Cost Of Living Guide 

Please see the below statement from the Leader of Newcastle City Council, Cllr Nick Kemp, on his commitment to support residents with the rise in the cost of living.  The guide is a live document and will regularly be updated by the City Council.

Please find a link to our Cost of Living Guide.

"The guide is a living document which will be updated regularly. I am keen to share this piece of work as widely as possible to make sure our residents all have access to up-to-date information and advice. Please make use of this guide in the work you do supporting residents and check back for updates.

The Cost of Living Crisis is one of my administration’s three overarching priorities. I hope we can work together across the city to support our communities through these toughest of times.

The work of people and organisations like yours across our city has been amazing for many years and highlighted even more so throughout Covid. It is even more essential now with so many more pressures, the cost of food, energy, fuel, these are unprecedented times. Everything you do to help our communities is hugely appreciated.

It is only by working together for each other that we will get the support and advice to everyone who needs it.

I would like as Leader of the City Council to personally thank you for all that you do and I know will continue to do.

If your organisation offers services or activities that will help residents impacted by the cost of living crisis and you would like them to be included in the guide please get in touch with Beverley Ogle on providing information on the service or activity offered and how residents can access them.

Thank you


Cllr Nick Kemp

Leader of Newcastle City Council

Community Champion Update (06/11/2022)

Carers Rights Day - 24th November 2022 


White Ribbon Drop In Event - 24th November 2022 (10am - 1pm)

16 Thoughts poster[4549].pdf

Alcohol Awareness Leaflet 

Alcohol Causes Cancer 2022 PARTNER TOOLKIT FINAL LA7[4552].docx

Vaccinations update

Elswick Pool Covid vaccine clinic will be open every Wednesday until 30 November from 9am-6pm.

St Martin’s Centre Covid vaccine clinic is open every Monday until 30 November from 9am-5pm.

These clinics are offering boosters only. 1st and 2nd doses should be booked via the national booking service - Book or manage a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination - NHS (

Covid 19 - Winter Booster Campaign

More local pharmacies are now offering covid 19 clinics. Please see list below, but appointments must be made via the National Booking System Book or manage a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination - NHS ( Clinic dates and times vary:

  • Quayside Pharmacy, Quayside (This pharmacy is offering 1st, 2nd and booster vaccines on a walk in basis Friday 4 November 2-5pm, Saturday 5 November 10am-2pm and Sunday 6 November 10am-2pm.)
  • Ponteland Road Pharmacy, Cowgate
  • Shieldfield Pharmacy
  • Church of Ascension, Creighton Avenue
  • Douglas Pharmacy, Gosforth
  • Farah Chemist, Benwell
  • Meadows Pharmacy, Fawdon
  • Middle Warren Pharmacy, West Denton Community Centre
  • Molineux Pharmacy
  • Well Gosforth, High Street Gosforth
  • Well Kenton, Arlington Avenue, Montague Estate
  • Coach Lane, Northumbria University Campus
  • Walkergate Pharmacy, Benfield Road
  • St Anthony’s Pharmacy, St Anthony’s Road
  • Asda Pharmacy, Hollywood Avenue, Gosforth (opening clinics soon)
  • Chambers Chemist, Scotswood (opening clinics soon)
  • Knights Heaton Road Pharmacy (opening clinics soon)
  • Knights Shields Road, Byker (opening clinics soon)
  • Superdrug, Northumberland Street (opening clinics soon)

For up to date information on covid 19 clinics please visit How to get your Covid-19 Vaccination in Newcastle | Newcastle City Council

To find a walk in clinic please click here Find a walk-in coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination site - NHS (

Flu Vaccinations 

Why flu vaccination is important

Flu vaccination is important because, while flu is unpleasant for most people, it can be dangerous and even life threatening for some people, particularly those with certain health conditions.

The best time to have your flu vaccine is in the autumn or early winter before flu starts spreading. But you can get your vaccine later.

Who can have the flu vaccine?

The flu vaccine is given free on the NHS to adults who:

are 50 and over (including those who will be 50 by 31 March 2023)

have certain health conditions

  • are pregnant
  • are in long-stay residential care
  • receive a carer's allowance, or are the main carer for an older or disabled person who may be at risk if you get sick
  • live with someone who is more likely to get a severe infection due to a weakened immune system, such as someone living with HIV, someone who has had a transplant, or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis.

Where to get the flu vaccine

You can have the NHS flu vaccine at:

  • your GP surgery
  • a pharmacy offering the service – if you're aged 18 or over
  • some maternity services if you're pregnant
  • Sometimes, you might be offered the flu vaccine at a hospital appointment.

If you have a flu vaccine at any NHS service except your GP surgery, you do not have to tell the surgery to update your records. This will be done for you. If you’ve been given a flu vaccine privately, or through an occupational health scheme, you can tell your GP surgery if you would like it added to your NHS record.

Information on meetings in November

Our next Community Champions Fortnightly meeting will be held on Teams on Thursday 10 November 10 am. We will be joined by Dan Durhin, Involvement and Engagement Manager at National Institute for Clinical Research Network. Dan will be talking about health inequalities research and how communities can get involved.

The final webinar in our series from The British Society of Immunology will take place on Tuesday 8 November at 6pm. The webinar will focus on engaging people with disabilities, underlying health conditions and those with weakened immune systems in covid vaccinations. Please register for this FREE event here

The difference you make

We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported our Health and Wellbeing Fair by promoting the event with your friends, family and wider networks and to those organisations who came along to promte their services and for donating gifts for our prize draw.

A particularly big thank you goes to our Community Champions Nadeem Ahmed, Taj Khan, Aminah Haider and Maysun Mohammed and to Vicky Hartley, Vic Parkin and Sue Wannop from the Communities Team for all their hard work on the day.

250 people attended the event from all parts of Newcastle and from all different backgrounds. We have had some wonderfully positive feedback and hope to be able to run more vibrant and diverse events in the future.

Community Champions Refresh

We mentioned in the last bulletin that we are gathering feedback about Community Champions so we can refresh the programme as we are now living with Covid and can concentrate on other priorities and opportunities.

We are really keen to hear from as many of you as possible about what you’ve enjoyed about being a Champion as well as recognising other strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to the programme.

You can share your feedback by completing this survey by Wednesday 23 November.

Or you can contact for a more in-depth conversation.

Other updates

Alcohol Causes Cancer Campaign – Through October and November we are supporting the Alcohol Causes Cancer campaign. Did you know that

  • Like tobacco, alcohol is a carcinogen which raises the risk of at least seven types of cancer, including bowel, breast, throat and mouth cancer.
  • The risk of cancer starts from any level of regular drinking and increases the more you drink.
  • Even low levels of drinking increases the risk of some cancers. The risk of breast cancer increases from the first drink.
  • Around 17,000 cases of cancer in the UK a year are linked to alcohol consumption.
  • There is no “safe” level but the best way to reduce your risk is to stay within the Chief Medical Officer’s low risk guidelines of no more than 14 units a week.
  • Drinking alcohol has been shown to cause damage to DNA and accelerates the ageing process, leading to diseases such as cancer.

For more information or resources to share please see the attached toolkit.

The White Ribbon Campaign, which is committed to ending men’s violence towards women is holding a 16 thoughts for 16 days event at Northumbria University on 24 November. Please see attached leaflet for details.

Carers Rights Day is on 24 November. Come along to the Mansion House Newcastle to find out about support and rights for unpaid carers. Please see attached leaflet for details.

Every Mind Matters is an NHS campaign to help people deal with stress and anxiety. If you are struggling, or know anyone who is, you can access the free Mind Plan to get personalised tips to help you feel more in control. Visit Every Mind Matters - NHS ( for more information.

Useful Vision is a North East charity that organise a range of innovative, exciting, and accessible activities for visually impaired children, and their family, in the northeast. Register with us and come along to our exclusive independent teenage activities, early years sensory play, and family days out. In November, we have an introduction to dance and movement with Dance City, snow tubing at Whickham Thorns, and an evening of wellbeing for our community of parents/carers. For any further information, please contact

The Sensational Thinking Project is looking at how to better meet the needs of children who experience sensory processing differences. The project is currently funded by NHS England is being led by occupational therapist Cheryl Gascoigne. The overall aim of the project is to make Newcastle Hospitals more sensory aware with a particular emphasis on the experience of children, and to support us with this work is our Mascot Bobby.

How we are doing this includes offering The Sensational Training Session for all staff at Newcastle Hospitals so that they are better equip to understand sensory processing differences and how the hospital environment can impact upon someone’s function and participation.

In addition to this the project has worked with children and young people to further understand how they themselves would like to see the hospital environment adapted to meet their sensory needs. This aspect of the project has resulted in some very exciting plans within the hospital including the upcoming creation of sensory safe spaces, sensory kits for inpatients, outpatients and our young visitors along with some very exciting plans including the utilisation of some outdoor space within the hospital to create a sensory garden.

To ensure our project remains well informed and coproduced we continue to welcome feedback from anyone who experiences or understands sensory processing difficulties. Please email for further information.

Access to Talking Therapies via SEARCH

Search leaflet HR[4411].pdf

Search poster HR[4410].pdf

SEARCH Activity Schedule November 2022

Tik Tok Awareness Leaflet 

Tik Tok Flyer[2374].pdf

Thomas Walling Primary School - Queen's Green Canopy

Mr Serfontein, Deputy Lieutenant, attended Thomas Walling Primary Academy on Monday 11th October, 2021. He addressed an assembly of pupils, explaining the significance of the Queen's Green Canopy and included some very interesting facts about trees. The children thoroughly enjoyed joining in with his 'wow' moments and felt very excited and privileged to be the recipient of one of only 70 birch trees as part of this important initiative. Following the assembly, Mr Serfontein planted the birch tree (betula ermanii) with members of the School Council. It now has pride of place on 'the hill' outside of the school's dining hall, where it can be viewed every day.             

More information about the Queen’s Green Canopy, ‘Plant a tree for the Jubilee’, can be found at this website:       

COVID19 - Updates

STOLEN - Community Defibrillator - STOLEN

Blakelaw and North Fenham Community successfully obtained a life saving Defibrillator to help support the community and all the residents in the area of Blakelaw and North Fenham.  With the support of the North East Ambulance Service and Your Homes Newcastle, the defibrillator has been placed on the outside of Moorland House. 

Useful Links 

Newcastle City Council, Civic Centre, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8QH

Telephone No. 0191 278 7878