About Us

The Editor and Healthwatch

The Golden Guide has been published annually since 2006. P1040413 - Copy

There are two separate editions for Northumberland and Newcastle/North Tyneside.

Its aim has always been to help older people enjoy life by discovering the range of opportunities local to them.

It is a great way to find activities, clubs and classes where you can simply socialise and have fun or else discover where to learn a new skill, retrain, volunteer or start a business!

But more than that – the Golden Guide has also become a trusted way to find practical support with all kinds of issues that crop up in daily life.

 

There may be health, personal safety or financial concerns, worries about transport or caring help at home, or getting support if you are a carer.

The guide has hundreds of local contacts to make finding help a little easier.

If you are over 50, or a health or care professional, or are seeking  expert advice for a family member – check the Golden Guide – there’s more in it than you think!

 

Our online information

We love our printed handbooks—they’re chunky, colourful, convenient and so useful. We like to spread the word online too – and not just with our searchable digital editions. We post updates and feature articles on relevant topics, sometimes sent to us by readers or fellow professionals. They are always helpful and serve to round out and enrich our information.

There is also an occasional email newsletter. This carries news snippets, links to publications, and will tell you where to find Golden Guide copies, so do sign up to see what’s new and what’s coming next.

You will also see us on the Golden Guide Facebook page and on Twitter – so if you would like to inspire our readers with feedback, comments or stories of your own please get in touch one way or the other, we might be able to help you spread your own message.

 

And finally

Right from the start we’ve been lucky to find wonderful support from residents, professionals, charities, voluntary organisations and businesses large and small. We’d like to thank them all – they help the Golden Guide in so many ways —it’s definitely a joint effort!

So keep up the good work—we want you to carry on reading it, using it, sharing it and enjoying it just as much as we like producing it!

Heather Alabaster
Editor