The Big Sing

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We’ll be holding our own ‘Big Sing’ at Cafe @ Burn Lane on BBC Music Day, Thursday 26 September. Music Day is the UK wide, annual celebration of the power of music to change lives, with over a thousand events across the UK and broadcasts on TV, radio and digital. The theme this year is music and wellbeing; the power of music to inspire, bring us together and make a positive impact.

The plan for The Big Sing in Northumberland is to get as many people, groups, organisations and places singing the same song at the same time: 11.00am on Thursday.

As part of this initiative, BBC Music Day will be launching an ambitious project, to help bring music to everyone living with dementia by 2020. September is also World Alzheimer’s Month, with World Alzheimer’s Day being on 21st September each year.

We invite you to join us at 10.45am, ready for The Big Sing at 11.00am. The chosen song is Hey Jude and we will provide the words and accompanying music. It would be great to have your support – everyone is welcome! Please note we will be filming this event.

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Healthwatch Northumberland Conference

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The Healthwatch Northumberland Conference 2019 is at The Phoenix Theatre in Blyth on Wednesday 16 October. Healthwatch Northumberland is the independent champion for people who use NHS and social care services. The Conference will include listening workshops, films and guest speakers on the areas of health and social care people in Northumberland said were most important to them – mental health, GP services, access to services and dementia. The event is free and there’ll be an ‘information buffet’ providing information on local health and support services, a free raffle, plus lunch and refreshments will be provided. This is your chance to share your experiences with those that provide them and find out what’s available locally.

A free bus will be available from Hexham – please call the team to book: 03332 408468.

 

Come and join in the community conversation about your local health and social care services.

 

Workshops and talks include:

Health Checks – why aren’t more people taking up these

Substance Misuse  – assessing local needs

Primary Care Networks – more about how GP surgeries are working together

Patient Participation Groups – how to get more involved with your local surgery

Social Prescribing – how community-based services can help with health issues

A Space at the Table – Real life experiences of those caring for loved ones with dementia

Singing workshop – a fun feel-good session from a local group which runs sessions for those with memory loss

Dementia-friendly ambulances – how listening to patients has led to innovative new dementia-friendly vehicles

 

If you live or work in Northumberland and are interested in NHS, health and social care services we think you’ll enjoy this event.

 

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Information Morning at Adapt (NE)

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You are invited to our Community Information Morning here at Burn Lane on Wednesday 14 August. Join us for a coffee, cake and a chat and a chance to find out what support, advice and guidance local organisations can offer you. We hold these information mornings every three months. It’s free to come along – just call in any time between 10.30am and 12.30pm. The event takes place in the resource room, which is adjacent to our lovely little cafe, Cafe @ Burn Lane.

Attending this time are: Carers Northumberland, Citizens Advice Northumberland, Tynedale U3A, Northumberland Cancer Support Group, Healthwatch Northumberland, Age UK, Northumberland Community Development Company and Alzheimers UK.

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Age UK Northumberland Drop In Clinic

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Age UK Northumberland has a monthly drop in clinic at Corbridge Health Centre, on the first Monday of the month, from 10.00am to 2.00pm. The drop in clinic can help you find out more about maximising your income, managing a health condition, social activites and day centres in your area.

You don’t need to be a patient at Corbridge Health Centre to visit the Age UK Northumberland drop in clinic.

If you would like more information please call: 01670 784800.

Dementia film screening

Peter Woods of HexhamTV has made a film with a group of carers from Amble who are looking after their partners with dementia.

The film is called ‘A Space at the Table’ because the space at the table that the person living with dementia would normally fill is gradually fading away with far reaching implications for each person living with dementia and also for their partners.

The film which lasts for an hour and 16 minutes is very personal and powerful and comes with a warning that it is not suitable to be shown to those living with dementia, those under 16 or to people who may be adversely affected by seeing its contents

With the kind support of Tynedale Dementia Action Group and The Forum Cinema, Hexham, Peter’s film is now being shown during Dementia Action Week 2019, on Wednesday 22 May, to highlight the honest and truthful experience of carers of partners living with dementia in Northumberland..

In the future Peter hopes the film will be shown widely to health professionals and to a wider audience so the needs of carers in this situation can be properly understood.

Anyone wanting to use Peter’s film within their organisation can be sent a copy in return for a donation to the work of Dry Water Arts and The Curiosity Cafe in Amble.

Hexhamtv can be found on Facebook and Twitter.

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Citizens Advice Northumberland opening times

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Ways to contact Citizens Advice Northumberland:

Prudhoe face-to-face drop-in service:
The Manors, Adderlane Rd, Prudhoe NE42 5ET
Wednesday: 9.30am to 11.30pm

Hexham face-to-face drop-in service:
The Community Centre, Gilesgate, Hexham NE46 3NP
Tuesday: 10.00am to 12.00pm and Friday: 10.00am to 12.00pm

Debt and energy advice helpline:
Telephone: 01670 339960 Monday to Friday: 9.00am to 4.30pm
Text ‘debt’: 81400 (for a call back)

Adviceline telephone service:
Telephone: 03444 111 444
Monday to Friday: 9.00am to 4.30pm

Universal Credit Help to Claim helpline:
Telephone: 01670 339781
Monday to Friday: 9.00am to 4.30pm

Online information and advice

Community Information Morning February 2019

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The second of our Community Information events will take place on Wednesday 13 February, between 10.30am and 12.30pm in the Resource Room (next to Cafe at Burn Lane). This time you can get lots of advice and information from the NHS Patient Advice and Liaison Service, Age UK Northumberland, The Bridge Project, Carers Northumberland and Healthwatch Northumberland. Grab a cuppa from the cafe and come through for a chat with these local organisations who are here to support you with health, wellbeing, job and financial advice.

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Christmas lunches

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A local craft group were the first to try our Christmas dinner offering from Cafe @ Burn this week. The private lunch was served in the resource room, next to the cafe, which was decorated with fresh holly and ivy. The group enjoyed roast turkey with all the trimmings, followed by a dessert of Christmas pudding or cheesecake and coffee. The group thanked the chef for a fantastic meal and said they hoped to be back next year.

AGM 2017 minutes

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At our AGM last month, the minutes of the AGM 2017 were agreed by those present. The minutes can be downloaded below.

Adapt (NE) Minutes – AGM 2017

Annual General Meeting 2018

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Thanks go to everyone who came along to out AGM this year, to hear from Chair, Pat Maginn and Director, Liz Prudhoe about the work undertaken over the year 2017/18. This informal event was a chance for members and partner organisations to get together and look back at what has been achieved and what is planned for the coming year. The new Personal Assistant Register was launched at the meeting – this is a register held by Adapt (NE), of people looking to work as a personal assistant or carer, so that those looking for help can find someone suitable in their local area. For more information please give us a call.

The AGM coincided with our first Community Information Morning, held in the resource centre, next to Cafe @ Burn Lane. Local organisations including Alzheimers Society, West Northumberland Food Bank and Carers Northumberland were on hand with advice and information for the general public and our AGM guests. We plan to hold these Information Mornings quarterly so look out for details of the next one in the new year.

If you would like a copy of our latest Annual Report please call to request a hard copy, or you can download an online version below.

Adapt (NE) Annual Report 2017/18.