Because Hanley Community Fire Station was unable to accommodate our March meeting, we held it instead at the American Clubhouse in Cobridge. We are most grateful to the Clubhouse for allowing us to use their welcoming, user friendly premises.
Cliff Hathaway spoke briefly about the older people’s engagement network (OPEN) and invited members of our group to become involved. He left forms and envelopes for people to sign up. Angie, John and Maurice are regular attendees.
Gill Wyatt from Action on Hearing Loss gave a most informative presentation about the organisation she represents; perhaps more importantly, Gill brought to our attention the effects of hearing loss and the Post Code lottery of local NHS support for people suffering mild to medium hearing loss.
Although no one present at the meeting used hearing aids, several had experienced hearing loss. Whilst people had a cuppa and socialized, Gill performed individual hearing tests; not surprisingly there was a queue! Anyone unable to attend the March meeting can find information at Action on Hearing Loss (Formerly called Royal Institute for Deaf People)
‘On The Town’ – Workshop
Keele’s Community Animation & Social Innovation Centre (CASIC) and the New Vic Theatre ran a workshop on Wednesday 29 March to explore what it is like to live in Newcastle, the relationships between locals and students and to imagine the future for Newcastle. The workshop… called THE EXCHANGE… brought locals and students together to exchange ideas and build relationships. During the workshop a ‘recipe for the future’ was created as well as a picture of ‘Our Newcastle’ which included ideas for how space might be used and shared, and enterprise and harmony encouraged. Stimulating conversation and great fun!