The Golden Guide spreads a little happiness this year!

Jan 19, 2016   //   News

The popular, free, Golden Guide for over 50s is going out across Northumberland once again. As ever it’s packed with local information on Leisure, Health, Money, Care and Your Home.  Brand new listings include activities from amateur radio to orienteering and allotments to orchestras, as well as updates on money, health and social care.

An exciting feature this year is ‘The Happiness Issue’ a 16 page supplement – taking a lighthearted look at happiness, but with a very practical message.

Editor Heather Alabaster explains: ‘We explored happiness and found that our attitude to life— not just our income or health—is a major factor in how happy we are.  The good news is that there are recognised ways to develop a positive outlook and improve how we feel. We wanted to share these tips because they really work. See our section on Beating the Blues!

‘We also enjoyed discovering uplifting things to do and places to visit from all around Northumberland.  It’s heartening to realise that we can help ourselves, at least a bit, to enrich our lives.’

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

Angela Murray, Chief Executive, Age UK Northumberland says: ‘We hear so much now about the loneliness and isolation of older people, so it’s good to see the Golden Guide address this problem by turning it round and making people aware of what practical steps can be taken to help achieve a happier life.’

Daljit Lally, Deputy Chief Executive, Northumberland County Council and Executive Director Community Services at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust said:

“It’s really important people find the information they need so they can get the support they need at the right time and in the right place. That’s why we support the Golden Guide which helps to make information more widely available for people in Northumberland.”

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, selected branches of Boots Pharmacies and many other outlets.


Visit www.goldenguide

For all enquiries please contact either: Heather Alabaster, 0191-386 5918, or email