Golden Guide marks a decade of support for over 50s

A free countywide guide for the over 50s is celebrating its tenth anniversary.

The Golden Guide was launched in 2006 to provide information, advice and listings on services and activities across Northumberland.

It is updated every year, with information on leisure, health, money, care and the home, offering practical support, as well as suggestions of how to be more active and stay in touch with the community.

Listings range from computer classes, woodwork sessions and fitness groups to befriending schemes, carer support and home help initiatives.

This year, 1,000 extra copies of the guide have been produced, and there is a new easy-to-use online version.

Editor Heather Alabaster said: “We’re delighted to have reached such a milestone.

“It’s a massive fund-raising 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.

“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 booklet is supported by Northumberland County Council, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Age UK Northumberland.

Northumbria Executive Director of Wellbeing and Community Health Services Daljit Lally 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.”

Age UK Northumberland Chief Executive Katherine Shearer added: “We congratulate the Golden Guide on its tenth anniversary and are delighted to have supported and worked with it 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.”

The guide is available from care teams, libraries, GP surgeries, Carers Northumberland, Citizen Advice Bureaux, Healthwatch, Royal Voluntary Service Centres, Wansbeck CVS and selected branches of Boots Pharmacies.

It can be posted free by Age UK Northumberland by calling 01670 784821, and it can be viewed online at