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.
Organisations across the city are offering a wide range of different activities during the month of October. Keep checking Information NOW and the Elders Council website and facebook page for updates on the activities on offer. Here is just a flavour:
1st October you can spend the morning at Newcastle Eagles taking part in the Golden Games and in the afternoon you can enjoy a visit to Dippy the Dinosaur at Great North Museum and hear from the curator.
On 5th October, you can be inspired at Dance City at Inspire Platform where different groups of older dancers will perform.
On 9th October you have a date with the Elders Council and WEA's Active Voices group who will be parading their banners and songs from Grainger Market to Space 2. John Grundy will be joining us to celebrate.
Or you can enjoy a performance of Chamber Music at Sage Gateshead on 16th October when the Royal Northern Sinfonia are putting on a dementia-friendly performance of Elgar and Mozart.
And there is plenty more to come ....
To keep up to date, look up www.informationnow.org.uk/article/ageing-with-style and look at the Elders Council's Facebook page.