Christmas and New Year 2023/24


Our offices will close at 5pm on Friday 22 December, reopening on Tuesday 2 January.

Cafe @ Burn Lane will close on Friday 22 December and reopen on Wednesday 3 January.

We would like to wish all of our members, customers and supporters a happy and healthy Christmas and we look forward to seeing you all in the new year.

Cost of living support


Local health and social care champion Healthwatch Northumberland has produced a printed booklet with details of organisations that can offer support with energy costs, prescription and healthcare appointment costs, food, and mental health. The booklet is free and you can ask for a copy by getting in touch with Healthwatch Northumberland.

You can also download a pdf version of the booklet, or view all the information on the website.

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.

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Information event, Hexham


Are you neurodivergent?

Join us for an information event, Adapt (NE), Burn Lane, Hexham Ne46 3HN

Wednesday 20 September, 11.00am – 1.30pm

It can be a confusing world when you’re trying to get the support, service or activities you need at the right time and the right place. For example, you may have been taught how to live on a budget at school aged 15 but what about when you actually need it at aged 27?

There is no one easy place to get up to date information, or to work out what’s out there, and we want to make this happen! We also want to offer people the chance to meet up in person locally to help work out what they want and need. We want to share information about fun, leisure and social opportunities too.

Come and join us! Meet other neurodivergent people and help work out how to close the gaps around information and support in Northumberland.

Lunch will be provided and travel costs reinbursed.

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Healthwatch Northumberland AGM 2023


Wednesday 18 October 2023, at East Bedlington Community Centre.

The Healthwatch Northumberland AGM is for anyone who lives or works in the county and has an interest in NHS and social care.

Hear about the work of our local health and social care champion over the last 12 months, plans for the coming year, and how you can get involved. You can also hear from those providing services here in Northumberland.

This free event will start at 10am and end at 12pm when you can stay for a light lunch and a chance to chat to the Healthwatch Northumberland team and other guests.

Healthwatch Northumberland has been delivered by Adapt (NE) since 2013. Read more about the services on offer and how you can share your feedback on the NHS and social care services you and your family have used on the Healthwatch Northumberland website

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Haltwhistle Wellbeing Event

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Haltwhistle Wellbeing Event

Haltwhistle Library Hub, Monday 25 September 2023, 10am – 1pm

The West Northumberland Living Well team will be at this free event, along with other health, community and voluntary organisations.

If you live or work in our around Haltwhistle, call in to find out more about social prescribing, get free health checks and pick up some information on local support and services. There’ll be coffee and cake on offer too.

Organisations attending include Healthwatch NorthumberlandNorthern Cancer AllianceNorthumbria Healthcare, Northumberland Communities Together and Northumberland Community & Voluntary Action.

There’s no need to book – just call in! If you’d like more information please email: or call 07817 515265.

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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.


Join us at our AGM 2022/23


Wednesday 18 January 2023, 11.00am – 12.00pm

We invite you to join us at our AGM on Wednesday 18 January 2023, to hear about the work of Adapt (NE) over the last 12 months.

The meeting will take place online via Zoom, starting at 11am.

If you would like to attend please register in advance. You can do this by calling the office on: 01434 600599 (option 1) or by email to: and we’ll send you the link to join.

We hope to see you there.

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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

Social Prescribing Northumberland: free event

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The Covid-19 pandemic has increased isolation for many people, amplifying concerns about the impact on mental health. The role of social prescribing in linking people to non-clinical community services as we move out of the pandemic will become more important than ever.

Find out more about social prescribing, what it is, how it works and how it can benefit our health and wellbeing at this free online event from Healthwatch Northumberland. Tania Thomas of the West Northumberland Living Well Coordination (social prescribing) Service will be presenting about the service, how it helps individuals and how you can refer to the service.

The event takes place on Friday 11 February from 1.00pm to 2.00pm. It is for people who live or work in Northumberland who are interested in improving their health and wellbeing or that of others.

There will also be a chance to ask questions.

Find out more about the West Northumberland Living Well Coordination Service

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