We (the Elders Council, with Quality of Life Partnership and Northumbria and Newcastle Universities) had a series of public conversations with people aged 50 years and over who live in Fenham/Wingrove area of Newcastle.
We really wanted to know what people think is good about their neighbourhood, and how it could be improved to better meet their needs in the future.
We held three public conversations with around 25 people during May. At the first two events, we asked people to share their experiences, opinions and ideas about their home and their neighbourhood. At the last event, we worked with Skimstone Arts, a local arts organisation, to produce a play to illustrate some of the ideas that have come out of the conversations. This play, and the other feedback we got during the public conversations, will be shared with around 80 people working in professional and voluntary organisations at future events, to make sure what we've found out together is heard by the right people.
We hope our future conversations will help us to get a better understanding of the range of activity and support available in Fenham/Wingrove, and also help us to raise important issues about what needs to happen in the future with people working in housing, care and health in later life.
Do you want to use your time differently? Are you looking for ways to manage changes in your life? Would you like to get more involved in your local community? If you can answer ‘yes’ to any of these questions, our Active Voices course is just the thing for you. In a series of informal sessions, you will have the opportunity to explore these questions with others. People who have taken part in previous courses have really enjoyed them and reported that they feel more confident about taking up new opportunities. The course will run for 6 weeks starting on Thursday 7th March 10.30 am – 2.00 pm (light lunch included). And it’s FREE! To book your place, contact [email protected] or call 0191 208 2701.