Health Support Groups: Extract from the Health and Wellbeing chapter, Golden Guide Northumberland, 2020
A wide range of support groups for various health conditions run in Northumberland. Contact them directly for general information or details of how to join the group.
Café @ Burn Lane, Adapt, Burn Lane, Hexham, NE46 3HN
A community café with Changing Places toilet, internet café, information mornings and free parking. Part of the Chatty Café Scheme
Age UK Northumberland
- Health and Wellbeing Project, improves health and wellbeing of older people with physical activity classes for all abilities. Local sessions countywide, include exercise to music, zumba, Pilates circuits etc.
- Living with Long Term Conditions, lifestyle advice and general exercise help to manage a range of long term health conditions and improve quality of life. Ring for details and to join the programme.
National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society
0800 298 7650 national helpline
07521 762387 North East group
www.nras.org.uk and Facebook
Group meets at Newcastle Central Library coffee shop second Wed of the month 11.00am—12.00pm. Also open meetings at the Freeman, with specialist speaker, a swimming group, trips and outings.
Versus Arthritis (formerly Arthritis Care)
0800 5200 520 helpline
Groups meet to socialise and for practical help
- Alnwick, 01665 603935 Margaret Dobbie. First Wed of the month, (except May) 7.00pm at Anchor House, Chapel Street, NE66 1EP
- Wansbeck, Vivienne Dalglish 01665 712764. Last Wed of the month, 11.00am, Café at the Maritime Centre, Newbiggin, NE64 6DB.
Berwick & District Cancer Support Group
Free transport for cancer patients in the TD15 district to the major hospitals in Newcastle and Edinburgh.
Berwick Stoma Support Group, William Elder Building, 56-58 Castlegate, Berwick-Upon-Tweed, TD15 1JT
07714 479320 Bobbie Minshull
Advice and support third Thurs of the month, 10.00am—12.00pm. Partners welcome.
Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care
0191 28 55 999
Free transport to hospital appointments for patients receiving chemotherapy or radiotherapy county-wide. On referral from the Freeman hospital.
0191 442 0833
Support, activities and social opportunities for those affected by cancer. Group, one to one and family sessions. All welcome, no referral necessary.
Macmillan Support Services, Nursery Park Health Centre, Ashington, NE63 0DQ
One to one or group support for those living with or beyond cancer and other life limiting illnesses including family and carers.
Northumberland Cancer Support Group
Meet first Tues of the month from 6.30pm at Hexham hospital and fourth Tues at Trinity Church Hall, Beaumont Street from 1.00pm.
0345 123 2399 national helpline
Diabetes health support groups in Amble and Berwick.
Blyth Valley Disabled Forum, 20 Stanley Street, Blyth, NE24 2BU
Advice on all disability issues and how to find health support. Also home care support and community transport service.
Choppington Disability Group, Stakeford & Bomarsund Sports Welfare Centre, Gordon Terrace West, NE62 5UD
This friendly group offers support for older people too, and a voice for those who need it. Ring for more information.
- Coffee and Chat popular, sociable group for people with disabilities and their carers. First Fri of the month 10.00am—12.00pm with occasional speakers.
- Do Digital— fourth Mon of the month, 10.00am—12.00pm. Ring for full details.
- Cinema Club on the third Wed, turn up at 12 for a cuppa.
0191 284 0480
Advice on independent living and health support includes benefits, housing, holidays, mobility aids and equipment. Ring before a visit or make an appointment with an independent living therapist or benefits adviser.
Real Life, Benefits and Welfare, Ashington Life Centre, Station House, 104-108 Station Road, Ashington, NE63 8RN
07948 042970, Jaxx Gardiner
Information, advice and signposting, Tues and Thurs 10.30am—2.00pm, ring to make an appointment. Knowledgeable team with welfare rights and benefits experience.
HEART & LUNG CONDITIONS
British Heart Foundation
0300 330 3311 Heart helpline
Helpline health advice, information and online discussion forum.
British Lung Foundation
03000 030 555
Advice on all lung conditions, benefits advice and online forum.
Follow On Newsletter
01890 820280, Phil Harris
Heart information and wider health support information circulated every two months by email. Free. Contact as above to subscribe.
Action on Hearing Loss, Reiver House, Staithes Lane, Morpeth, NE61 1TD
0808 808 0123
0808 808 9000 textphone
01670 513606, number may change in 2020
Support groups for people with hearing loss in Alnwick and Morpeth. Awareness information available on request.
0300 111 1113
07526 123255 sms/text
Information and support for people with hearing loss
Northumberland County Blind Association, (NCBA) Reiver House, Staithes Lane, Morpeth, NE61 1TD
Advice, peer support, social groups and activity groups to get you out and about. Living With Sight Loss Courses, equipment demonstrations, home visiting, car service and volunteering opportunities.
0303 123 9999 helpline
General and in-depth advice. Online community, talking books, magazines and podcasts.
0800 198 1132
Free home eyecare service if you are over 60 and cannot visit a high street optician unaccompanied. Ring to check if you are eligible and for an appointment.
STROKE & NEUROLOGICAL CONDITIONS
Multiple Sclerosis Society
808 800 8000 National helpline
07581 460207, Alnwick & District group
0774 938 4598, South Northumberland group
Information, health support and meetings.
0808 800 0303 national helpline
0344 225 3608, Lisa Watson, SE Northumberland
0344 225 3607 Janet Wilkinson North and West Northumberland
One to one and telephone peer support, specialist nurses and support groups in Alnwick, Ellington, Hexham and Parkinson’s café in Morpeth. Help to keep active from Parkinsons Power team, ring 07975 947879.
0303 3033 100 national helpline
0191 487 9988 regional office
Stroke clubs, or Speech after Stroke clubs, in Alnwick, Ashington, Berwick, Blyth, Howden, Morpeth, Tynedale. Self-referral or via GP or speech therapist.
Stroke Club Berwick, Tweedmouth Bowling Club, Riverside Rd, Tweedmouth, TD15 2HQ
07926 487 451, Joy Lamb or
01289 305791 Tom Tate
Monthly meetings with fundraising over winter and free events and outings—including free transport—for members from April to September. Ring for details.
Blyth Stroke Support Group, Briardale Community Centre
Cowpen, Blyth, NE24 5AN
Meets second and fourth Monday of the month, 1.30pm—3.30 pm. Speakers, outings, social events and entertainments. Also first Tues social get-together from 1.30pm. Phone not always manned, please email from website if possible.
Stroke Information Service, Northumbria Healthcare
0191 293 4326
Advice on stroke, local services and support available for the person affected and their carer.