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.

Register for the Healthwatch Northumberland AGM 2023.

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.

Register for this event

Find out more about the West Northumberland Living Well Coordination Service

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Coping with Cancer in Hexham


Coping with Cancer is a local charity which supports and enables cancer sufferers to live with and beyond their diagnosis and treatment. It provides emotional, mental, social and physical support.

The team recently had an open day at our site on Burn Lane in Hexham, to launch the new range of one to one personal appointments for care and support for anyone affected by a cancer diagnosis. They were pleased to meet new people and get them booked on to some of the free therapy sessions provided including counselling, acupuncture and complimentary therapy sessions.

Millie, who is a specialist cancer therapist, will be working from our site every Tuesday and at Hexham General Hospital every Friday from January 2022.

If you have been affected by cancer directly or with a loved one and want some support, please contact Coping with Cancer: 0192 2502026.

AGM and Annual Report 2020/21


Thank you to everyone who attended our 31st AGM on 8 December.

The event, which took place online again this year, included a review of the year by Director, Liz Prudhoe. She outlined how Adapt (NE) responded to the pandemic, running services differently and working with community groups to support people who needed it during lockdowns. Core services such as Advocacy, Healthwatch Northumberland and the Living Well Coordination Service continued to be delivered with staff working mostly from home. Transport services were stood down but we were able to help some individuals who were unable to get Patient Transport to hospital appointments.

An overview of the Living Well Coordination Service was given by Team Leader, Tania Thomas. She talked about how the service has helped individuals across West Northumberland during the pandemic and how they made calls to over 1400 people who were classed as clinically extremely vulnerable.

Our Chair, Lorraine Hershon, thanked Liz and all the staff for the work over what was a different and difficult year, and said Adapt (NE) is in a secure position going forward.

You can read more in our Annual Report 2020-21




Adapt (NE) AGM 2021: you’re invited


If you use, or are interested in any of our services, please join us at our AGM 2021 where we will be reviewing our work over the last 12 months. We will also be hearing from Tania Thomas of the West Northumberland Living Well Coordination Service. She will be letting us know how the service has made a difference to people in the area since it started in January 2020.

The AGM will take place on Wednesday 8 December from 11.00am and will be online again this year.

To register your place please email: and we will sent you the Zoom link to join.

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Bereavement Cafe

Tynedale Hospice at Home has launched its brand new Bereavement Café, starting at 10.30am on Thursday 2 September at Hexham Community Centre.
The café is open to anyone who has been bereaved and offers a safe and welcoming space to share stories and connect with others in the local community who have also experienced the death of someone close to them.
Booking isn’t required; you can drop in as and when you wish. For more information please contact the Family Support Team at Tynedale Hospice on 01434 600384.