The Communication Group is made up of:
• an editorial group, which is responsible for publishing a quarterly newsletter;
• the ebulletin editors;
• the radio group;
• the Facebook managers; and
• the Readers Group.
The newsletter comes out quarterly and is packed full of information about the work of the organisation; information and advice about services for older people; opportunities to get involved in research; events and activities; and letters and poems from members. The newsletter is available on paper (including a large-print version), via email, on tape/CD and on our website (click here for the current edition).
The ebulletin (EC Fortnightly) comes out every two weeks in order to update members on what’s happening in the period between newsletters. To add your name to the subscription list, please click here.
Everyone's tomorrow – today! is the Elders Council monthly radio programme, which is broadcast from 2 to 4pm on the first Friday of the month on NE1fm (102.5fm). This lively broadcast has a different theme each month on topics such as 'Keeping Active', 'Housing', 'Life after Retirement' as well as music and notices of forthcoming events. If you can’t manage to find 102.5fm on your radio, you can listen to the programme live at www.ne1fm.net .
Facebook: we have just launched a Facebook page to keep everybody up to date with what we’re doing and how you can help. Just click here.
The Readers Group looks at any Newcastle publication intended for older people. We comment on its legibility and readability, asking the author to make any changes necessary for improvement. If you come across a leaflet or brochure which you think needs our attention, please let us know.
We are always looking for new people to join us and welcome articles for the newsletter/EC Fortnightly and ideas for the radio programme. Get in touch!
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.