Issue 123                    1st August 2022         

Annual General Meeting Feedback

It was good to see many of you at our AGM on 20th July.
We hope that you enjoyed hearing about the work we do and look forward to you joining in with our future projects. 


What's the Elders Council doing?

Older Voices Radio Show
Nova Radio North East 102.5 fm

The next programme will be on Sunday 7th August from 2-4pm and you will hear from Bob Weiner, one of the founders, Anne Raffle, current EC Chair, and Newcastle Councillors Kemp and Kilgour talking about Age friendly Newcastle.
There will be regular features such as gardening, the green view, bird report as well as notices.
The Older Voices team are looking for new members so if you are interested please let us know.

☎ phone: 0191 208 2701
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Newcastle United Foundation Wellbeing Event
We were delighted to be part of the Newcastle United Foundation's Wellbeing Event at St James's Park on Sunday 31st July.  We enjoyed a series of interesting presentations on wellbeing and had the opportunity to meet new people and tell them about the Elders Council.  And we had a healthy breakfast too!

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Newcastles of the World

You may remember that the Elders Council gave an online presentation to Shinshiro, Japan in 2021.
 Our Newcastles of the World friends arranged another session recently where we heard more about the work of the Shinshiro Federation of Senior Citizens Clubs. We were joined by senior representatives from Australia and Germany this time, and it was really interesting to hear that there are similar issues over volunteering, membership and recruitment.


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What would an age-friendly world look like to you?

Launching in Summer 2022, Celebrating Age involves 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Celebrating Age aims to promote a positive image of ageing; challenging outdated negative preconceptions, and actively engage older people in their local communities. 

All Dates: 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.

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

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Words & Worlds Project 

Following on from the initial project with Newcastle City Council and the Elders Council 2 years ago, Natasha and Elijah have now set up as a Community Interest Company called 'Mustard Stories Art'.
Even more exciting is that they have been commissioned by the Faculty of Medicine at Newcastle University, to work with another 6 groups. There are vacancies for Anxious Minds and Coping with Cancer so if you are interested or know someone local who may be, then see the section on Information for dates and Elijah's contact details.

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Interests and Activities

 Jesmond Wellbeing for Life
Wednesday 3rd August from 1030-12noon

The next meeting will be at the Jesmond Library for all those who can travel there.
If you can only join online, please note that your experience will not be the same.
The theme for this event will be 'Wish you were Here' about your Summer Holiday memories so don't forget to bring holiday postcards, photos or souvenirs with you.

Email: for online access
If you are interested in joining, and would like more information about this and future sessions, then please email:


Words & Worlds Project Opportunity
with Mustard Stories Arts

Anxious Minds
For people living with Depression and/or Anxiety
meet at Wallsend Forum each Wednesday from 10-11am

Coping With Cancer
For people who are living or have lived with, or been affected by cancer.
Online via Zoom every Thursday from 4-5pm.

For more information and to register your interest contact Elijah by



SEARCH Newcastle Activities

There is a brand new weekly Memory Tea at Holy Nativity Church, Chapel House, every Monday 1.30-3.30. 

Monthly Memory Cafe at Cornerstone, Benwell every first Thursday of the month 1.30-3.30 (next event is 4th August)

Monthly Memory Tea at St James Church, Benwell, every third Wednesday of the month 1.30-3.30 (next event is 17th August)

Activities will vary and will include music, crafts, history, memory boxes, games and much more. 

Join in the activities or just enjoy a cuppa and a chat. A small donation of £2 would be appreciated.
All Dementia friendly, carers, friends and family very welcome. 
For more information call 

☎ phone:  0191 273 7443.

Make Your Move with Dance City

Calling all 55+ community groups - there is a dance package guaranteed to keep us moving, connected and inspired.
Create 12 x 1 hour sessions at your chosen venue, with a Dance City artist.
You can read more about Dance City on their website here

For more information email:

Are you looking for something different to do with your grandchildren?

Why not take part in a workshop to create tote bags using African materials with Teakisi? 
This event takes place at the Great North Museum on 17th August and there are 3 times to choose from, 11am or 12.30pm or 2pm.

Here are the booking details: 

Performance of Twelfth Night at All Saints Church, Gosforth
Tuesday 23rd August 2022

Handlebards' Comedy troupe will be performing this event, back by public demand.
Tickets are already on sale, click the link below.

Twelfth Night @ All Saints' Church, Gosforth - The HandleBards


Tyneside Cinema - Summer Offers

£5 per ticket before 5pm shows
£7 per ticket afterwards
£3 for children's tickets 
There will be some exceptions to this so make sure you read the small print before booking, but what an opportunity to get back to the the movies.

You can find out more about the offers by clicking the link below
Summer of Cinema - Tyneside Cinema

Northern Stage:  Kids go Free

Would you like to treat a friend or family member to a show at Northern Stage?  Then why not take advantage of this opportunity!  
For a limited time only, when you buy a full-price adult ticket to selected evening performances of the magical family show, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, you can get a child’s theatre ticket for FREE.

To take advantage of this offer use PROMO CODE: KIDSGOFREE when booking tickets online, over the phone, or in person at our box office.

But be quick, the Kids Go Free offer expires when the bells strike midnight on Wed 31 Aug, or until the tickets run out!

A Full Size Replica of the new Metro train Cab is now on display at North Tyneside Steam Railway, Middle Engine Lane, North Shields
You can also find out about the development of the railways from the beginning (1795 at Willington Quay) to the present.
What a great family day out.

Read more about the new metro train below.
Metro's new train mock-up goes on public display for the very first time |

The Old Low Lights Museum
North Shields

If you are out and about with your Bus/Metro pass, why not take a trip to the Fish Quay at North Shields and have a look around the lovely heritage museum and cafe (open Tuesday to Saturday 10-3pm).
During the summer months you can visit the top floor where there will be the following displays, as well as fantastic views of the river.
Men from the North - The history of North Shields FC 1918
It's in the Can - The story of Tyne Brand & North Shield Herring
Breaking Chains - The story of Many Ann Macham, an enslaved women
That's women's work - The Herring Girls, stories from the past
Shields v The Toon
120th Anniversary of the Fishermen's Mission exhibits

Entry is £4 per person per visit to the museum but you can buy a single Annual Ticket for £10pp or £15 for joint membership, what a bargain!

Newcastle Allotment & Garden Show
Leazes Park, Newcastle
Saturday 17th September (Growers Competition)
Sunday 18th September (Public)

It's back, and Urban Green are delighted to invite entrants to register their interest now, click here!

You can find out more about Urban Green projects as well as the show programme in the newsletter below.

Your July Update from Urban Green Newcastle (


Volunteering, Research and Consultations
VOICE Newcastle are looking for new members for their Research Support Group for the next year, both in person and online.
If you are interested in applying, you will need to do so no later than 4th August 2022.
You must be over 18, become a member of VOICE, be able to support researchers with relevant feedback, listen and respect other members views and be able to commit to attend regular meetings for the next 12 months.
For more information, and to register your interest, please click on the link below.

VOICE Research Support Group 2022 – 2023 - VOICE (


National Book Lover's Day
9th August 2022

VOICE are asking our readers to share details of your favourite book with them.
They would like to know which book left an impact or lasting impression. Was there one which perhaps changed your outlook on life or a relationship or something that empowered you?
They would like information which, if you permit, will be shared on their social media pages and blog.

To read more about this project, and how the information will be used, please click on the link below.

Exploring and Communicating Perceptions of IoT devices among the community 
Call for participants:

Northumbria University are aiming to uncover the knowledge and opinions of older adults in regards to smart devices through an informal recorded interview, which will capture your use and understanding of these devices.
These interviews will be held with a CyberGuardian, who has been highly trained by a team at Northumbria University, and will begin with you confirming your verbal consent.  

During this, the CyberGuardian will ask you a series of questions about your knowledge of and understanding of smart devices.
This will not be a test of your knowledge, but instead gives us a better understanding of adults opinions and usage of these devices.
This will be an excellent opportunity to communicate your questions/concerns with a trained CyberGuardian and to gain an understanding of how smart devices can benefit you at home.  

If you’re interested in learning more about this, please get in touch with Rhian Lukins at, where you will be able to arrange an informal interview at a time and location of your convenience.  


Transport Consultation - Make the right travel choice

Take a minute to participate in Transport North East’s survey on how to help us all travel more sustainably. 
You can also take part in online events on 6th and 8th September, which are shown in the document below.
What would help you to make changes to how you travel?  

Making the right travel choice - Transport North East

Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Did you know that as a patient, a member of staff or the public, you are eligible to become a member of the Trust?
You will receive invitations to special events, live and online, where you can see what goes on behind the scenes. 
You will have opportunities to join projects, where your perspective will be valued
Regular newsletters bringing you right up to date with the work being carried out in our local hospitals.
You can vote for your representative on the Council of Governors, or even put yourself forward for election.

To complete a membership form online use the following link:


Newcastle University
Volunteers need for Research Study on Hot Water Baths

This research looks at how hot water baths affect aspects of the immune system and the researcher is looking for Men over the age of 60.
Participation will involve a 5 hour Laboratory session, including bath, resting and taking blood.
If you are interested and would like to find out more, you can email in confidence to: or



Newcastle upon Tyne

If you enjoyed the articles in our current Echo Magazine about Newcastle, from Sandy Irvine and Steve Ellwood, you will enjoy The Rebirth of Newcastle from Nicholas Boys Smith. 
It’s available as an article and a podcast on the following link

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The Digital Legacy Association 

The DLA gives online help related to records left in your name, and offers training for professionals and information for the public.

 From Social Media, online shopping accounts right through to online chat rooms, your information is shared across the internet. “People should leave clear instructions about what should happen to their social media, computer games and other online accounts after their death,”  The Law Society (UK).
Check it out below and make sure that you protect your online presence.

The Digital Legacy Association

The Impact of Covid-19 on the Volunteer Experience

This is an interesting read, the information gathered followed a 9 month research into how charities adapted to face the challenges of covid-19.


Older People's Commissioner?

Ageing Better have revealed information which shows that the proportion of people aged 65+ in England and Wales is now at a record high.
Wales already have an Older People's Commissioner and Ageing Better are calling for an appointment in England to safeguard and support the rights of older people.
You can read the full article below and make up your own mind.



If you have suffered a urinary tract infection you will know how deeply unpleasant it is, and how important it is to get help and relief quickly. 
So it is good news to know that some pharmacies can now help deal with UTIs.  Keep checking the following website for the list of pharmacies able to offer this service, near to you.  


TRY on the Tyne Event
Saturday 13th August 2022 from 0730 - 12 noon

Most of the Newcastle Quayside will be closed to all traffic whilst this event takes place, so be advised not to travel by car.
There will also be an additional closures outside of these times for clearing up and preparing for the Sunday Market.


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