Golden Guide helps bring happiness to Northumberland

The Golden Guide 2016.

The Golden Guide 2016.

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A popular free guide to daily living for the over 50s in Northumberland is spreading a little happiness this year.

The Golden Guide, published annually in January, is the ‘go to’ guide for local information on health, care, money and leisure topics.

The Golden Guide 2016.

The Golden Guide 2016.

The guide is filled with local information on leisure, health, money, care and your home.

New listings include activities from amateur radio to orienteering and allotments to orchestras, as well as updates on money, health and social care.

This year’s guide features the ‘The Happiness Issue’ – a 16-page supplement taking a lighthearted look at happiness, but with a very practical message.

Editor Heather Alabaster said: “We explored happiness and found that our attitude to life – not just our income or health – is a major factor in how happy we are. The good news is that there are recognised ways to develop this.”

For a copy of the guide, call 01670 784821 or visit www.goldenguide.org.uk. Copies are also being distributed by Northumbria Healthcare Trust Care teams, library branches, GP surgeries and many other outlets.

The magazine is supported by its partners Northumberland County Council, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Age UK Northumberland, along with other sponsors.

Angela Murray, chief executive of Age UK Northumberland, added: “We hear so much now about the loneliness and isolation of older people, so it’s good to see the Golden Guide address this problem by turning it round and making people aware of what practical steps can be taken to help achieve a happier life.”