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Helping firms tap into skills learned from caring for older relatives

The UK’s National Innovation Centre for Ageing (NICA) has partnered with a global EdTech company to launch a new digital training program for employers. 
They have today announced a collaboration on Lifeed Caregivers - a digital training program allowing companies to harness the potential learning from employees who care for a relative. 
By bringing together complementary skills, expertise and intelligence, they have been able to bring a new product to market that will help create a culture of care within an organisation. This has particular importance in light of COVID-19, with workforces facing increased stress while working remotely and it being more important than ever for businesses to ensure employees feel cared for and valued.
Previous research has estimated nearly 8 million people in the UK provide care for family members without pay, and recent estimates show that COVID-19 has forced an extra 4.5 million people to add to this figure.
To read the full article please visit Newcastle University website 
For more information on Lifeed please click here


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  • Royal Society of Arts celebrates new generation of socially conscious designers

    The Royal Society of Arts today unveils a cohort of young designers changing the world for the better. The RSA Student Design Awards is an annual competition for higher education students and recent graduates run by the RSA. Each year, the RSA challenges emerging designers to engage with a range of design briefs centred on social and environmental impact.
    This year’s briefs tackled a range of issues; from services for displaced people, active travel for the ageing population and economic security, to reimagining community spaces through food. Winners are rewarded with cash prizes, and a range of other benefits to kick-start their careers.
    Professor Patrick Bonnett, Development Director, UK’s National Innovation Centre for Ageing, said:
    “The UK’s National Innovation Centre for Ageing (NICA) was delighted to sponsor the award for the Healthy Routes Design Brief. Making active travel accessible to an ageing population is vitally important and we were hugely impressed by the thought, quality and care that went into the entries and virtual presentations. I look forward to seeing how these talented designers and their ideas develop over time.”  
    The Healthy Routes award sponsored by the National Innovation Centre for Ageing had the following brief: How might we make active travel accessible to the ageing population that will, in turn, make it better for all?
    The Winner of the National Innovation Centre for Ageing Award of £2000 was Kate Mattick, University College London, U.K. Chat-e-Cycle proposes design of a tandem bicycle linked to a community scheme allowing residents to unite on a side-by-side experience for transport, exercise and social connection in rural areas.
    The Award Ceremony will take place online from 18:30 on Thursday the 30th of July. For further details please contact
    For more information and to see all the winners please click here or visit
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  • Help on tap: How the North East is leading a mobile revolution in volunteering

    Older adults in Newcastle are set to benefit from an innovative volunteering app being piloted in the region with the help of two leading North East organisations.
    In a UK first, the National Innovation Centre for Ageing and Newcastle Building Society have teamed up with a tech for good company, onHand, to explore how app technology can swiftly connect volunteers with older people needing support or assistance with minor tasks.
    Employees at Newcastle Building Society will help to kick off the North East launch, which if it proves successful, could revolutionise the way volunteering is carried out, bring vital support to thousands of older people and give other employers a platform to support their communities.
    Once vetted and verified by onHand, Society volunteers will be able to see requests for help in their local area and provide much-needed assistance to older adults in Newcastle, helping with activities such as shopping, errands, prescription collection and even companionship.
    The National Innovation Centre for Ageing, based at Newcastle University and located on Newcastle Helix, has launched the app to its VOICE panel, a unique network of older people in Newcastle, who will be among the first to benefit from the help of the Society’s team of volunteers and provide feedback. They will be joined by Silverline Memories, a Newcastle-based charity which supports people living with dementia, who will also be invited to request help with tasks via the app during the pilot.
    Andrew Haigh, chief executive at Newcastle Building Society, said: “We’re committed to making a positive difference in our region and our colleagues are at the forefront of this through their support of local communities. This pilot gives us the chance to explore a different way to deliver community volunteering and give our colleagues a safe but flexible way to offer their time. We’re proud to be working with the National Innovation Centre for Ageing and onHand on an innovative way to support our communities and deliver a true regional first."
    To read the full news article please visit Newcastle University News
    For more information on the onHand app, visit and for more on Newcastle Building Society visit
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  • The JOY Exhibition

    Due to the COVID-19 outbreak we know a lot of people were disappointed they couldn't visit this exhibition. We are delighted to be able to share this exhibition with you digitally...


    Venue: Online

    Supported by the UK National Innovation Centre for Ageing, the JOY project came out of a growing exasperation with popular culture and especially advertising’s messages that ageing for women is a process we should try to halt or at least mask. And that the only future for the older woman is a dystopian one of bodily failure and intellectual loss.
    In summer 2019, the JOY team invited local women in Newcastle to share with us the things that bring them joy through story-telling workshops which centred on both the tangible as well as the more fleeting moments of joyfulness.
    What bring us joy is many and varied, from the feel of sun on a cheek, to holding new life in our arms, from swinging in hammocks to making music with others, from taking photos of nature to playing fetch with our dog, from family get-togethers to the glorious solitude of a mountain top.
    This exhibition was co-created with some brilliant women who gave up their time to tell us about their moments, days, weeks and lifetimes of joy. The exhibition comprises collages, word cloud and film which feature all the participants, and a set of portraits which feature some of them. This is what JOY looks like to us: we hope it brings a moment of joy to you as well.
    Thanks to a great group of women for making this a wonderful project to work on.
    Karen, Juliet & Alex


    View the digital version of the exhibition:


    See how the exhibition looked in The Catalyst:


    View the film behind the exhibition: