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Support Groups

There are a range of support groups in Newcastle that help, advise and support people through difficulties including: offering emotional support, advice on family and relationships, overcoming addiction, advice on dealing with illness, loneliness or a long term condition.

Support groups are often run by charities and voluntary groups and offer a range of help, information and advice alongside support groups.


Alcohol and drugs addiction

There are organisations that support anyone whose life has been affected by drinking including:

Visit the Information NOW article for more advice.


Black and Minority Ethnic

The Health and Race Equality Forum (HAREF) offer a network of practitioners to support people; they are hosted by Newcastle CVS.

You can also contact the Angelou Centre which supports women of all ages and there is an older women’s support group, Mahila Mandal.

The Rabita Women study circle and social group for Pakistani Women meet weekly at the meeting place for the Uwais Foundation in Fenham.


Cancer

There are a wide range of organisations that offer support groups for those experiencing diagnosis or treatment for cancer or having lost someone to cancer.

Read our article on cancer to find other options to talk including online forums and buddying services.


Carers

There are a number of organisations that help and support carers who have an unpaid caring role. Carers are defined as someone who looks after someone who is ill or cannot manage without help.

Read the Looking after someone article on Information NOW.


Communication and Speech

There are several organisation to support people with communication and speech problems.


Family and Relationships

There are a number of charities and services that offer support for people who are experiencing difficulties at home or have experienced abuse or estrangement from their family including:

Browse our Information NOW category on Family and Relationships.


Food and nutrition

There are organisations that support people and families experiencing issues around food including:

Browse our Information NOW category on health.


Hearing impairments

Deaflink offer monthly support groups as well as information about illnesses and long term conditions in an accessible format to support the deaf community.

Read our Information NOW article on hearing impairments.


Housing

Browse the Information NOW category to find articles on housing.


LGBT


Long term conditions

There are a variety of condition specific support groups which have been established with the help of professionals including consultants, specialist nurses as well as occupational therapists, speech therapists and physiotherapists. They may be run solely by the charity or voluntary organisation or they may be run in conjunction with the hospital department.  Information NOW has a number of organisations listed under support groups

Lifespan supports people with a variety of long term conditions or illnesses including MND, MS, Parkinson’s and those with cancer.

For those suffering from chronic and long term pain you can contact Action on Pain and there is a local branch of Arthritis Care which meets in Gateshead.

Browse our Information NOW category on health.


There are a range of organisations that run support groups for mental health and to help build emotional resilience. These include:

Browse our Information NOW articles on mental health.


Men’s Groups

The Male Journey offer men the opportunity to join a national or local network of social groups to enable men to explore their emotions and feelings.  Locally they meet across Northumbria at different venues and beauty spots.

For a more practical approach with an opportunity to share, learn and develop new skills and experiences there are two men’s sheds at Blaydon and at Scotswood.


Social Isolation

Read our article on Information NOW about Feeling Lonely.


Vision Impairment

  • The VIP Lounge run LocalEyes across the UK.  You can email the local coordinator, Lianne, or contact her through WhatsApp or phone her on 07555318194 to join a group in Newcastle or elsewhere in the North East.
  • Newcastle Vision Support run a See You Wednesday club. For more information ‘phone 0191 232 7292.
  • The Macular Society run a support group in Newcastle. Contact Julie Swann on 07904315605.
  • Views supports people through Positive Views including peer support and confidence building in Newcastle and surrounding areas.

Read our article on visual impairment on Information NOW.


Women’s groups

As well as several groups listed above, there is also the National Women’s Register (NWR) which has a number of active groups across the North East and in Newcastle at Chapel House.


 

Last updated: October 20, 2017

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