Active Voices

The Elders Council, together with WEA, recently organised a six-week course about civic engagement called Active Voices and an Elders Council trustee was asked to take part. She reflects on her experience:

“I must admit that I didn't really have a clue as to what I was signing up for, but I am really glad I did. This was an amazing course which covered just about everything I needed to know in my role as a volunteer at various organisations (although I hadn't even realised it!).

“The sessions covered power (who has it, how to use it, etc.) and how to do research or complete a project – both subjects chosen by us, covered from planning to completion. There was even a session covering the press and media, very useful as in these days of austerity you never know when you might need to call on them with help to raise funds or advertise your event.

“The hope is that this course will roll out across the city (I know that there are already plans to hold one in Byker). So if you get the chance to go on one, please grab the opportunity – I can promise that you won't regret it.”

Note:  The Elders Council is planning to deliver more Active Voices courses in the next few months.  If you are interested in participating please email [email protected] .

Project ICE


Keeping up our IT skills can be a bit of a challenge when we are no longer in the workplace where colleagues can help or family members and friends with the time to show you how to use that great app!  But help is at hand from students at Northumbria University who run a regular fortnightly IT drop-in session in Room 107, Squires Building, 2 Sandyford Road, NE1 8SB.  

However, big or small the problem you want to solve, call in for help. You will receive one-to-one support as well as having the opportunity for interesting conversations with students studying in Newcastle.  The sessions are popular, so to book a place please call 0191 208 2701 or email [email protected]