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    User Group Name Contact Details

    Launchpad

    Launchpad logo

    A team of people who use mental health services in and around Newcastle upon Tyne, Launchpad works to ensure that the voice of the service user is heard in all the decision-making bodies that affect mental health. LAUNCHPAD works to redress the balance, and offers the chance for anyone who uses mental health services in Newcastle to have their voice heard by the people who run these services. The team endeavours to improve mental health services for all, and to promote the views and opinions of service users, all in a friendly , safe environment.

    • Alisdair Cameron
    • 0191 233 0382 / 07736 074 213
    • Floor 5, Broadacre House Market Street Newcastle Upon Tyne Tyne And Wear NE1 6HQ
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    B.E.C.O.N

    BECON logo

    BECON (Black Minority Ethnic Community Organisations Network) is the regional infrastructure organisation for the Black Minority Ethnic (BME) voluntary and community sector in the North East of England. The project was established in1999 to encourage participation and develop the networks and the capacity of Black Minority Ethnic (BME) community groups and organisations in the North East region.

    • Information
    • 0191 27 22 339
    • 34 Grainger Park Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 8RY
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    Changes

    Changes logo

    CHANGES is a user-led mental health charity providing a unique recovery service to those in mental distress, based on users attending weekly mutual help groups and following CHANGES 12 step recovery programme, (developed from users own experience in recovering from mental distress).

    • Changes
    • 01782 413 101
    • Wellbeing Centre, Victoria Court, Booth street, Stoke Staffs ST4 4AL
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    CONTACT Morpeth Mental Health Group

    Contact logo

    Contact was established in 1986 - Contact offers support and social contact to those experiencing mental health issues, and their carers. We aim to empower people with the confidence and self esteem to lead a life free from isolation and stigma by taking an active part in various activities. NB: this organisation is 1/3 service user led.

    • Audrey Anderson
    • 01670 510 652
    • 7 Grey's Yard, Oldgate, Morpeth, Northumberland NE61 1QD
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    Gateshead Mental Health Service User Forum GMHSUF

    GMHUF - Mental Health Matters logo

    GMHSUF is unique to Gateshead in that it is entirely service-user led and service-user controlled. All decisions on policy and practice, delivery and evaluation of the service are from a service-user perspective. All members have a voice and all voices are given equal value and respect.The User Forum assists in co-ordinating user involvement and consultation around the planning and delivery of mental health services in Gateshead.

    • GMHUF
    • 0191 478 7475
    • c/o Mental Health Matters, Room 204, Aidan House, Sunderland Road, Gateshead, NE8 3HU
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    Mental Health Concern

    Mental Health Concern

    As a 'not for profit' organisation Mental Health Concern (MHC) provides a wide spectrum of mental health care throughout Tyneside. MHC works in partnership with service users, statutory and non-statutory agencies to provide services that aim to promote and maintain 'Ordinary Lives'.

    • Mental Health Concern
    • 0191 217 0377
    • Buttress House 36 Brenkley Way Seaton Burn Newcastle upon Tyne Tyne & Wear NE13 6DS
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    Mental Health Matters

    MH Matters logo

    Since the conception of Mental Health Matters in 1984, the organisation has grown into a national voice for individuals with mental health needs, their carers and families. Throughout this time, the original statement of intent, values and principles has evolved and been added to. The review was designed to streamline and clarify our vision and values to make it easier for service users, members and partners to understand what Mental Health Matters aims to do.

    • Mental Health Matters
    • 0191 516 3500
    • Avalon House St Catherines Court Sunderland Enterprise Park Sunderland Tyne and Wear SR5 3XJ
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    Mental Health North East (MHNE)

    MHNE

    Mental Health North East (MHNE) is a unique network of member organisations, formed in 2005 to promote joint working and partnership across the not for profit mental health sector in the North East of England. Today, MHNE is a unique network that offers access to over 350 voluntary and community organisations working in the field of mental health and wellbeing in the North East, Cumbria and North Yorkshire. MHNE works collectively with members to improve and protect mental health service provision. They pride themselves on having an open mind to innovative approaches which will enable people suffering from mental distress to move quickly towards recovery.

    • Lyn Boyd
    • 0191 411 1962
    • Birtley CDC Drum Park Lane Industrial Estate Chester Le Street Durham DH2 1AE
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    New Ideas

    Mind logo 1

    We are a service user involvment forum for individuals who have/or are experiencing mental health issues supported by Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind.

    • Info
    • 01642 257020 / 01642 645655
    • C/O Middlesbrough Mind Offices The Mind Centre 90-92 Lothian Road Middlesbrough TS4 2QX
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    Sangini

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    Sangini is a minority led women’s health organisation. It was set up in 2002 by a group of women who identified a gap in the area of health and looked for ways to raise awareness about it. It soon emerged that it can play a crucial role in developing a sustainable infrastructure for social cohesion through participation and education. As a multi-cultural organisation, the emphasis was also on promoting multi-cultural arts and cultural activities. This has made Sangini unique, in that it aims to reach disadvantaged and hard to reach groups in an innovative and creative way whilst providing opportunities for tackling inequalities in health.

    • Info
    • 0191 5346661
    • Pennywell Community Centre Portsmouth Road Sunderland SR4 9BA
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    Service Users Reaching Forward

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    SURF brings the users of adult mental health services in the Durham and Chester-le-Street PCT area and their carers together to discuss issues and exchange experiences. NB - we could not find a telephone number for this group.

    • Surf Durham
    • n/a
    • C/o Waddington Street Centre 3 Waddington Street Durham City DH1 4BG
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    DISC

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    Established in 1984, DISC is an independent North of England based charity that focuses on deprivation and exclusion. DISC is a specialist agency, focusing on people who have fallen through the net of statutory provision and who many agencies struggle to help. Office opening hours: Mon - Thurs: 08:45am - 16:45pm Fri: 08:45am - 16:15pm To email, please use the contact us form: http://www.disc-vol.org.uk/misc/contactus

    • Contact
    • 01325 731 160
    • Sapphire House, IES Centre, Horndale Avenue, Aycliffe Business Park, Newton Aycliffe, Durham, DL5 6DS
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    Bipolar UK: Manic Depression Awareness North East (Newcastle)

    Bipolar UK logo

    A self-help group offering the opportunity for people to befriend and accept each other in every mood and phase. To share difficulties, answers and hope.This is a user-led service. All Service Users are encouraged to become involved in planning and directing the service. The Newcastle group meet on the 1st Saturday of each month. (No meeting in August) Meeting Time: 10.30am - 1.00pm (December - 12.00pm - 3.00pm). Venue: Quaker Meeting House, West Avenue, Gosforth, NE3 4ES. Just off Gosforth High St, next door to Magistrates Court.

    • info
    • 020 7931 6480
    • c/o Bipolar UK Head Office, Victoria Charity Centre 11 Belgrave Road London SW1V 1RB
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    Middlesborough and Stockton Mind

    Mind logo 1

    MIND Middlesborough - and Stockton is a user-led organisation which provides services designed to support people in a variety of ways. Some projects are funded to support people who live in certain areas, for example Middlesbrough or Stockton. Some projects work with young people or people over the age of 18. Details of who can access each project can be found on on the organisation's project and services page. Do not hesitate to contact the organisation directly. NB: there are two buildings and two office numbers (listed on the right), one for Middlesbrough and one for Stockton. If you need to double check that you are using the correct details, please look at the organisation's contact us page on their website.

    • Info
    • 01642 257 020 / 01642 645 655
    • The Mind Centre, 90-92 Lothian Road, Middlesbrough TS4 2QX / Catalyst Building, 27 Yarm Road, Stockton on Tees TS18 3NJ
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    Healthwatch Newcastle upon Tyne

    Healthwatch group (small)

    Healthwatch Newcastle wants to find out what matters most to you so it can improve the delivery and design of health and social care services in Newcastle. Healthwatch Newcastle is an independent organisation, accountable to local communities and it will be an effective local voice, speaking up for those whose voices are not often heard.

    • Healthwatch Newcastle
    • 0191 2327445
    • c/o Newcastle CVS, Higham House, Higham Place, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 8AF
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    Healthwatch County Durham

    Healthwatch group (small)

    Healthwatch will give people a powerful voice locally and nationally. At a local level, Healthwatch County Durham will work to help local people get the best out of their local health and social care services. Whether it's improving them today or helping to shape them for tomorrow. Healthwatch County Durham is all about local voices being able to influence the delivery and design of local services. Not just people who use them, but anyone who might need to in future.

    • Julia Catherall
    • 01325 375 960 / 07738 994 067
    • Whitfield House St Johns Road Meadowfield Industrial Estate Durham DH7 8XL
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    Gateshead Anti Stigma Partnership (GASP)

    GASP North East logo

    GASP (Gateshead Anti Stigma Partnership) aims to encourage people to talk about mental health and the discrimination that surrounds it. Following the example from “Time to Change” who promote time to talk and encourage “speaking out”, Gateshead Mental Health User Voice, Gateshead Moving Forward Clubhouse and Tyneside Mind embarked on this local project.

    • Gateshead Mental Health User Voice
    • 0191 478 7475
    • Room 204, Aidan House, Sunderland Road, Gateshead NE8 3HU
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    Awakenings North East

    Awakenings North East logo

    The group was put together to give an opportunity to help people suffering from mental Health difficulties, to get together and take part in social activities during the year. The group meets once a month and plays Ten Pin Bowling, and finish with a coffee and bite to eat and a chat. Also planned are day trips 2 or 3 times a year. The group is now in a position to expand, attract new members and schedule trips to the theatre and cinema. Walking and swimming are also planned for the near future. All activities have been funded, so you will only have to pay for your travel to any venue.

    • Awakenings North East
    • 0791 7709373 (Answer Machine, Return Calls within 24Hrs)
    • NB - the group prefers not to provide any contact address
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    Pride in Mind

    Pride in Mind

    Pride in Mind is a user-led social and support group for members of the LGBTQI communities with lived experience of mental health conditions living in the North East of England. The group meets on the second Friday of each month between 12 noon and 2pm at MESMAC, 11 Nelson Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5AN. The meetings are a safe, welcoming and confidential space for members to receive support both from the group’s facilitators and their peers. In addition to monthly meetings the group also organises regular social events; including meals out and trips to the cinema or theatre to watch LGBTQI or mental health themed films or plays. All social outings are subsidised for members. To find out more about the group, make a referral or any other query contact Mish Loraine, Co-Facilitator, Pride in Mind using the contact details in the right hand side.

    • Mish Loraine
    • 07902 403630
    • ESMAC, 11 Nelson Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5AN
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    Alzheimer's Society

    Dementia can happen to anyone and there's currently no cure. There are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK and the number is set to rise to 1 million by 2021. At Alzheimer's Society, they believe passionately that life doesn't end when dementia begins. They are there for anyone affected by dementia, and they do everything they can to keep people with dementia connected to their lives and the people who matter most.

    • Alzheimer's Society
    • 01228 819 299
    • Gallery House Harraby Green Business Park Carlisle Cumbria CA1 2SS
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    Bliss=Ability Ltd

    BLISS=Ability provides a free, friendly, approachable and confidential information service. All information provided is given without bias and wherever possible a choice is given. Please note that the website address is a Facebook page.

    • Carol Robertson
    • 0191 427 1666
    • 34-36 New Green Street South Shields Tyne and Wear NE33 5DL
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    Darlington Association on Disability (D.A.D.)

    Darlington Association on Disability was established in 1986 as a voluntary and charitable organisation led by disabled people. It exists to promote independence and choice, and supports disabled people and carers through the provision of services, support and information and by tackling issues locally and nationally. DAD promotes the social model of disability, and as part of that remit is actively involved in promoting disability equality and awareness of anti discrimination legislation.

    • Jane Woodward
    • 01325 489 999
    • 1P Enterprise House South Entrance Valley Street North Darlington Durham DL1 1GY
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    Durham Voice

    Durham Voice aims to strengthen Partnership Working between Statutory Bodies and the VCS by supporting an effective Communication Network.

    Enough Design

    Kirk Teasdale amongst others has been art director of Time Out magazine and creative director of Vision On publishing. Lionel Joyce CBE, OBE was CEO of Newcastle City Health NHS Trust in the North East and remains a driving force in the world of recovery. An odd couple but their combined experience has shown that through honest, open minded collaboration and a willing to change for the better they can achieve everything they need to.

    Gateshead Access Panel

    Gateshead Access Panel is a charity and social enterprise, with a pan-disability background. They have two principle areas of work – one charitable and the other commercial - which although distinct are also complementary and interlinked. Their charitable roots provide the foundation of our commercial enterprise. Gateshead Access Panel’s initial aim was to empower and develop skills among disabled people in Gateshead. Supported by National Lottery funding, they have trained people to audit physical environments for accessibility and provided disability equality training. They have continued to support disabled people to obtain access to services and facilities, to gain transferable skills through volunteering, and to achieve their rights through supported advocacy and mentoring.

    • Ian Atkinson
    • 0191 443 0058
    • Unit K37 Eleventh Avenue North Eleventh Avenue North Team Valley Gateshead Tyne and Weir NE11 0NJ
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    Gateshead Mental Health User Voice

    Gateshead Mental Health User Voice are a service user led group that enables members to have a voice and be heard, to work together and share information on Mental Health services locally and nationally. Their membership is free and members can attend our monthly meetings or alternatively receive postal information and newsletters. Training and volunteering opportunities are also available.

    • Gateshead Mental Health User Voice
    • 0191 4777 381
    • Room 206 Aidan House Sunderland Road Gateshead Tyne and Wear NE8 3HU
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    Healthwatch Gateshead

    Healthwatch Gateshead is there to help residents of Gateshead to Have Their Say on Health and Social Care services. They do this by making sure your voice is heard by those who make decisions on your behalf. They are an independent organisation with a Board, Staff and Volunteers who are Hosted by the Carers Federation Ltd. Healthwatch Gateshead receive funding from Gateshead Council via Central Government but are completely independent from the local authority.

    • Healthwatch Gateshead
    • 0808 801 0382 / 0191 477 0033
    • Davidson Building Swan Street Gateshead Tyne and Wear NE8 1BG
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    Healthwatch Northumberland

    Healthwatch Northumberland launched on 1st April 2013. It is run by Adapt (North East) and are there to make sure your views on health and social care in Northumberland are heard. There are Healthwatch organisations in all council areas in England. Together they give users of health and social care services a powerful voice - both locally and nationally. Healthwatch work with users of local health and social care services to hear about your experiences, find out issues or problems and help make sure there are improvements.

    • Healthwatch Northumberland
    • 03332 408 468
    • Adapt Burn Lane Hexham Northumberland NE46 3HN
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    Men Tell Health

    Men Tell Health is devoted to adult men and mental health. That doesn't mean that if you're not a man or don't suffer with mental health issues that you're not welcome. Absolutely not. Maybe you're a guy who cares for a partner, sibling or parent with mental health issues. Perhaps you suffer with some form of mental illness yourself or simply love, look after or even just know a man who does, there will be something on their site for you.

    MESMAC

    MESMAC is one of the oldest and largest sexual health organisations in the country. MESMAC NORTH EAST has an office in central Newcastle. The team consists of two full-time community workers, two part time community workers, one part-time group and outreach worker and three admin workers (two part time).

    • MESMAC
    • 0191 233 1333
    • 3rd Floor, 11 Nelson Street Newcastle upon Tyne Tyne and Wear NE1 5AN
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