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The November Catch-Up for

People who Care in North Tyneside

Welcome to the Catch-Up

As the autumn sets in, we seem to treasure more reflective activities. This month, we begin dedicated arts and creativity sessions for carers, in partnership with North Tyneside Arts Studios. 

Helix Arts is also conducting a creative journaling workshop exclusively for carers. Don't forget to mark your calendars for the annual Carers Rights Day on November 23rd. We look forward to seeing you there! Please feel free to reach out to us at 0191 249 6480 or email us at
Participants at the trip to Minsteracres in October

A great day at Minsteracres retreat with carers getting a well earned break and some inspiration too.


Make Time for Creativity

Starting Thursday 9th November there will be 6 classes to introduce you to a variety of creative arts. 

Each week you have the opportunity to take a break from your caring role and learn new and fascinating techniques such as drawing, watercolour painting, collage, botanical printing and poppy stitching. 

In partnership with North Tyneside Art Studios, all classes are for beginners or people who want to revisit their previous endeavours. The classes will take place in the North Tyneside Art Studio shop opposite Greggs in Wallsend Shopping Forum.

 It’s a great location, close to buses, metro and parking. Book your free place and ring 01912496480 or email

State Pension error leads to thousands of carers being uprated and receiving 

back-dated payments

The Government has announced it will be repaying thousands of mainly women who looked after children or cared for someone with a disability and received income support but did not receive the full national insurance credits towards their pension.

HMRC and DWP have said they will rectify these historical errors by boosting the current pension of those in this group and paying back-dated payments. The government has said it will try to identify the people in this group and send them letters in the forthcoming months to enquire if they had children or caring responsibilities between 1978 and 2010. For a fuller explanation of the move, please have a look at the MoneySavingExpert article.

Carers Rights Day

Thursday 23rd November 

Carers have rights and we often need to know these rights to get things done. On annual Carers Rights Day we will be sharing information and advice in [location] and [location].

Please come along and educate yourself and have some refreshments and a chat.

Dementia-Friendly Library Sessions begin in Wallsend

Wallsend Library has started a monthly session where people who have dementia and their friends can spend some using the library, looking at dementia-friendly books and local history photographs along with hot drinks and refreshments. It sounds like a great opportunity to relax and meet people.

First Monday of the month 10.00 am to 11.00 am, 

Starting Monday 6th November. Wallsend Library, Wallsend Customer First Centre, 16 The Forum, Wallsend. NE28 8JR. 

A Letter to Myself 

Join local Arts Group Helix Arts online for a relaxed creative journaling session. You will be guided to create “a letter to yourself” and given time to chat about your role as a carer. Helix say its an opportunity to take time out for yourself and make a personal journal that is unique to you. 

Wednesday 8 November 2023,  6.00 pm - 7.45 pm. Creative activity with an optional chat afterwards @Zoom.

No specialist art materials or experience needed. To book a place email or ring 0191 241 4931

Thousands of Young People have £2000 Waiting in the Bank

Almost 430,000 18 to 21 year-olds have an unclaimed Child Trust Fund, of £2,000, and they are being urged by HMRC to claim their money.


Child Trust Funds are long-term, tax-free savings accounts, set up for every child born between September 2002 and January 2011. The government contributed an initial deposit of at least £250. Funds can be withdrawn once the account matures when the child turns 18. To find out more go to: Child Trust Fund  

Child Behaviour Training

Positive Behaviour Support Workshops 

These online workshops are about understanding and supporting your child's behaviour, particularly if their behaviour can be more challenging at times. The charity Skillsforpeople say these webinars help parents to think about strategies and to come  up with a plan that focuses on a good quality of life for your child and your family. 

Starts Monday 6th November from 10.00 am to 12.30 pm on Zoom. 3 sessions. Book early, ring 0191 2818737 or email

Monthly Support Groups

Groups where you can meet people facing similar caring situations as yourself, learn new information and take a little bit of time away from caring. Give us a ring to arrange your first time at the group: 0191 2496480

All Carers Peer Support Group

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm. Tuesday 7th November

Illustrious Room, Wallsend Customer First Centre, NE28 8JR.

Dementia Carers Peer Support Group

10:30 am - 12:00 pm. Tuesday 14th November

White Swan Centre, Killingworth, NE12 6SS

Autism Carers Peer Support Group

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm. Thursday 16th November

The Allen, Life Vineyard Church, The Green, Wallsend, NE28 7NP.

Bereaved Carers Peer Support Group

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm. Thursday 30th November

Whitley Bay Comrades Club, The Links NE26 1PS.

Mental Health Carers Peer Support Group

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Thursday 23rd November

Oxford Centre, West Farm Ave, Longbenton, NE12 8LT

For more information ring 01912496480 


Information Sessions in November

To attend email or ring 0191 249 6480

Self Care and Building Resilience for the Dementia Journey 

Thursday 2nd November (10:30 am - 12:30 pm) 

White Swan Centre, Citadel East, Killingworth, NE12 6SS 

This session will focus on your own wellbeing as a dementia carer and practical techniques to stay well and build resilience for the dementia journey. 

Parkinson‘s Awareness 

Tuesday 7th November (12:30 pm - 2:30 pm) 

White Swan Centre, Citadel East, Killingworth, NE12 6SS 

Around 145,000 people live with Parkinson’s in the UK, it’s the fastest growing neurological condition in the world. This session from North Tyneside Council will look at support services, treatment, therapy, and strategies to help you in your caring role. 

The Decider Mental Health Skills: Interpersonal Effectiveness 

Wednesday 8th November (1:00 pm - 3:00 pm) 

Oxford Centre, West Farm Avenue, Longbenton, NE12 8LT 

Positive, fun, easy to learn and winning strategies to improve your mental health using CBT and DBT skills. This session is about effective ways to communicate well as this increases our coping and confidence as carers.

Tax, Care and Estate Planning 

Monday 13th November (1:00 pm - 2:00 pm) 

Whitley Bay Big Local, 158 Whitley Road, NE26 2LY 

A talk by an expert from Co-op Legal Services, who will also answer your questions about inheritance tax, estate planning, care home fees and costs. 

The Decider Mental Health Skills: Distress Tolerance 

Wednesday 15th November, (1.00 pm – 3.00 pm)

Oxford Centre, West Farm Avenue, Longbenton, NE12 8LT

Positive, fun, easy to learn and winning strategies to improve your mental health using Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) skills. This session is about survival strategies for emotional emergencies.

Arthritis Awareness 

Friday 17th November (12:30 pm - 2:30 pm) 

YMCA North Tyneside, Church Way, North Shields, NE29 0AB 

This session, delivered by North Tyneside Council, will explore different types of arthritis diagnosis, treatment and where to access support and information. 

Supporting Someone with Mid-Stage Dementia 

Tuesday 5th December (10:30 am - 12:30 pm) 

White Swan Centre, Citadel East, Killingworth, NE12 6SS 

This session will give you an opportunity to think about the challenges you are facing and learn positive and practical approaches to care, that you can use to support your loved-one at this stage in their dementia diagnosis.

“The simple act of caring is heroic.”

Edward Albert


Telephone: 0191 2496480


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