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North East

Contact a Family provides support, advice and information for families with disabled children, no matter what their condition or disability.

In the North East, we carry out our service through our regional office in Newcastle and home-based workers. Working at a local and regional level, we have up-to-date information on local services and support for families. Find out more in our general information leaflets for North East and for Cumbria

Our North East team offers:

  • advice, information and support to help families to find out what is available locally
  • workshops, events and opportunities to meet other families with disabled children
  • guidance for support groups and forums to help them to reach and involve parents
  • workshops for parent/carers and for professionals working with families
  • regular newsletters and ebulletins with useful information for families

We work together with government and voluntary organisations. We also take part in local and regional networks to shape policy and ensure the needs of families with disabled children are represented.

Contact

Office address

Contact a Family North East, The Dene Centre, Castle Farm Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 1PH, 0191 213 6300, northeast.office@cafamily.org.uk

Local contacts

Jacqui Adams, Regional Development Manager 0191 213 6300 jacqui.adams@cafamily.org.uk For information on our regional work, talking at events and the development of our service

Sarah Lewis, Information Officer 0191 213 6300 sarah.lewis@cafamily.org.uk. To join our mailing list, general enquiries, information about local events, workshops and parent support groups 

Shona Chambers, Parent Adviser 07961 979831 shona.chambers@cafamily.org.uk. For advice in relation to bringing up a disabled child, workshops, information and drop ins

Helen Bailey, SEND Parent Adviser: 07930 812420 helen.bailey@cafamily.org.uk. For advice in relation to special educational needs reforms (SEND), workshops, information and drop ins

Kath Ingleby, Hospital & Hospice Parent Adviser: 07738 896474 kathleen.ingleby@cafamily.org.uk. Advice for families whose children regularly have to stay in hospital and use hospital or hospice services, workshops, information and drop ins

Rachael Turnbull, Finance and Welfar Parent Adviser: 07458045719 rachael.turnbull@cafamily.org.uk. For advice in relation to income maximisation workshops and drop-ins.

Victoria Haughan, Cumbria Parent Adviser: 07432 520844 or 01768 88392 victoria.haughan@cafamily.org.uk. To join the Cumbria mailing list, advice in relation to binging up a disabled child, workshops, information and drop ins

Sarah Lee, 01289 387089 or 07920 654967 sarah.lee@cafamily.org.uk. For parent carer participation and help for forums.

Alternatively, you can either email or call our freephone national helpline on 0808 808 3555 from 9.30am-5.00pm, Monday-Friday. Advisers can arrange an interpreter over the telephone if needed.


Registration forms

If you would like to be added to the North East mailing list to receive our quarterly newsletter and weekly email bulletin (during term times only), then please complete and return our registration form.

Local news

Life, Animated Screenings

You may have read about this new film which opened recently in cinemas in the UK - well we have a screening taking place in the New Year so book your tickets and come and join us. 

Thanks to Dogwoof Films, Contact a Family and Liberdade present Life, Animated (PG) Film Screening - a date for your diary, book your tickets now!

Taking place on Monday 16 January 2017 at 10.30am and 7.30pm at Gosforth Civic Hall, Regent Farm Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 1HS (the theatre is 3 minutes' walk from Regent Centre where you can park, or there is a metro station and numerous buses stop there too).

Tickets are free but we are suggesting a donation of £3.00 per person to be paid on the day (to help to cover the costs of hosting this event). You can buy tea/coffee/snacks etc from the Gosforth Civic Theatre Cafe on the day.

Life, Animated is an inspirational, heart-warming documentary about a young man with autism who literally finds his voice with the help of classic Disney films. This emotional coming-of-age story follows Owen as he graduates to adulthood and takes his first steps toward independence. The subject of his father Ron Suskind's New York Times bestseller, Owen was a thriving three year old who suddenly and inexplicably went silent - and for years after remained unable to connect with other people or to convey his thoughts, feelings or desires. Beautiful, original animations offer rich insights into Owen's fruitful dialogue with the Disney oeuvre as he imagines himself heroically facing.

Life Animated will be preceded by a Liberdade short film.

You can book your tickets now for these screenings at Eventbrite - for 10.30am screening and for 7.30pm screening. If you have any queries or any trouble booking tickets, please contact us on 0191 213 6300 or email northeast.office@cafamily.org.uk

You will receive email reminders closer to the date so book your tickets now and have a date to look forward to in the New Year.

Sign up to our newsletter

To find out more about Contact a Family in the North East especially other events taking place including workshops our parent advisers are running, please remember to sign up to receive copies of our weekly (during term times) email bulletin along with our newsletters. Complete our registration form or contact us at northeast.office@cafamily.org.uk or 0191 213 6300.

Local events

If your group or organisation is arranging an event, please let us know on 0191 213 6300 or email northeast.office@cafamily.org.uk                    

Contact a Family and Liberdade present Life, Animated (PG) Film Screenings

Monday 16 January 2017 at 10.30am and 7.30pm

Gosforth Civic Hall, Regent Farm Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 1HS (the theatre is 3 minutes' walk from Regent Centre where you can park or there is a metro station or numerous buses stop there too).

Thanks to Dogwoof films, Contact a Family North East and Liberdade are delighted to host this screening of new film, Life, Animated (PG) for parent/carers; families and young people with additional needs and or disabilities. Tickets are free but we are suggesting a donation of £3.00 per person to be paid on the day (to help to cover the costs of hosting this event). You can buy tea/coffee/snacks etc from the Gosforth Civic Theatre Cafe on the day.

Life, Animated is an inspirational, heart-warming documentary about a young man with autism who literally finds his voice with the help from classic Disney films. This emotional coming-of-age story follows Owen as he graduates to adulthood and takes his first steps toward independence. The subject of his father Ron Suskind's New York Times bestseller, Owen was a thriving three year old who suddenly and inexplicably went silent - and for years after remained unable to connect with other people or to convey his thoughts, feelings or desires. Beautiful, original animations offer rich insights into Owen's fruitful dialogue with the Disney oeuvre as he imagines himself heroically facing.

Life Animated will be preceded by a Liberdade short film.

You can book your tickets now for this screening at Eventbrite - for 10.30am screening and here for 7.30pm screening.

If you have any queries or any trouble with booking tickets, please contact us on 0191 213 6300 or email northeast.office@cafamily.org.uk

Contact a Family Makaton Foundation Workshop for Professionals 

Wednesday 1 and 8 February 2017 from 9.30am-4.30pm (You MUST attend both days)
The Dene Centre, Castle Farm Road, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 1PH

This workshop provides a detailed introduction to Makaton and combines a  practical approach with theory and technical information. Lectures cover research into sign and symbols use, symbol design themes, the use and purpose of Makaton and an overview of alternative systems of communication. The workshop will be delivered by Shona Chambers, North East Parent Adviser for Contact a Family and Regional Makaton Tutor.

You will learn the signs and symbols for Stages 1-4 and Additional of the Core Vocabulary.

The cost to attend is £160.00 per person and this includes study materials; you will receive 4 Workshop Manuals; Pocket Book of Signs 1 and Pocket Book of Symbols 1 and you will also be given a certificate of attendance.

Places are limited so if you are interested in attending, please contact us at northeast.office@cafamily.org.uk or call 0191 213 6300.

Autism in Mind 2017 Workshops

Autism in Mind will be holding monthly free workshops for parents throughout 2017 term time.  The workshops will promote a greater understanding and awareness of autism and inform and empower parents to enable them to better support their children.

The workshops cover key topics and are key facilitated by a young autistic person/adult.

All workshops will run on Mondays from 10.00am-12.30pm at AIM House, 1 Rickaby Street, Sunderland SR1 2DL.

Dates and topics are as follows:

30 January - What is Autism?

27 February - Sensory Processing

27 March - Anxiety/Emotional Regulation

24 April - Anger/Behaviour/Emotional Regulation 

22 May - Boundaries/My Space/Your Space

19 June - Puberty

17 July - Autism in Girls

22 Sep - Communication and Processing

30 Oct - Meltdown/Shutdown

19 Nov - Comorbidities of Autism

18 Dec - Strengths of Autism

To book or for any further information, please email info@autisminmind.com

Find local services at

SENDirect

Our SENDirect service is a website where families of children with disabilities or special educational needs can search for and compare local support, activities and services.