Northumberland National Park

Covering an area of more than 410 square miles, with around 600 miles of marked footpaths Northumberland National Park is the ideal landscape to get away from it all. Take a walk and experience tranquillity and breath-taking views in the least populated UK National Park or visit The Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre on Hadrian’s Wall. A visit to The Sill is a great way to connect with the outdoors. Whether it’s simply taking the easy rooftop walk then sitting with hot drink in our Once Brewed café, looking out at the stunning scenery, or joining an activity or guided walk to learn a new skill or go exploring with an expert guide.

Northumberland National Park • Now & Forever

Reading for Wellbeing

Bestselling author Ann Cleeves, author of the “Vera” and “Shetland” books, has started a project to explore how stories and reading can offer comfort, escape, laughter and inspiration in difficult times.
Ann is working with Public Health England, Northumberland County Council and The Library Service to ensure that everyone has access to free books and to groups that offer stories and friendship.

Reading for Wellbeing offer the companionship of like-minded people in a safe, confidential setting where you can lose yourself in a book, escape from the everyday, make friends and find a listening ear. So, whatever makes you laugh, entertains you or interests you, why not come along to one of our sessions in Newbiggin or contact our team for a one-to-one discussion.

Spectrum Enterprises

Spectrum Enterprises provides a comprehensive and personalised supported employment service to approximately 25 autistic people who live in the NE region. We focus on matching our client’s business ideas with a suitably experienced business mentor so that we can support each autistic client to run their manageable and sustainable micro-business.



Stomping Grounds Forest School

Stomping Grounds Forest School is a social enterprise working throughout North East England to bring communities together and reconnect them with nature. We work with a wide range of partners to enable historically excluded communities to access the health and wellbeing benefits of immersion in nature.

Citizens Advice

Citizens Advice provides quality marked information, advice and casework services on a wide range of subjects including welfare benefits, debt, employment and housing, as well as advocating for an improvement to the policies and practices that affect people’s daily lives through our research and campaigns work. We are a truly local charity serving all of the communities across the county of Northumberland. In alignment with National Citizens Advice, we value diversity, promote equality and challenge discrimination within our day to day organisational work and operations.

ESCAPE Family Support

ESCAPE Family Support is a registered charity and since 1995 we have been supporting people whose lives have been affected by substance misuse.

It is widely acknowledged that an individual’s drug or alcohol use affects their family, carers and wider social networks.

At ESCAPE we recognise that the family, carers and others supporting the individual require services in their own right.  We also know that they can often be instrumental in encouraging a substance user to access treatment. From our base, at the Susan Kennedy Centre in Ashington, we work across Northumberland with those affected by a loved one’s drugs and alcohol, offering a range of services, courses and activities.

We understand the value of family in our work and believe addiction is an illness that affects the whole family, and we place the family at the heart of everything we do.


CompassionArt is a Dilly Arts project launched in 2018, working with people in and around the rural area of Hexham, Northumberland who are living with long-term chronic illness which prevents them from working, and has a major impact on their daily lives.


DILLY ARTS is an arts development not-for-profit company (Ltd). Established in 2011 by Alison Redshaw and based in Northumberland, we work across the North-East of England. Building upon Arts Development experience since 1999 at a senior level in the North East, Alison began delivering Dilly Arts’ programmes and projects in October 2012.

DILLY ARTS specialises in devising, delivering and managing high quality arts development programmes across our North-East England communities. We excel in innovative arts practice which provides opportunity for artists to work on challenging and exciting projects which contribute to their professional development, whilst working with communities most in need and ‘hard to reach’. This includes, but is not restricted to our portfolio of work within North East Prisons (HMPs) and Youth Offending Institutions (HMYOIs).

Adapt (North East)

Adapt is a registered charity working with and for people with disabilities, we are a community-based organisation providing a range of services in the community including a Community Café in Hexham.  We provide advocacy support and local community transport.

Telephone 01434 600599

Rural Us

Rural Us is a lottery funded project which works to enhance the mental wellbeing of people living in North Northumberland. We connect those at risk of loneliness and isolation to groups and services within their own local area and encourage and support the set up of new community groups where there is an interest.

01289 304141

Headway Arts

Established in Blyth in 1995, Headway Arts is passionately committed to including all people in the arts. Offering projects to all communities and any groups who would benefit, in lots of different settings, including people of all ages and all backgrounds. Identifying where there is most need we work with those considered hardest to reach, particularly those who are learning disabled, have special needs, autism or enduring mental health issues. The focus is on inclusion and co-creating equitable opportunities for all. From The Old Church ArtSpace, our National Centre for Arts and Inclusion based in Blyth, we run an inspiring, dynamic and high quality programme of creative arts, dance and drama workshops,  courses and special projects supporting wellbeing, helping people to release their potential, flourish, express themselves and contribute to the cultural life of their community. All of the work champions inclusiveness, promotes social cohesion, strong communities and a warm and friendly welcoming space.

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Complex Connexions

I work as SEN support in mainstream education and I am the parent of a neurodivergent teen. I searched for many years to find a course or some kind of support for my family, going through the challenges of better understanding my son and knowing how to support his neurodivergence positively. This is the reason I set up Complex Connexions as a community interest company and want to offer the information and support that I did find helpful, to other parents and families in a similar situation.

Founded in the latest neuro-science, Complex Connexions aims to support the parents of neurodivergent children and teens, to better understand their young person’s brain and so their emotions and responses.

Boxing Well

Based at the Empire school of Boxing in Blyth we provide an energising session of boxing fitness, run by a fully qualified England Boxing coach.

Sessions include a comprehensive warm up and cool down, boxing skills and defence work, bag and pad work, and strength and conditioning work.

Exercise has been proven to have a positive impact on both your physical and mental health. So our sessions are open to everyone, of all abilities, ages, and fitness levels.

The Hextol Foundation

The Hextol Foundation is a charity based in Hexham but operating throughout the Tyne Valley and in Newcastle to bring working opportunities to people with mental health needs and/or learning disabilities.

We operate a number of not for profit businesses in which we offer the opportunity to volunteer in a supported environment enabling people to grow in confidence and skills and ultimately improve their health and wellbeing.

Contact us on 014343605253

Museums Northumberland Bait

Museums Northumberland Bait works in partnership to support more people in South East Northumberland to create and take part in inspiring and high-quality arts experiences. Our projects aim to build a stronger future with the people who live here.

It is part of the Creative People and Places programme, initiated and funded by Arts Council England through the National Lottery. Creative People and Places is about more people taking the lead in choosing, creating and taking part in art experiences in the places where they live.

Bait – Museums Northumberland

Tynedale Hospice at Home

Tynedale Hospice at Home was founded in 1993 and today provides three vital front line services; nursing care, hospital transport and pre and post bereavement support to children, adults and families in the communities of Tynedale, Ponteland and West Northumberland. Unlike many hospices, Tynedale Hospice at Home’s palliative nursing care is provided in the home where the patient and their family can be surrounded by familiar comforts and cared for in a place of their choosing.

Our hospital transport service offers a door-to-door service to and from hospital appointments for those with a life-limiting diagnosis and is provided entirely by volunteer drivers who use their own cars. This service is an essential lifeline to many in our community – especially as we cover an 800 square mile radius, much of which is rural.

Adults, children and families who are facing or grieving the death of a loved one can access our family support service which is available to anyone in the community, regardless of whether they have had experience of another of the Hospice services. Our trained team of staff and volunteers provide one to one, group and family support and also work in schools when required.

Tyneside & Northumberland Mind

Tyneside & Northumberland Mind’s mission is to work together to help people and our communities stronger and healthier through education, training and support for mental health and wellbeing.

We work with people with a mental health diagnosis and those who don’t have one, as well as those who are anxious and worried: either about themselves or someone they care for.
We have three core areas of business providing a range of specialist 121 and group services for local people in local communities and the voluntary, statutory and corporate sectors. These are:
• therapeutic services
• wellbeing programmes and activity
• training delivering through both our charity and trading company.


Here at Yogacell our focus is on mindful movement and conscious breathing. Emma, is a certified Yoga teacher, has a special interest in mental well being, stress control and pain management, aiding good sleep. Supporting you to connect with yourself in order to heal. Learning how to use your breath, mindful movement and meditation, to alter your relationship to stress, anxiety and pain. Whether you’re dealing with stress at work, PTSD, chronic illness, depression, fatigue or burnout. Learning to self regulate, to breathe, gives you back control.

OUR MISSION  Inspiration, connection, motivation to be the best version of you. 

Earth Balance Shed

Our friendly Shed is a club and workshop for all interested men and women who like to remain active and socialize with others. We have a well-equipped workshop where people can make things in wood or metal or plastic, follow a hobby or interest, share skills, or just sit, relax, chat, and enjoy a cuppa in good company. We often do community tasks too such as making a community library or fixing holes in a driveway.

telephone 07813871852

What’s on

We host a range of physical and virtual events across Northumberland

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