Golden Guide celebrates a decade of community service

Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery with Heather Alabaster (front left) and Angela Murray (second from right at front) at an exercise class at Age UK, The Roundhouse at Ashington. 'REF 0603158640
Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery with Heather Alabaster (front left) and Angela Murray (second from right at front) at an exercise class at Age UK, The Roundhouse at Ashington. 'REF 0603158640

A free guide for older people in Northumberland has celebrated its tenth anniversary.

The Golden Guide offers information, advice and contacts on a range of topics from leisure and money matters to health and care.

It’s an excellent little book, filled with advice and ideas to improve the quality of life of older residents across Northumberland.

Ian Lavery, Wansbeck MP

It is supported by a number of organisations throughout the county, including Northumberland County Council, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Age UK Northumberland, and is updated every year.

Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery was among those to celebrate its tenth edition.

He 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 sponsors will agree, it really helps.”

Age UK Northumberland Chief Executive Angela Murray added: “I understand that when we commissioned the first edition we were so overwhelmed by demand we had to immediately arrange a re-print.

“Many thousands of older people, their families, carers and professionals across Northumberland have now benefited from it.”

The guide is available from healthcare teams, libraries, GP surgeries, Carers’ Northumberland, Citizens Advice Bureaux, and from Age UK Northumberland on 01670 784821. It is also online at www.alabasterpublishing.co.uk/goldenguide