Issue 130                      7 November 2022         

What's the Elders Council doing?

Housing, Health and Social Care

We are holding a meeting of members who have an interest in Housing, Health and Social Care on Tuesday 8 November at 10.30 am at our office in the Biomedical Research Building.  A representative from Care and Repair Newcastle is coming to update us on their services, in particular the adaptations service.  If you are interested and would like to join us, please come along. 
You can call us to confirm on:

.☎ phone: 0191 208 2701
or email 

Older Voices

The next broadcast is on 20 November with the theme 'Local Community Struggles'. It could be about any number of things from Clean Air to Transport for the Future.  Wendy will present the programme this time.

There are a number of ways to listen to Older Voices,
the radio show of the Elders Council:
1. Live on 102.5FM Nova Radio North East
Or you can catch up here:

Worried about scams and fraud?

Come along to Project ICE on Wednesday 16 November 2.00 – 4.00 pm to get advice from the Barclays Digital Eagles who will be attending our regular session to give us tips and advice.  You can either come in person to Room 208, Squires Building, Northumbria University, City Centre Campus or join online. 
To book your place, please  

☎ phone: 0191 208 2701

Well-being for Life at Jesmond Library

Held monthly on Wednesday mornings from 10.30 - 12 .00
The next meeting is on 7 December 
These meetings are hybrid so you need to contact the library with your preference. and any queries you have
They also have IT  Support Drop-Ins - the next is on 6 December 2 - 4 pm 


Bus Pass Renewal

This is a question we are asked fairly regularly. You can find out the details of how to renew your bus pass on the Nexus website here.

Please Note this CANCELLATION

This NICA event planned for 9 November with Steph McGovern, has been postponed. This is because of the planned rail strikes. We will keep you informed when we hear of a new date.

Interests and Activities

Men's Pie Club

There's a new pie club starting at Byker Sands Monday 5 December.
Pie Club opens once a week for guys in various locations in the North East. It’s all about tackling social isolation and improving mental health. It’s for guys who live alone, feel alone, or just need an excuse to get out more. There’s no stress and no pressure. Just a bit of cooking. Here are the contact details.

☎ phone: 07817703274

Opportunities with Alphabetti Theatre

Alphabetti Theatre is sharing opportunities to audition for their productions between now and March 2023. They welcome applications from those taking their first steps in theatre or looking to change direction and try different performing arts disciplines. They are always interested to hear from people who identify as LGBTQ+, global majority, neurodivergent, having a disability, and/or who are from working-class backgrounds.

Activities at Jesmond Library

Craft 'n' Chat on Thursdays 2.30 -3.30 pm Share your skills or learn
something new whilst having a chat.

The library also has Thursday evening talks starting at 6 pm
10 November:  Spam or Scam;  17 November: Remembering Proust;
24 November: Clean Air

☎ phone: 0191 281 2385 

WinG Outdoor Activities

They have a number of free introductory cycle sessions on offer until 27 November.  Each session starts at 10:30 am and finishes at 2:30 pm. Available for any adult living within the Tyne and Wear area.
Free use of bicycles, cycling equipment, repair tools
and cycle guidance are all included.
The cycle sessions are a great way to build cycling confidence, learn about bicycle maintenance, meet new people, get fit and improve your well-being.

To book or find out more contact WinG Outdoor Activities. 


Newcastle u3a

Newcastle u3a is holding an open day on 30 November
from 11.00 am - 2.00 pm in Brunswick Hall.
Why not go along and investigate the groups and activities on offer as well as be serenaded by the Tuneless Choir; there are free refreshments too.

☎ phone: 0191 230 4430

Newcastle Vision Support

They provide practical support for people with sight loss. They will help people with their IT and technology issues. 
The charity runs a series of groups at MEA House.  To find out more and book

a place to take part in these sessions:

☎ phone: 0191 232 7292

Handyside Markets are back!

The next market is a Vinyl and Vintage fair on Saturday, 19 November at the Tyneside Irish Centre, Newcastle and as always it's free entry.  It's not just a market, the events are more of a social, with drinks, DJ sets, a dancefloor, good company and listening to GREAT MUSIC,
I can't think of a better way to spend a Saturday afternoon!

Club a'Gogo

The next Club a'Gogo Dance Party is on Saturday, 26 November starting at 1.00 p.m. at the Tyneside Irish Centre. Last month's event was a blast and we love our new venue, so let's do it all again! Tickets are available at the link.

Workers Education Association

WEA history walks - interactive map and walking route exploring. You can do this walk from your armchair or go into town and explore at your own pace. There are lots of interesting links when you click on the map

VOICE: Celebrating

 Voice is celebrating 15 years of Impact’ on Thursday 8 December, 3-5 pm, followed by a drinks reception until around 6 pm. This will take place at The Catalyst building, Newcastle upon Tyne and will also be live-streamed. Details are still to be confirmed, but we would be grateful if you are able to, please hold this time in your diary and we will share the event programme and registration link as soon as it is available. Here is the link to register:


White Ribbon 2022

 Your Homes Newcastle is proud to be a White Ribbon accredited organisation, part of the global movement working to end male violence against women and girls. Join us on the 24 November in Domain at Northumbria University Students’ Union, any time between 10 am to 1 pm to make your own pledge to never commit, excuse, or remain silent about violence against women and girls.

At our event, you can find out about local support services and meet people working hard to address abuse in all its forms. The event is open to anyone, but we are hoping to particularly meet those from local community groups, faith groups, sports clubs, societies, schools and colleges.

To sign up for this free event go to the Eventbrite page

 The Roman Soldiers Handbook  

What better way to end the Hadrian1900 Festival than to join us for this talk and demonstration about a soldier's life at Benwell during the Roman occupation? Learn about weapons, armour, drill, tactics and much else.  Have a go at playing with the soldier's kit and trying on the armour. 
 And did we mention cake? 

Monday 21 November 1 pm at West End Library
Booking is essential and must be booked via this email address:


Here is the link to the activities offered by Search for the whole of November from aqua aerobics to advice and information drop-in sessions.
Please check their calendar for more details.

The Tuneless Choir

They meet upstairs in the Brunswick Methodist Church at Brunswick Place,
Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 7BJ
The next dates are November 19 and December 3 Doors open at 13.45 with  Singing from 14.00


Enjoy our Parks – Urban Green

There is a lot going on in the parks, whether it’s physical activity or arts.  Have a look at Urban Green’s calendar and see whether there is something
you could do to brighten up your November.

Let’s sing!

Want to join an extremely friendly choir?  Then join the Newbiggin Hall Singers at St. Wilfrid’s Church each Wednesday morning from 10.30 am – 12 noon.  You’ll enjoy the experience.
Contact Tony Huzzard at 07936316257 or email

Tony is also the NHS Newcastle Hospitals singer/soloist and will
sing for you anytime or anywhere.

Newsletters from various sources

 There are several organisations that publish Newsletters with a host of things. Here are links to their websites to give you a flavour of what they offer and how to sign up for their newsletters.
Here is 'What's on in NewcastleGateshead'
This one is from the Ouseburn Trust

Volunteering, Research and Consultations

Call for Carers to take part in research

Newcastle University is looking for family carers over 18 to take part in research to explore the experiences of informal carers accessing and utilising community pharmacy services.
This will involve an online interview via Zoom lasting around 40 minutes.

For more information go to 

Volunteers to take part in MRI scanning for the lungs

Volunteers are needed to take part in a research study developing MRI methods to assess lung ventilation and perfusion properties. If you would like to take part, arrangements will be made for you to visit the Freeman Hospital and for your lungs to be scanned. Volunteers must be in normal good health and be non-smokers, aged between 55 and 80 years. Transport costs to and from our research centre will be paid, and a small contribution made to you in recognition
of the time you commit to the project. 

☎ phone: 0191 208 1167. 

Joined Up North East

Mark Adley is a frontline practitioner with over 30 years of experience in HIV/AIDS, substance use, young people in care and the criminal justice system, and more recently in GP-based social prescribing. He has long had concerns about the lack of LGBTQIA+ visibility within local services. He was awarded a grant to run a three-year Ph.D. project with
Newcastle University exploring this area.
The project’s main aim is to capture the experiences of navigating the current network of health and social care services in the North East, and Mark would like to speak to any older LGBTQIA+ people who have experienced severe or multiple exclusion/disadvantage.

☎ phone: 07593 100409

Do you see what I see?

You can take part in an online survey that looks at how each of us sees the world around us. Just click the link.
There is also an opportunity to take part in a focus group of people aged over 60  The focus group discussions will happen online and everyone will be paid
£25 for their participation.

If you want any more information please contact this email


Food Cycle

This is an offer of a free 3-course meal and all are welcome.
Meals are held at the following places:
Benwell, Riverside Community Health Project Monday 6.30 pm

St Silas Church Byker – Thursday 7 pm
Westgate Baptist Church – Thursday 6.45 pm

Walker – Monkchester Community Centre Wednesday 12.30 pm

The Changing Face of Newcastle

Do you ever wonder about the changes that are taking place in the centre of Newcastle and what’s coming next?  This article by Ian Crow of Ryder Architects explains some of the changes.
 Get The Lowdown on Pilgrim Street’s Development | Get into Newcastle
There is also an article about Grey Street development on the
City Council's website. Here is the link:

Staying Steady

Staying Steady is a free 28-week fall prevention service and 
consists of weekly exercise classes. The programme has been scientifically proven to improve strength and balance, reduce fear of falling and reduce fall risk.
Referral into Staying Steady is easy, your GP or link worker can refer you to the service. Or, you can self-refer to the service by completing a self-referral form click the link: Preventing Falls - Healthworks (
For more information or any queries these are the contact details
☎ phone: : 0191 272 4244

Information from Martin Lewis 'money-saving expert'
Discounted Social Tariffs

 This applies only if you are on certain benefits check out what Martin says

Time Exchange

Some of you will know of the Time Exchange that sadly is closing at the beginning of December.  If you would like to celebrate their amazing contributions to the community, join in the celebration at the Bike Garden (Nuns Moor Park) on 8th December 2022
10.00 am - 1.00 pm


Get Online Newcastle

The National Data Bank has free SIMs for Newcastle residents (depending on eligibility - see below) who have an O2, Vodafone or an unlocked mobile phone. The data is gifted to them and rolls over each month
a six-month period. 
If you or someone you know you think may be eligible then contact with the contact details of the person you think is eligible.  The staff member will contact the person and
arrange for them to get the SIM fitted into their device. 
Eligibility for a free SIM - Be 18+ years old AND be from a low-income household AND have no access or insufficient access to the internet at home; AND/OR has no or insufficient access to the internet when away from the home AND/OR cannot afford their existing monthly contract or top up. 

Newcastle Reconnects
A day centre which aims to enhance the quality of life for people with long-term conditions.  Based in the Dene Centre (opposite Freeman Hospital), this day centre is run by Age UK Gateshead.
The service is free and also offers free travel.
 For more information contact
 or call 0191 284 0480.

The Newcastle Arts Development Team

The Newcastle Arts Development Team is looking to engage new creative, conversations with any interested Newcastle-based community partners; particularly those that have not worked with them before and are based in areas of the city with little creative opportunity. The deadline for the return of an expression of interest is Friday 9 December.  For more information about Artist Residencies contact:

Creative Activities with Older People

If you are looking for a creative activity to do with individuals or in
small groups, here are some ideas
 52 weekly activities – Arts in Care Homes

Health and Care Newsletters

Integrated Care 
 27 October edition:
In Touch NHS newsletter the 27 October edition: 

We want to know what you think! 

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