MyPlace is a partnership project with the Digital Interaction Research Group at Newcastle University, Northumbria University, Newcastle City Council and the Age Friendly City Initiative; it is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) www.myplace.ac.uk .
Rachel Clarke, MyPlace researcher at Newcastle University, said, ‘We’re exploring the City Walks as an approach to using technology to document and share experiences of the city as part of the MyPlace project. We’re really excited to be experimenting with this approach in partnership with members of the Elders Council. When we did the walk at the beginning of February, in response to the changes that are planned for John Dobson Street, everybody involved was really engaged and animated about local planning issues and came up with ideas for how things might change in the future. We’ve since shared some of the concerns and ideas with the Council as part of the consultation in the City Library. We’re hoping to follow this up in the next month to develop the approach further so that others can self-organise around their own walks and events.’
Read a members’ report on the session held with the MyPlace team by clicking here.
Elders Council Board Member Halina has been putting the Elders Council on the map with the Great Exhibition of the North. Having signed up as a volunteer, she has taken the opportunity to promote the Elders Council. Halina arranged for the EC Radio Programme to run a feature on the Great North Exhibition on its June programme, and secured interviews with a number of key people including Carol Bell, Executive Director of the NewcastleGateshead Initiative and Sarah Munro, Director of the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art. The photo shows Halina in action recording her interview with Sarah Munro.
Elders Council is also a partner in Future Homes which will feature as part of the Great Exhibition of the North with a virtual reality tour of a future home at the Core on Helix (formerly Science Central) on Bath Lane. Don't miss it.