Issue 104                                    13 October 2021

 #Age Proud Newcastle

The International Day of Older People may have come and gone but there are still lots of activities in the city for older people. They are with a wide variety of organisations and we have named just a few here. You can look up the organisations individually to find out if it would suit you. 

Building Future East

Chain Reaction 


Scotswood Garden
 have a series of Elderberries sessions.

Jesmond Library  Look out for the Thursday Talk on 28th October with Trevor Wood.

Get your voice on the airwaves

Are you interested in radio and audio broadcasting? Would you like to try it, get involved in the technical side, chat to a radio interviewer, or speak on a subject you feel strongly about? Partners from InformationNOW, Elders Council, Radio Tyneside and further afield including East London Radio,  Sonder Radio Manchester and Near FM Ireland, have come together to form the
This is where all our Older Voices Podcasts can be found.

Waking up to Climate Change

As part of Older People’s Month, award-winning writer Linda France offered an on-line writing workshop on Waking Up to Climate Change.  This opportunity attracted a local and an international audience of people who welcomed the opportunity to reflect and write.  ‘Useful …. and challenging!’ was the feedback from one of the participants.  We look forward to seeing their writings in due course.

What's the Elders Council doing?

Doorbells - Dreaming for the Future
Don't forget to join us this humorous and moving performance featuring original live music which explores where we might live as we grow older.  Thinking about moving or changing your home is not an easy decision, this is your opportunity to have a conversation about where to get started.
Full details are available on


EC Goes Digital with Avatars!

'Managing the Home Care Circus' is an investigation undertaken by the Elders Council of older people's experiences of home care in Newcastle.  The investigation was done by older people for older people and presents key messages about how best we can prepare, seek and manage home care support.

We have presented our key messages in an animation based on the conversations we had with older people.  You can see the animation here

We have also published a report of our findings which is available on our website and you can also order a hard copy from the office. 

☎ phone: 0191 208 2701
or email 

Thinking about Parks

On a beautiful sunny October morning in Paddy Freeman’s Park, representatives of the Elders Council met students from Newcastle University’s Architecture, Planning and Landscape Department, Urban Green, the Parks Forum and the Friends of Paddy Freeman. We came together to launch a consultancy project commissioned by the Elders Council, the aim of which is to develop approaches to engage people from local communities in thinking about what they would like from their local parks and how they can help in the development and maintenance of parks.  Although this particular project will focus on Paddy Freeman’s Park, we will share the learning and ideas so that this can be applied in other parks in the city.  If you have ideas and reflections on how you use your local park, please get in touch. 
We’d love to hear from you.☎ phone: 0191 208 2701
or email

City Centre Transformation

Elders Council has been encouraging older people to take every opportunity to engage in the consultation about the City Centre Transformation.  In August, some of us went on a walkabout with Council officers to find out about the re-routing of bus services and the locations of bus stops; in September, some of us went on a bus ride around the new bus loop and in October some of us gathered in the Civic Centre to hear the detail of the proposed changes.  For the most part, people understood and welcomed the plans to improve the quality of the city centre, but a key point of our discussions was on how the pedestrianisation of the city centre will affect people with limited mobility and what steps can be taken to address this.  If you have any comments on the proposed changes, you have until 15 October to make your views known.  Details are available on

If you would like to listen to an audio version of the information, click the 'Listen and Translate' button at the top right hand corner of the screen. 

☎ phone: 0191 208 2701
or email

Ageing without Children

It was a pleasure to attend the launch of Ageing without Children (AWOC) - an organisation that is concerned about the challenges faced by people who do not have children to support them in later life.  Our current system relies heavily on adult children to support us as we age, which is a major concern to those who do not have anyone nearby to fulfill this role.  One of AWOC’s priorities is to support the development of local groups where people can get mutual support but also to lobby local commissioners to support initiatives (e.g. Home Share) that can help people without
children to live well in later life.

☎ phone: 0191 208 2701
or email

Gif Wall with Equal Arts

 The Elders Council shared in the creation of a Gif Wall to celebrate Older People's Day. Gifs are mini videos. Here is the A to Z gif wall on Age Proud Newcastle that Equal Arts produced for OP day.  We are “O” for Opportunity. You can see them here

 ☎ phone: 0191 208 2701
or email 

Wellbeing for Life at Jesmond Library

The November meeting will focus on 'Remembrance. This will be a Zoom meeting on November 3 starting at 10.30. You need to contact the library
to secure a place.

Facebook and Twitter

Look out for our 'Avatars@ from our just launched animation! 

Interests and Activities

Toilets - a desperate issue

For some of us, poor toilet provision is a source of inconvenience and embarrassment. The problem has worsened over time and is sharpened by encounters with bad facilities. But at its most extreme the crisis means that exploited workers like truck drivers (17% of whom are women) struggle with gruesome conditions. While, nationally, a quarter of a million disabled people face needs so pressing every day that they must live as prisoners at home. Many older people plan their day so they will be within reach of a toilet wherever they go and this means they can't go very far. 
This was part of an article and debate about the provision of public toilets you might want to read the full report and can do this by clicking the link below.

The People's Theatre

This theatre is open again and you may enjoy what is described by them as a " gloriously funny makeover of Sherlock Holmes’ most famous case
 The Hound of the Baskervilles! "
There is a socially distanced performance on Tuesday 26 October.
The link takes you to more information as well as the booking office.
☎ phone: 0191 265 5020

Converge at Northumbria University

Two new courses starting in October at Converge at Northumbria.the courses are FREE and open to anyone 18+ who access mental health support. These courses will also be in person and back on campus at Northumbria University

'Creative Movement'  Wednesday 13 Oct.- 8 Dec. 2021  2.15- 3.45 pm 

This course is suitable for all movement abilities and will contain a variety of movement, from yoga and stretching to body meditation to basic dance techniques, using  your personal creative skills to make movement and just generally moving our bodies!

‘Roots from Within’ Wednesday 13 Oct.- 8 Dec. 2021   4.15- 5.45 pm 

Roots from within is a unique dance course exploring the ‘Climate Crisis’ and its impact on people, and the surrounding areas in Newcastle upon Tyne. Students will explore contemporary dance techniques, choreography, and performance. This exciting project aims to provide a healthy opportunity for students to be active; be creative; and is a confidence-building experience, with the added benefit of meeting friends and working with
supportive professional dance artists.

For any more information please get in touch

World Ballet Day

World Ballet Day gives you an insider’s view of close to
50 dance companies around the globe.
See the dancers at morning class and rehearsals, get a sneak peek of upcoming performances, and see ballet’s biggest stars at work.

Fill your day with dance, streamed for free across six continents

Inspire Festival

Dance City are inviting you to celebrate ageing and dance in all its glory.  They want to connect people to dance through workshops performances and talks.  Taking place at Dance City in Newcastle, an inspiring line up of speakers, dancers and workshops have been assembled by and for people aged 55 and over.  Options include yoga, contemporary and improvisation
and a performance by Boundless.

Tickets cost £20 for the Saturday event, £25 for the Sunday event or £35
for a weekend ticket.



The Newcastle WEA Branch has organised three sets of FREE Craftivism Workshops . They will be held in WEA Regional Office in Portland Terrace, Jesmond. Each set of workshops focuses on a different craft and consists of two sessions , each 2 hours long and held on 2 separate days.  The idea is to use crafts as a medium for getting a message across, so if you enjoy doing craft work and you feel strongly about something why not come and get involved.  
Try your hand at: Pebble painting reference C2527372
Say it with Neon reference C2527385
Yarn bombing reference 2527305

☎ phone: 0300 303 3464

They also have courses on 'green' issues if that's an interest like:
Growing your own food reference C2527388
Beekeeping reference C2527421
You can find out lots more about the WEA and the 007 ways
you can get involved here!

Jesmond Community  Forum

Jesmond Community Forum have lots of activities available to residents and friends. You can see the number of affiliated groups on their website.
Apple Day is 16 October when apples from the orchard can be picked and juiced.
Northumberland Orchestral Society have a performance on 17 October at 3 pm at the United Reform Church Jesmond
There is a lot more for you to see!

Tales from WWII

Tyne and Wear Museums are looking for women who experienced the 1939-45 war.  Could that be you or someone you know? If so, do you have any reminiscences that you could share with Tyne and Wear Archives?

Air raids? Evacuation? Gas masks? Or whatever. Go to

☎ phone: 0191) 232 6789

Ouseburn Valley

Lots happening here from a talk on 'An Ouseburn family tree on 19 October at 5.30 pm to Oseburn Brewery Tours on the first Friday of the month -yes you do go in breweries and sample the beers!
Find out more in the latest Newsletter. 
The Mining Institute

This has recently undergone extensive refurbishment but is now open again. The wonderful Members Library is still as it was and you can go and visit as well as step into the small bar/cafe for a quiet cup of tea. There is more on the website, though it isn't yet updated.

Tyne and Wear Museums

Ghastly Ghost Stories and Spooky blogs are just what you need for a Hallowe'en scare! Try Tyne and Wear Museums and sign up for their
Must-See Museums Newsletter

What's on in October?

Another newsletter that gives you a heads up on what's available across Newcastle and Gateshead


There are some 'Making Music ' sessions at Search
The session is free, no experience is needed and all instruments are supplied. The venue for this activity is at The Globe, Railway St NE4 7AD on Monday 18 October at 2.30 pm. This will be a really fun session and places are limited so please call Search to book your place.
☎ phone: 0191 273 7443

Volunteering, Research and Consultations

Northumbria University: Attitudes towards supported housing

Researchers at Northumbria University’s Psychology Department, Faculty of Health & Life Sciences in association with Gateshead Council are carrying out a 12-month research project looking at people’s
attitudes towards supported housing.

We are keen to talk to you if: You are a tenant (council, social housing, or private sector) aged 50 or over, living in the North East of England and considering the move from independent to supported housing o you have recently moved from independent to supported housing within the last 6 months

We would like to gain a better understanding of what factors influence individuals’ decisions about whether to make the move. We are also keen to talk to people with hoarding behaviours so we can develop a better understanding of the specific challenges that they may face when considering supported housing. We are also keen to explore the impact that social networks and connections with others has on attitudes towards supported housing.

Participants will be offered a £10 Love to Shop Gift Voucher for taking part.

For further information email contact
Claire Murphy-Morgan, Senior Research Assistant:

☎ phone: 0191 580 6115
or email: 

Same-Day Doctor Appointments Survey

Newcastle-Gateshead NHS Clinical Commissioning Group is currently undertaking a short survey to better understand the experiences of patients who are seeking to make a same-day appointment with their local GP. We also want to know whether there is anything that GP Practices could do,
to improve the experience.
Here is the link where patients can provide feedback:
The deadline for completing the survey is 22 October 2021.

Department of Work and Pensions

The department is interested in understanding how they can improve their services. They want to talk to people approaching retirement and after they retire to understand how they can make it easier for people to get
the support they need.

There is a questionnaire that they would like you to complete. Please try and do this as it will help them and older people in their retirement.
Thank you, the survey is here:


What gets your wheels in motion? A questionnaire about how and why you make choices when buying a car
Take part in a study aiming to understand how people feel about their private data being accessed after they have died.

Parkinson's UK

Rachel Lawson and Dr Rosie Morris are working with Parkinson’s UK to develop a North East and Cumbria Parkinson’s Research Interest Group (NEC-RIG) and have designed a survey to get the opinions of people with an interest in Parkinson’s research about what this might look like and how it might work.

We have a fantastic variety of research across the North East and Cumbria involving people with Parkinson’s and their family, friends and carers, from basic science in a laboratory looking at cells and DNA, to treatments or interventions in clinic and in the home e.g. medication or exercise. We want to bring people across our regions together who have an interest in Parkinson’s research to provide opportunities to take part in all stages of research. This can include helping researchers in universities and/or the NHS to identify important questions or issues to people with Parkinson’s that we can try and answer; to design research studies that will help people who want to take part or identifying what the best ways are to tell people about the results.

North East and Cumbria Parkinson’s Research Interest Group (NEC RIG):
Person with Parkinson’s or family/partner/carer/friend/ (including bereft) – survey link 

Volunteer Champions Needed

Volunteer Community Champions needed for Overcoming the Barriers to Engaging with Prostate Cancer
The project is being delivered in various locations across England including Newcastle, where Orchid will recruit and train Volunteer Community Champions to help cascade prostate cancer messages to those at high risk of this cancer.
If you know anyone who would be interested fill out the application form and send to before 18 October 2021.

Bristol University need older volunteers

They are currently looking for people aged 55+ to join a one-off online focus group to discuss their views on the vaccinations available to older adults.

You would join an online group discussion on a video call for up to 90 minutes. We will organise online focus groups with up to six other participants. The group discussion will be run by a member of the research team and recorded. You will be offered a £30 high street voucher as a thank you for your time. Focus groups are expected to take place in October-November 2021. See the project website for further information.

How to express your interest? Please complete this short questionnaire to tell us a little about yourself. We will then contact you based on the contact details you provide on the questionnaire.
Further information about the research project can be found
on the project website:


Bus Passes and Travel Shops

All Travelshops are now closed. If your bus pass needs renewing or you need to purchase a Gold Card (cost £12)  this gives you free travel on the Metro for a year. You can do this at Metro stations at the ticket machines before you go through the barriers. There are staff members there at bigger stations who will help if you ask. You can also renew by using this link:
If you want to renew using the phone the number is below.
Grandparents may like to know of a new family offer on the  Metro. Here up to three children aged 11 and under can now travel free on Metro with a fare-paying adult. If you have a gold card you are a fee-paying adult

☎ phone:  0191 20 20 747.

Bus lane enforcement on John Dobson Street 

The bus lane enforcement on John Dobson Street will resume next month. 
From Monday 1 November enforcement on the northbound stretch of John Dobson Street will be reinstated, with financial penalties issued to those who flout the rules from that date onwards.

Blossom in Newcastle 

It was announced earlier in the year that Newcastle will be participating in planting cherry blossom trees. The tree plantings are part of the National Trust and its partners’ ambition to create hundreds of blossom spaces in urban areas across England, Wales and Northern Ireland over the next five years, to ensure more people have access to nature and green spaces. The charity and its partners also hope to create a UK-equivalent of
Japan’s world-famous Hanami (blossom viewing).

In Newcastle, Urban Green Newcastle, working in partnership with the City Council and NewcastleGateshead Initiative, will plant 26 ancient varieties of cherry blossom tree, Prunus ‘Tai-Haku’ trees – at Exhibition Park, an area on the outskirts of the city close to the University and the hospital.

Virgin Mobile - closing down PAY As You Go Accounts

Virgin Mobile has made the decision to close its
-as-you-go services from January 2022.

Money Saving Expert says, "Customers who are affected by this will be notified no later than October 2021, with existing customers able to continue their PAYG plans until January 2022, at which point their service will be cut-off automatically." For further details, please go to:

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