Issue 129                   24 October  2022         


What's the Elders Council doing?

We’re recruiting!  Join our team.

We are looking for a Membership Secretary/Administrator to join our small staff team.  You will help us to develop the Elders Council further by ensuring the day-to-day operations run smoothly; maintaining our database and email lists; organising meetings and events and getting to know the members and encouraging their involvement in the organisation.  It’s a part-time post (3 days per week) and the salary is £23,000 pro rata.  The closing date is 4 November and the interviews will take place on 16 November. 
For the job description and how to apply go to
or for further information

☎ phone: 0191 208 2701


There's still time to catch a couple of activities from our month-long programme of just some of the activities available for older people in the city. We did work with a set of partners who work with and for older people. You can check what's available by clicking this page of our website:

Fun, Freedom, Creative, Challenge
These were just some of the words that peppered a wonderful afternoon of physical drama with Sarah Kemp from Theatre Frontieres, which was part of our imAGE programme.   It may sound daunting, but it was great fun! Not only did we all enjoy it, we also came up with some great ideas for next year's imAGE. 


Trip down Memory Lane
Digital Voice's contribution to imAGE was to hold a workshop offering a range of staff from different organisations ideas of how to engage people in reminiscence sessions and use ipads to capture photos and create storybooks of who we are.  I couldn't wait to get home and look up my old school on Google Earth. 

Older Voices

The next broadcast is on 6 November from 2 - 4 pm.
Eddie will present it. The team will explore
'Hidden Newcastle', sounds intriguing.

There are a number of ways to listen to Older Voices:
 1. Live on 102.5FM Nova Radio North East
Or you can catch up here:

Make your choice and enjoy!
 ☎ phone: 0191 208 2701
or email

Wellbeing for Life 

Wednesday 2 November 10.30 am – 12 noon in Jesmond Library

The theme of November’s Wellbeing for Life session is ‘Looking Back’ – a chance to dig out old photos and dust off old memories. 
For further information contact

Disappointment at the last-minute cancellation

The Elders Council invited the new Leader and Deputy Leader of the City Council, Nick Kemp and Karen Kilgour, to share their ideas and aspirations for an Age-Friendly Newcastle. There was an invited audience of older people wanting to ask questions and share ideas with them.
The event was to be chaired by Gerry Foley.
Many of us were looking forward to a really interesting and useful conversation. 
Unfortunately, we were informed at short notice that both Councillors would be unable to attend. As a result, the event was cancelled but we are hoping to be offered another date soon. 

Facebook and Twitter

Keep looking in and checking out posts and tweets to give you the best chance to know what we are doing and the events we may discover.  

Interests and Activities

Being Human Festival – 10-19th November 2022

This Festival brings together the celebration of the Lindisfarne Gospels at the Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle and the Hadrian’s Wall 1900 anniversary.  It includes everything from a screening of ‘Gannin’ Alang the Wall’ from the St James’ Heritage and Environmental Group to two LEGO events and understanding the Science of Medieval Manuscript at the Shipley Art Gallery and much, much more.  For the full programme and to book go to

St James Graveyard, Benwell Lane
Autumn Leaves Day Tuesday 25th October 11 am-4 pm

Can you spare a little of your time to help clear the leaves and plant bulbs in the graveyard?  Equipment and cake provided. Sounds like a plan in being helpful, being active and sharing cake! Just drop around and help get the job done.

Come and Sing Christmas Carols by Len Young

Early notice as that time of year creeps around again. This is at St. James and St Basil's Church Fenham on Saturday 3 December from 2.00 pm - 5.30 pm. Tickets at eventbrite  and here's the link:

Washington Wildlife Trust 

Engage all your senses as you make your way around our wetlands for a truly eek!citing experience. Here's the link to their Newsletter:

Creative Workshops at Newcastle City Library

Equal Arts are offering Free inclusive workshops for those aged 55+. These will be the visual arts and ceramics taster workshops and will be
led by professional artists.
Thursdays  from 27 October to 15 December at 10.30 - 12.30
Booking is essential
☎ phone: 0191 261 1619
or email:

From You to Me

After the war, Tyneside was a tough place to grow up. But among the bombsites and blackened buildings, the children experienced a freedom that is almost unimaginable today. From You to Me shares stories of post-war Tyneside from those who were there: the street games, dance halls and Christmas stockings, but also the hunger and harsh discipline. This verbatim show, where the actors speak the real words of the characters, provides a platform for voices often marginalised, and illustrates the richness of traditional Tyneside English.

10 November at 7.30 pm at Hancock Museum to book

11 November 2022 at 2.00 pm and 7.00 pm Northern Stage  to book
☎ phone:  0191 230 5151

Volunteering, Research and Consultations

 Tyne and Wear Public Users Group a Petition

Cuts to bus services affect many citizens with travelling for work and getting to health appointments and the shops.
Public transport is vital. Please sign the petition.

Mission Impossible  - A day in the life challenge

Would you like to take on this challenge and help with the development of positive and practical ideas for the Internet of Caring Things? 
The Internet of Caring Things is an initiative of the National Innovation Centre for Ageing and is trying to find creative ways to help us to live longer and healthier lives. Intrigued? Click the link below

Mission Possible: A Day in the Life Challenge - VOICE (

Help us shape the future of care and at home support services
If you have experience of seeking care for yourself, a family member or friend, can you spare a few minutes to complete this survey?


Martin Lewis talks about Death, Divorce and Dementia

Martin Lewis describes this as his ‘unpleasant issues chat’, but he makes very important points about getting your affairs in order. 
It’s hard to face up to, but a relief once you’ve tackled it and
know everything is in place.

Nova Radio

Nova Radio, the host station for our radio programme (Older Voices), is looking for volunteers to assist with the following: grant writing & advertising.
Grant writer
As a grant writer, you write proposals used to seek funds from donors. You research grants and create and submit applications to secure crucial funding for our non-profit community organisation. You also continually seek other funding opportunities and maintain good relationships with previous funders.
Advertising salesperson
Responsibilities include identifying & contacting local businesses that could advertise on Nova. You would be provided with the rates
and supporting documentation.

If you’re interested or want more information, please contact the
Older Voices producer: 

Understanding Personal Relationships

Can you spare a few minutes to complete this questionnaire for a trainee clinical psychologist who is particularly interested in hearing the views of older people?  You can find more information about the study here


Newcastle Frailty Prevention Force

Newcastle Frailty Prevention Force is a team of healthcare professionals employed by Newcastle upon Tyne Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to improve the health and wellbeing of older people. We work with GPs in the community to give full assessments in people’s homes and physical activity to improve mobility. Together we come up with a problem list, work out how we can solve them, and set some goals to help you reach them. Prevention is a big part of what we do, preventing unnecessary hospital admissions, preventing deterioration in the way you stay mobile and active with exercises, preventing isolation by connecting people with communities and preventing health problems from worsening with healthy lifestyle changes. A letter inviting you to contact us may drop through your door one day.
We look forward to hearing from you.

Newcastle City Council

Newcastle City Council has a raft of measures to tackle the cost-of-living crisis, working with residents, the voluntary and
community sectors, businesses, and faith groups.
An outreach team has been set up to help people struggling with rising energy, food, and rent costs to help access services and advice.

The authority will have a network of winter wellbeing spaces including community centres and libraries where people can go to stay warm while accessing free wi-fi, help and advice. The council is also encouraging other organisations to make contact to propose any warm zones they can offer. Further information is at this link.

Sustainable Warmth Scheme

The Sustainable Warmth scheme, delivered by Warmworks on behalf of Newcastle City Council and through funding from the UK Government, offers householders the chance to apply to receive improvements to increase the comfort and warmth in their homes. The scheme offers a wide range of insulation measures and renewable technologies,
such as air-source heat pumps and solar panels. 

The Sustainable Warmth scheme is open to homeowners, and private tenants, where the home has a low energy rating and a low annual income. 
For more information and to check if you are eligible visit here

What I wished I’d known before I started caring

Caring roles either creep upon us or land like an enormous boulder. It would be valuable just to view this little video so you gather a few thoughts.
A short video with some useful tips for carers

Chain Reaction

Meet every Wednesday at 11.30 am to 1.30pm at the
Gosforth branch of Asda
Come and join us to do a spot of shopping and meet new people. A staff member from Chain Reaction will greet you on arrival, introduce you to the other members and join you in the café for a bite to eat
and share your shopping tales.
Enjoy the shops and make new friends with Lunch Links
☎ phone: 0300 300 7070

Monthly Bus Outings

Interested in a monthly outing? Chain Reaction has arranged a minibus for trips. A non-refundable deposit will need to be paid in advance to secure your space. The cost will depend on how far we travel.

 Friday 4 November 2022 -lunch and shopping at a local Garden center. Time and Meeting place: There will be pick-up points which will be confirmed once your space has been booked.
☎ phone: 0300 300 7070 to book your space.

Chain Reaction has a lot more services and activities that you can see on their website. Here is the link

Womens Group.
First Thursday of every month
Beginning on November 1st 1.30pm till 3.30pm
Conaty House Philipson Street Walker NE6 3BG In the communal lounge
Let’s get together and discuss the issues that interest and effect women
Guest speakers will be invited
 Places maybe limited so please
Call Leigh Burnarde 07436161330 for further information


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