Issue 124                       15th August 2022         

We are old, so what! 

Being old isn’t an insult, let’s own it!

During and leading up to ImAGE 2022 we want to highlight and share our stories, snapshots of older people in Newcastle. 

We will share them on Facebook and Twitter, showing our varied and diverse interests and lives. 

Click here to request an entry form, return it to us with a nice photo (by email if possible) and wait to see your name in lights.

What's the Elders Council doing?

This is a Last Call: 
What would an age-friendly world look like to you?

Celebrating Age will be holding events on:
Tuesday 16th, Wednesday 17th, Thursday 18th and Friday 19th August 2022:

Morning sessions
10am-12.30pm, Holy Cross Church Hall, 16 Whittington Grove, Fenham

Afternoon sessions
2.00 – 4.30 pm, Tree Top Village, Walker Road, Walker.

Workshops are free to attend and all are welcome.

These sessions involve storytelling and creative writing activities with over 50s from across Newcastle.
Celebrating Age aims to promote a positive image of ageing; challenging outdated negative preconceptions, and actively engage older people in their local communities. 

Stories and special insights gathered as part of our co-creation process with participants will be shared as part of celebratory public performances in Newcastle City to celebrate International Day for Older Persons as part of imAGE Festival during October 2022.

Celebrating Age has been commissioned by The Elders Council of Newcastle and is being delivered in partnership with Unfolding Theatre. It is funded by The National Lottery Awards for All England 

If you would like further information or to book please contact us by

☎ phone: 0191 208 2701
or email


Older Voices Radio Programme
Sunday 21st August 2022 from 2 - 4pm

Nova Radio North East 102.5 fm

Politics and Power will be the topic for this broadcast with guests from Extinction Rebellion, the Electoral Reform Society and Shelter.
You will be able to catch up with our Green View and Gardening advice. There will be a poem too, as well as hearing what's on in the area during August.

You can hear previous broadcasts via the Nova Radio NE website.

If you are interested in taking part in any future programmes why not let us know?

☎ phone: 0191 208 2701
or email 

Later Life Audio and Radio Co-operative

Fancy having a go at learning a new skill?
Why not join the LLARC podcasting masterclass on Thursday 15th September 11.00 - 15.00 in the Urban Sciences Building, Newcastle University.
It's a fabulous opportunity with a great team.
Don't miss it!


Wellbeing for Life Jesmond
Wednesday 7th September 10;30 to 12 noon

Saving Money in Difficult Times - Advice to Younger Friends is the topic for this event so if you would like to join the group at Jesmond Library, please call in. The Community Minibus is available again so if you would like to use this facility contact for more information.

☎ phone: 0191 208 2701
or email: 


Volunteers Needed
to help distribute ImAGE brochures


The Elders Council needs volunteers and community workers from all around Newcastle to help us distribute the ImAGE brochures within their local neighbourhoods – to community centres, libraries, churches etc.
If you think you can help with this, and will be available in the first week of September. please get in touch with Clare via contact details below.    

☎ phone: 0191 208 2701
or email 


Facebook and Twitter

We enjoy sharing our news with you via Social Media so don't forget to 'follow' or 'like' us to find out more.

Interests and Activities


St James Heritage and Environment Group
Gannin’ Alang the Wall: The Romans went this way

DVDs available for community groups – please contact for a copy

Or go to their website and look under “films and audio recordings”


Chain Reaction Walking Group

Are you 55+ and live in the East End of Newcastle?
If you enjoy walking and would like to meet new friends why not join the group on the 1st and 2nd Tuesday of each month 11 - 3.30 pm (next walk is 6th September)
All walks will be decided in advance and don't forget to bring a packed lunch.

For more details and to book your place

☎ phone:  Leigh on 074361613303 or Tim on 07967366824 


Urban Garden Newcastle 

There are a number of events being held in Newcastle to encourage families to enjoy the summer at home.
Why not check out the information in the link below and book a place so you don't miss out?

Urban Garden Newcastle venue information, event listings, directions, seating plan, contact details | Urban Garden Newcastle Ticketline

Rebellion - Free Open Air Play Space

NE1 is creating an outdoor play space for children of all ages (that includes us doesn't it?) in Old Eldon Square as part of the Summer in the City activity programme.

If you are looking after your grandchildren during the school holidays why not take them down. There are plenty of coffee places nearby for the adults too.

East End Women
Women only workshops will help to:

Build self esteem and Confidence 8th September
Stop Self Sabotaging - 22nd September
Be Body Confident - 29th September 
Free places available so to find out more contact:

☎ phone: 0191 2632752
or email


Heritage Open Days
9-18 September 2022
Newcastle Libraries

There are numerous events taking place, at the City and local libraries, during Heritage week so why not check out your library to find out more.
You will see a couple of examples below.

The Lindisfarne Gospels: From creation to celebration with Amanda Hepburn Tickets, Thu 15 Sep 2022 at 17:30 | Eventbrite

The Northern Minstrels, 1300 to 1800 talk by Dave Harker Tickets, Sat 17 Sep 2022 at 13:00 | Eventbrite

Booking for some events will be essential so don't miss out.

Heritage Open Days
9-18 September 2022
Tyne & Wear

There is so much to see and do during this 10 day period, why not plan your visit using your concessionary pass? 
Many events are within walking distance if you are able to do this.
Some are very popular so, if you can, check the website out below and book your place at the nearest event as soon as possible.

These are our treasures

Laing Art Gallery
30 July 2022 – 11 February 2023

At times funny, at times poignant, and always deeply moving, #TheseAreOurTreasures features over 80 precious objects belonging to people of the North East.
The project was developed by artist Ruth Ewan in response to the #LindisfarneGospels going on display in autumn 2022.

For this event and much more check out the Laing website below.



Walking Football for Men and Women

Newcastle United Foundation offer free walking football sessions across Newcastle. 
There is plenty of choice:

Mixed gender sessions for ages 50+

Female only sessions for ages 18+ on Mondays and Wednesdays 6-7 pm. 
On Mondays at Forest Hall YPC, NE12 9HW and on Wednesdays at NUCASTLE, NE4 6BQ.

Contact or for more information.

Community Litter Picking


The charity, CleanupUK, have spent the last fifteen years supporting local communities to tackle the litter problem where they live. Over 350 litter-picking groups have been set up and over 16,000 people engaged to help tackle litter locally.

In the next two months, they will be establishing litter-picking hubs across Newcastle and are looking for charities or organisations to become Community Partners and help bring people together through litter-picking. 
It would be good to tie this great activity in to Newcastle City Council’s up-and-coming campaign ‘Love where you live’ which will aim to bring neighbours and communities together across the city to tackle littering.

Perhaps your organisation might like to explore becoming a litter-picking hub?
 They will help you access litter-picking equipment that can be used by local people.
If you’d like to have a chat about this and any other ideas you might have about tackling litter in your community, please get in touch by clicking on the following link: Newcastle


Newcastle Noir
at Newcastle City Library 9-11th December 2022

The programme for this annual event is being finalised and tickets will be on sale in September 2022.
It is always popular and often sold out early so make a note to check with the City Library, or follow their Facebook page, for more details.

Newcastle Noir 2022 | Facebook 


Volunteering, Research and Consultations

Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment

Don’t miss this opportunity to share your views on where community pharmacies are located, how services are currently delivered and what the current and future need for pharmacy services will be in Newcastle.
 Let's Talk Newcastle - (


Newcastle City Council - Anti Social Behaviour

To help determine where and how NCC invest in these issues, we the residents, are being asked to provide details of the issues affecting us and our communities. You can complete the short survey by clicking on the link below.

What do you think about anti-social behaviour in your local area? (


Every voice counts!

Improving Carers experience of Hospital Discharge

Could your organisation assist us in recruiting unpaid carers and carer support staff to take part in an exciting and worthwhile piece of research this summer/autumn?
Earlier this year VONNE commissioned a team of researchers from local Universities through the AskFuse network to gain understanding of the way unpaid carers in the North East and Yorkshire are supported when the person they care for is being discharged from hospital. Nationally,
Carers UK published a report in September 2021 highlighting the poor experiences that carers have reported.
We want to understand carers experiences in our local area through obtaining feedback from carers themselves, carers support organisations and local Healthwatch teams.
The research team will also speak to a sample of NHS acute hospital Trusts and unpaid carers from across the region, asking them what they think the issues are, and what actions are required to improve this experience for carers.
The outcome of the work will be a good practice guide that can be used in every hospital across our region, which sets out a carer led, evidence-based approach to the actions that should be taken to improve the experience for our unpaid carers.

If you are able to help cascade the appeal to recruit unpaid carers, or your organisation supports unpaid carers and you are willing to participate,
please contact to find out more.



£30 Food Voucher from Iceland 

Iceland have teamed up with the Rothesay Foundation to provide vouchers, to support older people in the UK who are living in poverty and rely on only the State pension and benefits.

If you qualify for this, you can apply for a voucher as the 'Summer Cheer' campaign is rolled out.

The telephone hotline is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday but vouchers are limited, and you will need to confirm that they are accepted in your local Iceland shop

☎ phone: 0800 098 7877


Help with Universal Credit applications and ongoing claims

Every Monday, from 10-1 at the East End Library and Community Hub and 2-4 at Walker Library there will be someone on hand to support you through this process.
You can check out the eligibility criteria here

If you would like more information or to arrange an appointment, then contact Elaine on the following number

☎ phone: 07970632851


Cost of Living Support and Resources

Connected Voice have compiled a directory of key organisations providing information and advice across Newcastle, Gateshead and the North East.
Whilst this is not an exhaustive list, you may find local support suitable for you or your loved ones.
Check out the link below:

Cost of living support | Connected Voice


Healthworks - Free Summer Resources pack

If you would like to receive this lively booklet with lots of tips and ideas for the summer, then click on the link below and subscribe to their regular emails.

Hello Summer! - Healthworks (


Scams and Fraudulent Activity

Despite over 12 million suspicious emails being reported to the Fraud office, people are still being targeted and, in some cases, falling for these scams.
You should always forward a suspicious email to and they will check it out. You can also subscribe to where your local police force will keep you up to date with known issues.



What  do Astronauts have in common with older people?

Well of course we all get older, but the answer is muscle loss.

Apparently it has been noticed that astronauts in space  lose their muscle mass and strength at an accelerated rate compared with older people on earth.

This has triggered  a UK Space Agency supported research programme  by Liverpool University . The  University will be sending laboratory grown muscle cells up and down to the International Space Station (ISS) to carry out a series of experiments in microgravity effect on muscle cells.

It is hoped that research will lead to a better understanding of exactly why human muscle strength declines. The further hope is that this will give the lead on  how to counteract loss of muscle strength,  not only for astronauts , but for older people in general.

For the moment, however, it must be tough for older astronauts!

Old Paper Banknotes

We have mentioned this before, if you have any £20 or £50 paper banknotes then you will not be able to use them in shops after 30th September 2022.
You will only be able to swap them for face value at the Bank of England after that date. Check your pockets or old purse, just in case.


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