Issue  103                         27 September 2021 

Age Proud Newcastle

Celebrating Older People

Age Proud Newcastle Celebration
Older People’s Day Friday 1 October 2021
Newcastle City Library - 10.30 am -4.00 pm

Curious Monkey Caravan - The story collectors want to fill the caravan full to the brim with tales of everything from the everyday to the extraordinary. Free tea, coffee and cake! Book a 40-minute slot for up to 6 people (or drop-in).
10.30 am - 3.30 pm

Beyond the Waves - delivered by facilitators who have lost loved ones during COVID. We aim to offer friendships, healing, hope beyond tragedy and a creative, mindful outlet on this difficult journey. 
11.00 am -12 noon

Words and Worlds spoken word performances - Come and hear about the project and listen to extracts from the anthology
we created with members of the Elders Council and others.
11 am -12 noon

Dance City - bring Boundless to perform an excerpt of their work alongside SEARCH who they are working with towards INSPIRE festival. 12.30 - 1.30 pm

A trip down memory lane –Digital Voice team will showcase community heritage stories, then guide you to use iPads to find images and music that take you back to your own youth and be your own digital storyteller. 2.00 - 3.00 pm

Viva Las Cruddas - screenings of the short film made about the Newcastle City Council artist residency with Search in 2019/20.
2.00 - 2.30 pm

Managing the Home Care Circus Animation – screening of the animation made with Digital Voice and members of the Elders Council illustrating their home care report.
  2.30 - 3.00 pm

A-Z Gif Wall – Equal Arts have compiled an A-Z Gif Wall with members of Newcastle Older People’s Network and others. Drop in and join our artist to help create Z is for Zoetrope, you won’t regret it. 3.00 - 4.00 pm
Please book in advance if possible by contacting or you can phone the number below

☎ phone: 0191 208 2701
or email

Home Alone Installation

Friday 1 October The Catalyst, Newcastle University, 5 pm Home Alone installation by artist Sharon Bailey with performance followed by Question + Answer session with Sharon Bailey and Tom Scharf 
(Newcastle University)
Book in advance on eventbrite

Month of Activities for Older People’s Day

Find out about all the online and in person activities for people aged 50 and over across the city in October

Dwellbeing Shieldfield

On Friday 1 October, join us on Older People’s Day for a walk to suit all ages and abilities. We will take a tour of the neighbourhood to share ideas about how the local heritage can inspire a flourishing future for Shieldfield.

For further information please contact Edyta

☎ phone: 07593 769 129
or email:l

Waking Up to Climate Change
8 October 13.00 - 14.30 hours on line

Don't miss the opportunity to join award-winning writer, Linda France, in an on line workshop
 to explore what climate change and environmental challenge means to you. Linda France, Climate Writer in Residence with New Writing North and Newcastle University, will guide you through a process of enquiry and reflective writing to gain a deeper awareness of your thoughts and feelings, hopes and fears, and identify possibilities for positive action. Everyone over 50 is welcome – all you need is pen and paper and a willingness to ponder.
Book your place here

What's the Elders Council doing?

Older Voices Radio Show
This is the only radio show in the country produced entirely by older people themselves.
The next broadcast is on Older People's Day, 1 October, so make sure you listen in to find out why we celebrate Older People's Day and what we have organised. There are also the regular items of gardening, news and interests and of course music chosen by guests. Tune in to 102.5fm
or listen at your leisure on Mix Cloud

Managing the Home Care Circus Animation
We were delighted to have the opportunity to show our new animation based on Managing the Home Care Circus report at the SEARCH event at St James's Park, where it was very well received.  On 1st October we will be launching the animation on line.  We hope you will take the time to watch it
and we welcome your feedback. 
If you haven't seen the report yet, it is available on our website

☎ phone: 0191 208 2701
or email

Project ICE is back!!

Project ICE is the Northumbria University student-led volunteering society working in partnership with Elders Council to give older people in our community to pop in and receive technical support and advice about all things tech in a friendly and relaxed environment. We will be holding our usual drop-in sessions, as well as set talks from students and industry professionals on a range of topics, including internet banking and avoiding scams.

Project ICE will be starting shortly, with our sessions running every Wednesday between 2 and 4pm. After a year of online classes, Project ICE is now offering hybrid sessions for anyone who wants to attend. You can either attend in person at Northumbria University, or you can join the session virtually via zoom where student volunteers will be waiting for your calls.

As we finalise the room locations, zoom links and the start date for Project ICE, we kindly request that anyone interested in attending either in person or virtually gets in touch at so we can send you updates closer to the time.

Facebook and Twitter

We hope you saw all of the posts on Facebook in the last two weeks, there's been lots on to be interested in, and don't forget to follow and like us - thanks!

Interests and Activities

Creative Age at Northern Print

Artist-led printmaking sessions for people with dementia, memory issues and other long-term conditions, their carers, and families.

Sessions will take place every Tuesday fortnight starting on
Tuesday  5 October from 10.30 am - 12.30 pm at Northern Print,
Stepney Bank in the Ouseburn Sessions are free but you must book using the contact details below. The artists leading the sessions are able to cater from complete beginners to more skilled practitioners and all are welcome.
Please note Covid measures are still in place
☎ phone: 0191 261 7000
or email:

Stop Loan Sharks

A family-friendly community event on money management,
life skills and loan-shark awareness
Free to attend * Free advice and guidance *Sign up for Christmas Hampers
*Games and prizes to win* Relaxation sessions *Money-management advice *
Meet and greet with Sid the Shark
Tuesday 12 October 10 am - 14 noon at Tree Top Village, Walker NE6 3JW

To find out more details contact: or call
0191 263 2752

Out and About Opportunities in Jesmond

Jesmond Pool & Gym
: Do have a look at the new timetable attached - and to view the interactive newsletter and find out what else is happening please click on this link

Jesmond Community Orchard:  We're busily planning for the always popular Jesmond Apple Day on Saturday 16 October: details attached. We'll gratefully accept donations of surplus apples for juicing and can pick, collect, or if easier, organise for them to be dropped off; please contact Fiona on to arrange
Jesmond Library See full details of the Grand Reopening of the library and the Yearly Celebration on Saturday 2 October, plus information about the Spanish Conversation classes which will be 'live' on Thursdays.

“Ping Pong Parlour” for the over 50s Table tennis is an enjoyable sport and keeps you fit physically and mentally. It also provides an opportunity to meet new friends and socialise on a regular basis. Research has shown that it has some benefits for people who have memory loss and there is evidence in our previous group that table tennis
can help to regain co-ordination following a stroke.

The table tennis group was originally set up for the over 60s about 4 years ago. The group did not have a specific name. Now, it is time to give it a new name! It’s going to be called “Jesmond Pool Ping Pong Parlour”
and will be open to the over 50s.

The group welcomes anyone who hasn’t played table tennis before and any players who want to play again and want to improve their table tennis skills. If you haven’t played before, I can give you some tuition. So don’t be shy!

No equipment needed, although there is a small charge, just pop in and play.
 ☎ phone: 07941 539359 (Text preferred)

Urban Green Newcastle Enterprise

The Urban Green Newcastle Enterprise Team is delighted to announce that they will be welcoming Tennis for Free back to Gosforth Central Park  (Saturdays) and Exhibition Park (Sundays) on the 25 & 26 September, running weekly until the end of November. 
For age 12+ all the sessions are free and equipment is provided all you need to do is book and turn up! 
For Gosforth:
For Exhibition Park
For more information look at Urban Green webpages:

 St. Martin’s Centre Walker

There is a wealth of activity at the centre for those aged 55+ with something available each day including Tai Chi, Pilates and social groups with coffee and cakes as well as a lunch club. There is a small charge for some activities.
The centre also organise monthly outings. The next one is to Hexham
Thursday 21 October
Depart 9.30 – 3.30 return - £5 per ticket
There is also a visit to the Christmas Market in Edinburgh
planned for the December outing

 Should you require any further information please contact : 
Lynn Annis or Tanya McGrath
 ☎ phone:  0191 276 4002

Dwellbeing Shieldfield

Dwellbeing Shieldfield is a welcoming community group and co-operative for people of all ages and backgrounds. We share life together, support our neighbours and celebrate our community. Our aim is to support our community to play an active role in shaping life in Shieldfield. There are regular activities, a community walk or a gardening workshop or just socialising together over a coffee in a local cafe
 For further information please contact Edyta

☎ phone:07593 769 129

Volunteering, Research and Consultations

Newcastle City Council

There is a  consultation on proposals to change the way we use some of our major thoroughfares and some of our quieter streets in the heart of the City Centre to create safer public spaces. This includes changes to bus routes and bus stops. This consultation is now open.
The consultation can be found online at:

People can also ring an answerphone number 0191 278 2767 to request a call back to go through the response form with a member of staff who will record their views for them.
There is a static exhibition on the ground floor of the City Library that may give you a view of the proposals

Make sure you have your say about these proposals
The consultation closes at 5 pm on Friday 15 October 2021.

City Centre Transformation – New Bus Loop

If you would like to know more about the proposed changes to the city centre, (see the above item) and in particular the new bus routes, you are welcome to join Stagecoach MD Steve Walker for a tour of the new bus loop. 
Gather by the flag poles in the Civic Centre Wednesday 29 September just before 1.30 pm. The single-decker bus will leave from Barras. There will be a commentary about the route and the bus stops. There will be a return journey so you will experience where all the planned stops will be.

Get Online Newcastle – Get Online Champion Volunteers

Would you like to join our amazing team of volunteers who support residents in Newcastle to access the internet and get online?

We are looking for individuals who would be happy to provide telephone support from home or join our existing team in person at sessions across the City.

Some of the Get Online Champion Team members have been with us for 6 years now and have enjoyed the training and development opportunities that have been made available to them.

All training will be given and mentorship from other team members will be put in place for you.

If you are passionate about helping people to get online and can offer us at least 3 hours per week of your time, drop us an email or call for a chat our contact details are below. You can also have a look at our Get Online Newcastle webpage, we look forward to hearing from you soon.
☎ phone: 07584 205925

Improving support and services for carers in Newcastle

If you are a carer this consultation is for you.
Make sure you are heard and tell the city what you need.
We would like to invite you to take part in a focus group (small discussion group) on Thursday 30 September from 11am until 12.30pm. This focus group will provide an opportunity for you to share your experiences of caring during the pandemic and what changes you would like to see.
If you would like to take part in this or any future focus group, please let us know by contacting Fiona Richardson, Carers Lead Officer 
 ☎ phone07970626326:


Integrated Care Bulletin

The complete Bulletin from the NHS. Take a peek if you are interested.

Vodaphone Charity SIM cards 

Vodafone has started a new initiative to tackle digital inclusion.
The scheme is for charities with programmes supporting digital inclusion.
Sims are available until 1st November 2022 or until supplies run out.
 The form is very simple and you can get up to 100 Sim cards. If you need more than 100 Vodafone still encourage you to apply and they will work with you to meet your needs.  
Find out more about Vodafone's charity sim cards deal here.

ECHO boiler scheme

The ECHO boiler scheme re-opened on 06/09/21. Owner-occupiers on low income under £30k or benefits can access support if their gas boiler is broken or beyond economical repair. Please send any enquiries to email

InformationNOW has a section on: energy saving tips

Let's talk about dementia

It’s World Alzheimer’s Month and the theme is 'Let's talk about dementia'.
Do you or a loved one need support? The Alzheimer’s Society has a
Dementia Connect support line.
You can get personalised information, support and advice
☎ phone: 0333 150 3456.
Find out more at

St Martin's Centre, Walker

Got a smartphone, tablet or laptop you want to use more? Maybe Zoom your family, use emails or online shopping? Are you 55+ and do you want to get more out of your device?
We are working in partnership with the City Council to bring you short courses that will help you with this. First course starts on Friday 24 September for 5 weeks 10.30 am-12 pm

Book your place by phoning the number below.
Free refreshments are provided, all you need to bring is your device! 😊

☎ phone: 0191 2764002

Black History Month

Calling  Haref Network, Haref Allies and Community Forum, October is Black History Month and  Connected Voice are celebrating in a number of ways. Take a look at their web page and let them know if you are hosting an event or running a campaign that you would like them to share: 

Black History Month 2021: Proud to be

Tyne Tunnel Open Road Tolling
Important Information Please Take Note

 From November 2021 there won't be any toll booths at the Tyne Tunnel you will be able to drive straight through. This doesn't mean it is free You still have to pay. You can pay in advance or pay by midnight the day after your journey. You can pay online or by phone. There is a 10% discount for payment in advance.
Failure to pay will result in additional charges
☎ phone: 0191 574 0030

If you have a Blue Badge you will be exempt from payment but you MUST register your car at 
 ☎ phone 0191 574 0031

Please look at the website for more detailed information

Winner of the BBC / RHS Chelsea People’s Choice Award!

🏆  Artisan and Sanctuary Gardens category winner - The Parsley Box Garden.
Designed by Alan Williams. Built by Landform Consultants.

Seeking to champion and empower the over 60s and challenge the outdated stereotypes of ageing, this is a contemporary, sleek and elegant garden. Inspired by the philosophy of conserving nature’s bounty through fermentation and preservation, the borders are brimming with edibles to forage and bring flavour to dishes, all the while minimising food waste.
A big thank you to Alan Williams from the Elders Council

Newcastle's Christmas Market
We note that the BBC  (North East and Cumbria) has been informed that the Newcastle  Christmas Market has been cancelled due to 'ongoing uncertainty caused by coronavirus

We want to know what you think! 

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