The winners of the Digital Leaders 100 Awards were announced at the end of June, with Information NOW, Newcastle's older people's website, reaching an impressive 56th place overall for best Digital Inclusion Product or Service. The awards recognise the top 100 individuals, organisations, and products making a real difference in the world of “citizen-facing eServices”.
We're thrilled to be included in the Digital Leaders Top 100, which represents a vibrant and exciting community of digital innovators from across the UK. Many thanks also to everyone who voted for us. We will continue to innovate to develop our online information and advice resources to help keep people in Newcastle informed so they can make choices, plan ahead and have an excellent quality of life.
The Elders Council is a group of people who are interested in having a say about how to make Newcastle a great city in which to grow old. We do this in a variety of ways - peer research, arts projects, focus groups and regular meetings with service providers and policymakers.
We (the Elders Council, with Quality of Life Partnership and Northumbria and Newcastle Universities) are having a series of public conversations with people aged 50 years and over who live in Fenham/Wingrove area of Newcastle.
We really want to know what people think is good about their neighbourhood, and how it could be improved to better meet their needs in the future. We will be using this blog to keep you updated about what we hear during these events.
We are holding three public conversations with around 25 people during May. At the first two events, we are asking people to share their experiences, opinions and ideas about their home and their neighbourhood. At the last event, we will be working with Skimstone Arts, a local arts organisation, to produce a play to illustrate some of the ideas that have come out of the conversations. This play, and the other feedback we get during the public conversations, will be shared with around 80 people working in professional and voluntary organisations at an event in July, to make sure what we've found out together is heard by the right people.
We hope our conversations will help us to get a better understanding of the range of activity and support available in Fenham/Wingrove, and also help us to raise important issues about what needs to happen in the future with people working in housing, care and health in later life.
It would be great to gather your opinions too. It doesn't matter if you're under 50, or if you don't live in Fenham/Wingrove, we know that you will have some great ideas about how our neighbourhoods need to change to be fit for the future.
We hope you'll join in this conversation, and keep visiting the blog to read what we are finding out. Click here to join in the conversation.