29 Jun

Mind – Investing in mental health, benefits of physical activity and talking therapies

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Investing in mental health post-campaign survey

As the cost-of-living crisis worsens, more and more of us are feeling the pressure on both our finances and our mental health.

Our Investing in Mental Health Programme is coming to an end, but this was just the beginning of our work to break the link between poverty and mental health.

To help us understand the impact we’ve had so far and inform our plans for the future, we want to hear from you. If you can, please spare 15 minutes to fill in our survey before 5 July, and you could win a £20 Love2Shop voucher.

Take the survey


Physical activity and your mental health

Many people find that physical activity helps them maintain positive mental health, either on its own, or in combination with other treatments.

The benefits can range between:  

  • better sleep
  • happier moods
  • managing stress, anxiety or intrusive and racing thoughts
  • better self-esteem
  • reducing the risk of depression
  • connecting with people

We also understand that being physically active isn’t always helpful for everyone at any given time. However if you want ideas on getting active, see our information on choosing an activity which suits you best. 

Different ways to get active


Understanding how talking therapy helps

When you find yourself going through difficult life events, you could also find it hard to talk to family and friends about it.  This is where talking therapies could help.

Through talking therapies you will be talking to a trained professional about your thoughts, feelings and behaviours within a safe environment.

The sessions can help you understand yourself better, make sense of things, help you resolve complicated feelings or even find ways to live with them. Some people think that therapy is an extreme option for when things are really bad but this isn’t true.

Visit our website where we have more information on choosing a therapist, understanding the different types of therapy, what happens in therapy and how to get the most of your therapist.

Find out how talking therapies can help you


Need support?

Contact our infoline on

0300 123 3393

for information and help.

We’re open 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday (except for bank holidays).

26 Jun

Linskill Community Development Team Community Grapevine Newsletter – 24 June 2022

If you need a break from the glorious sunshine we have lots to keep you busy including our ‘Cranes for Ukraine’ session and July’s film, Limbo. If you are heading out on your bike to enjoy the weather you can also book into a ‘one to one’ bike fit session with Velo28.

The Shed’s fantastic volunteers have delivered three wonderful planter workshops at Battle Hill over the last month. Everyone went away happy with a completed planter to put into their garden. Ian and the team are already thinking about the next sessions, so watch this space!

The Hancock Gallery is a new venue for the Art Appreciation group. Explore temporary exhibitions by three artists along with permanent exhibits after a brief introduction to the gallery. Afterwards we will walk along to the bronze ‘Born Free’ lions in Exhibition Park, where lunch can be bought at Urban Green Cafe or you can bring your own. 

Please book using the link below.

engAGE activities are funded for people 55+

Art Appreciation Tickets


Join us on Thursday 29th June to make origami paper cranes!  I wonder how many will we make in the session!

Cranes for Ukraine

CONNECT – Film Club
Limbo is a wry and poignant observation of the refugee experience, set on a fictional remote Scottish island where a group of new arrivals await the results of their asylum claims.

Please book using the link below as places are limited.

engAGE activities are funded for people 55+

Limbo Film Screening

Suffer from sore wrists, back or knees when riding for a long time? Want to be in the most efficient riding position? Then this session is for you!

Small adjustments like raising your saddle height can make a real difference to your comfort on the bike. Join Mark from Velo28 for a one to one 30 minute session.

Booking is essential via the Eventbrite link below.

Bike Fit – 6th July

We look forward to seeing you at an activity soon.

Lucy, David, Charly and Janice
Your Community Development Team

From our friends

If you can’t make our Cranes for Ukraine session why not join NTAS in one of their other sessions?


Cream Teas, Frocks, Fascinators & Hats!

Cullercoats WI had a Garden Party at Linskill Centre, celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and the success of their ‘The Jubilee Bunting Trail’ project, which took place throughout Cullercoats, Tynemouth and Whitley Bay. 

“We are always keen to get involved with local Community Events and are so pleased to be helping create some of the origami Cranes for the ‘Cranes for Ukraine’ project organised by the North Tyneside Art Studio, although we could not have done this without their support!”

Cullercoats WI meet at Linskill Centre on the 4th Wednesday of the Month at 2pm. If you would like more information please email: cullercoatswi@yahoo.com



Join the Newcastle City Guides for their ‘Wallsend Walkabout’ on 29th June, meeting at Wallsend Metro Station and finishing at Wallsend Green.

The name Wallsend has links to the Romans and Segedunum. This walk remembers former great industries and some of the local heroes from the town. The route includes memorials, the ‘Penny Wet’ and places of education on the way to the quite unexpected village green.

SAVE THE DATE – Newcastle City Guide Keiran-Ann will be returning to Battle Hill Multi-Use Centre on Monday 26th September with her follow on talk about Wallsend from 1901 to 1951.

Wallsend Walkabout – Newcastle City Guides

20 Jun

Tell us your experience of breast screening services in North Tyneside

Share your experiences of breast screening services

We’d like to hear from people who have recent experience of breast screening services

Have you used breast screening services?

We want to hear from you if you have recently been invited to book a breast screening appointment.

If you booked an appointment…

We are interested in all aspects of the process from receiving your invitation letter, traveling to your appointment, to getting your results. Tell us what worked well and what could be better.

If you didn’t book an appointment…

We would like to understand why some people choose not to make an appointment for breast screening. Your feedback will help us to address any barriers people experience.

Everyone who completes a survey will be entered into our £50 Love2Shop voucher prize draw.

Your feedback will help improve breast screening services in North Tyneside.

Complete our survey here

Please share this post with people who would be interested in sharing their views.


Breast screening

The NHS breast screening programme aims to detect breast cancer at a very early stage.

The mobile screening unit is at North Tyneside General Hospital or you can book other locations. If you’re aged 50 to 70 and it’s been more than three years since your last appointment, you can book now by telephoning 0191 282 0202 or online by clicking this link. Eligible people should have received a letter from their GP.

20 Jun

Healthwatch Newcastle Newsletter – 14 June 2022

Join our team!

Tell Us North is a community interest company (CIC) with three new roles supporting the delivery of the Healthwatch Gateshead and Healthwatch Newcastle contracts.

Business and Governance Manager
The Business and Governance Manager is responsible for the efficient management of day-to-day administration, finance and governance activities, working closely with the Chief Executive and Deputy Chief Executive to ensure compliance with Tell Us North policies and procedures and legislative and statutory requirements.

Research and Engagement Manager
The Research and Engagement Manager will be a confident researcher with experience in public engagement, leading, developing and supporting the engagement team in its activities.

Healthwatch Newcastle Engagement and Involvement Officer
The Engagement and Involvement Officer will design and deliver innovative engagement activities, produce high-impact reports and contribute to the design and delivery of new data visualisation techniques.

How to apply
Further information, job descriptions and an application form can be downloaded at www.healthwatchnewcastle.org.uk/work-with-us
Please note we do not accept CVs.

The deadline to apply is Friday 1 July 2022.

Meet our new Healthwatch Stars

We’re proud to recognise the contribution that people and organisations make to the success of social care and health services in Newcastle.

We’re delighted to announce the following have recently received a Star for providing exceptional care:

  • The Learning Disabilities Community Team for their fantastic support.
  • Saville Medical Group doctors for helping to rehouse a patient with learning disabilities.
  • The Coquet Trust for their fantastic support for people with learning disabilities.
  • Sutherland Court Care Home staff for their ethos and care, which are second to none.

Tell us about your Healthwatch Star at www.healthwatchnewcastle.org.uk/nominate-a-star

Carers’ experiences during the pandemic

We wanted to gain a greater understanding of carers’ experiences in Newcastle during the COVID-19 pandemic. A questionnaire was designed, which included a short evaluation for people who had used Newcastle Carers’ services.

Carers saw a significant increase in the amount of care they provided during the pandemic. Because of this, many carers felt they struggled to cope and there was an impact on carers’ mental health. Social and emotional wellbeing was heavily impacted during the pandemic, with most carers feeling more isolated.

We also compared findings with a North Tyneside survey, looking at the similarities and differences in carers’ needs in the two local authority areas.

Read our reports at www.healthwatchnewcastle.org.uk/about-us/reports

Healthwatch Newcastle’s annual report

All local Healthwatch are required to produce an annual report and submit it to various organisations, including Healthwatch England, the Care Quality Commission and the commissioning local authority by the end of June each year.

Our 2021—2022 annual report takes a look at our work on services for children and young people affected by domestic abuse, the experiences of health checks for people with learning disabilities, dental services in Newcastle during the pandemic and more.

We want to say ‘thank you’ to our volunteers, including our Committee, for their support throughout the year. They have helped people in Newcastle have their say on health and social care services and we couldn’t do it without you!

Read the report at www.healthwatchnewcastle.org.uk/about-us/reports

What is adult social care?

Do you or a loved one need help with social care? Healthwatch England has put together a useful guide about who can access adult social care and how to pay for it.

Social care can be very different from the health care you receive from the NHS. Although it can include medical help, social care offers more practical support to enable people to live independently. These services are usually provided in people’s homes, care homes or elsewhere in the community, rather than at a GP practice or hospital.

If you or someone you live with needs social care, it’s important to understand what types of care and support are available, where to find the correct information, and how services are paid for.

Read ‘What is adult social care?’ at www.healthwatch.co.uk/advice-and-information/2021-10-07/what-adult-social-care

If you would like to tell us about your experiences of adult social care services please get in touch with us via email info@healthwatchnewcastle.org.uk or call us free on 0808 178 9282.

Other news and events

Newcastle United Foundation health and wellbeing event
Friday 1 July, 9am to 1pm, at St. James’ Park, Newcastle upon Tyne
Join Newcastle United Foundation and 30 local organisations offering free support to improve the health and wellbeing of you and your family.

  • Listen to four inspirational guest speakers discuss different topics designed to improve your wellbeing in the current climate.
  • Enjoy a free healthy breakfast and refreshments.
  • Access free resources and support from 30 local organisations.
  • Receive one free raffle ticket and be in for a chance to win a range of prizes.

Find out more and book at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/health-and-wellbeing-event-tickets-338094438567

Glaucoma UK urges people to get their eyes tested
With the number of people living with glaucoma in the UK expected to increase by almost a third between 2020 and 2035, Glaucoma UK is urging people to get their eyes tested.

Glaucoma is the name of a group of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve, which is responsible for transferring visual information from the eye to the brain. Damage to the optic nerve can result in sight loss and even blindness. Over 700,000 people in the UK have glaucoma, and half of them don’t know they have it.

Find out more at https://glaucoma.uk

New online mental health service
Togetherall is a free, safe and anonymous online mental health service now available for people living in Gateshead and Newcastle The service is available 24/7 and is moderated by mental health professionals.

Find out more at www.togetherall.com

Have you or your loved ones been affected by cancer?
Northern Cancer Voices are a collaboration of volunteers, patients, carers and health professionals in the North East and North Cumbria.

They’re looking for people to join their Patient, Carer and Public Involvement Network to share their stories and experiences and get involved in future work.

Find out more at https://northerncancervoices.co.uk

How should your hospital prevent and respond to falls during your stay?
Did you know that over 2,000 people over the age of 60 fell and fractured their hip while staying in hospital in England and Wales in 2020?

The Royal College of Physicians has published a patient resource for the National Audit of Inpatient Falls. It includes information about what level of care patients should receive if they sustain a fall when admitted to hospital. It also advises people on how to get involved with patient and public improvement groups.

Download the ‘How should your hospital prevent and respond to falls during your stay?’ resource at www.rcplondon.ac.uk/projects/outputs/how-should-your-hospital-prevent-and-respond-falls-during-your-stay

About this newsletter
You can find copies of all our recent newsletters at www.healthwatchnewcastle.org.uk/about-us/resources

If you need this newsletter in another format please get in touch by emailing info@healthwatchnewcastle.org.uk or calling Freephone 0808 178 9282.

16 Jun

Latest volunteering opportunities in North Tyneside

Read VODA’s latest volunteering round-up. for North Tyneside. Latest roles include:

Beverley Park Lawn Tennis Club is looking for a Volunteer Gardener for a few hours per week. 

The Exchange Theatre is currenting looking for new volunteers to do the following: Front of house & stewarding: Times: various daytime and evening (often Friday and Saturday evenings). Arts and crafts –  Times: weekly, daytimes (days Mon – Wed TBC).Dementia support – Times: monthly, Tuesday afternoon.

Friend Action North East is looking for a Digital Volunteer.

15 Jun

NT LIFE Recovery College – Taking brave steps with Woodland Wellbeing

Lisa & Vicky holding tree branch

When Lisa and Vicky first started out as volunteers for Woodland Wellbeing, neither of them could imagine facilitating a main part of the session. However, they have both worked incredibly hard towards this shared goal, which has taken a huge amount of courage, commitment and energy on their parts, and this week saw Vicky deliver her first main session, with Lisa to follow next week. You can read more about their inspiring story, and also learn a bit about how to make nettle cordage in our latest NT LIFE blog

12 Jun

NT LIFE Recovery College – Last few places available for this term

NT LIFE Recovery College has a just a few places left on the following courses starting weeks commencing 20 June and 27 June – see below and click on the course for more information.

If you know anyone who’s 18+, lives or works in North Tyneside and would like to improve their mental health and wellbeing, please feel free to share with them! Details of how to sign up are on the posters.

12 Jun

Linskill Community Development Team Community Grapevine Newsletter – 10 June 2022

Goodbye and thank you! 
As some of you will know Alex is leaving us for pastures new next week. Among other things Alex has been instrumental in developing our talk programme and the Linskill Riders. Thankfully she will be joining our friends at VODA and we hope she will still be a regular at Linskill (hopefully bringing her delicious baked goods with her!).

She will be a huge miss within our Community Development team and I am sure you will join us in wishing her every success in her new adventure.

The Hancock Gallery is a new venue for the Art Appreciation group. Explore temporary exhibitions by three artists along with permanent exhibits after a brief introduction to the gallery. Afterwards we will walk along to the bronze ‘Born Free’ lions in Exhibition Park, where lunch can be bought at Urban Green Cafe or you can bring your own. 

Please book using the link below.

engAGE activities are funded for people 55+

Art Appreciation Tickets

CONNECT – Film Club
Limbo is a wry and poignant observation of the refugee experience, set on a fictional remote Scottish island where a group of new arrivals await the results of their asylum claims.

Please book using the link below as places are limited.

engAGE activities are funded for people 55+

Limbo Film Screening

KEEP LEARNING – Card Making 
This month’s theme is ribbon weaving! Join us on Wednesday 6th July at 10am. All details are in the booking link below.

engAGE activities are funded for people aged 55+

Card Making

Aside from the front of the building we have three garden areas at Linskill Centre plus a greenhouse and polytunnel growing vegetables and plants.

Gardener Mike Brannigan is onsite every Tuesday between 10am and 2pm and he’d love some more volunteers to help.  If you would like to get involved or find out more then please follow the link below.

Garden Volunteers

Not so long ago Wallsend was a village, where the wealthy people of Newcastle would visit or buy a rural retreat.

Join Newcastle City Guide Keiran-Ann Keilty from Wallsend Local History Society and find out what life was like at that time and about one resident in particular when he lived in Wallsend Hall in this heritage talk taking place at Battle Hill Multi-Use Centre.

There is a small fee of £3 for this event, which is payable on the day.

Wallsend 1800 – 1900 Tickets

Jack Lowe is a documentarist using photography, audio recordings and film to make and share the story of The Lifeboat Station Project, his 10 year journey to all 238 RNLI lifeboat stations on the coast of the UK and Ireland. Jack photographs and interviews the lifeboat volunteers he meets along the way but there’s a twist! Travelling in his mobile darkroom — a decommissioned ambulance called Neena! Jack uses Victorian photographic techniques to hand-make the images on glass.

Head to lifeboatstationproject.com to see hundreds of photographs made over the years and to find out how you can get behind the rest of his odyssey.

There is a small fee of £4 for this event which is payable on the day.

Photo credits; thanks to Duncan Davis.

The Lifeboat Station Project

We have one place available on our spring planters workshop on Thursday 16th June, 10:00 and one place left on our summer planters workshop on Thursday 23rd June, 10:00 at Battle Hill Multi-Use Centre. 

There is a £10 charge to cover materials.

For all the details and to book the remaining place follow the link below.

Spring Planters Workshop

Summer Planters Workshop

We look forward to seeing you at an activity soon.

Lucy, Alex, David, Charly and Janice
Your Community Development Team


From our friends

To help support North Tyneside Art Studio’s aim to make 10,000 paper cranes, we are holding a session at Linskill Centre on Wednesday June 29th, 10am to 12 noon.

Would you like to come and help?  All instructions and materials will be provided plus we’ll have the kettle on too!

Please book your place using the link below.

Help to make paper cranes!


You’re invited to Figures that sway’s third workshop, Layers in the Landscape: with Artist Bridget Kennedy, on Saturday 18th Juneat Tynemouth Priory and Castle.

The workshop will look at the effects of time and the weather on these extraordinary buildings and create textile based collages inspired by layers of colour and texture that you discover there. During the workshop we would love to hear your own stories and connection to Tynemouth, and to discuss the history of Tynemouth as a trading and industrial port and how this may have influenced migration. 

The event will also be an opportunity to meet Figures that Sway artists Rosie Morris and Harriet Sutcliffe, and to discuss their ideas for exhibiting on the site. 

Attendance is free but spaces are limited, we have asked for a refundable deposit of £1.

Layers in the Landscape


First Tuesday morning of every month at a different museum across Tyneside TWAM are hosting informal FREE Museum Socials that will be open to adults to drop in. This will be very easy going, couple of hours, with free refreshments. It’ll be a chance to meet new people, museum staff and have guided tours of exhibitions and collections.

The next meeting is on Tuesday 5 July 2022, 10.30am – 12.30pm Arbeia Roman Fort, South Shields. All the details, including future dates are in the link below.

Museum Social