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!
Getting into the festive spirit has not stopped us from also looking at the serious matter of Newcastle City Council's Budget. Members of the Elders Council joined the Youth Council in attempting the Budget Simulation. After 2 hours of debate, we very reluctantly reached a balanced budget, but only by cutting back on services which we all regarded as essential. Members of the Elders Council Board met with Council officers to discuss the budget proposals and will be preparing a formal response which will be on our website soon..