Issue  116                     11th April 2022         

Elders Council Members Annual General Meeting 2022
WEDNESDAY 20th July, from 2 - 4pm The AGM will be held in the Pandon Room at Newcastle Civic Centre, Barras Bridge. Your invitation will be in Issue 97 of the EC Magazine, due at the beginning of May.
Save the date in your diary as we look forward to seeing you there.

Thanks to those of you who spotted our error last issue, the correct day is highlighted above.

What's the Elders Council doing?

Older Voices Radio Show

Friday 15th April (Good Friday) from 2-4pm
Nova Radio North East on 102.5 FM or

This programme will focus on 'Eminent Local Women' and the presenters will be talking to to and about some of the people in our area of the North East.
Listen to the Point of View section, A Green View, Notices and Poems

To hear the previous show listen in on MixCloud here

☎ phone: 0191 208 2701
or email


Elders Council 'Warm Welcome'

Wednesday 20th April from 10.30-12 pm (NOT before 10.15)

Newcastle Building Society, Northumberland St, Newcastle 

Our guest today will be a representative from National Energy Action. If you would like to join us then please make a booking using the contact details below.
We are considering other guest speakers for these events so if you would like to make a suggestion please send us a message.

☎ phone: 0191 208 2701
or email 

Home and Adult Social Care

We recently arranged a meeting to discuss what we are doing in relation to Housing, Health and Social Care, and what our plans are for the future.
Over the last two years all of our activities have been online and we had hoped this would be our first face to face meeting, unfortunately this was not to be, as Barbara tested Positive for Covid a couple of days earlier.
Nevertheless we met online and had an opportunity to focus on what we have achieved to date and what we would like to do in the future. Watch this space!

The UK House of Lords has just launched a major new enquiry and wants to hear evidence about the current Adult Social Care Services.
If you have personal experience of these services your view would be appreciated so click on the link below to access the survey.
We are also looking to submit a response on behalf of EC members so please get in touch with us if you have any comments to make.

☎ phone: 0191 208 2701
or email 


Age Friendly Neighbourhoods
Small Sparks Grants

We have held two of three local Small Sparks Events and already ideas are starting to filter through for the available grants of up to £200.
The third event takes place on Monday 25th April from 12-2pm at Treetops Village, Walker Road, Newcastle so if you would like to come along, please book a place by ringing or emailing, contact details shown below.


☎ phone: 0191 208 2701
or email


Riding on Public Buses

Some members are contacting us about changes to their bus services. 
If you are experiencing changes to your bus service which have an impact on your ability to get out and about, please let us know. 
We know that access to good public transport is very important to people’s quality of life. 

☎ phone: 0191 208 2701
or email 


Social Media

Don't lose out on timely events and opportunities. Keep up to date with our Facebook Page and Twitter pages


Interests and Activities

SEARCH Newcastle Events

Making Music Together with Jazz Co-op on Tuesday 12th and Friday 15th April 2-3.30 at the Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle
Memory Tea - Singing for your Brain Wednesday 20th April 2.30-3.30 St James Church Benwell
Line Dancing Taster Session Wednesday 13th April 2-3pm at Walbottle Village
Thursday Walks - 21st April at 11am from Walbottle Village Hall
Booking is essential so for more information, please contact Search

☎ phone: 0191 2737443


Discovery Museum Newcastle at Easter

There are events being held over the next week or two to keep the children (young and old) entertained during the school holidays.
If you are looking for something to do with younger members of the family take a look at the programme of events below.

 Family-friendly Easter Extravaganza at Discovery Museum (


Newcastle Gateshead What's On in April

Our City museums and visitor attractions are gearing up for the Easter openings and you, and your family, can choose. Whether it is a seasonal favourite or something new, there is an option for almost everyone.

What's On in April across NewcastleGateshead (

Newcastle City Guides from May 2022

If you haven't been on one of these walks you are in for a treat.
The information shared by the City Guides, as well as the knowledge from seasoned walkers, is second to none.
Individual Tours cost £5 per person (£4 if you are over 60) or you can get a season ticket for £40 (£30 for over 60s)
You can find out about the tours and buy your tickets in person from Newcastle Castle or online at 
Newcastle City Guides Highlights Guided Tours | NewcastleGateshead


Jesmond Festival 2022

from Saturday 7th May until Sunday 5th June 2022

There will be 4 weeks of events in the area during this festival, culminating in a Jubilee event on the final day.
All the events confirmed so far are listed on the website below. The events cover a huge range of interests, there is something for everyone, so check them out as some will need to be booked in advance.


Lockdown & Me Exhibition

Newcastle City Library New Bridge Street, from Thursday 5th to Thursday 19th May 2022

This is a visual digital Pop Up Art Exhibition which has been curated by Sharon Race following workshops with local young and older people. They produced art relating to their own personal experiences of the Covid-19 lockdown.
The exhibition work will be used to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week in May.


 Local History Month

May is Local History Month.  Newcastle Libraries are planning a programme of activities during the month.  You will be able to find details on the Libraries website and social media from the beginning of April.  
St James Heritage Centre are running two events for Local History Month, as follows:
Monday 16th May : Denton Dene and beyond
There will be a guided walk leaving from Denton Burn Library exploring the wooded dene and the area's Roman and coalmining heritage.  
There is also a drop-in at Denton Burn Library between 10.30am - 1.30pm where you can have a cup of tea and find out more about Denton Dene from local group "The Friends of Denton Dene".
Booking is essential for the walk.  No booking needed for the drop-in
Thursday 19th May:  Gannin' Alang the Wall
Launch of a new film about the real route of the Roman Wall through Newcastle, event to be held at 2pm in the Bewick Hall, Newcastle City Library.
Booking information 
Booking is essential for the walk and the film launch. 
You can book through the City Library website OR by email to  (until 18th April only).


Thursday Talks at Jesmond Library

The next talk is scheduled for 28th April at 6pm and is about the benefits of Social Prescribing, at a cost of £3.
Looking at the holistic approach to health and wellbeing, loneliness and big life events.
This event will be in person and also online so contact the Events team below to book your place.

Volunteering, Research and Consultations

What are your thoughts about, and experiences of, pedestrian underpasses in Newcastle?

Lecturers at Northumbria University are conducting a short survey on the city’s pedestrian underpasses and are keen to hear from anyone who has lived, worked or studied in Newcastle.
The survey is available here:
They are especially keen to hear from older people.
Perhaps you have been through, lived near, worked near or avoided one of the many underpasses in Newcastle – for instance, the underpasses at the bottom of Pilgrim Street (near the Tyne Bridge), the underpasses on the Coast Road, the two underpasses in Cowgate (one of which remains), or the many in West Denton.

For more information on the project, contact Ian Cook ( or visit them on twitter @underpassesNCL


NE1 Newcastle

The next stage of the Quayside project is here.
Following the initial maptionnaire with the public, they have created a set of concepts and ideas after consultation with
 local architects and businesses.
Choose your favourite here:



Healthwatch is gathering information to understand what services matter most for communities in Newcastle and Gateshead, to support health, care and wellbeing. What do the public, patients and carers want Healthwatch to look into on their behalf in the next 12 months?
The survey is completely anonymous, will take about 10 minutes to complete, and you can click this link to take you to it 


Dementia Research

If you have been diagnosed with dementia or know/care for someone with this but, did you know that anyone can register to take part in NHS research studies into this awful disease?
If you are interested then visit Alzheimer's Society online where you can read more about it and register with Join Dementia Research if you would like to help change the future.



How to apply for pension credit 

In light of huge increases in the cost of living generally, make sure that you receive any additional benefits that you are entitled to.
You can apply yourself by phone, online or by post, or a friend or family member can do this on behalf of an elderly person.

You can call 0800 99 1234, claim online here, or find out how to apply by post here.

The following Charities also have further useful information. 

Age UK has a help page here, and a free national advice line on 0800 169 65 65 where  staff will check you are receiving everything you are entitled to, including pension credit and attendance allowance. 

The Citizens Advice Bureau offers help here.

Telephone be-friending to help battle loneliness among LGBT+ older people 

A national charity is launching a free telephone be-friending service for older LGBT+ people who are especially vulnerable to loneliness, given decades of stigma and discrimination. 

Re-engage, a charity dedicated to combating loneliness and social isolation in those aged 75 and over, hopes its new rainbow call companions will create a safe environment where people feel comfortable having open conversations. The service is specifically for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender + people aged 75 and over who would like to speak to someone who’s also LGBT+. 
The same volunteer will phone each week to provide much needed friendship and conversation. 

If you would like to be matched with a friendly rainbow call companion, or know someone aged 75 and over from the LGBT+ community who could benefit from a weekly chat, call 0800 716 543 (freephone) or email 


Stagecoach Bus 100

We are pleased to see the return of this bus from Blackett Street and Central Station, Newcastle to the Metro Centre, Gateshead. The buses will run every 12 minutes in the daytime, 20 minutes early evening and 30 minutes late evenings from Monday to Friday. Saturday and Sunday times are different and you can see the full timetable by clicking this link here

Don't forget to check out the Easter timetable changes before planning your visit.

GO North East Q3

This is a revised bus service which now takes part of Jesmond and Gosforth into the route. The service operates 4 times an hour Monday to Saturday and once an hour on Sundays.
You can view the full timetable by clicking this link here

Don't forget to check out the Easter timetable changes before planning your visit. 


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