Useful Links & Contacts

Below are links that we think you may find helpful. If you are aware of any other companies / organisations that other parents might find helpful please let us know.


Action For Blind People 

Action for Blind people service provides a wide range of opportunities for blind and partially sighted children, young people and their families.

Alan Shearer Centre 

The Alan Shearer Activity Centre is part of St Cuthberts Care, a charitable organisation with over 60 years experience in social care in the North East.  Our purpose is to work for the common good by enabling people to develop to their personal potential.

Blue Light Infoline 

The confidential Blue Light Infoline provides helpful information on mental health, advice and signposting to local support services. The trained advisors offer understanding and options for support, to enable you to make informed choices about mental health. The Infoline is just for emergency service staff, volunteers and their families, to help keep you or those you care about well for work.


Cerebra is a unique charity set up to help improve the lives of children with brain related conditions through research, education and directly supporting the children and their carers.

Challenging Behaviour Foundation 

The Challenging Behaviour Fondation a charity for people with severe learning disabilities whose behaviour challenges. Their vision is for anyone with severe learning disabilities who displays challenging behaviour to have the same life opportunities as everyone else. 

Disability Living Allowance for Children and Personal Independence Payment

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for children is a tax-free benefit for disabled children (under 16) and Personal Independence Payment(PIP) is replacing (DLA) for people with a long-term health condition or disability aged 16 to 64.  Find out more about from

Direct Payments

Direct payments are local council payments available for anyone who has been assessed as needing help from social services.  You are normally eligible for them if you are a carer aged 16 or over. 

Employment Support Allowance (Post 16 pupils)  

Employment and Support Allowance provides financial help to people who are unable to work because of illness or disability.  It also provides personalised support to those who are able to work.  Find out more about Employment and Support Allowance.

Please also note, you may be eligible for Free School Meals with receipt of this benefit.

In It Together 

In It Together are a group of parents and carers of children and young people with a wide range of disabilities and special needs who come together regularly to informally express our views and opinions on the type of services our families need in Northumberland. 

Jessie's Fund 

Jessie's Fund is a UK charity helping seriously ill and disabled children by using music for communication and for therapy.

MAX Card 

The Max Card is a discount card for foster families and families of children with additional needs. Families simply show their Max Card upon entry to a venue in order to obtain free or discounted admission. 

Natural Ability 

Natural Ability is a registered charity.  It is an agricultural and land-based training, employment promotion and support organisation for people with learning and other disabilities.

Northeast Special Needs Network 

Northeast Special Needs Network (NSNN) is a registered charity supporting families of disabled children and young people in the North East.

Riding for the Disabled Group (RDA)   

RDA was founded in 1965 as the Advisory Council on Riding for the Disabled with 9 Member Groups and became Riding for the Disabled Association in 1969 when membership had grown to 80 member groups. or read about the work our school does with RDA, Slaley group.

The Hextol Foundation 

The Hextol Foundation aims to improve the lives of people with disabilities and other disadvantages by creating opportunities to work, by providing education and training and by developing other forms of support as are needed.  

WECAN (formerly known as TASC) 

WECAN is a unique, local charity providing holiday activities and term time Saturday Clubs for children and young people with learning and physical disabilites, challenging behaviour, autistic spectrum disorders and sensory impairment. 


Other Useful Contacts

Action for Children

Monksfield, Action for Children IN-PACT provides a single point of contact for information, advice and support to parents, carers and families who have children and young people with additional needs and disabilities living in Northumberland. 01434 601594, Corbridge Road, Hexham NE46 1UY.

Children's Services (Under 18's Team)

T. 01434 611499

Children’s Services (Over 18’s Team)

T. 01670 536400

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

T. 0191 2196685

Director of Education and Skills

Dean Jackson, County Hall, Morpeth, T. 01670 622167

LIST (Locality Inclusion Support Team)

West, Beaumont Building, Hexham Middle School, Wanless Lane, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 1BU.  T. 01434 610012

Northumberland Children and Young People’s Services (Learning Disabilities)

The Children and Young People’s Service provides a single service to all children and young people aged 0-18 years living in Northumberland who present with mental health difficulties. This includes children and young people who may have learning difficulties and those living in a range of difficult and challenging circumstances.

Northgate Hospital, Morpeth, NE61 3BP  T. 01670 798265

Occupational Therapists

Jigsaw Therapy, Liz Ann Davidson M. 07717 167862,


Sylvia Tingate T. 01434 613441 (School) or T. 01434 655034 (Hexham General Hospital)

Portage Service

Portage is a home teaching service for pre-school children with Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), helping parents and carers to support their child's learning.

T. 01670 624716 

School Nurse Team

Fran Miller T. 01434 613440

School Transport, Children’s Services

County Hall, Morpeth, NE61 2EF, T. 0345 600 6400

School Medical Officers

Dr Gill Turner T. 01434 655395

Dr Arpita Bhattacharya T. 01670 564027

Community Child Health (West Northumberland Locality)

Speech & Language Therapists, Hayley Fawcett and Janet Millington T. 01434 605021 (school)

Teacher for the Hearing Impaired, Johanna Philipson, T. 01670 624057

Teacher for the Visual Impaired, Brendan Dowling, T. 0191 277 4627