Issue 107               29th November 2021         

What's the Elders Council doing?

Older Voices
Friday 3rd December from 2 - 4 pm
Nova Radio North East - 102.5 fm

This week the theme will be 'Notable Tynesiders' and amongst the conversations will be items on local music, slavery connections and a chat with Newcastle Eccentrics.
Maysie will share her winter gardening tips, with Eddie asking your questions.
If you listen in you might hear more about the OV pantomime, which will take place on 17th December, we can't wait to find out what it will be this year!
Oh no we can't!
If you have an idea you would like to share with the Older Voices team, please let us know by using the contact details below.

☎ phone: 0191 208 2701
or email 

ICE Project
Wednesday 1st, 8th and 15th December from 2pm

There will be only 3 more IT sessions before our Student friends break up for the Christmas holidays.
If you would like to find out more about your tablet, laptop or smartphone so that you can contact family and friends over the festive period, then book yourself on to one of these sessions.
contact the EC office below

☎ phone: 0191 208 2701
or email:


Information Now
15th Birthday Celebrations at the City Library
and Creative Workshop
Friday 3rd December from 10 - 12 noon

As Elders Council was one of the founders of InformationNOW, we are delighted to join the team, hear how this service originally started, and share any memories you may have about how using it was helpful to you.
Radio Tyneside will be helping to celebrate with music and interviews.

There will also be a workshop to help InformationNOW create a banner for future meetings, and to record their history so far.
  Pui Lee will be running the workshop alongside celebrations in the Library.
 Bewick Hall will be divided into two sections and your contributions will be very welcome.
  Pui will give you a few visuals to prompt some thoughts and then you can get creative with collage, pen, paper or writing. 
The team have written a couple of poems, but are sure you can do better! If you'd like to come along to the workshop, you will be given a time slot between 10 am and 12 noon.
This way you will be kept safe at your own table/or working in a pair or family if that suits you

If you would like more information about the workshop, or have a story to share, please contact the team below.


Staying Connected

Thanks to funding from the Postcode Community Trust we have worked with a number of local organisations to provide equipment and training to older people in Newcastle over the last 12 months.
Following the latest conclusion of this work, YHN and City Library invited Barbara and Anne to take part in Presentation events at City Library, Iris Steadman House and Allerdale House.
It was a wonderful experience to join in and see how much enjoyment, and pride, there was in the room.
If you are interested in leaning more about the project, then please contact the office.

☎ phone: 0191 208 2701
or email: 

Managing the Home Care Circus

The animation released at our AGM, and associated with this report, has been issued wide and far this last couple of weeks.
We are gathering information, responses and interest from a wide variety of organisations and the Home Care team will meet early 2022 to review these findings. If you would like to share your views with us then please contact us via telephone or email.
You can read the report and view the animation on our website

☎ phone: 0191 208 2701
or email: 

EC Older People Friendly City
Parks Consultancy Project 

Along with other partners in this project, EC, Urban Green, Parks Forum and Friends of Paddy Freeman, our Newcastle University student team have compiled a survey to find out who uses Paddy Freemans park and the reasons for doing so.
It would be really helpful if you could complete this as the information will be added to the information gathered from the Winter Fair day earlier this month.
If you click on the link below you will be taken straight to the survey.

☎ phone: 0191 208 2701
or email: 


Doorbells:  Dreaming for the Future

At the end of October 'Doorbells: Dreaming for the Future' was enjoyed by over 190 people in different community venues across Newcastle and Gateshead.  The performances were followed by wide ranging conversations about where and how we live in later life.  We are currently analysing the notes from our discussions before deciding what steps to take next to.  We will present our initial findings at the Age Friendly Newcastle meeting on 8th December.
Doorbells is a partnership between Elders Council, Care and Repair England, Skimstone Arts and Northumbria University. 


Board of Trustees

The last board meeting of 2021 has now taken place and our Trustees can look forward to a winter break. As volunteers, they attend 10 meeting each year and are also actively involved in other aspects of EC work.
Before our break begins however, we will be meeting with Newcastle City Council representatives to tackle the serious issue of budget cuts due in 2022-2023, and how any potential cuts will affect older people in our City.
The proposals are currently online on the City website, and if you would like to put forward your views, please use the information below to contact us, before 16th December.

☎ phone: 0191 208 2701
or email: 

Facebook and Twitter

Please keep checking our Facebook and Twitter sites where you will find up to date information and events.
The links at the bottom of this bulletin will take you to the page and
you can interact with us by sending a reply to messages.

However you want to contact us we really enjoy hearing from you.


Interests and Activities

St Martins Centre, Roman Avenue, NE6 2RJ
December events

Curry & Prize Bingo
on Friday 3rd December from 6 - 8 pm at £5 pp
Coffee Morning on Tuesday 7th December from 11-1 pm
Christmas Fair on Thursday 9th December from 3-5 pm
The coffee shop is now open from Mon-Fri from 10-2 pm serving fresh sandwiches, homemade soup and traybakes.
Pop in and find out more about the 2022 programme of events.

Booking for the curry night is essential

☎ phone: 0191 2764002

Scotswood Garden Elderberries
Friday 3rd December at 10 am or 1 pm

As part of the sustainable workshops regularly held at this location they are looking for people to help to make natural Christmas decorations for the Winter Wonderland trail.
You do not need to be experienced to take part, just go along and join in the fun.

Booking is essential for morning and afternoon sessions so call now to reserve your place.

☎ phone: 0191 2750000
 or email:

Jesmond Wellbeing and Library Events

Wellbeing for Life online, Wednesday 1st December 10.30 to 12 noon
Online evening talk - Policing - Thursday 2nd December 6pm
Book Group: Wednesday 8th December 7 - 8 pm

To find out about these, and other events and courses taking place, please request details from;



Gosforth and District Choir Christmas Concert
St Aidan’s Church, Brunton Park, Gosforth
Thursday 2nd December 2021 at 7.30 pm

Don’t forget that your Newcastle Elder’s member, Tony Huzzard (who is also the NHS singer soloist at the Freeman Hospital) will sing for you at any time and any place. 
Give Tony a call if you would like to check his availability.

☎ phone: 07936316257
or email:


Christmas Markets in Newcastle

From 2nd December stalls will be set up around Grey's Monument to create a winter wonderland.
Local traders will be bringing something special to the City this year so don't forget to visit the city centre to support them.
Ice Skating is back at Times Square, next to the Life Science Centre.
Beginners and experts are all welcome.
Quayside Market will be open from 9-4pm on Saturday and Sundays in the run up to Christmas (weather permitting).
Grainger Market will be open on Thursdays, 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd December until 7.30 pm 
and from 11-4 pm every Sunday until 19th December.
For details of more festive fun visit NE1's Christmas directory below

Family Christmas Craft Party
City Library Saturday 11th December at 2 pm

Bring your family along for Christmas stories, crafts, party games, and book displays filled with our favourite seasonal stories.
Christmas party wear is not required, but is strongly encouraged!
This is a free ticketed event and will be held in Bewick Hall on Level 2 at City Library. Children must be accompanied, and all children and adults will require an individual ticket.
All ages welcome, but the event is best suited for children up to 8 years old

Grief Awareness Week
Tuesday 7 December 2021 11.00am - 1.00pm
City Library, Bewick Hall

Beyond the Waves’ will be running a free workshop and offering a relaxed, creative and supportive session for a new project, led by local artist Karen Underhill in partnership with Marie Curie Bereavement Services.
This bereavement project aims to engage people who have lost loved ones during Covid and create a little memorial.
In this session you will be given the resources to make little boats and shell artworks, using clay and driftwood alongside messages in a bottle.
You can book a place on eventbrite, clock the link below.


SEARCH Winter Events in Newcastle

Making Music Together at The Globe, 11 Railway Street, NE4 7AD
Monday 13th, Tuesday 14th, Wednesday 15th December at 2.30pm
Singing for your Brain at Robert Memorial Church, Wingrove Road
Wednesday 15th December 10.30 - 12 noon

Memory Tea at St James Church, Benwell
Wednesday 15th December 1.30 - 3.30 pm
Crafts at St James Church, Benwell
Tuesdays 30th November, 14th and 21st December 2-4 pm
To book for these events or find out what else is coming on, please contact Search

☎ phone: 0191 2737443

Playlist for Life
National Music and Dementia Charity

 If you work with, or provide support to, families or groups caring for loved ones with dementia, you can obtain a free resources pack to help you manage.
You will need to register with this organisation and you will find more information below.


WinG Outdoor Club

For all interested in outdoor activities for adults, and wishing to connect with nature for emotional wellbeing, this might just be for you.
One of our members had this to say about learning to canoe: "I won’t say I‘ve become a skilled canoeist, but certainly after three times out on the North Tyne, I’m an enthusiastic one.
“Wing Outdoors Club” which specialise in creating all-year-round outdoor activity programmes for all ages.  Wing Outdoors believe the outdoors is for everyone and are particularly keen in keeping/reviving older citizens’ fitness and interest in the outdoors." 
You can read the full article in the next issue of 'The Echo' magazine but you can enjoy the experience yourself by contacting WinG.
It is not just canoeing, you can go biking, hiking, and take in an outdoor forest school.


Volunteering, Research and Consultations

Newcastle Carers 

Carers Focus Group
Wednesday 1st December from 1.30 - 3 pm

To take part in this or any future focus group please contact Fiona Richardson on

☎ phone: 0797062632
or email:

Newcastle Carers Survey 2021

Personal experiences and views are needed to help Healthwatch Newcastle, Newcastle Carers and Newcastle Gateshead CCG plan and improve services available in the future.
To complete the survey click the link below.

☎ phone: 0191 27550560
or email:

New proposals launched to reduce traffic on local streets

Sweeping new measures to reduce vehicles cutting through local streets in parts of Newcastle have been released by Newcastle City Council


NHS Newcastle Gateshead CCG
Newcastle Patient, Public & Carer Engagement Forum
Monday 13th December from 10 am until 12 noon

The next meeting of this group will take place online, and
the main theme of the event will be Health and Engagement.
The views of older people, gathered from the recent Search conference, will be shared.
You can find out how the mental health of ethnically minoritised communities is managed.
We will hear about the benefit of Patient Participation Groups.
Attendees will be encouraged to share experiences to improve local healthcare services.
If you would like to attend this event, or you know of someone who would like to receive information by post, then please contact Hannah below.


Centre for Ageing and Inequalities Seminars

Monday, 6 December 2021, 14:00-15:00 
“The Unequal Pandemic: Covid-19 and Health Inequalities”

Professor Clare Bambra, Professor of Public Health, Population Health Sciences Institute, Newcastle University, examines the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for health inequalities. It outlines historical and contemporary evidence of inequalities in pandemics - drawing on international research into the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918, the H1N1 outbreak of 2009, and socio-economic, ethnic and geographical inequalities in COVID-19 mortality rates.
It then examines how these inequalities in COVID-19 are related to existing inequalities in chronic diseases and the social determinants of health, arguing that we are experiencing a syndemic pandemic.

Join via:
Meeting ID: 395 788 5970
Passcode: 140242


Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust

Help shape the future of CNTW, and improve the health of our local communities, by completing this survey

CNTW 2030 - Imagining our future, together Survey (

National Institute of Health Research

A charitable partnership between Legal & General and Newcastle City Council has been established to enhance older adult care.
Working in collaboration with researchers at Newcastle University a project has been established to develop a “new model” care home for up to 25 residents.

Researchers are inviting those of us who are aged 60 and over, or who care for someone who is, to share their ideas, priorities and thoughts on the use of technology to aid daily life for older adults.
They would love to hear the thoughts of as many people as possible!
You can complete this survey which is running for the next few weeks.


Winter Energy Bills - Support Older People

With the cold weather setting in, rising energy prices are going to leave millions of people unable to afford to stay warm this winter. 
Age UK are looking for support to help persuade the Government to provide extra support to those who will struggle with energy bills over the coming months.

Many older people have already started rationing 'heating or hot meals' putting your health at serious risk. A supporter said “I can only cut back on the small amount I spend on food now to find the extra for heating.” But we don’t have to accept this. We must ask the Government to provide urgent funding to stop people going cold because they’re so worried about the cost.
We need to tell MPs how much rising energy bills will hurt older people.
If you would like to support this petition, click below.


Walk-In Covid Vaccination Clinic
Each Monday from 10 am to 5pm

It doesn't matter if you need a first, second or booster dose, if you are eligible, just pop into the market and get your jab!

Full more details check here 👉


Independent Age - Staying Well in Winter

As we are entering the winter months, and our region has already suffered devastation as a result of heavy rain, winds and snow, take a look at the valuable information below which has been gathered by Independent Age.
 Long dark evenings and bad weather can make it harder to go out, and the cold weather can affect your health.
Being prepared can help you stay healthy and safe.

Staying well in winter | Independent Age


Newcastle City Council - Supporting People Sleeping Rough

As the North East weather worsens, spare a thought for those who may be less fortunate than ourselves.
If you see anyone sleeping rough and are concerned about them then there are ways to report this to the local authorities, see below.

What to do if you see someone sleeping rough | Newcastle City Council


Important: From Monday 29 November 2021, Westgate Road Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC) will temporarily close to walk-in patients

The next nearest centre is on Ponteland Road which is open from 8am until 10pm, 7 days a week, or you can also attend Molineux Urgent Treatment Centre which is open at the same time.
Both centres offer urgent treatment for minor injuries and illness for both children and adults.
Or you can use the minor injuries unit at the emergency department in the Royal Victoria Infirmary in the city centre. 

Please continue to wear a mask to help keep everyone safe.

For medical advice, or if you are unsure whether the urgent treatment centre is the right place for you, please use the NHS 111 online service.

Eye Health and Sight Loss

For anyone who requires details of the Tyne & Wear Sight Loss Council and how to apply to join, check out the information below:

General website for TPT:

Accessible technology site:

Here is a guide to common eye conditions and  ‘What do we see’ video.

RNIB site on Older people and complex needs:

Newcastle Vision support:

Signpost North-East: a collection of Wellbeing and Mental Health Resources and Services in your area.


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