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You can find lots of things to get involved in here. Whether it’s a day out, a regular activity, class or hobby that you’re looking for there’s something for everyone.

If you want to see what’s happening this week or in your area visit our Events & Activities section.

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As an adult, your health is a priority. We have compiled a list of handy tips that will help you to stay fit and healthy and to improve your general wellbeing.

You can plan your visit by looking at public toilet maps.

Help to plan a trip to Newcastle and find places to visit that are accessible

Abuse should be reported to the safeguarding teams.. Abuse can be emotional, physical, sexual, financial, discriminatory, psychological, organisational, domestic, neglect, self neglect or modern slavery.

Instigated by the Elders Council, partners working together to promote healthy ageing and older people’s month in October each year.

Airport assistance is available if you have mobility issues or a disability. Assistance can be arranged before you fly to help make your travel easier.  Book early to ensure everything is in place.

Anti-social behaviour can range from dropping litter to serious harassment. It can have a major negative effect on your health and your quality of life.

Being active is key to leading an independent life. Doing a little bit of activity regularly can make a real difference to your health.

People who call at your home unexpectedly or call you on the telephone might not always be who they say they are.

This fund is available for carers to take breaks and opportunities that give them choice, independence and control to improve their health and wellbeing.

It can sometimes be difficult to keep children and young people occupied, so if you are responsible for entertaining your children or grandchildren you may find some of these suggestions useful.

Tyne and Wear has several cinemas, showing everything from Hollywood blockbusters to low-budget, independent films. You can choose from large, multi-screen cinemas to smaller, more intimate venues.

These are a great way to get involved in local activities. Here’s a handy list of community centres and hubs in Newcastle, so you can find out what’s happening near you.

There are a number of day services to choose from in Newcastle including lunch clubs, social activities, fitness classes and much more.

You’ll be surprised how far you can travel using your concessionary travel pass. Here are a few suggestions of where you can travel to on public transport.

Newcastle is committed to becoming a Dementia Friendly city.

Direct payments are a way of paying for care and support services such as care in the home, day services or respite care. Direct Payments allow you to buy and arrange your own care and support services.

You may have been driving for years, but there are some things that you need to think about as you get older and your circumstances change.

Concerned about drug use in your local area? Worried about your own or someone you love’s use of drugs or alcohol? Support and advice is available.

The European Union Settlement Scheme requires all non-UK and non-Irish European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals to apply to stay in the UK.

It can be useful to think of positive ways to overcome any feelings of loneliness that you may be experiencing.

Looking to connect  and make new friends? There are many places to meet up with people in Newcastle.

Taking exercise, or doing some form of physical activity, can be an enjoyable way to spend your leisure time, as well as being of great benefit to your health.

There are loads of great places to visit for food in Newcastle. Some offer discounts for older people or a tailored service such as lunch clubs where you can socialise with other like minded people.

There are charities that give emergency food and meals to those who need it most in Newcastle.

Sensible precautions you can take to make yourself less likely to be the victim of crimes such as fraud or scams.  How to report fraud.

Newcastle has a range of art on offer. Many art galleries offer free entry, exhibitions and events. Some galleries have cafes and offer guided tours.

Gardening is good for you. It is therapy and fitness rolled into one.

A hate crime or incident are acts of violence, aggression, prejudice or hostility directed at someone because of their, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, transgender identity, sexual orientation, disability or age.

If you are retired, or approaching retirement, it might be a good idea to find a hobby that you enjoy. Here’s some information on hobbies that you might consider.

Attacks from terrorists are on the rise. Important information about how to keep safe and report suspicious activity.

A learning disability is a life-long condition. It affects a person’s ability to communicate or to do everyday things. People with a learning disability find it harder than others to learn, understand and communicate.

There are a number of  leisure facilities in Newcastle. We have listed below the main leisure centres in the city so that you can find one near you.

There are 14 Council libraries and 4 independent libraries in Newcastle, all offering a wide range of services. Becoming a member of a Council library is free.

Taking up learning opportunities at any age can enhance your life and help you to feel healthier and happier. there are lots of courses to choose from in Newcastle.

Loan sharks are unlicensed money lenders who often charge very high interest rates and sometimes use threats and violence to frighten people who can’t pay back their loan

Mental health is about how we think, feel and behave. 1 in 4 people in the UK have a mental health problem which affects their daily life, relationships or physical health.

There are many museums and attractions to visit in Tyne and Wear. Many are free and have exhibitions ranging from science and technology to local history.

If you want to get involved and sing or play an instrument yourself, we also have information on some of the organisations that can help you.

There are many music venues in and around Newcastle, playing host to a wide variety of musical performers. We have listed some of these venues here. There are also a couple of local magazines that will keep you up to date with acts and venues.

Neighbourhood Watches are ran by volunteers to help make sure the area remains safe and to prevent crime. There may be a Neighbourhood Watch in your local area.

If you have a problem with noise in your neighbourhood there are several courses of action you can take, depending upon the seriousness of the problem.

There are plenty of green spaces in and around Newcastle upon Tyne, where you can take a walk, ride a bike, use the play/exercise facilities and enjoy the fresh air. Some of the parks also feature part of the Hadrian’s Way. Here’s a handy list of those in Newcastle and close by.

If you are planning to travel abroad, or in some cases within the UK, you are required to have a valid UK passport.

There are some precautions that you can take to help reduce your chances of being a victim of crime, assault or violence.

Information on what to consider before getting a pet and where you can find support to help you look after your pets.  Also, taking your pet into pubs and cafes and on holiday.

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There are many different faiths that are celebrated in Newcastle. You can find a number of places of worship and communities here.

There are several types of problems that you may experience in your neighbourhood. You may have noisy neighbours, or you may be experiencing verbal abuse or threats from someone in your area.

There is so much to do online from arts to gardening, from music to a new skill – here are some quick links to keep you occupied whilst at home.

A list of religious and cultural festivals for 2021.

Home security is the best way to reduce your chances of being burgled. Some basic tips are listed in this section. Many of them are common sense, but they could make all the difference to the safety of your home.

A lot of crime is against cars, motorbikes and bicycles; either the theft of them, or from them. Most of this crime can be prevented by following some simple tips, which are detailed in this section.

Self care and self management for people with a disability are terms that are used regularly in today’s society, particularly by the NHS and associated health and social care organisations.

Sleep is an essential process that our bodies and minds need in order to function.  This article explains why sleep is important and what can affect it.

Social Prescribing is where you are prescribed activity or exercise to improve your physical and mental health. It may be used in place of medication or alongside treatment.

Many of us just want to stay connected and see a friendly face or hear a voice. So we can all play our part in helping to manage how we use our connections

What’s going on in Newcastle over the school summer holidays for children and young people

If you are seeking asylum in Newcastle there are a number of local services who can help with support and advice.

There are a range of support groups in Newcastle that help, advise and support people through difficulties including offering emotional support to those people dealing with illness, social isolation, end of life or a long term condition.

 

This article explains the housing and support services that are available for people with a learning disability or autism.

There are many swimming pools in Newcastle. Find one near you.

Information to help you to plan a holiday that takes into account your interests and needs.

The Elders Council of Newcastle is the older people’s forum in Newcastle. It is a voluntary organisation run by and for older people in Newcastle. They work to get the voice and views of older people heard in our city.

Newcastle has excellent theatre venues, attracting many popular artists and touring productions. Many of the venues we have listed here offer concessions for older people

Whether you live in Newcastle or are just visiting, there are many ways to enjoy a great day out in Newcastle and the surrounding areas of Tyne and Wear and Northumberland

Vandalism and graffiti can contribute greatly to the fear of crime. Find out how to report it here.

Volunteering is a great way to learn a new skill or develop an existing one, meet new people and have fun.

Walking is good for you. It is therapy and fitness rolled into one.

There are many ways that you can deal with crime or community safety issues. This section explains some of these, giving contact details of those who can help.