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A former England footballer, an international runner and a professional boxer are among the stars who joined forces recently to raise awareness of mental health in sport.

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (NTW) welcomed professional sports men and women and mental health colleagues from across the country to the first “Building resilience and wellbeing through sports” conference held in Sunderland.

Rod Bowles, a senior clinical nurse at NTW, said: “Sport can be a very powerful tool in building resilience and aiding wellbeing with regard to mental health. This conference has been a first for our trust. Hopefully we can take forward all the hard work, comments and ideas and build on these.”

Participants included Toon favourite Malcolm Macdonald, former Manchester City footballer Paul Lake and Aly Dixon, an international distance runner.

Sustainable future for Metro

Metro is looking to a more sustainable future after lowering carbon emissions year-on-year.

More than 5,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide have been saved over four years thanks to a 12.5% reduction in total emissions by DB Regio Tyne and Wear, the company which operates the Metro on behalf of Nexus.

In addition, the installation of LED lighting in working areas at the Metro depot, in Gosforth, contributed towards a 19% reduction in energy use within the depot. Working areas are lit around the clock.

And in one metro station, which includes a car park to enable customers to use a park and ride service, LED lighting and motion sensors have been fitted. This has seen the station return a 50% decrease in energy usage compared with the same period the year before.

Derek Longstaff, systems and compliance manager for DB Regio, said more reductions are on their way.

“The Metrocar energy-saving modification programme is undergoing further development. Once it is operational, the company expects reductions will be even greater.”

Tyne Bridge sign plan for Rugby World Cup

The Tyne Bridge could once again be lit up in celebration of a major sporting event with plans to install a sign marking the Rugby World Cup 2015.

Following in the footsteps of the Olympic rings and Great North Run logo, Newcastle City Council has applied for planning permission to place an illuminated sign on the landmark to mark the city’s hosting of three of the tournament’s group games.

“The spectacular 2015 Rugby World Cup signage deserves an iconic backdrop – so where better than the world-famous Tyne Bridge which previously hosted the Olympic Rings in 2012?” said Newcastle City Councillor Ged Bell, cabinet member for investment and development.

Gateshead Council will consider the application from Newcastle City Council this evening.

Blyth Music and Theatre company hunt for an Artful Dodger

The search is on for a local lad to take to the stage and play the Artful Dodger in an upcoming production of smash hit musical Oliver!

Blyth Music and Theatre company need the last piece in their casting jigsaw before they can move forward with rehearsals, ahead of their major annual show next March.

Jackie Grey, director of the upcoming musical, said: “We have a great cast but still need a Dodger for our next musical Oliver!, which will take place in Blyth.

“Rehearsals have just begun, so if you ‘consider yourself well in’, are aged eight to 18 and can sing, then come along to re­­hearsals on Thursday at 7pm at the Spartan Pub on 12th Avenue in Blyth.”

Campaign launches to combat common winter ailments

A health campaign launched with clear message – “Keep calm and look after yourself” – to combat winter ailments

Clinical commissioning groups are urging people to fight winter coughs, colds, aches and ailments that are common in usually healthy people at this time of year.

Dr Jackie Gillespie fromNHS Sunderland CCG said that during winter, the demand for NHS services increases significantly.

Slime on agenda for mini scientists

Small scientists from across the North East can learn the secrets of slime at a special event.

Children aged between three and seven are invited to take part in an Infant Science Morning at Newcastle School for Boys (NSB), North Avenue, Gosforth, on Saturday.

While learning basic scientific principles, the youngsters will be shown how to create their own tub of sticky slime, which they will be able to take home afterwards.

Scientist Louise Warwick, who will lead the event, said: “The children will have a lot of fun mixing chemicals together to create something wonderfully gooey they can play with.” The event, which will take place between 10am and 12.30pm, is free and children and their parents do not need to register in advance.

‘Great year’ for Binchester Roman fort dig

A string of discoveries at a Binchester Roman fort have added to the picture of life on the site, experts say.

More than 400 volunteers from around the world, who took part in almost six months of digging, produced what director of excavations Dr Andrew Birley describes as “truly remarkable finds.” He said: “It was quite a year on the excavations.”

Dr Birley’s top 13 finds from 2014 include a gold coin and silver brooch, an Apollo mould, a stylus and ink tablets, a child’s shoe, a cavalry sword and spur, and even a toilet seat.

Sunderland College Launch

A college which will helps support people with mental health issues and their carers has been launched in Sunderland.

The Recovery College, among many emerging across the country, will concentrate on delivering a range of free recovery-focused educational courses for people who have experienced mental health problems, as well as their friends and their families.

Courses at the college include developing skills such as cookery, maths and English and understanding mental health.

South Tyneside support group helps patients to breathe easier

Patients with breathing problems can now travel lighter thanks to a support group.

Breathe Easy has supp­lied the Acute Respiratory Assessment Service at South Tyneside District Hospital with five portable nebulisers. The devices make it more convenient for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease to go on holiday.

Durham clean up

Community action comes together today with a big clean-up in Durham.

The council’s Clean and Green team and students are joining up to remove litter, fly-tipping and other waste around the viaduct area.

All those taking part in the clean-up are meeting at the Age Concern office in Atherton Street at 1pm.

Top 100 honour for firms

Seven companies in the North East have been named among the country’s top 100 for taking on apprentices.

The Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list – which is compiled annually by the National Apprenticeship Service in partnership with City & Guilds – recognises excellence in businesses that employ apprentices.

Winners this year include firms from Tyneside, Northumberland and County Durham.

They were announced by Deputy Prime Minster Nick Clegg at the National Apprenticeship Awards.

Bernicia Housing Group and SCA Hygiene, in Northumberland; living Housing, Cestria Housing and Mitchells Grievson, all based in County Durham; plus EE and EDM Zone, who operate from Newcastle, made the prestigious list.

Brushing up your DIY skills

Families can brush up on their decorating skills at a free course.

The decorating session will offer practical tips about painting and applying wallpaper.

It is open to anyone who lives in Gateshead, and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Involvement and diversity officer Helen Watson said: “This free DIY course will explain how to give your home a makeover without spending a fortune.”

The course on Friday, November 28, between 2pm and 4pm, is part of an ongoing training programme called Moving Forward, which helps the company to engage with its customers in an informal environment.

Places are limited. For information call 0191 433 5357 or email involve@gatesheadhousing.co.uk

Kit gift for kid’s football team

A junior football team has received a cash boost.

Team Gosforth Football Club, which plays its games in Cramlington, has received £500 towards brand new kits for its Ajax U8s team, courtesy of leading housebuilder Taylor Wimpey.

The under-eights team is a new edition to the club, and Team Gosforth manager, Lee Sterry, said it’s the perfect start-up gift to help establish the team and its future. He said: “We constantly rely on support from local business units, so we’re extremely grateful to Taylor Wimpey for its generous support and it’s truly an honour to be associated with such a prestigious company.” The team compete in the Newcastle and Northumberland FA Pin Point League.

A member of staff from North Tyneside Council has been recognised nationally

A member of staff from North Tyneside Council has been recognised nationally for his “outstanding” work.

Colin Boxshall – the local authority’s safer est­ates manager – took home the Practitioner of the Year Award at the Social Landlords Crime and Nuisance Group (SLCNG).

Colin, who has worked for North Tyneside Council for 41 years, was praised for his outstanding work and the major contribution he has made in tackling anti-social behaviour in communities in North Tyneside.

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