Issue 128               10 October  2022         

imAGE got off to a great start with the Inspire Dance Festival; train rides on the Stephenson Railway; craftism with WEA and dance with the Company of Others. There are still plenty of events and activities for you to take part in, so keep looking in our brochure and on InformationNOW (imAGE-Age Proud Newcastle- Information Now)
for further information.    

What's the Elders Council doing?

 United Nations International Day of Older People

 The 1 October, every year is the UN International Day of Older Persons. The theme this year is 'Resilience of older persons in a changing world.' 

At Elders Council, we see this as an opportunity to celebrate and challenge stereotypes of older people.  We have worked with partners in the
Age Proud Network to bring you 
imAGE, a celebration of ageing. 
You can download the brochure from our website here:   
You can also look at InformationNow which has events and activities listed
 imAGE - Age Proud Newcastle - Information Now.
We would particularly like to draw your attention to the events
organised by Elders Council:

Just Us
Friday 14 October 4.00 – 6.00 pm at Holy Cross Church Fenham or Saturday 15 October 10.30 am – 12.30 pm at St Martin’s Centre

Part theatre show, part bingo – a performance by Unfolding Theatre who spent a week with communities in Fenham and Walker, chatting to people about age, identity and community.  There’ll be stories, music,
and a few surprises along the way.

Physical Theatre Drama Workshop with Sarah Kemp
Thursday 20 October, 2.00 – 5.00 pm  City Library

Develop your theatre-making skills through drama games, gentle movement exercises and improvisations.  No experience is required, just a willingness to have fun and try something different.

If you would like to book for any of the above events, call us on 0191 208 2701 (leave a message if we’re not in) or email

We look forward to seeing you at the events. 
Come along and be
☎ phone: 0191 208 2701
or email

Older Voices

The next broadcast is presented by Hugh and he's going to be checking up with Clare about how the imAGE programme is going. There will also be conversations about how 'cool' older people are. You might be surprised if you have a stereotypical view!
The programme is broadcast on Sunday 16 October from 2 pm - 4 pm
You can hear the show on Radio Nova North East 102.5fm 

Project ICE

Our popular IT drop-in with students from Northumbria University has started again on Wednesdays 2.00 – 4.00 pm and will run every week until 14 December 2022.    Bring along your own devices (smartphone, tablet, laptop) and the students will help you to get to grips with whatever you want to learn.

To book a place contact:
☎ phone: 0191 208 2701
or email

 Are you interested in Home Care?

On 18 October from 10.30 am – 12.30 pm, members of the Elders Council are meeting researcher, Ruth McDonald from Newcastle University, to discuss how the provision of home care is organised and what might be done differently.  If you have experience (direct or indirect) of home care and have views to share, please join us.  The session will take place at our office on the
Campus for Ageing and Vitality (Old General Hospital). 

To book a place please 

☎ phone: 0191 208 2701
or email

Urban Design and Planning for Age Friendly Environments across Europe, North and South

 It sounds a bit intimidating because it's an academic but our very own Barbara Douglas put on her academic hat and wrote a chapter for this book. She is such a clever lady as you will know if you have met her. The book is published by Springer and Barbara's chapter  was written by Barbara at the request of academic colleagues from Spain. Download your eBook

Facebook and Twitter

View our social media pages to see anything we've missed between Bulletins!

Interests and Activities

Stephenson Railway Museum

Get on board the Elf Express with Santa and his helpers at the Stephenson Railway Museum. You need to book  and the link is here:

Apple Day at Jesmond Community Orchard 

Taste the apples help juice them and join other activities in the orchard on Saturday 15 October 1.00 - 3.30 pm
The orchard is at West Jesmond Allotments
More information is available here:

St James Heritage and Culture Group
Behind the scenes at the museum 
 Fancy a guided tour of the museum, highlighting exhibits relating to coalmining?  This is the date you need
Friday 21st October 11.30 Discovery Museum 
You need to book via this email address To: St. James Centre for Heritage & Culture <>

Mindfulness at Jesmond Library

Join the group that meets there each Sunday afternoon 
from 1.30 -2.30 pm

 There is a suggested donation of £3-£5 for each session.

The Club a'Gogo Dance Party

Try a 'shake your hips' dance on Saturday, October 29 from 2.30 pm till 6.30 at The Split Chimp on Westgate Road. Cost £5
and you can shake away to The Animals, Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac,
plenty of R&B, and all on vinyl.

Search Newcastle

Here is their latest activity bulletin. They have lots of great activities this month, including their evening social on 18 October at 6.00 - 9.00 pm to celebrate older people’s day.  You can search for the full month of activities here.
☎ phone: 0191 273 7443

What's on in NewcastleGateshead

Perhaps you fancy a Spooky Silent Disco or a Hallowe'en Pumpkin trail,
you need to look here for more information

Sign in to Must see Museums and receive early news of Tyne and wear Museums and Art Galleries Perhaps The Anatomy of Sex will appeal to you or Women in War Service. Look at the website and sign up for their newsletter

Ouseburn Valley News

Here is the latest newsletter where you can book to visit the Victoria Tunnel for macabre tales, songs and music. Or may be you want to book a Christmas experience -now's your chance!
Open their Newsletter here:

York Christmas Market

There is a bus trip to York Christmas Market
on Wednesday 7 December price £15.00
leaving Bewick Street Newcastle at 9 am
Some seats are available if anyone is interested. You MUST contact to book:

Phantom of the Opera at St George's Church Jesmond
 Saturday 15 October, 8.00 pm at St George's Church

Lon Chaney’s depiction of Leroux’s Phantom is the thing of nightmares - even nearly 100 years after the release of the film that made him a household name. The 1925 black and white picture, The Phantom of the Opera, will be projected onto a large screen in the majestic surroundings of St George’s, and organist, Darius Battiwalla will provide a live, improvised
soundtrack on the church’s majestic pipe organ.
Join us for a night of murder and mayhem in Jesmond!  Tickets (£12, £5 students, children FREE) are available on the door or from Eventbrite, and include wine and nibbles.

Workers Education Association (WEA)

Have a look at this link for budget savings. These courses do have a charge but you may be entitled to financial support to access them

Volunteering, Research and Consultations
Voice Global

Voice Global always has research and consultations in which you may wish to take part. This week had Research on Auditory Cognition and Planning for health emergencies. Their website has all the details for this and more. Have a look and sign up to receive the weekly news yourself.

Take the Accessible Transport Survey now with a chance to win £100!

Transport for All is a disabled-led organisation campaigning to increase access to transport and streets for Deaf and disabled people across the UK. They have launched a new project aiming to capture the experiences of Deaf and disabled people using transport in England. The responses from this survey will shape policies at Transport for All and highlight areas where we need to concentrate our future work. It is open to anyone who is a Deaf or disabled person, over the age of 18, and lives in England. Take the survey for a chance to win £100 shopping vouchers!

Take the survey online:

  • Paper copy: download a print/ large print version and return in the post
  • British Sign Language: Book a session held online via Zoom, with a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter and a staff member from Transport for All.
  • Telephone: Take the survey by phone 020 8126 8161, leave a message stating your name and when you are available for a call back.
  • They will also be holding some smaller focus groups for anyone who is learning disabled and finds surveys inaccessible.

The survey runs until Friday 21 October (closes at Midnight)

Experiences of grief, bereavement and memorialisation
during Covid-19.

Call for Participants

Beyond the waves is a creative research project that explores how experiences of grief, bereavement and memorialisation have been impacted by covid-19.

If somebody close to you has died after March 2020, and you feel that your experiences have been impacted by the pandemic we invite you to
participate in this research.

There are two workshops in October near the beach at the Dove Marine Laboratory in Cullercoats. The workshops will involve creative activities, including gentle movement and art, that help us to understand how grief is experienced through the body, places and objects.

Workshops take place either on 21 October or 18 November from 10 am till 4 pm. It is essential that you can attend the entire day, and a 1-hour zoom or telephone interview following the workshop at a time that suits you.

Travel costs, refreshments and lunch will be provided.

We are also inviting participants who cannot attend the workshops to share their experiences, via 1-1 zoom interviews.
Please use the contact for further information

Have your say on Newcastle’s High Streets

Do you have an idea or a comment to share which would help to improve Newcastle’s High Streets.  You can send a photo, record, or write a comment via Have Your Say Today - Comment on the future of local High Streets! - Newcastle High Streets (  Send in your ideas so that we can make sure the High Streets are age-friendly.


Hot Soup and a Roll

ASDA have announced that their own in-store cafés will be offering the over 60s hot soup, a roll and unlimited hot drinks for £1 this November and December to help them keep warm this winter. Spread the word.

Is the cost of living causing you stress?

Come along to speak to Mental Health Concern and local community organisations. They can help you to:
access free support and guidance on council schemes, benefits and finances
organisations that can provide practical and meaningful support
 access local health and community services
to regain confidence, build resilience and improve your wellbeing

Winter Pressure event at Throckley
Date: Thursday 20 Oct 2022 at Throckley Community Hall
Time: 1.00 pm - 3.00 pm
Read more

Winter Pressure event at Walker
Date: Thursday 27 Oct 2022 at Walker Activity Dome
Time: 1.00 pm - 3.00 pm

Read more

 Winter Pressure event at Fenham
Date: Tuesday 1 Nov 2022 at Fenham Library 
Time: 10.00 am - 3.00 pm
Read more

 Winter Pressure event at West End Library
Date: Friday 18 Nov 2022 at West End Library
Time: 10.00 am - 3.00 pm

Read more

New Treatment Centre at the Freeman Hospital

The first patients were treated at the £24 million centre on 30 September and the facility will provide thousands of additional operations and procedures to tackle waiting list backlogs caused by the pandemic. The new centre will provide procedures for orthopaedics, urology, general surgery, plastic surgery, neurology, pain management and some cardiology services. Patients offered an appointment at the centre will be carefully assessed to ensure they can be safely treated without needing an overnight stay.

More information is available at Day Treatment Centre - Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (

Job vacancy at InformationNOW
Are you interested in working at InformationNOW? We're looking for our new full-time Prevention, Information and Advice Lead at Newcastle City Council. We work to provide information to help people in Newcastle find what they need, at the right time. So people can plan ahead and make informed choices. If you're interested in all things information and supporting people who live and work in Newcastle to live well, you can read more about the role and how to apply on InformationNOW. Closing date 19th October 2022.

The role involves: Managing InformationNOW the information website for people in Newcastle: researching and updating online content, our information articles, organisation directory, events calendar and news; Promotion of our information resources through social media, delivering training to staff, volunteers and members of the public; Continuing to improving the InformationNOW user experience through ongoing focus groups and feedback from users: Publishing the weekly InfoNOW News; The Prevention, Information and Advice Network and partnership working; Developing and maintaining our other adult social care online information sources

 Contact David Forster for an informal discussion on 07795047820

There are lots of scams doing the rounds again, many will be about energy and how you can get what you are entitled to. Remember the offer from the government will come to you and you do not need to do anything. 
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