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BID Services Northumberland

BID Sight Loss Drop In Service

BID Services is a charity working in partnership with children, young people and adults and their families and carers. It supports people who are deaf, hard of hearing, visually impaired or have a dual sensory loss. Specialist service areas include advocacy, employment, British Sign Language interpreting and training, rehabilitation and mobility training, specialist equipment, residential care, social work, support for tinnitus and housing related services.

BID Services Northumberland is trying to further promote services across the community by having promotional tables at a range of venues for people to come along and discuss sight loss. There will be equipment on display and information leaflets available on different sight conditions. The people manning the table are qualified professionals within the sight loss area and are able to answer any questions you may have. Please see below where you can go and when to have a chat with the BID Services team.

For more information call 01670 293150.

 

Prudhoe Waterworld

Monday 17 February, 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Thursday 25 June, 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Friday 23 October, 1.30pm – 3.30pm

 

Wentworth Leisure Centre, Hexham

Monday 17 February, 11.00am – 1.00pm

Tuesday 25 June, 11.00am – 1.00pm

Friday 23 October, 10.30am – 12.30pm

 

Swan Centre, Berwick

Monday 20 January, 10.30am – 12.30pm

Wednesday 20 May, 10.30am – 12.30pm

Thursday 24 September, 10.30am – 12.30pm

 

Willowburn Leisure Centre, Alnwick

Monday 20 January, 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Wednesday 20 May, 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Thursday 24 September, 2.00pm – 4.00pm

 

Ashington Leisure Centre

Monday 20 April, 2.30pm – 4.30pm

Wednesday 19 August, 2.30pm – 4.30pm

Friday 4 December, 2.00pm – 4.00pm

 

Riverside Leisure Centre, Morpeth

Monday 20 April, 11.30am – 1.30pm

Wednesday 19 August, 11.30am – 1.30pm

Friday 4 December, 11.00am – 1.00pm

 

Blyth Sports Centre

Wednesday 25 March, 11.30am – 1.30pm

Thursday 23 July, 11.30am – 1.30pm

Friday 20 November, 11.00am – 1..00pm

 

Concordia Leisure Centre, Cramlington

Wednesday 25 March, 2.30pm – 4.30pm

Thursday 23 July, 2.30pm – 4.30pm

Friday 20 November, 2.00pm – 4.00pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Alnwick and Morpeth Hearing Support Groups

The programmes for the first half of 2020 are now available – please note that the programmes are subject to change so please check before you go along.

The Alnwick group meets on the last Wednesday of the month, 2pm – 4pm, at St Paul’s Court, Prudhoe Street, Alnwick NE66 1XY.

The Morpeth group meets on the second Wednesday of the month, 2pm – 4pm, at Northumberland County Blind Association, Reiver House, Staithes Lane, Morpeth NE61 1TD.

Group members share day to day experiences as well as their knowledge of hearing loss over a cup of tea, plus there are talks and discussions as outlined below. A £2 contribution per sessio is requested to cover costs.

For more information please contact Andy Griffin: andygriffin66@gmail.com, 01665 581244.

 

Alnwick Programme

29 January: A Possy of Percys, Andy Griffin

26 February: 1958 Memories and Music

25 March: Ageing Well, Lorraine Henderson, Northumbria Healthcare

29 April: Right Royal Occasion – group discussion

27 May: Housewife’s Choice – group discussion

24 June: Around the World – group discussion

 

Morpeth Programme

8 January: A Possy of Percys, Andy Griffin

12 February: Around the World, Faith Lowery

11 March: Ageing Well, Lorraine Henderson, Northumbria Healthcare

8 April: Cresswell and ‘Needles’, Barry Mead

13 May: Right Royal Occasion – group discussion

10 June: Mental Health Issues, Brian Main

 

Alnwick Hearing Support Group

Alnwick Hearing Support Group meets informally each month. The group have a cup of tea and a chat, sharing their day to day experiences as well as their knowledge of hearing loss. There are also talks and discussions and the programme for the rest of the year can be seen below.

The meetings are held the last Wednesday of the month from 2.00pm to 4.00pm at St Paul’s Court, Prudhoe Street, Alnwick NE66 1XY. A £2.00 contribution per person per meeting is appreciated to help cover costs.

 

2019 Programme

Wednesday 31 July: “Marvellous Modern Molars: Dentistry in the 21st Century” by Andrew Buddle, BDS Dental Surgeon

Wednesday 28 August: No meeting – summer break

Wednesday 25 September: The Elderberries Programme at The Alnwick Garden, Tracy Jones

Wednesday 30 October: Northumberland Fire and Rescue service – no longer just the fire brigade! Russell Stalker

Wednesday 27 November: Hearing strategies – problems and solutions: what’s your experience?

Wednesday 25 December: No meeting – Happy Christmas!

 

For further information please contact Andy Griffin on 01665 581244 or at andygriffin66@gmail.com.

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Alnwick Hearing Group Programme 2019

Alnwick Hearing Group meets informally each month. The group members share their day-to-day experiences as well as their knowledge of hearing loss as well as talks and discussions.

The meetings are held the last Wednesday of the month from 2.00pm to 4.00pm at St Paul’s Court, Prudhoe St, Alnwick NE66 1XY. Everyone is welcome to attend for a chat and a drink.  A £2 contribution towards the room hire is appreciated.

 

Programme 2019:

30 Jan: National Energy Action

27 Feb: Dementia Friends and services in Northumberland by Helen Williams, Alzheimers Society

27 Mar: Treasures.  Bring something that means a lot to you

24 Apr: 1957 – what do you remember?

29 May: Audiology update – to be confirmed

26 Jun: Famous deaf people

For further information, please contact Andy Griffin on 01665 581244 or at andygriffin66@gmail.com.

 

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Elderberries Clinic Cafe Programme

The Elderberries Community Programme aims to enrich the lives of people over 55 years in the Alnwick area.  As well as weekly exercise, activity, gardening and social sessions, the Clinic Cafe takes place on the second Tuesday of the month, 2.00pm – 3.30pm in the Stuart Hall Elderberries Room. The Clinic Cafe holds a variety of talks and consultations on health and lifestyle issues. Here’s what’s happening over the next few months:

 

Tuesday 13 February

Action for Hearing Loss – confronting deafness, tinnitus and hearing loss

Tuesday 13 March

Macmillan Cancer Advocacy Project

Tuesday 10 April

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

 

For more information please contact Tracy Jones on: 01665 511256 or email: tracy.jones@alnwickgarden.com

 

 

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Alnwick Hearing Support Group – 2018 Programme

Alnwick Hearing Support Group meets informally each month, to share day-to-day experiences and knowledge of hearing loss. The meetings are held on the last Wednesday of the month and include talks and discussions on different themes.  A contribution of £2.00 per session is suggested, towards the cost of room hire; tea and coffee are included.

 

2018 Programme

31 January: Health Trainers – how fit and healthy are you? with Justine Bowey, Northumbria NHS Healthcare

28 February: Relatively speaking – who do they think they are?

28 March: 1955 – was it a good year for you? by Andy Griffin

25 April: Hearing issues update – restaurants? shops? theatre?

 

The Hear to Help Project will close at the end of April 2019. After this time, hearing aid support will be available directly from audiology. Please see details below.

 

Hearing aid support from NHS audiology – contacts

 

Email: tnu-tr.audiology@nhs.net

Phone for appointments at:

Alnwick Infirmary 01665 626 745
Berwick, Union Brae Surgery 01289 330 333
Corbridge Health Centre 01434 632 011
Cramlington Health Centre  (Manor Walks) 01670 335 311
Hexham General Hospital 0191 223 1043
Morpeth NHS Centre 01670 500 920
North Tyneside Hospital 0191 223 1043

 Weekday walk-in clinic for repairs at The Freeman Hospital, 9.00am to 4.00pm.  For appointments call: 0191 223 1043

Events

Healthwatch Northumberland Meet and Greet Alnwick

At our ‘meet and greet’ sessions you can meet our team of board members and staff and find out more about what we do as independent champion for health and social care users. The meet and greet takes place before our bi-monthly board meetings, which are held at a different venue in Northumberland, and we invite local residents who have an interest in health and social care services, community groups and health professionals along for a cup of coffee and chance to find out more about our work.

If you live or work in the Alnwick area we’d love to see you. Please let us know in advance if you hope to join us – email: info@healthwatchnorthumberland.co.uk or call: 03332 408468.

Audiology drop-in Alnwick

As part of our work to find out people’s experiences of using audiology services, we will be at the audiology clinic at Alnwick Infirmary talking to those using the services. We will be asking people with hearing loss a few questions to find out what is working well for them and what could be improved.

 

Glaucoma Support Session Alnwick

As part of national Eye Health Week, the International Glaucoma Association is holding information events in Alnwick and Hexham this September. If you or someone you know is living with glaucoma, come along to get some support and information. Refreshments will be provided.

If you would like more details or to book a place please contact Hannah Morrow on: 07854 821911 or email h.morrow@iga.org.uk.

Connaught Opera at Alnwick Garden

Connaught Opera is once again putting on free performances for over 55s across the country and will be returning to Alnwick this month. The show is Victorian Vignettes to celebrate the reign of Queen Victoria. Tea and coffee will be provided. If you would like to book a place please call 01665 511356.

 

 

Northumberland Pride

We’re so pleased to be a part of the Northumberland Pride event again this year.

Northumberland Pride is a county wide organisation set up in 2017 to raise awareness of lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender (LGBT+) culture and heritage. This is done this by promoting equality and diversity for the elimination of discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity. The group also provides safe spaces which break down barriers that promote inclusion and support across Northumberland.

2018 saw the first Northumberland Pride in Alnwick. The event was attended by over 2,500 people and thecolourful march through the town centre of Alnwick attracted over 500 people. Visit our stand to tell us about your experiences of NHS care and social care – you could win our fantastic sequin dog!

Northumberland Pride website

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Sequin Dog Northumberland Pride

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In It Together Annual Conference (Hexham)

This year’s In It Together Parent Carer Forum annual conference is entitled ‘Getting it Right.’ The theme is preparing for adulthood from the earliest years. The event will be of interest to all parents and carers of children and young people with SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) in Northumberland, but particularly those in Year 6 and above.

This year there will be two events in the county. You can book for the Hexham event here.

There is also an event in Alnwick at the Rugby Club on 19 March. More details and bookings here.

For further information about the conference please contact In It Together Parent Carer Forum: info@in-it-together.org.uk or call: 07729192909.

children playing on grassland

In It Together Annual Conference (Alnwick)

This year’s In It Together Parent Carer Forum annual conference is entitled ‘Getting it Right.’ The theme is preparing for adulthood from the earliest years. The event will be of interest to all parents and carers of children and young people with SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) in Northumberland, but particularly those in Year 6 and above.

This year there will be two events in the county. You can book for the Alnwick event here.

There is also an event in Hexham at the Mart on 20 March. More details and bookings here.

For further information about the conference please contact In It Together Parent Carer Forum: info@in-it-together.org.uk or call: 07729192909.

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SEND Information Roadshow – Alnwick

These roadshows from  In It Together Parent Carer Forum and Northumberland County Council are for families of children and young people with SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) in Northumberland and the professionals who work with them.

Each event will include:

  • Information stalls representing a wide range of services and organisations, including Healthwatch Northumberland
  • Workshops on the Graduated Approach for children and young people with SEND

 

Booking is not required. Just come along when you can between 10am and 4pm.

For further information please contact In It Together Parent Carer Forum, at info@in-it-together.org.uk  or by calling 07729 192909.

Darling Dollies singing trio

Elderberries Vintage Summer Party

Elderberries runs a range of activities for older people, from keeping active sessions such as pilates and a walking group, to tea dances and footcare. It offers monthly clinic café sessions in partnership with NHS that offer a range of informative talks and ad hoc opportunities for arts and culture sessions including music performances, silk painting sessions and memory sessions.

There is also the Elderberries Drop In, offered three times per week for over 55s to come and relax, chat and enjoy tea and cake and make new friends. This provides a valuable local facility for older people.

This vintage summer party will feature professional singing trio ‘Darling Dollies’ who specialise in 1940s close harmony singing, with a vintage vibe. The Riff Raff Ukelele Band will also perform.

Tickets are £7.50 and available from the garden reception. Please call 01665 511350 for more information.

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Stepping into Spring – Alnwick

The Stepping into Spring events from Ageing Well in Northumberland are a chance to have a cuppa and a chat and find out more
about staying active, involved and well in older age. You can also find out about local activities and volunteering opportunities that are happening near you.