Active Families North East CIC

Active Families NE CIC was established to tackle the current high levels of inactivity across the region in addition to reducing the number of health related issues caused as a result of leading a sedentary lifestyle. They are committed to inspiring, enthusing and invigorating local people and communities to become more active, to improve their physical and mental wellbeing, to eradicate social isolation and improve community cohesion.

  • Active Families NE CIC
  • 07946 269 005
  • 35 Cullen Drive,
    Tyne and Wear DH3 1GL
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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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Apna Ghar Minority Ethnic Women’s Centre

Apna Ghar provides services for women from BME communities in South Tyneside; these include courses e.g. ESOL, Conversation, Health & Social Care, Volunteering and activities e.g. lunch groups, advice sessions, leisure activities. Interpreting services are available for members and for statutory agencies.

  • Mrs Fozia Haider
  • 0191 4564147
  • 124 Ocean Road South Shields Tyne & Wear NE33 2JF
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Awakenings North East

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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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 in 1999 to encourage participation and develop the networks and the capacity of Black Minority Ethnic (BME) community groups and organisations in the North East region. 

  • John McCorry
  • 01642 657090
  • Parkfield Community Centre Parkfield Way Stockton-on-Tees Durham TS18 3SU
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Bipolar UK: Manic Depression Awareness North East (Newcastle)

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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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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Community Ventures

Community Ventures is a support hub based in the centre of Thorntree, Middlesbrough. They provide a base for voluntary/support organisations who provide training, outreach activities and wrap around specialist support to the community. In addition to these, they provide grassroots job clubs, art groups, after school clubs and other community-led activities.

  • Community Ventures
  • 01642 989 254
  • The Greenway Centre
    101 The Greenway
    Middlesbrough TS3 9PA
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CONTACT Morpeth Mental Health Group

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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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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DH7 Community Events

DH7 Community Events organises and promotes community events local to the DH7 area of County Durham. They have held Halloween parties, scarecrow festival, Christmas parties, talent events, workshops, a Lego club for kids and crafts clubs.

  • DH7 Community Events
  • 07840 586 279 (Olwyn Moat)
  • Langley Park,
    Durham DH7 9TZ
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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:

  • Contact
  • 01325 731 160
  • Sapphire House, IES Centre, Horndale Avenue, Aycliffe Business Park, Newton Aycliffe, Durham, DL5 6DS
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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.

Easington Lane Community Access Point

Easington Lane Community Access Point is a charitable organisation run by local people for local people. They aim to promote the health and wellbeing of all residents within Easington Lane and neighbouring areas by providing advice, training, education, recreational and social activities.

  • Easington Lane Community Access Point
  • 0191 526 1071
  • Brickgarth,
    Easington Lane,
    Tyne and Wear DH5 0LE
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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.

Equal Arts

Equal Arts is a leading creative ageing charity supporting older people and those living with dementia in Gateshead, Newcastle and across the UK. They work to improve the lives of older people through creativity, and their arts activities around the country provide creative opportunities to help improve people’s wellbeing.

  • Equal Arts
  • 0191 261 1619
  • Newcastle City Library
    33 New Bridge Street West
    Newcastle NE1 8AX
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Full Circle Food Project

The Full Circle Food Project is a charity that educates people living in Northumberland about growing food to eat, healthy cooking on a budget and supporting people to lead healthier lifestyles. They have kitchen gardens at Hirst Welfare Centre and a large community garden space in Ashington, and also offer cooking sessions.

  • Full Circle Food Project
  • 01670 857167
  • YMCA North View
    NE63 9XQ
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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 Anti Stigma Partnership (GASP)

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 477 4545
  • c/o Tynside Mind Wellbeing Centre Dunsmuir Grove Bensham Gateshead NE8 4QL
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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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Hadston House Youth and Community Projects

Hadston House Youth and Community Projects is a non-profit community centre that offers a variety of classes, social activities and events for people of all ages. From a community cafe to a free sexual health clinic, from IT support to cooking classes and after school clubs, Hadston House puts local people first.

  • Hadston House Youth and Community Projects
  • 01670 761 537
  • Bondicar Road,
    Northumberland NE65 9SR
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Healthwatch County Durham

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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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 Newcastle upon Tyne

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 338 5720
  • Broadcare House Market Street Newcastle-upon-Tyne Tyne and Wear NE1 6HQ
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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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International Community Organisation of Sunderland (ICOS)

ICOS exists to improve the quality of life of BME people in the North-East and to enhance community cohesion and intercultural understanding in this area. They provide information, advice, guidance and advocacy work in many area from employability to welfare rights, and also provide volunteering opportunities and cultural activities.

  • International Community Organisation of Sunderland (ICOS)
  • 07596 538 482
  • 14 Foyle Street,
    Sunderland SR1 1LE
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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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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).

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

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)

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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Middlesborough and Stockton Mind

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 796 630
  • Marlborough House 30 Yarm Road Stockton on Tees TS18 3NG
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Newcastle Support Group

Peer support group for anyone over 18 who needs support with their mental health. 

  • Tess Linton, group leader
  • 07936 610 765
  • Disability North, The Dene Centre, Castle Farm Road, Newcastle, NE3 1PH
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NIWE Eating Distress Service

NIWE was established as the Northern Initiative on Women and Eating in 1988 in response to women asking for support because of problems around food, such as not being able to eat; eating and getting rid of food; compulsively eating; and other issues. NIWE became a charitable company limited by guarantee in 2012 and is now formally known as NIWE Eating Distress Service. They have developed their services in response to the needs of the women they have worked with, their carers and local community. Whilst the majority of those who contact NIWE are women and young women, a need has been identified to develop their services to better meet the needs of young people and men. They are working towards this for the future.

  • NIWE Eating Distress Service
  • 0191 221 0233
  • The Old Post Office 5 Pink Lane Newcastle upon Tyne Tyne and Wear NE1 5DW
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Newcastle and North Tyneside Altering Images of Mentality (AIM)

AIM attempts to meet its object of enabling and empowering the local community to address all issues surrounding mental health in an effort to tackle discrimination and to reduce the stigma felt by people with mental health problems in a variety of ways. Recently, AIM has supported the ‘Mind in Action’ campaigns such as Building Solutions, Debt and Mental Health and Improving Access to Psychological Therapies. AIM now supports national campaigns at all times of the year. NB - no contact phone / street address. Please get in touch with the group using their email address or website

  • Newcastle and North Tyneside Altering Images of Mentality (AIM)
  • n/a
  • n/a
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North Tyneside Disability Forum

North Tyneside Disability Forum works with and for disabled people, their representatives and families to support all disadvantaged by some aspect of disability. They provide services for disabled people in North Tyneside including clubs and events, an in-house food bank, promoting health and wellbeing through therapies, exercise and activities, and provide access to learning, key skills and qualifications.

  • North Tyneside Disability Forum
  • 0191 466 1667
  • NTDF Centre,
    Earsdon Road,
    Newcastle NE27 0HJ
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Park View Project

The Park View Project provides online community-based help to address the ‘hidden disability’ arising from online challenges that undermine the social and economic independence of those experiencing digital poverty or who lack the basic skills to maximise their online presence; they do this by providing online and social media workshops.

  • Park View Project
  • 0191 466 1667
  • c/o North Tyneside Disability Forum,
    Earsdon Road,
    Newcastle NE27 0HJ
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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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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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South Tyneside Arts Studio

South Tyneside Arts Studio is an open access community arts studio open to anyone living in the borough of South Tyneside. They offer a particular supportive service for people living in the borough with established mental health needs. Their main aim has always been: “To provide the environment and resources that enables people from South Tyneside, both with and without established mental health needs, to participate in creative and artistic activities where mutual creativity can help foster personal growth.” To contact them, please use the link to The Big Give website.

  • Raylee Harrison
  • 0191 454 4004
  • The Old Synagogue 25 Beach Road South Shields Tyne and Weir NE33 2QA
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SpLinter Group

The SpLinter Group is run for and by young adults with specific learning differences (SpLDs). They run peer support sessions, learning, social events, activities, trips, residentials, conferences and projects.

  • SpLinter Group
  • 01670 542872 or 07775  817 544
  • Blyth CEC,
    Room G07,
    Northumberland NE24 3AG
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Sunderland and County Durham Royal Society for the Blind

The Sunderland and County Durham Royal Society for the Blind provides support and services to anyone with sight loss throughout their area. Their services include a resource centre, stocking a range of specialist equipment for sale, computing mentoring and technology support, providing training on using various access technology software packages, a gardening group, an audio book library and social clubs.

  • Sunderland and County Durham Royal Society for the Blind
  • 0191 567 3939
  • 53 St Luke's Terrace,
    Sunderland SR4 6NF
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Sunderland Area Parent Support (SAPS)

Sunderland Area Parent Support provides a safe and welcoming environment to all parents/carers living with or troubled by a family member with a substance misuse problem. The services they provide include one-to-one support, group sessions, telephone support, counselling, coffee mornings, education and awareness sessions amongst others.

  • Sunderland Area Parent Support
  • 0191 520 3444
  • Meadow Nursery Lodge,
    Silksworth Gardens,
    Sunderland SR3 2PE
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Sunderland Mental Health User Voice

Mental Health Matters operate Sunderland Mental Health User Voice (SMHUV) which is available to promote mental health service user involvement and promote positive well being. You may want to attend meetings that help to change the way mental health Service Users are treated, or challenge the way a service is run. Alternatively you could simply find out more information on the things that directly affect you, or meet with other members.

  • Sunderland Mental Health User Voice
  • 0191 516 3500
  • c/o Mental Health Matters 1D North Sands Business Centre Sunderland Tyne and Wear SR6 0QA
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The Positive Living Company North East CIC

The Positive Living Company North East CIC is a North East holistic health and wellbeing company. Their focus is on helping people overcome their challenges and live a happier, healthier life. Their services include facilitating group based workshops and one to one coaching sessions using a variety of techniques and covering a range of topics.

  • The Positive Living Company North East CIC
  • 07875 147 090
  • The Old Rectory,
    The Broadway,
    Durham DH4 4BB
  • Email

The Sensory Place

The Sensory Place is a group created by County Durham parents who struggled to find support and activities for their children with special and sensory needs. The group allows children to take part in pastimes such as horseback riding and play which will cater to their needs while providing a network of support for families.

Tyneside Women's Health

Tyneside Women’s Health is a charity and was set up in 1985 to provide mental health support to women in a women-only environment. Tyneside Women’s Health operates from two Centres, one in Gateshead and one in Newcastle. Their vision is for all women in Tyneside to flourish by having access to the right mental health and wellbeing support at the right time and place.

  • Elaine Slater (CEO)
  • 0191 477 7898
  • 30 Half Moon Lane Gateshead Tyne and Weir NE8 2AN
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Tyneside and Northumberland Mind

Tyneside & Northumberland Mind exists to promote positive mental health, providing flexible, responsive and sustainable support services. Mind T&N put people first by involving service users, carers and local community. They do all this to make it possible for people who experience mental distress to live full lives and play their full part in society. They offer a range of services based on the Recovery model where all services are focused on improving and enhancing an individual’s wellbeing, based on the principles and practices of person centered planning and self-directed support.

  • Tyneside and Northumberland Mind
  • 0191 477 4545
  • Tyneside Mind Wellbeing Centre Dunsmuir Grove Bensham Gateshead Tyne and Weir NE8 4QL
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Voices for Choices

The Voices for Choices project is user-led and aims to empower people with lived experience of mental health conditions on Teesside. Health service providers and commissioners want to hear about the experience and needs of local people in order to provide the best quality and value in care. This is a very exciting new way to get involved in shaping future services in the Tees area.

  • Voices for Choices
  • no phone number given
  • no postal address given
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