Minibus Driver vacancy

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Job opportunity – Minibus Driver

We have a vacancy for a part-time bus driver to help deliver our transport services across the region.

Working hours: A minimum of nine hours Monday to Friday, with occasional weekend work. These will be by negotiation and discussed at interview.

Rate of pay: £11.44/hour


  • Category D1 clean driving licence enabling you to drive minibuses
  • At least two years of previous driving experience
  • Good communication skills
  • Honesty and reliability
  • Positive attitude
  • An existing enhanced DBS check or willingness to undertake one – paid for by Adapt (NE).

To apply please complete the application form and return to:

For an informal chat about the role please contact Andrew Wild on: 01434 600599 (option 1) or email:






AGM 2023 and Annual Report

Thank you to everyone who came along to our AGM 2023 on 24 November. We were joined by cafe customers and transport passengers, along with our board members and representatives of local organisations. Director Liz Prudhoe gave an overview of the year across all areas of operation, including Healthwatch Northumberland, advocacy, transport, Cafe @ Burn Lane and Social Prescribing Services. She said “We are happy to be able to continue providing services that align with our values and aims of improving the quality of life for local people.”

Liz also spoke about the plans for developing community cafe, Cafe @ Burn Lane, which may include extra provision for local groups outside of usual opening hours. Keep an eye on the website and our social media for more details.

Chair of the Adapt (NE) Board, Lorraine Hershon said that Adapt continues to go from strength to strength, and she thanked all of Adapt’s members, customers and supporters, saying that without them Adapt wouldn’t exist.

Read Adapt (NE)’s Annual Report for 2022/23.

Pictured are left to right: Lorraine Hershon, Chair, Liz Prudhoe, Director, and Annie Bishop, Vice Chair

Join us for our AGM 2023!

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Friday 24 November, 11.00am – 12.30pm

Please join us for our annual meeting, which this year will take place on Friday 24 November, here at our site on Burn Lane, Hexham.

We will be giving an overview of our work over the past 12 months and our plans for the coming year, particularly our community cafe. We’d like to know your thoughts on the cafe and a short questionnaire is now available in the cafe for you to tell us what you think.

If you would like to attend the AGM please call us on 01434 600599 (option 1) to register for your free place.

This event has now passed.


Read our Annual Report 2021-22


Thank you to everyone who came to our AGM 2021/22 to hear about our work over the last 12 months.

You can read more about all of our activities across transport, Healthwatch Northumberland, advocacy, Living Well and Cafe @ Burn Lane in our Annual Report 2021 – 2022.


Organisations join forces to improve learning disabilities support

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Thanks to NHS Charities Together, Newcastle Hospitals Charity and County Durham Community Foundation, local organisations have received funding of £183,000 from the Covid-19 Community Partnership Grants Programme (North East and North Cumbria). This will enable Your Voice Counts, LD:NorthEast, Skills for People and Adapt (NE), together with support from Inclusion North and Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, to work in partnership to share their knowledge and develop an equitable model of support for people with learning disabilities across the area.

Dave Woolley, CEO of Your Voice Counts, Lead Partner for the project said “We are delighted to be one of just seven projects in the North East to receive funding from NHS Charities Together. We’re very excited to be working together, and to use our shared expertise to fill some of the gaps in services and support that currently exist”.

Each of the organisations will deliver a project that demonstrates a new approach to addressing health inequalities, improving mental health and wellbeing and reducing social isolation. The projects include delivering a programme of courses and workshops to improve mental health, running sports activities to improve physical health and bring people together, working with Primary Care Networks to address barriers to accessing healthcare and working with local groups to build confidence around supporting people with learning disabilities.

They will then work together to share these approaches and support each other to replicate the projects and activities across the wider area so that everyone has access to the same level of community-based support.

Further information about the work of all the organisations involved in this exciting partnership is available at the websites below:

Your Voice Counts

LD: North East

Skills for People

Inclusion North

Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Trust

Read our latest Annual Report

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We held our Annual General Meeting on 14 November where we reflected on the previous year’s work and finances. Led by Director Liz Prudhoe, incoming Chair Lorraine Hershon and Treasurer Darren Spencer, there was a review of our transport and advocacy services, Cafe @ Burn Lane and Healthwatch Northumberland, as well as our our other core services and volunteering programme.

Please see the 2018/19 Annual Report below or call us to receive a hard copy.

Adapt (NE) Annual Report 2018/19