People are being warned that major travel disruption is expected. Please visit TyneBridge.Org for travel advice and updates

A series of Metro modernisation works in March will effect Metro service trains between Heworth and South Gosforth on 10, 16, 29, 30, 31 March and 1 April 2024. Replacement bus service number 900 will run on most days to minimise travel disruption.
There is more information about the 29 March – 1 April major Line Closure here 
You can view a full list of Modernisation works planned on 

Please plan ahead with your journey and let anyone you may support know about these travel disruptions if they are likely to be affected.

Read more on InformationNOW about Transport

Free breakfast at Asda

Available until 20 March 2024

Asda have announced that it’s offering all customers a free warming breakfast porridge and a hot drink. The initiative is open to all ages and will run until 20th March daily from 8am to 12pm, in the retailers 205 Asda Cafés. The partnership with Quaker will allow customers to enjoy a free bowl of porridge along with a cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate, to warm up from the UK’s cold winter weather expected this week.

Read more on where to find free or cheap food on InformationNOW

Recruitment roadshow

Looking for work? Newcastle City Council and Your Homes Newcastle have recruitment roadshows to highlight opportunities and roles such as welfare rights officers, sales and events co-ordinators, health and social care officers, and neighbourhood wardens

There will be support available to you to help you find a job, support with applications and on-the-day interviews from Work and Thrive Central

12 March 2024 recruitment roadshow @Riverside community health project

14 March 2024 recruitment roadshow @ Walker activity dome, NE6 3BR

You can book a slot using the form here, email [email protected] or call 0191 277 4125

Read more on InformationNOW about Support to prepare for work or a job 

Newcastle User Carer Forum

Wednesday 20th March 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Brunswick Methodist Church, Brunswick Place, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7BJ

The Newcastle User Carer forum is for adults supporting someone in Newcastle who uses drugs, alcohol or both.  It offers the opportunity to have your voice heard and to help improve and develop treatment and recovery services in Newcastle.
The Newcastle User Carer Forum currently meets quarterly at various venues.  The next meeting dates for this year are:

  • Wednesday 19th June – 1.30-3.30pm
  • Thursday 19th September – 1.30-3.30pm

For more information about the forum or to book a place please contact: [email protected]

Read more on InformationNOW about Drugs and alcohol support

Solutions to tackle unemployment in older males

14 March 2024, The Catalyst, The Helix, Newcastle, NE4 5TG

VOICE, the public engagement platform at Newcastle University are running two Solutions to tackle unemployment in older males workshops – which will focus on the issue of unemployment in older males. Research suggests that unemployed mature workers face various challenges and often lack solutions that appropriately address their underlying needs.

VOICE are looking for male volunteers who are over the age of 55 and have experience of being out of work within the last five years.

The workshop lasts for 2 hours (time to be confirmed), will be interactive and test out concepts and solutions co-designed by people who’ve experienced unemployment.
Reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed and you will be given a £50 Love2Shop voucher for your time.

You can register your interest in the event using the link here ,quote the date and name of the workshop and email: [email protected] or call: 0191 208 1288

Read more on InformationNOW about Employment support

Newcastle as a Living Wage City Launch event

Thursday 21 March, 10am – 11am, St James’ Park, Barrack Road, Newcastle, NE1 4ST

You are invited to join the Living Wage Foundation and the Newcastle Action Group to an event celebrating the official launch of the action plan to make Newcastle a Living Wage City! This event will take place in the Magpie Suite at St James’ Park in the heart of Newcastle City Centre.

Leading employers, civic institutions and civil society across the city including Newcastle City Council, Newcastle University, Newcastle United FC, Connected Voice and other partners will launch the three-year plan to develop Living Wage employers and tackle in-work poverty in the city.
A tour of the stadium will also take place after the event.

You can find out more about Accredited Living Wage Employers in Newcastle such as Newcastle City Council, Newcastle University, Citizens Advice Newcastle, Newcastle Carers, Newcastle Foodbank, Newcastle United Football Club by visiting Living Wage foundations website

Read more and book a space on EventBrite here

Read more on InformationNOW about Flexible working and part time work

What do you think of Newcastle City Council’s draft Adult Social Care Working Together Plan?

Newcastle City Council have been busy gathering together the outputs from January’s co-design sessions and activity packs into a draft Working Together Plan for Adult Social Care. This will set out the Council’s approach to participation, including consultation, engagement, co-design and ultimately co-production in Adult Social Care.

The Council are using Let’s Talk, to gather feedback on the draft Plan. You can download a copy of the draft Plan or request a hard copy through the webpage here.

Please note that this feedback review ends on Monday 11th March 2024. Any comments received after this date may not be reflected in the final Plan.

Read more on InformationNOW about  Adult Social Care 

Mayoral Debate: One Million Women and Girls campaign

Wednesday 13 March 2024, 7pm -8.30pm, Civic Centre, Barras Bridge Newcastle upon Tyne NE99 1NP

The One Million Women and Girls campaign Mayoral Debate, will see all North East Mayoral Combined Authority (NEMCA) candidates tell you specifically what they are going to do for women and girls if elected, and answer questions from an audience of 200 women, girls and allies. The NEMCA will come into existence in May 2024.  It will have a directly-elected Mayor and seven member councils: County Durham Northumberland Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Sunderland.

The Debate will be held in the Banqueting Hall at Newcastle Civic Centre on 13 March.
You can reserve your place here and there is also an opportunity to register a question.

In order to keep the event running on time you are asked to submit questions in advance and you will be prompted to do this when you book. You can choose to ask a question yourself on the night, or to request someone asks the question on your behalf.

The time of the meeting is scheduled so as not to clash with the end of Ramadan fasting that day, however there may be other reasons people cant attend so the Debate will also be livestreamed on One Million Women & Girls Facebook page.

You can find out more about the One Million Women and Girls campaign
by visiting their social Media: Facebook Instagram or LinkedIn
You can also sign and share their petition which calls for the NEMCA to understand challenges facing the region’s women and girls and takes concrete, practical action to improve their life chances.

Read more on InformationNOW about getting involved in community action

Keeping Safe and Money Matters

9 April 2024, 10am – 3pm, Civic Centre, Barras Bridge Newcastle upon Tyne NE99 1NP

Keeping Safe and Money Matters: What’s important to people with a learning disability?

This event is hosted by Skills for People on behalf of the Collaborative Newcastle Learning Disability Partnership.

At this event they want to hear from you about what you need to be safe, be supported with money matters and what Collaborative Newcastle Learning Disability Partnership can do to make this happen.
The event will:

  • Find out what are the challenges that get in the way of keeping safe and money issues.
  • Bring people together to come up with solutions to help people with a learning disability feel safe and manage their money.

Free lunch provided

This event is for people from Newcastle who have a learning disability, family carers, service providers and representatives from health and social care.

Book a place on EventBrite here 

Read more on InformationNOW about Learning disability support in Newcastle

NTCA Learners Survey

The North Of Tyne Combined Authority (NTCA) are looking for people in the North Tyneside, Newcastle and Northumberland to take part in an adult learner survey.
The survey will be used to understand adult learners views on education, training and skills to help make adult skills provision in the area better.
Share your experiences as a learner, an adult skills provider on behalf of learners or an employer on behalf of a learner to be in with a chance to win a £25 voucher.

You can complete the survey using the link here

Read more on InformationNOW about Adult learning, skills and training 

Free film Screening: LOVE?

Wednesday 6 March, 2-4pm, Lipman Building Room 031, University of Northumbria, Sandyford Road, Newcastle NE1 8SB

The ADSS Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Team in association with the Gendered Violence and Abuse  Inter-disciplinary Theme at Northumbria University warmly invite you to join us for a screening of LOVE?.

This powerful film tackles the complex issues surrounding coercive control and the impacts it leaves. The film is directed by Jason Figgis and written by Sam Beckinsale – actress, writer, and patron of Broxtowe Women’s Project who will join to introduce the film.
The film is a thought-provoking, moving depiction of the experience of coercive control. It will be suitable for anyone interested in this topic – researchers, students, support staff, activists, so please share with your wider networks.
Please note this film deals with the issue of domestic abuse. There will be Nichola David from Changing Lives to support anyone confidentially during or after the event.

Read more and book a space on InformationNOW

Social Prescribing  Day

14 March 2024

Social Prescribing Day is an annual celebration of the people, organisations and communities who make social prescribing happen. local and national organisations, link workers, medical professionals, academics and students celebrate and promote the day across the country.
You can read more about Social Prescribing Day and the Social Prescribing academy on their website

Theres a range of online events aimed at social prescribers and people experienced in using social prescribing services. Highlights include:

Mens Sheds and social prescribing 
Music as Social Prescription | Humanitix
Singing for wellbeing with the Sofa Singers 

You can find out about more events happening on Social Prescribing Academies website

Read more on InformationNOW about Social Prescribing

Social work week

18th-22nd March 2024

Social Work Week 2024 will take place from Monday 18 to Friday 22 March 2024 and includes World Social Work Day on Tuesday 19 March.

Who is Social Work Week for?

  • social workers, including those practising and those looking to return to the profession
  • people with lived experience of social work
  • social work students
  • employers of social workers
  • social work educators
  • organisations with an interest in or influence on social work
  • government and policy officials
  • stakeholder and partner organisations

Social Work England are running a series of online and interactive sessions on a wide range of topics related to social work – Highlights include:

Tuesday 19 March, 10.30am to 12pm Exploring the international context for mending gaps in social work education and practice

Thursday 21 March, 10am to 11.30am The voice of lived experience in social work practice

Thursday 21 March, 11.30am to 12pm Why and how pets matter: bringing animals into our social work space (bitesize session)

Friday 22 March 10am to 11am Heads Together: a resource base and training module for social workers about brain injury

Theres also sessions delivered by other independent organisations throughout the week, you can view those using the link here

Read more about Careers in Adult Social Care on,uk

The Newcastle Careers Fair

Friday 22nd March 2024, Newcastle United Football Club, 10am – 4pm
Looking for a new Career? Know someone looking for work? The UK Careers Fair returns to Newcastle on Friday 22nd March.
There will be many different organisations and a wide variety of roles from sectors such as finance, education, sales and marketing, motoring, human resources, IT, healthcare, tourism, commercial real estate, biochemistry, electronics, manufacturing, hospitality, social work, events management, retail and more.

Book a free space on EventBrite here

Read more on InformationNOW about Work and Thrive Central – Newcastle’s new integrated employment support service

NHS to roll out ‘Martha’s Rule’

Martha’s Rule will be rolled out in hospitals across England from April, enabling patients and families to seek an urgent review if their condition deteriorates.

Thirteen-year-old Martha Mills died from sepsis at King’s College Hospital, London, in 2021, due to a failure to escalate her to intensive care and after her family’s concerns about her deteriorating condition were not responded to promptly.

Its set to be rolled out to at least 100 NHS sites and will give patients and their families round-the-clock access to a rapid review from an independent critical care team if they are worried about their or a loved one’s condition.

This escalation process will be available 24/7 to patients, families and NHS staff, and will be advertised throughout hospitals, making it quickly and easily accessible.

Read more about Martha’s Rule on NHS England

Shelter Spring Ball 

Saturday 23rd March 2024, IHG Hotel, Forth Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3SA.

Shelter North East are having their first ever spring ball fundraiser at the Crowne Plaza Newcastle in IHG Hotel. The event features DJ Matt Bailey from Capital FM, performances from Wayne on the Sax, a silent auction, a 3 course meal and drinks reception.
Ticket sales will go towards supporting people experiencing homelessness in the North East.

Read more and buy tickets on InformationNOW

If you have any questions please contact the Event Organiser Jess at [email protected].

Read more on InformationNOW about Local housing support 

Caring it’s everyone’s business Conference report 2023

On Thursday 23 November 2023, over sixty people from various personal and professional backgrounds attended the carers conference, the first to happen in Newcastle since 2015

Watch a summary video of the Caring it’s everyone’s business Conference here

The conference included presentations by keynote speakers from Adult and Children’s Social Care, Newcastle City Council as well as from Newcastle Carers but most importantly, from carers themselves through a variety of mediums.

Tabletop exercises throughout the day offered delegates the opportunity to share good practice and innovation as well as identifying areas where improvements could be made, why and with/by whom.

Key priorities identified included

  • raising the profile and awareness of unpaid carers across the city
  • regular conversations and updates from and with carers
  • carer involvement at all levels in all service provision

Key learning points linked to information, communication, duplication, complexities of the system and inconsistency in approach highlighting the need for:

  • A clear suite of options in terms of support available to carers including those with eligible needs.
  • Information and advice to be readily available in different formats to suit different stages in the caring journey.
  • Better understanding of what it means to be a carer – the term isn’t always recognised or accepted by those with caring responsibilities.
  • A system that is simple and straightforward rather than complex and difficult to navigate.
  • Consistency  in approach across all areas of service provision.
  • Referral not signposting – positive and proactive action.
  • Regular caring conversations
  • A collaborative approach
  • Carer involvement at all levels of service provision/delivery

This highlighted the need for the development of a multi-agency carers strategy and delivery plan for the city as fundamental to effectively supporting unpaid carers with the development of a city wide carers partnership to take these actions forward.

Read the report in full here

Newcastle City Council priorities plan

Newcastle City Council’s priorities have been set out in the authority’s new Council Plan 2024-27 and will underpin its wider plans for the city.

The Council Plan provides a framework for council staff, residents and partners to better understand the role of the council within Newcastle, and how the local authority will work with the city to deliver improved outcomes around its three priorities:

Inclusive economy – Newcastle will be a city where opportunity flows to all, and everyone in the city can contribute to and benefit from Newcastle’s success.

Anti-poverty – Newcastle will be a fair and inclusive city where everyone is free to live healthy, happy lives.

Net Zero – Newcastle will be a city of the future, providing high-quality, sustainable housing and growing an inclusive, low-carbon economy.

The plan is to be presented to a full meeting of the council on Wednesday 6th March.

Read the Council Plan here.

Read more on InformationNOW about Recycling and sustainability

#HealthNow partnership report

After four years of collaboration between Groundswell, Crisis and Shelter throughout England, and on a local level in Birmingham, Manchester and Newcastle, an evaluation of the #HealthNow partnership’s impact has been published.

635 people experiencing homelessness were supported by the project to get the healthcare they needed through newly established Homeless Health Peer Advocacy services.
Peer researchers also interviewed over 300 people to better understand the barriers people faced to accessing healthcare.

You can see a summary report here
Read the full evaluation report here

Read more on InformationNOW about Homeless or worried about becoming homeless

Community Partnership Fund reminder

Deadline 13 March 2024

The Local Community Partnership Fund’s second phase of grant applications is open until midnight on Wednesday 13th March,
The fund is for organisations or local projects supporting communities in the Outer West and North of Newcastle. With a total pot of approximately £420k available for grants in Round 2, organisations can tap into £380k of revenue funding and £40k of capital funding to bring their initiatives to life.

Read more about the Community Partnership fund here
If you are an interested organisation or local project you can apply here

Read more on InformationNOW about Newcastle Neighbourhoods

The Rose Joicey Fund for short breaks

Closes 18 March 2024

The Rose Joicey Fund at the Community Foundation supports the costs of holidays or short breaks for individuals and families in need from Tyne and Wear, Northumberland and County Durham.

Organisations (which must be registered charities) can apply on behalf of one or more individuals / families. The minimum grant size is £1,000 and the maximum grant size is £2,000.

You can apply online through the community foundation portal here 

Read more on InformationNOW about Taking a short break or holiday

HENRY Health, Exercise and Nutrition for the Really Young.

New group in Walker starting 7 March 2024

HENRY is An 8-week programme which supports parents to change family lifestyle habits and behaviours and provide a healthy start in life for their children.
What happens in childhood has a profound bearing on life chances and on physical and emotional health throughout childhood and beyond. Parents want the best for their children, but it isn’t always easy for parents to know what ‘best’ is, or to change entrenched family habits to provide a healthier home environment.

A new HENRY programme will start in Walker from 7 March 2024. If you are interested, would like to refer someone to the new group or are a parent and want to self refer you can use the booking form at here

You can read more about the HENRY healthy start brighter future approach here
If you have any questions please contact Sarah Steele: [email protected]

Read more on InformationNOW about Baby, children and young people’s health

Older people and frailty Healthy ageing Webinars

The NIHR Policy Research Unit in Older People and Frailty / Healthy Ageing are launching a new webinar series to showcase a broad range of research delivered by the Unit informing health and social care policy and practice.
Sessions will be of interest to those working in national government, regional combined and local authorities, health and social care practitioners, public health, voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise sectors, professional bodies, think tanks, large charities and anyone interested in the health and wellbeing of those in mid to later life.

The first three webinar themes, dates and times are:

Wednesday 13 March, 12-1pm.
Frailty, receipt of care and hospital admissions due to falls and fractures
For more information and to register follow this link

Wednesday 17 April, 12-1pm.
Preferences for new models of social care for people with high care needs
For more information and to register follow this link

Wednesday 15 May, 12-1pm.
Digitalisation of health and social care services for older adults: learning from COVID-19
For more information and to register follow this link

Follow on webinars will be shared via their website
Please book for each webinar separately to secure a place.  If you have any questions or concerns about accessibility, please contact [email protected]

Read more on InformationNOW about Falls prevention 

Moving to Universal Credit briefing sessions

The government is inviting more people to claim Universal Credit from April 2024. They will need to understand the right things to do to avoid a loss of income. Newcastle Welfare Rights are providing new short briefings to professionals and volunteers explaining how and when it is happening and the key things they need to know.

These short 45 minute briefings on Teams provide an update to the briefings held in December and January. They will help you give basic information to the people you support and signpost them to the most appropriate service if they need further help and advice. Please note: these are not full training sessions about Universal Credit..

Briefing dates – all 2pm to 2:45pm

  • Thursday 21 March 2024
  • Tuesday 26 March 2024
  • Thursday 4 April 2024
  • Tuesday 9 April 2024
  • Wednesday 17 April 2024

This link takes you direct to the course – but you may still need to sign up/register in iLearn

This link takes you to the webpage which gives you more information and how to access and register

Read more on InformationNOW about Universal Credit

New St Vincent’s Monthly Memory Lane Dementia Group

Monday 25 March 2024

St Vincent’s centre’s Monthly Memory Lane Dementia Group is a relaxed informal drop in group for people living with dementia, their families and carers. The group meets on the last Monday of the month, 2pm to 4pm.

You can take part in free activities, socialising and refreshments. All welcome.

Read more on InformationNOW about Dementia

Bike Repair cafes

Recyke Y Bike repair cafes give you the opportunity ot get a free basic bike service while enjoying a hot drink and a snack.

Repair Cafe at RestoLand on Tuesday 19 March and 16 April 2024
Repair Cafe at Heaton Perk  on Tuesday 2 April 2024

Read more on InformationNOW about Recyke Y’ Bike

Age Without Limits Action Day events

20 March 2024

Ageism in yourself & others – recognise and challenge ageist behaviour  2pm -3:30pm
A free online workshop from the Good Practice Mentors using 7 years of learning from the Ageing Better project. This workshop will explore how ageism affects society and how we can challenge it.

Search at the Grainger Market: Age without limits Action Day 10am – 2pm
Join Search Newcastle at the Grainger Market for a range of fun activities that showcase what is possible in older age including nightlife memories of Newcastle, creative writing, arts, crafts singing and more!

If you want some inspiration for Ageism action day activities have a look at the Age Without Limits Action Day Pack Booklet here

You can find more Age without limits ageism action day events on InformationNOW

Read more on InformationNOW about Age discrimination

Dementia Friendly Newcastle: Big River Baking Class

7, 14, 27 March 2024. 1 – 3pm

Big River Bakery are running a new series of dementia friendly and inclusive baking sessions at their base in Wretham Place, Shieldfield.  Learn new recipes, techniques, and enjoy the delicious treats you create!

Read more and book a space on on InformationNOW 

Community Festivals at Baltic

A series of celebratory, community events are taking place at Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in March. The events combine food, music, artist-led workshops, and dance, co-created with partners and community collaborators to bring people together to share food, creativity, and conversation.

GemArts x Baltic: Holi Festival of Colours Saturday 30 March 2024, 12-4pm
Celebrate colour and the Holi Hindu tradition through artist workshops, dance, henna, music and food.

Open Iftar, in partnership with Ramadan Tent Project  Tuesday 19 March 5pm to 7:30pm
Brings together people of all faiths and those without faith to explore and engage with the Islamic tradition of breaking fast during Ramadan.

Nowruz Persian New Year Saturday 23 March, 12-3pm
Join this Nowruz (also known as Persian New Year) event to celebrate the beginning of Spring and new life. With food, music, activities for children and art workshops

Read more on InformationNOW about Religious and cultural festivals

Woodland Wellbeing

It’s not too late to come along to one of Scotswood gardens free Woodland Wellbeing sessions.
Join  for some you time at Woodland Wellbeing sessions. Find out how art, music, and movement in nature can help your wellbeing. Sessions inclusive of neurodiversity, disability, age, illness, and dementia.

Read more on InformationNOW about woodland wellbeing sessions

St John’s Church, Kingston Park

Updated organisation

St Johns Church Kingston is an ecumenical church, a Wellbeing Hub  and have regular weekly activities such as Tiny Tots toddler group. arts and craft groups and a drop in coffee morning

Their Tuesday wellbeing Hub is from 1pm – 5pm is a drop-in afternoon where you can have a hot drink, chat, take part in activities such as board games and quizzes. Free wifi is available. Children are welcome with parents or carers.

Read more on InformationNOW about St John’s Church, Kingston Park

Employment plus

New organisation

The Salvation Army’s Employment Plus service offers tailored support to help people become job-ready. They provide one to one support and group sessions .

Read more on InformationNOW about Employment plus

261 Fearless running Club

New organisation

a women’s social running group that focuses on health and wellbeing, friendship and fun with no races or training plans to follow. Meets at Paddy Freemans park.

Read more on InformationNOW about 261 Fearless Newcastle club


Updated article

Over 5 million people in the UK are living with diabetes. This article gives more information on diabetes and local help and support available

Read more on InformationNOW about Diabetes – Information Now

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Baby, children and young people’s health

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This article has information and links to guides, support, groups and health information for families and children from 0 to 19 years old.

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Flexible working

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Flexible working’ can refer to working patterns or hours, including part time, flexi-time, term time, compressed hours and adjusting start and finish times, as well as location; for example, working from home.

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Health inequalities: an introduction

Health inequalities mean that not everyone has the same chance to be healthy. Some people are healthier than others because of where they live, how much money they have, access to education and information, . This page will explain what health inequalities are and why they matter.

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Last updated: March 7, 2024