We will be working with others to build small community networks.  These will be focused around connecting older people to each other and to local organisations.  We aim to find out what’s most important to older people in those areas, work together to make best use of our local resources and to improve information sharing.  


Small Sparks Grants for Byker, Walker and West Fenham

We have launched a small sparks grants programme that will support community action, events and activities in those areas that create and improve social links. Closing date for applications has been extended to 27th May 2022.

Age Friendly Small Sparks Grants Application Form

Age Friendly Small Sparks Grants Guidance Notes


We’d also like to work with other organisations to set up “community builders” courses for people over 50 who are interested in developing their skills and confidence in connecting people within their own communities. 

If you live in Byker, Walker or West Fenham and have an idea that would get people together and make your area more age friendly and a great place to live as your grow older then please get in touch with Clare at the Elders Council on 0191 2082701 or

Let’s make our local neighbourhoods great places to grow older!

Elders Council are working at a neighbourhood level this year in 3 areas of Newcastle – Byker, Walker and West Fenham.