Celebrating 10 years with Ian Lavery MP and Age UK Northumberland

Aug 20, 2015   //   News

With the popular Golden Guide in its 10th edition this year Age UK Northumberland hosted a celebration event at the Roundhouse on Friday 6 March.

Since the first issue demand for the Golden Guide has never slowed over the years, with its  mix of local information, advice and  contacts on leisure, health, care and money topics proving invaluable for older people, their families and carers.

Editor Heather Alabaster said : ‘Ten years ago the first Golden Guide came out to a truly county-wide reception. Marie McWilliams of Age Concern had organised no less than four launches, by each of our MPs in their own constituencies. It was a very warm welcome from the start. So I’m delighted to have the chance to say thanks to Age UK – our very first partners, and also to Ian Lavery MP representing Northumberland’s MPs and all the other generous sponsors who have helped the GG over the years. They have had the same commitment to making sure people get the best local information and can find the advice they need.’

Angela Murray, new CEO of AgeUK Northumberland added: ‘Since I came here I’ve heard great things about the GG so I’m pleased we’ve been able to support it. I understand that when we commissioned the first edition we were so overwhelmed by demand we had to immediately arrange a reprint. Many thousands of older people, their families, carers and professionals across Northumberland have now benefited from it.’

And Ian Lavery MP said: I know my predecessor Denis Murphy helped launch the very first Golden Guide because he could see its value. Since then I’ve been more than happy to lend my support too. It’s an excellent little book filled with advice and ideas to improve the quality of life of older residents across Northumberland—in both rural and urban areas. I’m sure the other sponsors will agree – it really helps.’

Heather continued: ‘We hope to carry on providing the GG for free, for as many older people as we can. With the support of our loyal readers and good friends we’ve made along the way we hope to continue for many years to come.’

To get hold of a copy, ring Age UK Northumberland’s Advice Line on 01670 784821 and they will post one out to you free.  Copies are also from: Northumbria Healthcare Trust Care teams, Library Branches, GP surgeries, Carers’ Northumberland, Citizens Advice Bureaux, Healthwatch, Royal Voluntary Service Centres, Wansbeck CVS, selected branches of Boots Pharmacies and many other out                                                                                                                                           

Online: Visit www.goldenguide.org.uk

For all enquiries please contact: Heather Alabaster, 0191-386 5918, or email heather@alabasterpublishing.co.uk