Health support groups in Northumberland

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  

01434 600599                                                     

A community café with Changing Places toilet, internet café, information mornings and free parking. Part of the Chatty Café Scheme


Age UK Northumberland     

01670 784800

  • 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 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

07780 795244           

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                              

01670 855533                                                                     

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

07598 620599                                                       

Meet first Tues of the month from 6.30pm at Hexham hospital and fourth Tues at Trinity Church Hall, Beaumont Street from 1.00pm.




Diabetes UK           

0345 123 2399 national helpline                                 

Diabetes health support groups in Amble and Berwick.




Blyth Valley Disabled Forum, 20 Stanley Street, Blyth, NE24 2BU

01670 360927                                              

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

01670 858664

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.


Disability North            

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.




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.


Hearing Link

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

01670 514316                                           

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.


Specsavers Healthcall

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.





Multiple Sclerosis Society           

808 800 8000 National helpline        

07581 460207, Alnwick & District group

0774 938 4598, South Northumberland group                    

Information, health support and meetings.


Parkinsons UK  

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.


Stroke Association 

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                  

07846 338030                                                                      

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.

For more health information and contacts see pages 60-76 in the Golden Guide Northumberland 2020,  and see pages 58-82 in the Golden Guide Newcastle & North Tyneside 2019.