Issue 125                   29th August 2022         

As part of imAGE, Elders Council has invited Cllr Nick Kemp (Leader of Newcastle City Council) and Cllr Karen Kilgour (Deputy Leader) to share their ideas and aspirations for Age Friendly Newcastle. 

The event will take place in the Bewick Hall, City Library, Newcastle upon Tyne on Monday 10th October 2022 10.30 am – 12 noon
It’s a great opportunity for older people to hear from our recently elected Cabinet members; to pose your questions and share your ideas. 
Do join us. 
The event is FREE but booking is essential. 

You can book on Eventbrite 

or via email 
or by calling us on 0191 208 2701.

Cllrs Kemp and Kilgour were interviewed by Steve Whitley on Older Voices in August.  
If you would like to catch up with the programme, it will be available soon on and on

What's the Elders Council doing?

Older Voices Programme
Sunday 4th September 2022 from 2-4pm

The theme of this programme is Summer Holidays.  You can listen on 
Nova Radio North East 102.5 fm
or on line

Do you fancy a trip to the theatre?

Please join us to see 'Brotherhood' at Alphabetti Theatre on Saturday 10th September at 1.00 pm. 
Tickets are ‘Pay What You Feel’ but we do need to know numbers to book, so please let us know if you would like to come.

Hip-Hop dance theatre told with infectious joy and mischievous smiles, Brotherhood is a new show highlighting the unknown struggles of young Black men living in the UK.
Originally from Africa and the Caribbean, this all-Black cast of multi-talented long time friends will share their origin stories of perseverance through dance and music.

After the show, we have the opportunity to stay on for a writing workshop. 

Book early to guarantee your place

☎ phone: 0191 208 2701
or email


Wellbeing for Life Jesmond
Wednesday 7th September 1030-1200

'Cutting costs in Difficult times' is the topical theme for this event.
It will be held in person at Jesmond Library and you will be offered a warm welcome.
If you are unable to attend in person please request the Zoom link from


Ageing without Children (AWOC)

EC was thrilled to be mentioned on Woman’s Hour this week for the attention we have been giving to people who are ageing without children. 
This was a key theme in our work on Doorbells – Dreaming for the Future in which we highlighted the challenges that some people face in later life when they don’t have the support of family close to them.  You can listen to the programme here  (36 minutes into the programme in Listeners Week Choices). 

If Ageing Without Children is an issue which interests you, you may like to join an on line session being organised by AWOC York, bringing together groups from across the country. 

AWOCs Unite! Tickets, Sat 24 Sep 2022 at 14:00 | Eventbrite


Shaping the Future of Local High Streets!

Members of the Public are being urged to have their say on how the City Council invest just under £2million to improve Chillingham Road, Shields Road and Welbeck Road, for the benefit of residents and visitors.
The Elders Council are already gathering some information around this from the neighbourhoods work we are involved in.
If you would like to make your voice heard by submitting your views then you can join the conversation by clicking the link below.

Or, you can send us your thoughts and we will share them.

☎ phone: 0191 208 2701
or email 



We are sorry to learn that Kate Bowman is leaving the InformationNOW team. 
Kate has been an amazing champion for information and advice for older people.  Not only has she worked with her colleagues to make an excellent resource, she has also worked to ensure that front line staff are well informed and explored various ways of getting information out to people, including using radio and podcasts. 
Thank you Kate and all the very best with your next steps.

Elders Council was one of the founder organisations of InformationNOW so we want it to go from strength to strength. 
Access to good quality information and advice continues to be one of our key priorities.

If you are interested in applying for this vacancy you will find more details under the heading 'Information' below.



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Interests and Activities


Dragon Boat Race
Newcastle Quayside
Saturday 3rd September between 9 am and 4.15 pm

Racing will take place between 10.15 and 3 pm, with plenty to see and do for families.
The Charity benefitting this year is The Children's Heart Unit Fund (CHUF)

Everything You Need To Know About The Newcastle Dragon Boat Race | Get into Newcastle

Anthony Gormley - His life and Work focusing on the North East

Presented Online by David Faulkner (Newcastle's of the World) on 
Thursday 1st September 2022 at 11 am via Zoom

If you would like to join this 45 minute presentation the please click on the link below at 1055 hrs, which will take you straight to the event.


Visit My Mosque - Open Day
Sunday 4th October 11.30 am - 2.30 pm 
Gosforth Prayer Hall, Gosforth Residents Association, Christon Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 1XD

Ever wondered what happens in a mosque? What do the Muslims believe? What are women's rights in Islam? Get your name calligraphed in Arabic. Chat to a Muslim from the local community over coffee and a samosa. Children's activities. 

Community Apple Day at
Scotswood Garden
Saturday 17th September from 11-3pm

Join in the annual Community Apple Day!
Activities include a fun activity trail, cooking apple pancakes on the woodland fire, pressing your own apple juice, appley crafts and games, face painting, plant and preserves sales,
refreshments including homemade cakes...

Please note that access to the garden is at the front of the John Marley Centre, through the wooden side gate to the left of Ballet Lorent's entrance. Postcode NE15 6TT

To Book a time slot please contact by

☎ phone: 0191 275 0000
or email:


u3a Open Day 40th Anniversary 
Monday 19th September 2022 from 11-2 pm
Brunswick Hall near Fenwicks

There will be something for everyone at the event, from walking to music, history to science.
Hear from the special interest groups how you can get involved.
Make new friends over a cup of tea and biscuits

The NewBridge Project – Anti-Capitalist Fashion Week

There are lots of discussions, workshops and exhibitions happening at NewBridge Project in Shieldfield during September exploring the environmental and human impact of textile production.
For more details see:

Anti-Capitalist Fashion Week - launches The Reading Room - The NewBridge Project

 People's Theatre Newcastle
Autumn Winter Season Brochure

The first performance will be from 13-17th September called 'Lovesong'
This will be followed by some really good theatre shows, take a look and book if you can.

🎭 Our new Season Brochure is here (


Calling all Carers in Newcastle
Free Yoga places on
Wednesday 21 and Wednesday 28 September from 10.30am to 11.30am at Newcastle Carers, Byker.

Newcastle Carers are holding two free yoga sessions for carers to try in a supportive and friendly environment.
Yoga can improve flexibility, balance, muscle tone and build strength. It can also help improve breathing, reduce stress, and promote mental calmness.

Places are limited so please book early 

☎ phone:  0191 275 5060
Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm.
or email:

 Workplace Foundation
Thursdays from 12-1pm during exhibitions (no booking is required)

This is a charitable arts organisation based in Newcastle, supporting emerging and underrepresented artists with a specific commitment to UK art scenes outside of London, focusing on the North of England. 

Alongside exhibitions there is a public programme of workshops, talks and events.
including a regular Over 65’s coffee morning. 
Drop in from 12-1pm for coffee, tea and biscuits in a welcoming, quiet and safe space. This is a chance to meet new people, learn about the current exhibition or spend time in our communal area.  

The address is 12 Blandford Square, Newcastle, NE1 4HZ.
Having recently moved over from Gateshead to the Newcastle the crew are really keen to get to know the people in the area.

There is more information about the current exhibition and events here

Volunteering, Research and Consultations
Newcastle Integrated Care Board & Newcastle GP services
Enhanced Access to GP Practices Survey

To consider the provision of additional appointments outside of usual GP Practice opening times.
This will affect all Newcastle practices except Cruddas Park and West Road Surgery, but all views are welcome

Have your say by completing the online survey below.

Extra healthcare appointments in Newcastle - tell us your views! Survey (

If you require a paper copy to complete or would like this in any other format please let us know.

☎ phone: 0191 208 2701
or email

The State of Caring survey 2022 is now live!

This is the most comprehensive research into the experience of carers in the UK. It creates a powerful body of evidence that highlights what caring looks like in the UK today and what needs to be done to ensure carers are supported.
Last year, over 8,000 carers shared their experiences in the survey. This helped us to secure new rights for carers in the Health and Social Care Act 2022 in England, provide evidence of the need for a right to Carer’s Leave and campaign for cost of living support for carers across the UK.
We want to hear what challenges you’re facing and what support you need. 
The survey below takes around 20-30 minutes to complete – we really appreciate every carer who takes the time to share their experiences.


Units of Measurement UK

Would you like to have a say on which units of measurement we should use?  Metric?  Imperial? 
Here’s your chance to complete the government’s survey 

Choice on units of measurement: markings and sales - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy - Citizen Space


E Scooters - Experimental Traffic Regulation (No.2) Order 2022

 This ETR has come into force from 26th August allowing hired Electric scooters to be used in certain Bus Lanes, Cycle Lanes and Highways with a speed limit of 30mph or less.
Newcastle City Council have asked residents and business to consider this trial prior to a decision by the Department of Transport to decide whether to extend the use of e scooters permanently.
You can check this out online at

to request a paper copy, contact


Become a volunteer befriender?

Do you have some time to spare for this great cause?
Become a volunteer befriender with Caring Hands Charity in Shieldfield.
It will involve, talking and spending time together.
Creating a friendship.
Going on walks and sharing activities (may include pushing a wheelchair).
If this could be you, request more information.

☎ phone: 0191 2615234
or email:

Staying Steady

If you have had a fall or feel you are at risk of falling, why not sign up for Staying Steady? 
It’s an opportunity to take part in 27 weeks of sessions to improve your strength and balance. 
The sessions are fun and enjoyable and a good opportunity to meet new people. 
None of us like to experience the loss of confidence that follows a fall. 
Staying Steady gives you the best chance of avoiding it.  

 Preventing Falls - Healthworks (


Carers' Advice & Information Session for Dementia
Wednesday 21st September from 11-3 (drop-in)
Jesmond Library, St Georges Terrace NE2 2DL

Have you been diagnosed with dementia, or have a family member/friend who has dementia or do you care for someone living with dementia?
Come along on the day, meet other people in similar situation and get advice information and support that you may need.
Refreshments are available.
For more information contact:

☎ phone: Julie on 07889564555
or email:


Help for Households event
Tuesday 27th September 2022

 The purpose of the event is to help people with the increased cost of living by providing free essential items such as clothes and toiletries, along with expert advice from some of our partners and external organisations.  

Information Now, Skills Hub, Citizens Advice, Northumbria Water are just some who have already confirmed. 

If you have any unwanted clothes, toiletries, handbags, children’s toys that you no longer need and are in good condition, then please donate them to the cause. Also needed are coat hangers and plastic bags if you have any spare.  

These can be dropped off at any Newcastle library but please check the opening times first. 

For further information, or if you have any questions please email:

Thank you for your support. 

InformationNow Vacancy

This is a fantastic local job opportunity for someone who is passionate about ensuring people are well informed so that they can make good and timely decisions and know where to get help in a crisis. 

If you think this might be you, or know someone who would meet the requirements, here is more information.

Please note the closing date is Tuesday 6th September 2022.

Scam Emails regarding Energy Rebates

Sadly, reports claiming that messages supposed to be from Ofgem are circulating asking people to provide their personal and bank details in order to claim a rebate on energy costs.
These messages may be by email, telephone, text messages or even cold calling, and are not real. They should be reported immediately to the National Cyber Security Centre.

The link below will show you how to report these scams depending on how they have been sent to you, please read it and be aware of the dangers.

Avoid and report energy scams | Ofgem



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