Issue   126       12 September 2022         

Information and Communications Volunteers needed

We are the Elders Council of Newcastle - older people working for older people.  Most of our work is done by older volunteers and we are looking for new people to join our dynamic team.

We especially need help collating and editing our E-Bulletin that goes out to 800 people twice a month.  It’s a very satisfying job and you always feel a sense of achievement when people tell you how interesting and useful they find it.

We need someone who is confident at using IT and is interested in ageing issues and what’s going on in Newcastle. Approximately 10 hours per month is required for the E-bulletin which involves keeping up to date with local and national information from newsletters and social media, summarising the information and providing the links on Mailchimp. 

Other opportunities within our communications team include co-ordinating social media posts, updating our website
and production of our radio show. 

We can offer some support and training but you will need to be able to work independently once you know the task. 

For further information email or phone 0191 2082701


What's the Elders Council doing?

Meet Nick Kemp, Leader of Newcastle City Council, and Karen Kilgour, Deputy Leader of the Council

We often see complaints and sometimes praise in social media streams about 'The Council'. Well here's your chance to meet the Leader and Deputy Leader in person. We have arranged for them to come to Bewick Hall in the Central Library to meet you, their older members of the public to discuss the
Age-friendliness of our city.
October 10 Bewick Hall at 10.30 a. m. 
This is free but we do need you to book using the details below.
☎ phone: 0191 208 2701
or email

Events in September and a preview of imAGE

Take a few minutes to catch up on exciting events on Later Life Audio Radio Cooperative (LLARC) radio podcast in September and listen in to Barbara and Kate's preview of imAGE which is coming to Newcastle in October.

Housing, Health and Social Care

We are holding a meeting of the Housing, Health and Social Care Group on Tuesday 20 September 10.30 am – 12.30 pm at our office, 2nd Floor, Biomedical Research Building, Campus for Ageing and Vitality, Nuns Moor Road
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 5PL.

The focus of the meeting will be to plan our programme of work for the coming year.  If you have an interest in this topic and would like to be part of the team that shapes and delivers our work, please come along.  If you are unable to make that date but would like to be involved in the future, please let us know and we will keep you informed.

If you are planning to attend please confirm by using the contact details below.
☎ phone: 0191 208 2701
or email 

ImAGE October 2022

Be amazed by the range of activities and events that have been pulled together through the Age Proud Network for imAGE 2022. 

imAGE 2022 brochure is now available here

Hard copies will be distributed to community venues across the city and
can be collected from our offices by prior arrangement. 

We can also post for a donation. 

☎ phone: 0191 208 2701
or email 

Project ICE

Our popular IT drop-in with students from Northumbria University is starting again on Wednesday 28 September 2.00 – 4.00 pm and will run every week until 14 December 2022. 
On 28 September we will meet up to find out what you want from the sessions and plan a mix of information sessions and 1-1 support.  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 


Facebook and Twitter 
Don't forget to look for us on Facebook and Twitter where you can like what you see and follow us

Interests and Activities

Lindisfarne Light
An Exhibition of Calligraphy by The Society of Northumbrian Scribes

An exhibition of calligraphy at Jarrow Hall, Church Bank, Jarrow
The exhibition opens on Saturday, September 17 and is free 
Opening Times Thursday - Sunday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m .
There will be demonstrations of calligraphy  on Saturday 17 and 24 of September and the 1 and 8 of October
The website for the Scribes:

Great North Museum (Hancock)

This is a temporary display that focuses on the inner coffin of an Ancient Egyptian Lad known as Seshepenmehyt, on loan from the British Museum. The exhibition opens on 15 September. Seshepenmehyt lived during Ancient Egypt's Late Period (664-332 BC). The hieroglyphic inscriptions on the coffin give us her name and title: Lady of the House. They also tell us that Seshepenmehyt played a musical instrument called a sistrum in the temple of
 Amun-Ra at Thebes (modern Luxor).
You can discover a lot more by looking at this website

The Laing Art Gallery
The Lindisfarne Gospels

The Lindisfarne Gospels, the most spectacular manuscript to survive from Anglo-Saxon England, was created by one man on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. The book represents the golden age of design and craftsmanship in Northumbria and has survived in almost perfect condition for over one thousand years. 
  Saturday 17 September - Saturday 3 December  Admission charges apply. Advance booking is strongly advised

Search: Tea Dances

These are held every last Wednesday of the month at Denton Burn Methodist Church. Everyone is welcome whether couples or alone and you don't need any dance experience. Refreshments are provided too
so go along and have a jiggle and a giggle!
Further information is available contact Search.
☎ phone: 0191 273 7443

Inclusive, welcoming, and vibrant High Streets
Walks and Talks around the East End

As part of Newcastle City Council’s initiative to develop the Hightreets in the
East End, you can join in walking tours on the 14 and 17 September 2022 at 10.00 am and learn about the history of the area, and
contribute your ideas for future developments.
To find out more and to sign up, click this link
 Have Your Say Today - Events - Newcastle High Streets (

Scotswood Natural Community Garden

This link takes you to their Facebook page and if you scroll down there is a calendar for their over 55s Elderberries programme for the whole of September

Rugby League World Cup

It all starts in October and Newcastle is a host city. Read more in this newsletter from NewcastleGateshead

Urban Green

Read here about what's happening in and around our parks
and allotments including the Allotments and
Garden Show in Leazes Park on 17 and 18 September

Come and dance with the Company of Others Ensemble

If you are 65 or over join us for a creative afternoon of dancing, making new friends and refreshments.
Mondays 1 – 2.30 pm at The Bricks, St Anthony of Egypt Church, Belmont Street, Walker, NE6 3SN
Cost: Pay What You Feel
☎ phone: 0191 276 1542 to register

Jesmond Choral Group

Their new Term starts on Tuesday 13 September at 7.30 pm in St Hilda's Church Jesmond. This is an open choir so there are no auditions. Find out more by looking at their Facebook page here.

Jesmond United Reformed Church
Burdon Terrace, Jesmond 

You are warmly invited to join them as they celebrate this year’s
Heritage Open Days. All events are free!
There is an informal concert by Axum Folk Band on Friday 16 September at 7.30 pm with refreshments - and continues with much, much more!
☎ phone: 0191 281 1628

Search is based in the West End of the city and has a large programme of events, there is something happening each day, aerobias, dancing, singing and coffee mornings to name a few. They also offer advice and information drop-ins.
Monday and Wednesday 9.30 - 12 noon at the Health Resource Centre Adelaide Terrace and Tuesdays 9.00 -11.00 am at
Lemington Methodist Church, Lorraine Terrace.
There is also energy advice but you need to telephone for this. 
☎ phone: 0191 273 7443

Gem Arts

 Gem Arts are offering an interesting and varied programme of activities during September and October.  To find out more see here
 GemArts » Events

Home Comforts: a project by artist Sharon Bailey

Volunteering, Research and Consultations

Be a Conquerer

We are looking for volunteers for a new clinical trial, called ConquerRSV. The trial will look at the safety and effectiveness of an investigational vaccine to prevent respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). RSV can cause severe illness in older people leading to hospital admission and severe respiratory disease. Participants must be at least 60 years old, and be in generally good health. 

To find out more and register interest we are contacting people through Research+Me.  You are not agreeing to take part in any trials at this point; just to hear about any that are available.  To find out more and register if interested visit:  

Share your experiences of campaigning with Independent Age

Independent Age is a national charity. They are running a project to provide support for older people who need it to campaign on issues that matter to them and help to build momentum with existing campaigns. They have designed a short survey to gather information about
your knowledge and experience of campaigning.
The link to the survey is here:

Independent Age understands that not everyone will see themselves as a campaigner, but they are interested in hearing from anyone seeking or interested in making change happen in their local community as an individual, as part of a group, or an organisation.
This survey should take about 10 minutes to complete.

If you have any questions about this survey

National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIRH)

 NIRH  has a brief consultation survey  they are conducting through the
NIHR Innovation Observatory.
The survey is seeking views about areas of unmet health and care needs in populations aged 60 years and over.
To contribute your views, you can complete the survey at this link:


Pension Awareness Week 12 - 16 September
We have reminded you a few times to claim everything to which you are entitled, it is not charity. This calculator from the government website may help you see if you are eligible

There is also a webinar about finances and planning that may interest some of you. , they say it's about "understanding the simple steps you can take to better manage your finances – they’ll be covering better budgeting, savvy spending, and share plenty of practical examples along the way."
You do need to register to participate.
Webinar: Take care of your finances16 September at 2pm | 45 mins

Drivers be Aware

Drivers are advised that from 17 October enforcement on two bus lanes around  Newcastle Central Station will begin. Cameras will be used to enforce restrictions on bus lanes outside the station on Neville Street and on the signalised junction at Westgate Road/Neville Street. Further information available at the website

From Benefits to Work and Retirement
Information Now has got you covered :

All your benefits information here:
Work information here:
Everything about retirement here:

And the full website contains a vast amount of really useful and helpful information you can find it here:

Broadband Social Tariff

A new service, which will go live next week and be run by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), will allow internet service providers to verify – with customers’ permission – whether they are in receipt of a relevant benefit and therefore eligible for extra financial support.

The Government has called on all broadband providers to offer and promote social tariffs - discounted broadband and mobile deals for people on Universal Credit and other benefits. The scheme is already supported by Virgin Media, O2 who has announced that they will use the system to verify eligible customers signing up for their Essential Broadband tariff. The company will also waive early termination fees for those moving from existing tariffs.
 Customers on social tariffs could in some cases save over £100 a year. The new system will simplify the process of getting a social tariff by removing the need for customers to prove their entitlement to broadband providers
as regularly as every month.

Mother Clutter

Mother Clutter is a company that helps people who hoard declutter their homes. Services can be arranged to suit your needs, helping you to decide what you would like to rehome, recycle or keep. There is a cost for this service. You can contact Mother Clutter to find out how much it might cost and
the level of support you need. This non-judgmental service aims to help people to create a clutter-free living environment

Information Now has an article that may help your thinking and
we suggest you read this first Read more about When collecting clutter or hoarding can become a problem

Rent Cap Consultation

The government has launched a consultation on a cap on
social housing rent increases.
Under the proposals being consulted, a cap on social housing rent increases would be put in place for the coming financial year, with options at 3%, 5% and 7% being considered.

It's an important issue, the link takes you to the online consultation page

Pension Credit for caring for grandchildren

Some grandparents who regularly care for their grandchildren may be able to claim 'Specified Adult Childcare Credits'.  These are only available if the children are under the age of 12.
There is a link here to the government website to find out more,
it's worth finding out.

Cruddas Park Wellbeing Centre

This is a new facility added to the Cruddas Park surgery.
It's having an open day for any community members,
light refreshments will be available throughout the day.
30 September between 10 am - 4 pm 
Please let them know if you are going along

Did you know …

Benfield Park Medical Group have weekly mindfulness sessions, run by their qualified #socialprescribing link worker. Get in touch with your GP practice to find out how they can help you
to look after your mental health. We spotted this snippet of information on Twitter from Newcastle GPs

Don't forget Heritage Open Days

It's your chance to see something not usually available to us. 
It's 9 - 18 September and the link for Newcastle Gateshead is here:

Old Low Lights South Shields

This is the newsletter produced by them giving an outline of events.
As with all these information sheets you can sign up and receive them yourselves. This is the September Issue

Metro Futures

To find out more about the new developments to the Metro service and details of the line closures to allow for planned work to be complete,
read Metro Futures News


Read the full newsletter by clicking the link. One item is about getting specialist referrals from your doctor and how difficult that may be

Iceland Vouchers and Discounts

Iceland is giving away £30 vouchers to older people struggling with the cost of living.  Here’s how to get yours
The deadline is 16 September so don't waste time.

Iceland gives away another 40,000 £30 food vouchers to pensioners struggling with the cost of living – here's how to get yours (

Iceland are also offering 10% discount to over 60s on Tuesdays.  No minimum spend required.

InformationNow News Briefing

The 2 September issue includes the move of Silverline to Kenton and scam emails about energy rebates

Integrated Care Briefing

2 September issue includes information on the £6M to ambulance services you can read more here:

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