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

Nourish Northumberland Tender Information


Nourish Northumberland – Tender Information

Nourish Northumberland via Adapt (NE) would like to offer an opportunity to further develop and work to create a sustainable food solution for Northumberland. A contract value of £25,000 has been attributed to the delivery of this work.


Nourish Northumberland: Building a Northumberland Wide Food Partnership

Food is vital to life and, for one in seven, it is their source of livelihood. No decisions have such a direct impact on our lives and wellbeing as the choices we make about what we eat. We have a moral as well as practical responsibility to consider the role and impact of the food solution across Northumberland. Food activities that address and alleviate health inequalities are of utmost importance and the collective effort to produce a sustainable food solution with dignity, choice and inclusivity is paramount.

In Northumberland, we want a future that delivers safe, healthy and affordable food solutions for our communities, regardless of where they live or how much they earn, built upon resilient and sustainable solutions.

Nourish Northumberland aims to break the cycle of dependency in relation to food assistance, eliminate food insecurity, encourage positive behaviour change around food and promote compassion, dignity and choice through a variety of offers and approaches, not limited to nutrition but including physical health, mental health, social cohesion, wellbeing and more.

By putting the power in the hands of the community working together at a local level, we can focus on the inclusive elements of food provision, move away from the need for emergency food and develop a transformative approach to food solutions. We can also shift food culture to create a system that is a thriving contributor to our Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) economies, to provide jobs and opportunities and reduce our environmental impact whilst supporting innovative providers and partners across the county to expand, diversify and thrive.


Our Strategy

Nourish Northumberland is a Northumberland wide Food Partnership that is open to all that aims to support and enable:

  • Choices for everyone regardless of where they live or how much they earn (promoting a sense of control and a recognition of trust in communities to make their own decisions, that people are respected as individuals regardless of their past/present circumstances)
  • Contribution in all areas, from developing food solutions, tending plots and community orchards, sharing great ideas, mobilising and delivering activities, to volunteering and jobs (sense of involvement, control, self-worth, value, trust, respect, inequality)
  • Ordinary Places where people can connect to their local communities and to local outdoor spaces (social, wellbeing, mental health benefits and locally asset based, best use of our land and spaces)

Underpinning every aim of Nourish Northumberland is the ethos that every member of the community matters. Food is a universal necessity for survival, it is also the backbone of social interaction and unites us all.

Nourish Northumberland seeks to support people to feel a sense of control over their food choices by breaking down financial barriers whilst reducing our environmental impact.


Nourish Northumberland will:

  • Give a sense of control to communities
  • Give an opportunity to take part in the nurturing and production of locally grown food
  • Provide support to communities to ensure that everyone is nourished and supported
  • Give communities control to allow them to be at the heart of decision making at a local level
  • Enable inclusion in activities, decisions, communities
  • Provide real solutions to reduce environmental impact

Working in partnership at a local level and adopting a collaborative approach to food provision enables Nourish Northumberland to unite both food initiatives and food providers, building capacity and capability whilst creating a shift in food culture and dependency, providing networking, best practice and innovative approaches, inspiring and supporting the local community to develop locally based solutions and sustainability. Nourish Northumberland will act as a catalyst and advocate for food solutions across Northumberland.


Roles of Nourish Northumberland

  • Put the universal right to food at the centre of a transformative food approach for Northumberland
  • Act as a catalyst to connect and collaborate, sharing best practice and knowledge across communities within Northumberland at a local and county level
  • Develop strong and productive relationships and champion Nourish Northumberland
  • Inspire and enable local food culture to allow communities to have access to buy, grow, produce and cook affordable, healthy and sustainable food
  • Allocate resources to support and enable the delivery of Nourish Northumberland partnership within each locality
  • Ensure a sustainable and accessible food pathway between Northumberland Communities Together, the VCS and local communities
  • Connect with Community Hubs
  • Work to reduce food waste and food packaging
  • Ensure our food environment promotes public health


The Opportunity

We are looking for support to be that touch point in local communities over an 18 month period – to connect with all food providers, distributors and retailers, developing in depth relationships to achieve the aims and goals of Nourish Northumberland for and with local communities.

This support can be in the form of a collective or individual basis, with the expectation that at least one day per week would be spent in each locality, working closely with each of the Nourish Northumberland Leads to feed back to the Steering Group and Nourish Northumberland Board.

Specific targets will include the delivery of local community engagement and educational events, connection and collaboration with wider VCSE, Northumberland Communities Together and private sector partners, the support and creation of innovative enterprise and solutions with a focus on environmental impacts and the reduction in Northumberland’s carbon footprint, including but not limited to food waste, plastics recycling, distribution and repurposing and reductions in landfill; sustainability and funding opportunities.

We would welcome responses to be submitted before 31 January 2022 with interviews to be held 18 February 2022, with a start date as close to 1 April 2022 as possible.

Nourish Northumberland Leads are located in Berwick (Berwick Upon Tweed Community Development Trust), Hexham (Adapt North East), Morpeth (Northumberland Community Enterprises Ltd) and Blyth (CVA Blyth Valley/SCENE), working to cover all areas with locally based solutions. Locally based workspace via partner agencies and community venues will be available but will not be a permanent base due to the need to spend time within various locations and communities.

All costs are to be included within the £25,000.

Applications are to be submitted to Adapt (NE). For more information please contact Liz Prudhoe: or call 01434 600599.

We’re recruiting: Join the advocacy team

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We are now recruiting for Relevant Person’s Representative / Independent NHS Complaints Advocates to join the Northumberland Independent Advocacy Service. We deliver statutory Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA), Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA), Care Act Advocacy and NHS Complaints Advocacy under contract to Northumberland County Council. The service also provides RPR (Relevant Person’s Representative) and Court of Protection Rule 1.2 representatives.

Hours: 1 x full time post – 37 hours per week, 1 x part time post – 22.5 hrs (three days per week)

Salary:  £22,909 per annum full time, £13,745 per annum part-time

Based: Pegswood and working flexibly throughout Northumberland (remote working at present due to Covid -19 restrictions and guidance)

The posts are permanent subject to funding.

Please see the Job Description and Person Specification below for full information about these posts.

Completed application forms, along with the GDPR consent form, should be sent to: by 5.00pm, Wednesday 19 January 2022.

Interviews will be held remotely via Zoom/Teams during week commencing 24 January 2022.

For an informal discussion about the above post please contact Chris Barker on 07413 271321 or by email

Find out more about Northumberland Independent Advocacy Service.


Job Description

Person Specification

Application Form

GDPR Consent Form

Christmas 2021


Our office will close at 5.00pm on Thursday 23 December and reopen on Tuesday 4 January.

Please note that Cafe @ Burn Lane will close on Wednesday 22 December and will open again on Wednesday 5 January 2022.

We wish all of our customers and supporters a peaceful Christmas and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year.

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.

Join the team!


We are recruiting for a Paid Relevant Person’s Representative/Independent NHS Complaints Advocate to join the Northumberland Independent Advocacy Service.

Hours: 37 hours per week

Salary: £22,909 per annum

Based: Pegswood and working flexibly throughout Northumberland

The post is permanent subject to funding.

Please see the Job Description/Person Specification for further details.

We deliver statutory Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA), Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA), Care Act Advocacy and NHS Complaints Advocacy under contract to Northumberland County Council. The service also provides RPR (Relevant Person’s Representative) and Court of Protection Rule 1.2 representatives.

Find out more about Northumberland Independent Advocacy Service.

Please see below the Job Description, Person Specification and Application Form. Please send completed Application Forms along with the GDPR consent form to:

For an informal discussion about the above post please contact Chris Barker on 07413 271321 or by email:

Closing date for applications is 5.00pm on Friday 12 November 2021.

Interviews will be held remotely via Zoom during week commencing 22 November 2021.

Job Description

Person Specification

Application Form

GDPR Consent Form



Join the Team: Cafe Assistant Vacancy


We’re looking for a part-time Cafe Assistant to join the team at our community cafe, Cafe @ Burn Lane, in Hexham.

The job will be for 10 hours per week, to cover Monday, Tuesday and Friday lunchtimes.

Hourly rate is £8.91 per hour.

To apply please complete the application form below and return along with the GDPR consent form by 5pm on Tuesday 28 September 2021.

For more information about the role please call Brian Williams on: 07864 692627 (Monday to Friday 8.30am – 2.30pm).

Cafe Assistant Application Form


We’re Recruiting: Living Well Coordinators


Job Title:  Living Well Coordinator (Social Prescriber)

Responsible to:  Adapt (NE) and West Northumberland PCN

Hours: 37 hours per week, Monday to Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm. Two x full-time posts (open to job share)

Salary:  £24,882 per annum (pro-rata)

Benefits:  25 days annual leave per year, plus statutory holidays (pro rata)

Location: The Living Well Coordination Service covers the 14 GP practices in West Northumberland.

The service is looking for Living Well Coordinators to be named workers for referrals from GP practices in Hexham, Prudhoe and Stocksfield.

The successful applicants will also receive referrals from other West Northumberland practices in order to meet the needs of the service.

Each Living Well Coordinator will be the named worker for 1-3 GP practices and will split their working time across these practices, as well as home-working and/or working from Adapt’s office in Hexham where appropriate.

Initially these posts may be predominantly remote-working due to COVID-19.

The West Northumberland practices are: Adderlane Surgery (Prudhoe), Bellingham Practice, Branch End Surgery (Stocksfield), Burn Brae Medical Group (Hexham), Corbridge Medical Group, Haltwhistle Medical Group, Haydon Bridge and Allendale Medical Group, Humshaugh and Wark Medical Group, Ponteland Medical Group, Prudhoe Medical Group, Riversdale Surgery (Prudhoe), Scots Gap Medical Group, Sele Medical Practice (Hexham) and White Medical Group (Ponteland).

Clients may live rurally beyond these areas.

Please find below the Job Description/Person Specification and Application Form. Please tell us how you meet the person specification within the application form and return along with the GDPR Consent Form.

Completed applications to be returned by email by 5.00pm on Monday 20 September 2021.

Interviews will be held Thursday 30th September and/or Friday 1st October

If you require any further information please contact Tania Thomas by email at or call 01434 600599 (option 4).

Job description and person specification

Application form

Consent form