Issue  121        27 June 2022         

What's the Elders Council doing?

Wellbeing for Life @ Jesmond Library

The next meeting is, 'Shape up: It's Summer' and takes place on Wednesday 6 July  at 10.30 am. It's a hybrid meeting (both Zoom and live)
For more information email: 

History of Northumberland

Join our Patron, John Grundy, to celebrate the publication of his latest book – History of Northumberland – on Saturday 2 July at 1.00 pm in the Bewick Hall, City Library. John will be giving a talk and signing copies.
The event is free, but please register at:

Older Voices Podcast

Your chance to hear the programme of 19 June with a theme of Neighbourhoods  Guests: Clare Levi (Elders Council); Jacqui Marlow (Monkchester Green Community Group); Shaun (ACORN Newcastle). Gardening; A green view; The bird report; Poem; Steve's point of view. Music. Just click on the link and hear it at your leisure
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If you want to listen to an earlier broadcast here's the one from 20 May
with the theme of 'The Arts and Culture' #Radio Podcast
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Older Voices Live Show

Reminder: the Elders Council radio show, Older Voices, now goes on the first and third Sunday of every month between 2 and 4 pm on NOVA 102.5 fm or

The next show is this Sunday, 3 July.
The theme is "The cost of living crisis" and guests will come on from the Citizens' Advice Bureau, SEARCH Newcastle and Welfare Rights.

On 17 July, the theme is "Out and about" and we'll feature in particular the Elders Council's EC Rider leaflet.

Words and Worlds

Elders Council members really enjoyed participating in the Words and Worlds project and have continued to meet regularly to share their writing.  They meet on Thursday afternoons online.  If you enjoy writing and would like to join them, contact us at

The Worlds and Words Team (Elijah Young and Natasha Haws) are starting a new writing project in partnership with Coping with Cancer which is open to anyone living with or affected by cancer.  The sessions will take place between July – October and will be on Wednesdays or Thursdays. 
To find out more contact

Facebook and Twitter

  Hope you are keeping up-to-date with all our work, following us on social media is a good way to do this. We put in when Bulletins and Magazines are published and give reminders of dates of events. So our A.G.M. is soon to happen. Have you got the date in your diary
and have you said you will be coming?

Interests and Activities

Holy Trinity Church Centenary Exhibition


The Centenary Exhibition at Holy Trinity Church in Churchill Gardens NE2 2HB, continues until September. Admission is free; the display is in the Church, and is open to the public on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10 am to 1 pm, and on Sundays from 1 pm to 3 pm.

The exhibition will intrigue anyone interested in the history of this part of Jesmond and provides an opportunity to see a series of stunning stained-glass windows and fine oak carvings by Ralph Hedley and Percy Appleby. 

 Workers Education Association (WEA).
From arts and crafts classes and qualifications to outdoor activities and more; grow your skills and friendship circle while discovering new parts of your neighbourhood. Plus they'll show you their best online courses too.


There are also several activity packs available on their website.
You can find them here:

Men's Unwanted Sexual Experiences

Invitation to the Men’s Unwanted Sexual Experiences (MUSE) project event with the research team Dr Carl-Bonner Thompson, Dr Kirsty McGregor and Dr Jason Preston. The event will focus on the findings from a research project that explores the barriers that men face in accessing support for their unwanted sexual experiences in North East and South East England. The research is a collaboration between the University of Brighton, ManKindUK, the Male Survivor Partnership and
It will take place at ‘The Common Room’ in Newcastle on Wednesday 6 July (6.30-8.30 pm). The event will showcase art that was created by men who took part in the project, as well as a research talk from the team about the findings.

The tickets are available at this link:
The Sage Gateshead
The Sage Gateshead has 'The Barber of Seville' taking place 2nd and 3rd July and a first-ever concert for the BBC Proms Concerts more information at this link.

FREE Screening of Pride at Star and Shadow

Newcastle University is hosting a free screening of Pride followed by a post-show discussion at Star and Shadow Cinema on Wednesday 20 July 2022 at 6.00 pm.
  Book your place here 
SciScreen: Pride (2014) Film Screening & Panel Discussion Tickets, Wed 20 Jul 2022 at 18:00 | Eventbrite

Ageism UnMasked
July 11 at 5.30 pm in The Catalyst, Newcastle Helix

What is ageism?  Why is it considered the “discrimination of the XX1 Century?  How does it impact our society, our policies and your business? Newcastle and Northumbria Universities invite you to an event with author Dr. Tracey Gendron in The Catalyst that will radically challenge our stereotypes related to ageing and will provide practical tools to combat ageism and develop a narrative for the future of our society and economy. Book your place here 
Ageism Unmasked: Tools for Anti-Ageism - National Innovation Centre Ageing (

Museum Socials

Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums invite you to join them at their new Museum Socials in different places across the area.  These are free of charge, and there will be light refreshments and informal tours.
  No booking is required.  Everyone welcome. 
These events are monthly, and the next two are:
Tuesday 5 July 10.30-12.30 - Arbeia South Shields Roman Fort 
Tuesday 2 August 10.30-12.30 - Stephenson Steam Railway, North Tyneside
For more information,

Jesmond Lawn Tennis Club Junior and Adult Summer Coaching Courses

Get in the mood for Wimbledon by signing up for one of our popular junior and adult coaching courses which are starting now - there's something for everyone.
All our courses are open to both members and non-members.
For more information and online booking see

Newcastle Orchestral Society

Summer Concert: A Celebration of British Music - 3.30 pm on Saturday 9 July
at Jesmond URC. 

Kynren is back this Summer

Families come in all shapes and sizes, you can claim a 10% discount  by booking with 11 Arches at this website (it's applied automatically at the checkout)

YMCA Walk and Talk

Join this group which meets at 10 am every Wednesday in Walker Park. Walking is good for both mental and physical health and here's your chance to try it out.
There's more information at:

Eastend Walking Group

Enjoy walking and making new friends? How about joining this walking group?> They meet every first and second Thursday of each month between 11 am - 3.30 pm. You need to take a packed lunch. If you are interested please contact Leigh at 07436 161 330

or Tim at 07967 366 824

Volunteering, Research and Consultations
Carers Wellbeing and Relaxation Online

There are free sessions available for those of you who are carers. The next one is Wednesday, July 6 at 1.30 pm.  More details are available here

Participant recruitment Men's Unwanted Sexual Experiences

Have you experienced touching or flirting at work, at school, at home or in public that made you feel uncomfortable? Did you have difficulties speaking to someone or finding support?

The  University of Brighton research project aims to explore the barriers men face when seeking support for issues like this. If you’re a man in North East England who has been impacted by these issues, we’d like to speak with you. This will involve an online interview (with or without video). Participants will be compensated with a £20 voucher for their time.For more information and to get in contact, please visit our website:

Cost of Living Survey

Independent Age is very interested in hearing from older people about the impact of the cost of living rise.  Take a 10 or 15 minutes to complete their survey  Rising cost of living survey (

Research Recruitment Request

A postgraduate Gerontology student at the University of Southampton is conducting a research project about ageing with physical disability for an M.Sc. He needs to recruit individuals who: are aged 50 or above, identify as experiencing a long-term physical disability that began before the age of 50, and do not experience cognitive impairment or other conditions that may jeopardise their ability to give fully informed consent if you have any questions or would like any more information, please email at:  
As a reminder, we do check the validity of these requests from students that they have ethical approval from their university.

The World's Most Inclusive Bank

As we age, do our banking needs change? Voice is investigating if and how banking services might be excluding older users. If you are over 60 and think you may have something to contribute click this link to find out more.


Your Homes Newcastle (YHN)

The way you view and bid for homes is changing. The Tyne and Wear Homes partnership, which has been a central point for social housing applications and advertising in the region since 2012, is going to end. Going forward, each local authority will aim to have its own website by winter 2022.
There are no changes to our current services so customers should continue to use the Tyne and Wear Homes website to apply
for housing and manage their housing applications.
There is no need for customers to contact us. Local authorities and their housing providers will share further updates on future changes so customers are kept up to date. Visit for frequently asked questions. 

New Boiler Grants

New Boiler Grants continuously provide assistance for those who are in need of a boiler grant. Not everyone is eligible but it's worth checking. If you are having doubts about your eligibility, they want to help you.


The Nexus consultations have gone live for the proposed changes in response to the Go North East Announcements. Below is the link:

Tyne Bridge Closures

There will be overnight closures in place on the Tyne Bridge
from 27 June to 1 July.
More information can be found on the City Council’s
Roadworks Bulletin at the link below.

Traffic Management Road Closures - Northern Pride Event

Temporary restrictions on various roads for the Northern Pride Event 2022 mean some roads in the city center will be closed for a parade between approximately 11:00 and 13:00 on Saturday 23 July 2022

British Sign Language (BSL)

There is a new app to help people who use BSL contact emergency services. There is an email address to send the comments to in the link. 
Click the link for further information

One thing everyone over 66 needs to know

So says Martin Lewis the Moneysaving Expert.
If you want to know what it is click this link:

Integrated Care Bulletin

This fortnightly bulletin provides you with the latest news and events on integrating health and care across the country, including examples of best practices from NHS, local government and voluntary sector partnerships.

Urban Green

Summer has well and truly arrived in the North East (well it had last week) and Urban Green wants to alert you to what's happening in our Parks. You can click on this newsletter to see what's going on.


Here is the newsletter from InformationNOW for 24 June. This website is always a great place to start when you need any up-to-date information.

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