The Golden Guide is 10 years old!

Jan 22, 2015   //   News

The Golden Guide is celebrating its 10th anniversary! The first Northumberland edition was launched in 2006 in every corner of the county by our four MPs and since then has gone on to become hugely popular.

Chunky, handy, very readable and FREE the guide is packed with local information on Leisure, Health, Money, Care and Your Home.  Updated annually it helps over 50s find practical support with health issues, financial concerns and personal safety as well as how to be more active and stay in touch. It lists activities from computer classes, woodwork sessions and fitness groups to befriending schemes, support for carers and help at home.  This year there are special features inside, a thousand extra copies and a brand new easy- to- use online version too.

Editor Heather Alabaster says: ‘We’re delighted to have reached such a milestone! It’s a massive fundraising task to  produce it every year— so I’d like to say a great big Thanks to everyone for reading it, using it and supporting it.  And this is a very special issue— look out for extra features on Socialising, Staying Healthy, and Looking After Your Money—three topics the Golden Guide does best!’

The Golden Guide is supported by its partners Northumberland County Council, Northumberland Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Age UK Northumberland, along with other generous sponsors.

Daljit Lally, Executive Director of Wellbeing and Community Health Services at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: ‘Well done to the Golden Guide! This handy guide is packed with information about the wide range of local services, organisations and support available in Northumberland. I hope that people will find it useful and informative.”

Katherine Shearer, Age UK Northumberland’s Chief Executive says ‘We congratulate the Golden Guide on its 10th anniversary, and are delighted to have supported and worked with them right from the start. Our information service will send a copy out to anyone who rings in, read it right through—you’ll find out about our own services and so much more.’

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 being distributed by

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 outlets.