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InfoNOWNews 23 July 2021


New InformationNOW Summer Activities Page
Commission on the role of housing in the future of care and support
Newcastle Best Summer Ever programme

Opportunities for Action

Our City, Our Say – recovery plans that are inclusive
Virtual community networking session

Spotlight On

Homeless Health Peer Advocacy service

Research & Reports

Equal not the Same report
English Housing Survey


Free digital inclusion course starting 26 July
Cardiac arrest support workshops

New on InformationNOW this week!

Updated articles & organisations

scroll down to find all the updates that we have made this week.


New InformationNOW Summer Activities Page

Summer is here and we hope that you are looking forward to it.  We know many people are staying local this year, so we have published a new Summer Activities Page where you can find tips about what’s available and quick links to read more.

Just like our Quick links to virtual activities this page will be updated during the summer break. We’ll let you know when we update it on social media and in InfoNOW news.

You can still find lots of Events and Activities on InformationNOW too. If you want us to include something, please get in touch with us.

Commission on the role of housing in the future of care and support

Do you have experience of care homes, extra care, supported living, retirement housing, Shared Lives or other housing that supports care for adults aged 65+?   The Social Care Institute for Excellence wants you to complete a survey if you are

  • an older person who uses care and support services, their families and carers
  • a frontline manager who provide housing and care/support services.

InformationNOW has articles on: housing for older people, services for people with a learning disability including shared lives and buying or renting ordinary housing 

Newcastle Best Summer Ever programme

Newcastle Best Summer Ever is a partnership between Newcastle City Council and StreetGames.  They are working with over 70 community partners, across 150 Newcastle locations offering summer holiday activities for 5 to 18 year olds as part of Newcastle’s Best Summer Ever programme. They are offering a range of free fun activities, nutritious food and summer schemes for school aged children and young people.  All the partners want to make sure that children and young people have a happy and enjoyable summer. You will find a list of partners offering free sports, arts and cultural activities within this booklet. To comply with COVID restrictions, some of the activities may require pre-booking, so do make contact with those projects that you are interested in attending.

New partners and activities are being added  to the programme all the time and things might change, so please keep an eye on the Best Summer Ever Facebook page.

All the venues are listed on InformationNOW. We have added the following organisations to InformationNOW, so you can find them easily too:

For an up to date list of venues involved in special Friday activities and NUFC football activities alongside Festivals across the City, look at the Best Summer Ever section on the summer activities page.

Keep an eye on Newcastle Support Directory pages.


Our City, Our Say – recovery plans that are inclusive

Difference North East is holding a meeting to gather opinion from disabled people across the region.  They are currently talking to Newcastle City Council about their ‘Newcastle 2030’ recovery plans. They want to help you to share your views so that Newcastle is the best city in the North for disabled people to live and work. Access and inclusion should be a top priority for council, so they want to find out:

  • What stops you from being able to enjoy your city/town?
  • What changes would make the biggest difference for you?

They are holding the meeting twice, so you can choose which one to attend:

  • Wednesday 28th July at 18:30 to 20:00
  • Thursday 29th July at 10:30 to12:00 (BSL Interpreted)

InformationNOW has articles on: disability rightsaccessible and public toiletsaccessible venues in Newcastle 

Virtual community networking session

Wednesday 4th August 2021 at 1pm to 2.30pm

Enactus UK are hosting a virtual community networking session and they would like representatives from a variety different UK based community organisations or social enterprise working with beneficiaries to attend. This is a great opportunity for your communities to answer a few simple questions about their organisation/team and its mission and share insight into the needs, challenges and experiences of the community group and beneficiaries they work with.

Find out more and register

Enactus UK students are participating in this networking event as part of week 5 of their Enactus UK Summer Action activities. Please email or call Claire Donaldson at Enactus UK – Senior Programme Coordinator for Project Innovation & Impact. 0774 222 1932

Homeless Health Peer Advocacy service

You do not need a permanent address, identification or to declare your immigration status to register with a GP surgery.

Crisis offer support to anyone experiencing homelessness in Newcastle and Gateshead, to address health issues they have. Their Homeless Health Peer Advocacy service helps to improve your confidence to use health services. Health advocates can support you with things like:

  • GP registration
  • preparing and getting to health appointments. This includes hospital services, testing, opticians, pharmacy, mental health, drug and alcohol services
  • supporting you with any follow up

Support is given by a trained volunteer who has lived experience of homelessness.  They do this by working on a 1:1 basis with people referred to the service, face to face, over the phone or by video conferencing.

To access this service you need to complete a short referral form, or you can give them a referral over the phone. Email: or call 07989 214 518

InformationNOW has articles on: Worried about becoming homeless


Equal not the Same report

How to support LGBTQ+ communities through Covid and beyond

Jacqui Jobson consultancy has just launched a new report called Equal not the Same . This guidance supports organisations to understand:

  • the impact of Covid 19 on LGBTQ+ communities
  • the mental health needs of LGBTQ+ people
  • using a culturally sensitive and affirmative approach in services
  • how to be an LGBTQ+ ally

You can download the report along with other resources

English Housing Survey

The English Housing Survey is an annual national survey. It collects information about people’s housing circumstances and the condition and energy efficiency of housing in England. The latest survey covers the period 2019 to 2020 and  explores how affordability varies between tenures and how this has changed over time; buying expectations among renters; average mortgage and rental costs; the extent to which private and social renters claim Housing Benefit to help meet the cost of their rent; and rates of mortgage and rent arrears.  In a separate section it also covers an overview of the housing stock in England including: the age, size, and type of home; energy efficiency of the housing stock; decent homes; homes affected by damp and mould and smoke alarms.

InformationNOW has a section on housing


Free digital inclusion course starting 26th July

Better ConNected offer an opportunity to take part in a free digital inclusion course. This is a remote Level 1 Diploma .Candidates must be at least 19 by August 31st and either unemployed or working 16 hours a week or fewer. Study will be from home, with help and guidance from a tutor. Participants will learn how to choose and set up digital devices and systems and how to use a keyboard, pointing device or touch screen. They’ll start to understand digital presence, awareness and safety, digital technology in the home and in the workplace, and managing digital finances. They’ll also be introduced to using word processing software, the internet, email, problem solving, teamworking, using a digital diary, exploring and using social media, and using spreadsheets.

The two-week course is open to residents of Newcastle, Northumberland or North Tyneside, and candidates, which will receive an Android tablet upon completion, can’t currently be in education. They must also have the right to live and work in the UK, and need access to a desktop, laptop or tablet computer with a webcam. Smart phones unfortunately can’t support course content.  Phone Donna Ham for more details on 07877 092 832.

InformationNOW has a section on getting online

Cardiac arrest support workshops

Current NEAS (North East Ambulance Service) data shows there has been an increase in cardiac arrest cases within our region

  • the north east has the lowest rate of bystander CPR – less than 1 in 4 people will attempt CPR before the ambulance arrives
  • the north east has the lowest survival rates from cardiac arrest – less than 5% of people will survive to leave hospital

NEAS are now offering a lifesaving skills course for community groups, charities and employers.  These will equip community members with the key skills in identifying when to intervene, but most importantly how to perform effective CPR and the use of defibrillators. As part of the workshop they also discuss how community members can access our services in both life threatening emergencies and those less urgent health issues.

The workshops are free of charge and available both virtually and face to face (subject to meeting restriction guidelines). To book a session please email Loveness Scott  with dates when you can hold an event/ and times or call on 07580590185

InformationNOW has an article on: heart attacks and advance decisions

Organisations Updated

Last updated: August 2, 2021

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