Issue 105               1 November 2021   

Older Voices and LLARC

Elders Council is delighted to see the excellent work of the Older Voices and LLARC teams profiled in a case study that has just been published by the Centre for Ageing Better.
 Congratulations to all who are involved in this excellent work in providing different ways for older people to have their voices heard.

What's the Elders Council doing?

Age Friendly Parks

EC is working with Urban Green, Newcastle Parks Forum and the Friends of Paddy Freeman on a consultancy project with students from Newcastle University looking at the age-friendliness of parks.  Why not come along and find out more at the Friends of Paddy Freeman Winter Festival on Saturday 6 November 11.00 am – 2.00 pm at the Bowling Pavilion?  It’s a chance to have your say on what makes a good park.

Doorbells – Dreaming for the Future

‘Tremendous’, ‘spot on’, ‘fantastic insights’ are just some of the comments made by those who attended performances of Doorbells – Dreaming for the Future which were held in eight different community venues across Newcastle and Gateshead during the last week of October.  The thought-provoking portrayal of Kathleen, an ageing rocker, led to very interesting post-show discussions on housing, neighbourhoods, loneliness and ageing.  Our colleagues from Northumbria University will analyse the notes from the discussions which we will present in a report to policy makers and service providers with our recommendations for what would help us to live a better life in later life. This project has already demonstrated very clearly how performance is a very effective way of getting messages across and stimulating insightful conversations.

Hate Crimes

The EC has representation on this group. The latest meeting had a member from both the police force and from the Crown Prosecution Service explaining how the two services work together to bring about a prosecution. The group were also informed that the Law Commission Report, following consultation is likely to be delayed until December 2022.

☎ phone: 0191 208 2701
or email 

Wellbeing for Life at Jesmond

The December meeting takes place at 10.30 am on 1 December in Jesmond Library and simultaneously
on Zoom, the subject is 'Christmas Celebration'.
Requests to take part either in the library or via Zoom should go to the library.

Please be clear about whether you wish to be in the library or online with Zoom.

Older Voices Radio Show

The next broadcast is on 5 November so it should go with a bang, especially as the theme of the show is 'Climate Emergency'.  Will buying electric vehicles make a difference? What's our local council doing? What can you do? Tune in and see what you think. Nova radio 105.2fm or listen to the broadcast on LLARC when it's added as a podcast. Wendy will be presenting the show and there will be the usual regular features.

☎ phone: 0191 208 2701
or email 

Project Ice - Individual help with all things digital

Great news, Project ICE will be starting from  Wednesday 27 October and taking place between 2 and 4 pm. Sessions are held every week at this time. These are individual sessions so you can start at any point. Don't forget to take your phone, laptop, etc. with you. The session will be live in Squires 102. If you are uncertain where this is the students will meet you outside the City Baths at 1.50 pm and show you the way.
There is also a short video of the journey.
This has been attached as a OneDrive link as the video was too large to send via email. You will be asked to wear a mask if possible,
if not then please keep a social distance.

You can also join virtually if that is preferred, though we ask anyone doing so please get in touch via the Elders Council email.
We can send you the details of this.

☎ phone: 0191 208 2701
or email

Words and Worlds
Words and Worlds, artist residency and creative writing project, will be holding a celebration event at City Library in November, giving participants the opportunity to meet in person, read their work and celebrate the launch of the second anthology. 
You can find out more about this exciting project here:


We are always keen to call out ageism and suggest alternative ways of framing ageing and older people.  This short blog is a useful guide Anti-ageist language and images | Ageing Issues (  What do you think?

Age-Friendly City 

We have missed the consultation date, but we still thought you would be interested in the proposed developments for the Pilgrim Street area of the city centre. You can find it here:

Good design of adaptations

 We work hard to influence others about housing and adaptations and keep our eyes and ears open as to what's going on out there. Many of us shy away from having adaptations in our homes because we don’t like the design.  It is good to see that Invisible Creations are working with students at Northumbria University to develop creative ideas about what good design looks like.  It will benefit all of us!
Here's what 'Invisible Creations' is doing:

We're delighted to share that we are collaborating with @NorthumbriaUni
talented design students to develop innovative solutions to improve the lives and homes of older people. Find out more here -

Facebook and Twitter 

Did you see our 'Avatars' on Facebook? What did you think of them and the advice they gave? We hope you give us a 'like' and a 'share'.

Interests and Activities

Tuneless Choir

Tuneless Choirs are for everyone, especially those who lack confidence or have previously been told they can't sing.  We sing a wide range of songs including those familiar to 'Baby-boomers' so there's some Frank Sinatra and Bill Haley and his Comets, some Beatles and Petula Clark, even some Queen, and ABBA.  Our emphasis is on fun and sometimes we might even sing the notes in the right order!   We meet in the upper hall of Brunswick Methodist Church on alternate Saturdays at 2 pm

☎ phone: 07852 70 6521

Music Partnership North East teams up with Newcastle University 

Music Partnership North Newcastle has teamed up with the music department at Newcastle University to create Newcastle Sings.  

Newcastle Sings will run between May - July 2022 and is designed to provide all choirs and vocal groups a platform to promote any concerts or singing activities taking place in that period.  From performances in schools and churches to concerts given by professional and community choirs, the aim of Newcastle Sings is to help celebrate every single note sung in the summer of 2022. 

The festival will also include an exciting new youth choir project, and opportunities for choirs and vocal groups to secure potential "pop-up" performance spaces around Newcastle. 

Newcastle Sings is open to any group/organisation/school within reasonable travelling distance of the city 

Arts Society Tyneside

The Arts Society Tyneside present a talk by Paul Rabbitts on 15 November entitled “A Concise History of Great British Parks”. Timings are 6.30 pm to socialise with 7.20 pm seated for start 7.30 pm at Holy Trinity Church Gosforth.

Free IT sessions at Jesmond Library

Individual support to help with your skills using your devices, smartphones, laptops, printers etc.
Tuesday 2 November and Tuesday 7 December at 2 pm
Contact or phone 0191 281 2385
You need to take your own device to the sessions

The sessions are free but any donation will be welcome.

The Skills is Us

This is a series of short films named The Skills is Us, which is all about the importance of skill-sharing, inter-generational conversations, and keeping skills alive. It’s about how we transfer these skills to other people, especially if the skills are no longer widely available anymore or perhaps considered 'outdated' by the mainstream narrative. We cover skills like fishing, cookery, blacksmithing, lace making, and textile art.

 This is the launch event and there will be free refreshments! Anyone can go and see what it's all about but if you have a skill that's no longer in the mainstream you may be particularly interested in sharing and exhibiting

The event is free and can be registered for here:
 NICA presents 'The Skills in Us' Tickets, Thu 18 Nov 2021 at 15:00 | Eventbrite

Urban Green Fire in the Park

 This is very advanced notice of a two-day music festival to be held in Exhibition Park on 15 and 16 April 2022. Further information is at: 

Beamish Christmas Evenings

Join Beamish Museum for a magical evening of traditional festive celebrations with Beamish Christmas Evenings on 9, 10, 16 and 17 December 2021, from 4.30 pm to 9.30 pm.
 Tickets – Adult £15, Child (2-16 years) £10, Grotto £6 (0-16 years).

Discover a wonderful Christmas past – admire the beautiful decorations, taste scrumptious seasonal food, have a go at creative Christmas crafts, enjoy festive music, Punch and Judy shows, and see magical reindeer at the museum.

Visit Father Christmas in his Grotto at Rowley Station Goods Yard (Grotto tickets must be booked in advance online when purchasing evening tickets, subject to availability). Have a go on the rides at The Fairground, visit the stalls in The 1900s Town for all your Edwardian essentials, pop up to Pockerley to learn about a traditional Georgian Christmas and explore Christmas festivities in The 1900s Pit Village and 1950s welfare hall.

 St. James' Heritage Group Walks

Wednesday 10 November 1 pm 'Gone but not Forgotten'

Circular walk leaving from St James’ Graveyard, Benwell Lane, a journey of discovery around places in Benwell that have disappeared or been transformed.

Thursday 25 November 11 am 'Ruth Nicholson’s Elswick'

A circular walk starts at Kenilworth Road, Elswick, where a plaque has recently been erected to commemorate the achievements of local resident Ruth Nicholson, a pioneer in medicine in the early twentieth century. Visiting places relevant to her life, the walk highlights the major changes that have taken place across the area.
To book or contact for further information email:

East End Women Winter Activities

There is a variety of courses available: art workshops; sewing Christmas crafts; developing hobbies into businesses and a gardening group
All courses are free and for women only. We are a trans-inclusive charity, if you identify as a woman you are welcome to join us! Creche spaces are available for some courses: please inquire if needed. Book your place or inquire by contacting: or 0191 263 2752. All courses are held at our training facility: Building Futures East, Low Yard, White Street, NE6 3PJ unless otherwise stated.


Ouseburn Valley News
There is always a lot going on in the Ouseburn Valley, have a look at their latest newsletter for information about events and news.
Ouseburn Valley News Update | November 2021 (

Volunteering, Research and Consultations

National Cancer COVID Survey

The National COVID Cancer Survey is evaluating antibody tests in individuals with cancer. If you live in England and either, have been diagnosed with cancer in the last year or having cancer treatment, you can enrol to participate.

The test is a ‘fingerprick’ blood test that checks for coronavirus antibodies. The test kit is posted to you. It comes with everything you need. You take the test and post your sample back. Then you’ll get your results.

The survey will improve understanding of the protection provided by antibodies generated following COVID-19 infection
and vaccination in individuals with cancer.
More information on the website:


Were you born between 1960 and 1975 and did you live in Byker during the ’70s and ’80s?
If this is you, Newcastle University is doing some research and would love to speak to you.
Please see the details below:

East End Women

Since our lovely lead gardening volunteer Flo has moved away for her next adventure, we're looking for someone with planting and veg growing knowledge to share with our small group of enthusiastic gardeners on Wednesday afternoons.
We also have opportunities for people who are interested in supporting the learning of our Sew Sisters classes, as well as in our foodbank.
Please get in touch if you're interested! or 0191 263 2752.  Building Futures East, Low Yard, White Street, NE6 3PJ unless otherwise stated.


 Remembrance Day Parade Traffic

Set out below details of Traffic Management Proposals which are to be introduced as a temporary measure on Sunday 14 November 2021. The following roads will be closed for a parade between approx.
10:00 am and 12:30 pm on Sunday 14 November 2021

 Sandyford Road - from Civic Centre Car Park access road to St Marys Place
 St Marys Place - for the entire length
 Percy Street - for the entire length
 Blackett Street - for the entire length
 Northumberland Street - from Blackett Street to Northumberland Road Northumberland Road - from         
Northumberland Street to John Dobson Street
 John Dobson Street - from Northumberland Road to St Mary’s Place

Transport leaders approve region’s Bus Service Improvement Plan  

Transport leaders on Tuesday 26 October approved the region’s Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) at a meeting of the North East Joint Transport Committee.   

The BSIP is new £804 million bid to Government which transport leaders are confident would dramatically transform bus services across the North East and greatly improve the bus network for millions of passengers as well as help the environment.  

Welcoming the approval, a joint statement on behalf of local leaders, states:  

“Our region can achieve great things when we work together and we are delighted to unveil our region’s Bus Service Improvement Plan which will be transformative for local people. Local authorities have worked in partnership with local bus operators to produce an ambitious plan for our bus services – an £804 million funding bid which we hope will enable us to deliver transformational change for local people. We want to deliver a truly modern, sustainable public transport system that we can all be proud of."

Tyne and Wear Metro win International Award

Employees are celebrating winning an international award for their response to the pandemic, and efforts to welcome back customers as restrictions ease. Metro was named winner of the ‘Best Customer Initiative’ at the prestigious Global Light Rail Awards in London,
up against urban transit systems from many countries.

Nexus won second prize at the awards for the ‘Best Technical Innovation in Rolling Stock’. The award celebrates the success of Nexus’s biggest ever public consultation, staged with Newcastle University’s Open Lab team, in which 23,000 customers took part in VR augmented and interactive online activities, becoming part of the train design process to a degree
never seen before in the rail industry.

Temporary restrictions in Newcastle on Thursday 11 November 2021 for the Christmas Lights switch-on event 2021.

 The following road will be closed to vehicles
From 11.00 am to 9.00 pm 11 November 2021:
 Hood Street – for its entire length

The following roads will be closed to vehicles
From 5.00 pm to 8.00 pm 11 November 2021:
Grey Street - between Blackett Street and Market Street 
Blackett Street – for its entire length
Grainger Street – between its junctions with Nelson Street and Blackett Street.


Our confidential signposting and information service can help you find the answers you need. We have helped people with many queries from patient transport to hospital to finding social care support. We can also make referrals to the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) and Independent Complaints Advocacy (ICA) on your behalf.
Get in touch
The phone line is staffed during these hours:
Tuesday — 10 am to 3 pm
Wednesday — 10 am to 3 pm
Thursday — 1 pm to 5 pm
If you call outside these times please leave an answerphone message and we will get back to you. Call Freephone 0808 178 9282, text 07551 052 751, or go online at

Newcastle Resident Energy Information

 We know some of you will be very worried about energy costs especially as some companies have withdrawn from the market and prices are rising. Please see the 'Energy for Residents' page for information on saving energy, financial support, and where to get help.

Free Will Writing Service 

Workers Education Association (WEA) has partnered with Farewill to offer this service. You can create your legally binding will in just 15 minutes, with live support from their team of experts. There is absolutely no obligation to include the WEA in your will.,KY56,36K2VP,2IERS,1

Other charitable organisations also offer to write wills. They have qualified solicitors (or will writers) offering their services free of charge. The charity suggests you might make a donation but as with this offer, there is no
obligation to do that. Look at other charitable sites for more information.

John Dobson Street bus lane  

Reminder - bus lane enforcement on John Dobson Street will resume from Monday, Nov 1. 

Additional signage, which is over and above national legal requirements, has been installed and drivers have also been made aware through information in the media and on the council’s online channels. 

The action is being taken to support the city’s recovery from the pandemic by ensuring that road networks and public transport routes can operate efficiently and reliably, particularly as more people return to workplaces.  

Bus lanes play an important role in this by keeping bus routes clear of traffic. This helps to avoid services being held up, which can cause more delays for passengers further along the route. 

Anyone driving through the bus lane in breach of the restriction from Monday onwards will receive a penalty charge notice.

Is any organisation interested in using a Metro train?

You may have seen some news recently via the press, or social media, about the fantastic opportunity to show an expression of interest for one of the existing Metro trains.

Please read below and follow the links to more information about how you could show your interest. Community groups invited to give an old Metro train a new lease of life |

We’re asking people to visit Community trains |

The key information is all on there. You need to download and complete the Expression of Interest form which is on that page and
send it back to us by 30 November 2021.

Charity Fraud Website

This new website has free resources – information, advice, and practical tools to fight fraud and stay safe.
Charity Fraud Awareness website

Major investment for City Centre and West Denton

Newcastle City Council secured significant investments through a successful bid to the national Levelling Up Fund, which was confirmed by Chancellor Rishi Sunak in the budget last week.

Leader of Newcastle City Council, Cllr Nick Forbes, said: “I am delighted to have been successful in our bid to the government’s Levelling Up Fund to help secure the future of the Grainger Market and Old Eldon Square.
There was also good news for the residents of the Outer West with £20M for a new leisure facility that will offer a new sports hall, swimming pool, gym, café, library, and space for community use to consolidate and revitalise the
provisions of the existing sports centre and now-closed West Denton pool."

Jesmond Community Forum - New Website
Jesmond Community Forum have a new website.  Take a look to find out what is happening in the area.
Jesmond Community Forum | Jesmond Residents and Groups

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