What We Do

About us

Adapt (NE) is a registered charity, a company limited by guarantee and a social enterprise which is managed by a Trustee Board of volunteers with a wide range of areas of expertise. We are a community-based organisation providing services to people in North East England with the aim of promoting an inclusive society.

We aim to improve the quality of life of disabled people who have sensory, physical and learning disabilities or mental health problems; also people who are disadvantaged in being able to access services because they live in a rural location.

To become more self-reliant, we have developed a range of services, including provision of an enterprise hub and community cafe, whilst still holding on to our primary aims. By using our services, other organisations are assured of quality attention whilst at the same time as helping us in our work.


We began in 1995 as a community group (then known as Action by Differently Abled People in Tynedale or A.D.A.P.T.) aiming to ‘improve the quality of life of disabled people’ by promoting better access to services. The first priorities identified were difficulties in accessing buildings and a lack of accessible transport; therefore the first projects developed were an access group and a community transport project.

In recognition of the access needs of geographically-isolated people, our aim was expanded to include people disadvantaged by lack of public transport in a rural location. In 2007 we widened our area of operation to the North East and changed our name to Adapt (North East) to reflect our region-wide work in developing community transport.

Our Timeline

  • 2008

    In 2008 we secured the Host role for the Northumberland LINk.

  • 2010

    In 2010 we were presented with the Community Transport Association’s Best Rural Community Transport Award.

  • 2012

    In 2012 Director Liz Prudhoe won for Best Social Enterprise in the North East Woman of the Year Awards.

  • 2013

    In 2013 we secured the contract to host and deliver Healthwatch Northumberland.

    Move to Burn Lane  and development of the Enterprise Hub – all nine units are occupied, with a mixture of workshop and office space.

    New developments for 2018 included a Community Café – Café @ Burn Lane.

  • 2018

    Community Cafe, Cafe @ Burn Lane opened in April this year, providing a hub for local individuals and groups to get together. With free parking, internet access and Changing Places, the cafe is fully accessible.

    The Resource Room is a light and modern meeting room adjoining the cafe, which can be hired for all kinds of meetings and events.

  • 2020

    In 2020 we began hosting the Living Well Coordination Service in West Northumberland, in conjunction with the NHS.

Progress and Prosperity.

“We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community… Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own”.

~ Cesar Chavez