Issue 127          26 September  2022  

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What's the Elders Council doing?

imAGE is here!

This month is all about older people.  Newcastle's Age Proud Network bring you a month of activities and events across Newcastle to celebrate International Older People's Day.
You can download the brochure of events by clicking this link:

Older Voices

The next show continues with the
imAGE programme that the EC has been
working on with other partners. 
This programme is broadcast on Sunday, 2 October from 2 - 4 pm
Steve is the presenter and the focus this time is on creative activities. Guests will talk about what is available and what their
organisations offer to older people. 
You can listen live on community radio 102.5fm or you can catch up later on the podcast. This link takes you to the programme broadcast on 21 September:

Do you want to get online to book a train ticket?
Look up football results. Get bus times?

Whatever it is, if you could do with a little bit of help, join us at Project ICE at Northumbria University where students are ready to help you with your query.  The sessions will start on Wednesday 28 September 2.00 – 4.00 pm.  At the first session, the students will ask you what kind of help you are looking for so that they can tailor future sessions.  There will also be time for 1-1 support.  And, importantly, refreshments are provided by M+S.
The sessions will take place in:
Room 208, 2nd Floor, Squires Building, City Campus Northumbria University.
  If you want more information here are the contact details:

☎ phone: 0191 208 2701
or email 

Wellbeing for Life

The next monthly meeting is on Wednesday 5 October from 10.30 am - 12.30 pm the theme is 'Feeling safe in your community'
This is a blended event so both Zoom and live are available.
For further information please contact:

Just Us

We are very delighted to tell you about the wonderful Just Us.  The Elders Council have been working in partnership with Unfolding Theatre over the past few months to run creative workshops with groups of older people to bring together this performance.

Shows will be: Friday 14 October 4 - 6 pm, Holy Cross Church, Fenham

Saturday 15 October 10.30 am - 12.30 pm St Martin's Centre, Byker

☎ phone: 0191 208 2701
or email 

Social Media

Keep your eyes peeled on our facebook and twitter pages for events happening in your area or the city or the region. October is imAGE where we celebrate with our partners older people and the great asset they are to communities. 

Interests and Activities

Theatre Royal 

Want to try your hand at drama, dance, singing, creative writing, stage combat and script reading? Their Centre Stage programme is for adults over 55 years of age and offers a wide range of creative activities, ideal for everybody who has a love of theatre. Whether you have lots of experience in the arts, would like to try something different, or want to make new friends, come along -
we'd love to welcome you!

55 - 56 degree North

Discover a range of cultural and heritage events in the coming months and celebrate with 55/56° North. Highlights include Lindisfarne Gospels, Hadrian's Wall 1900 Festival and North Sea Weekender.


Newcastle's West End: A Potted History

On display now until the end of October - an exhibition depicting scenes from the history of the west end, using pottery models created by more than 200 people of all ages.  The main exhibition is in Newcastle City Library on Floor 6.   A smaller display can be seen in the cafe of the Discovery Museum.  The exhibition covers topics such as industry, the Romans, grand houses and wartime.  Meet local characters such as Jack Palmer, - a former miner from Benwell who became a world-class boxer - and Walter Scott, an Elswick resident and one of Britain's first self-made millionaires. 
This exhibition was organised by the St James Heritage and Environment Group with help from local schools, church
and faith groups and other groups in the locality. 
Free talk at Discovery Museum - Friday 30th September 2 pm

To accompany the Potted History exhibition, Rosie Serdiville will give a talk about the unique photographic albums in the Tyne and Wear Archives chronicling events during the period in the early 20th century when west end councillors John and Violet Grantham held the posts of Lord Mayor of Newcastle.  The most significant event was the major disaster at the
Montagu Pit in Scotswood that killed 38 men and boys. 
This is featured in the Potted History display at the museum.  

Shipley Art Gallery

The Shipley Art Gallery will be hosting three creative workshops for adults in September and October. For each workshop, you will get a chance to work with two artists learning about two art techniques over one day, including textiles, paper cutting, calligraphy and printmaking.
You can book the workshops via the below link.

Shipley adult workshops

Springbank Pavilion, Leazes Park Arts & Health Events

Springbank Pavilion in Leazes Park is now open for arts and health events.
 To find out more about the workshops on offer see

Fancy a trip down Memory Lane?

Digital Voice has a huge collection of short films made by older people about life back in the day, to stimulate memories of childhood. In this session, they share some tips on how to help a group or individual to reminisce and free video resources to help stimulate the conversation around distant memories. Digital Voice will showcase clips from community heritage stories, as well as tips on finding images and music that take the people you work with back to their
youth and share happy memories.

Volunteering, Research and Consultations

This is from Voice asking for people aged 55+ to sit for a photograph and speak to a researcher. They are aiming to show older people are not the stereotypical ones we see in much social media and on TV etc. 

Your Homes Newcastle

We’re thinking about changing the way we allocate council and social housing in Newcastle. We want to hear what you think about the proposed changes and, if you've ever applied for social housing in the city, your experience of doing so. You can find out more at: 
and give us your views here: Allocations and Lettings Consultation 2022
We also have four drop-in events as follows:
Monday 10 October 1-5 pm at West End Library Condercum Road. NE4 9JH
Thursday 13 October 2-6 pm at Kenton Library Hillheads Avenue NE3 3QJ 

Monday 17 October 1-4 pm at East End Library 83 Shields Road NE6 1DL
Thursday October 20 1-4 pm at City Library Room 1 33 New Bridge St. NE1 8AX

If you've got questions, or you need this information in a different format (such as large print), you can email Newcastle Independent Tenants’ Voice (who are running this consultation) at: 

☎ phone: 0191 278 8600.
or email:

Opportunities from Voice Global

Here are some interesting opportunities from Voice Global. 
You can sign up for regular alerts on

Unmet health and care needs in people aged 60+

Take part in this short survey to share your views : 
Seeking views on unmet health and care needs in people aged 60 years and over - VOICE (

The perfect travel experience for patient care – share your ideas and experiences to help develop new ways of managing patient transport

Challenges & Ideas - VOICE (

West of the City Community

If you live in the Fenham or Wingrove area you will be aware of
 Fenham Pocket Park
 which is next door to Fenham Library and the former swimming baths. This community of interest group really wants to reach into the wider community to support the idea of a “meadow” being created as a raised bed area at wheelchair-accessible height to complement the ramp from the library, along with some dwarf fruit trees.  They also have ideas such as a herb garden to be used by the Men’s Pie Club and other users of the library.   They hope to develop community cohesion, improve our carbon footprint with trees, and biodiversification, and offer new services to local residents. Why not join this community, spread the word and get involved?
They also have a crowdfunding project.  


The Menopause and you

Women’s Health Concern (WHC) provides an independent service to advise, reassure and educate women of all ages about their health, wellbeing, and lifestyle concerns, enabling them to work in partnership with their medical practitioners and health advisers. They offer unbiased information – by telephone, email, in print, online, and through conferences, seminars and symposia. There may be a charge for advice.

InformationNOW News

Always things of interest as well as many more useful items. Try going on the full website for any information, it's a really straightforward site to navigate.
This week (16 September) there's an item about 'Illuminated Sheep'!
find out more by clicking the link.

The 23 September issue with more to find out and an opportunity for you to search the InformationNOw website

Search and Talking Therapies

Search employs a Community Link Worker to raise awareness of talking therapies amongst people aged 50+ living in Newcastle. The Link Worker can provide support to people aged 50+ to access talking therapy and for those who come through talking therapy, we will help them to access services and activities citywide that will continue to support and improve their wellbeing. If you would like to find out more about how Talking Therapy might help you contact Search:

☎ phone: 0191 2737443.

Tyneside & Northumberland Mind

Mental health support Line: Our Support Line hours are 7 days per week operating between 08.00 am and 10.00 pm and available to anyone aged 16 or over living in Newcastle, Gateshead or Northumberland
and in need of a listening ear.
We are here, talk, to listen, to support you. Our support line offers easy access to mental health and wellbeing information for anyone in need.

☎ phone:  : 0191 477 4545 or 0330 174 3174
(Calls are charged at a local rate)

Please also visit our Website for further information about our Wellbeing Services.


Did you know that, as well as a cafe and restaurant Blackfriars, has a range of other activities including a Cookery School where you can try bread-making or dinner-party cooking? There's also a Tasting Room where a group can try out wine, beer, gin and whisky tasting? They also have a Banquet Hall, built originally in the middle ages, accommodation for royalty, now used to accommodate special occasions 

☎ phone: 0191 261 5945 

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