Guide highlights services in county

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This year’s version of an advice and information handbook for the over 50s in Northumberland has been published.

Well known for listing local activities, clubs and groups, the Golden Guide also carries a wealth of contacts for finding expert help with health, care, community and money issues.

The cover picture for the Golden Guide's retirement feature.

The cover picture for the Golden Guide's retirement feature.

For example, you can get outdoors with walking, wildlife and nature groups, find help starting a business – as many over 50s do – and there is an expanded mental health section, with support groups and therapy services.

This year’s special feature is a practical look at How to Retire in Northumberland. If you are thinking of retiring or have already retired, there are helpful hints about making the most of it, from planning your finances to enjoying the extra time.

Golden Guide editor Heather Alabaster said: “Along with some great tips, we wanted to show how much help there is in Northumberland towards achieving a positive, healthy retirement.”

The handbook is supported by partners Northumberland County Council, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Age UK Northumberland and Infrastructure North, along with other generous sponsors.

Daljit Lally, county council chief executive and executive director of delivery at Northumbria Healthcare, said: “We know how important it is for people to find the right support at the time they need it.

“The Golden Guide’s coverage gives readers an excellent overview of the services available.”

To get hold of a copy, call Age UK Northumberland’s Advice Line on 01670 784821 and they will post one out to you free.

Copies are also being distributed by various groups and organisations – including Northumbria Healthcare care teams, Golden Age Forum, Ashington, library branches, Carers Northumberland, Alzheimer’s Society, Healthwatch, WI branches, Adapt Community Café, British Red Cross, Citizens Advice and the Royal Voluntary Service.

In addition, the handbook can be read online at www.goldenguide.org.uk