A free local handbook outlining activities and support for people aged over 50 has been launched in North Tyneside and Newcastle.
The Golden Guide started in Northumberland 10 years ago to help older people stay active, keep healthy and keep in touch.
It features a guide to activities, tips on money, health, leisure, care and the community plus contacts for health concerns, consumer advice, energy schemes, pensions, benefits and legal help.
Editor Heather Alabaster said: “Good local information helps a community thrive. It inspires people to try new things and reassures them that help is nearby.
“We knew Newcastle and North Tyneside residents wanted their own Golden Guide, so after a long campaign to find sponsors and funding we’re delighted that it’s finally here.”
The guide has been backed by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Northumbrian Water, businesses and Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell.
He said: “As we get older and our priorities change it becomes crucial that people can find the support and advice they need.
“The Golden Guide brings all this together – and it’s reassuring to discover so much practical help in our own community.”
A total of 5000 copies are being distributed across community venues such as hospitals, libraries, care and reablement teams, GP surgeries, pharmacies, health and leisure charities and groups.
It is online at www.goldenguide.org.uk
To get hold of a copy ring Care & Connect on (0191) 643 7474.