Vision Northumberland Hexham drop-in


Vision Northumberland drop-in event, Cafe @ Burn Lane, Hexham,

Wednesday 31 January 2024 10am – 12pm

  • Do you need the TV volume turned up high?
  • Can you no longer read your favourite book?
  • Are you missing parts of conversations?
  • Unable to read labels when you go shopping?

Call in to meet the Vision Northumberland team at this free drop-in, and and see how they can assist you with your vision and hearing loss. Find out more about the equipment, support and activities on offer to people living in Northumberland. For more details call Vision Northumberland on 01670 514316.

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Volunteer with Healthwatch Northumberland

We have some fantastic volunteering opportunities for 2024 at Healthwatch Northumberland.
As health and social care champion for people in Northumberland who use these services, you can help us improve care by making sure NHS leaders and other decision-makers hear the views and experiences of residents.

As a Healthwatch Northumberland volunteer you can:
  • Volunteer as much or as little time as you want
  • Make a difference to NHS health and social care in your community
  • Improve your own health and wellbeing
  • Develop your skills and knowledge
  • Add valuable experience to your CV and increase your employability
  • Meet new people and be part of a supportive team
  • Be involved in something positive!

What can you choose to get involved in?

  • Listening to local people’s views and experiences of health and care services
  • Signposting people to local services and support groups
  • Carrying out public surveys
  • Being the eyes and ears of local communities
  • Mystery shopping
  • Administration support
  • Proofreading
  • Research support and report writing
  • Communications and digital support

Volunteering with Healthwatch Northumberland is flexible – you can offer as much or as little time as you wish, either on a regular or one-off basis. Some volunteering work can even be done from home in your own time. You won’t have to work alone and no experience is necessary. You will be well supported, working as part of a friendly team. We welcome anyone with or without relevant experience – training will be provided.It won’t cost you anything but time! Appropriate expenses, including travel costs, will be paid.

For more information visit the Healthwatch Northumberland website.

Job vacancies: Social Prescribers


We are recruiting for one full time and one part time Social Prescriber to work across North Shields Primary Care Network (PCN).

Job title: Social Prescriber

Responsible to: Adapt (NE) and North Shields Primary Care Network

Location: North Shields PCN GP practices – Collingwood Health Group, Priory Medical Group, Redburn Park Medical Centre, Spring Terrace Health Group, Nelson Health Group

Full time post

Hours: 37 hours per week, Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm with up to two evening sessions per month to support enhanced access – evening session 4pm – 8pm

Salary: £26,281.92 per annum

Benefits: 25 days annual leave plus statutory holidays

Part time post

Hours: 21 hours (3 days). Actual days to be agreed (9am – 5pm) with one evening session per month to support enhanced access – evening access 4pm – 8pm

Salary £14,916.74 per annum

Benefits: 15 days annual leave plus statutory holidays (pro rata)

Social prescribing in the North Shields PCN empowers people to take control of their health and wellbeing through referral to Social Prescribing Link Workers who support patients to focus on ‘what matters to me’ and take a holistic approach to an individual’s health and wellbeing, connecting people to diverse community groups and statutory services for practical and emotional support.

As a Social Prescriber, you will support individuals referred to the service by working in partnership with them to assess their non-medical needs and priorities and link them to suitable resources, groups and services. You will empower clients to access the support they need, which may include accompanying clients to local sources of help, where appropriate.

You will proactively build relationships with clients, offer support and develop collaborative, co-produced solutions to address their issues. You will develop relationships with community organisations and statutory services to maintain up to date knowledge and expertise on local services.

You will be working primarily out of GP surgeries as well as, where appropriate, working from the Adapt (NE) office, visiting clients in their homes and meeting clients in other community settings.

We are recruiting for one full time post and one part time post; please identify on the application form which post you are applying for.

Please find the Job Description/Person Specification, application form and GDPR consent form below. Please tell us how you meet the person specification within your application.

Completed applications are to be returned by email, along with the GDPR consent form, by 5pm on Friday 19 January 2024.

Interviews will be held at the North Shields Health Hub on 30 January 2024.

If you require any further information or wish to arrange an informal discussion about this role, please contact Holly Adair by email –

Job description/person specification

Application form

GDPR consent form

Applications for this position have now closed