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Welcome to the Elders Council website.  Our special feature this month is:

Newcastles of the World” are holding their 2016 conference in Newcastle ....

The Elders Council would like to ensure that at least one older person from Newcastle upon Tyne has the opportunity to attend this exciting event. We are proposing to try our hand at crowdfunding to sponsor someone to take part.  read more ...


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Older People Working for Older People...

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.

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Dementia Friendly Cinema

Tyneside Cinema secures funding to continue dementia-friendly cinema

The Dementia-Friendly Cinema project was initiated and provided with seed funding by the Elders Council. So we are very glad to learn that funding has now been secured to enable the programme to continue for a further three years. The Tyneside Cinema has successfully secured a grant from the Ballinger Charitable Trust that will enable it to support and deliver a three-year dementia-friendly cinema programme following a very successful pilot programme in 2015.

From July to December 2015, Tyneside Cinema hosted a series of dementia-friendly cinema events – special film screenings in which adjustments had been made to take into account the needs of people living with dementia. The screenings proved popular with audiences, with overwhelmingly positive feedback from people living with dementia, their families and carers.

Thanks to the grant from The Ballinger Charitable Trust, dementia-friendly cinema will return in May 2016 as a permanent part of Tyneside Cinema’s programme for the next three years. The grant will enable the cinema to make permanent as well as temporary physical changes to the building, making adjustments so that the space is as welcoming as possible for audiences. The cinema will also be able to continue to invest in staff development and training. The relaunch of dementia-friendly cinema will coincide with Dementia Awareness Week (15-21 May) and the first showing will be of Mary Poppins on Thursday 19 May. 

The dementia-friendly events were designed to suit the needs of people living with dementia by:

• having special large-print and contrast-adjusted signage around the building and in the auditorium
• increasing lighting in the auditorium during the film
• reducing sound levels
• screening no adverts or trailers before the film

For details of the programmes, please ring 0191 227 5500 or visit .

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