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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, end of life 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. Use the list on the right to jump to the different support groups available in Newcastle.

Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)

Alcohol and drugs addiction

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

Read more about Drugs and Alcohol and Addictions on InformationNOW.


Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BME)


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.


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.

  • Food nation run food clubs for carers including carers for someone with dementia
  • Macmillan Support services are available to all carers, friends and family affected by cancer
  • Newcastle Carers runs a number of services including support groups around the city, including the West End, Lemington, Gosforth and at their centre in Byker.  They also have a monthly Men’s Carers Group. Search in our Events and Activities section – select ‘Support Groups’ in the Browse by type box.
  • Silverline Memories hold a regular support  group.  Search in our Events and Activities section – type ‘Silverline’ in the ‘Browse by organiser’ box.
  • Stroke Association offer family and carer support
  • PROPS offer support for carers of someone with addiction or alcohol abuse issues

Read the Looking after someone article on Information NOW.

Communication and Speech

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

Deaf and Hard of hearing

Deaflink offer monthly support groups as well as information about illnesses and long term conditions in an accessible format to support the deaf community. Tinnitus and Shh events are held regularly.

Newcastle Deaf Centre run a weekly lunch club, activities and social events for deaf people of all ages.

Read more in our InformationNOW article deaf and hard of hearing.


End of life and bereavement

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:

  • Contact  offer local support groups and advice for people with disabled children, learning difficulties and autism.
  • Lifespan supports families going through life-threatening and end of life conditions.
  • Skills for People run Pass it on Parents for those supporting disabled children
  • Stand alone – support those people who are estranged from their families or a family member

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


There are national organisations that hold local meetings in Newcastle to support people affected by gambling.

Learning Disability

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ+)

Long term conditions

There are support groups that you can attend if you have a certain health problem or condition. They give you the chance to meet others who face the same issues as you. You can talk to each other and get information, support and advice. There may be professionals at the groups such as consultants, specialist nurses, occupational therapists, speech therapists and physiotherapists. Some groups are ran by charities or voluntary groups or be part of a hospital department.  Search Information NOW to see the list of support groups or read more below.

Browse our Information NOW category on health.

Mental Health

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

  • Journey Enterprises offers support to those with acquired brain injury and mental health problems
  • MIND
  • Tyneside Women’s Health have support groups in Newcastle and Gateshead including a wellbeing group.
  • Mental Health Concern run support groups including Lunch Links run by Chain Reaction.
  • PeerTalk Whitley Bay and Gateshead run free weekly support meetings, where you can talk about your worries and get support from like minded people.
  • West End Women and Girls Centre run a range of support groups including family and activity groups
  • ReCoCo: the Recovery College offer a wide range of support and resources as well as group therapies
  • Anxious Minds run a peer support group in Wallsend and are looking to run more support groups in the Newcastle and Gateshead area.  They also have an online support group that you can request to join.
  • Hearing the Voice is a large interdisciplinary study that looks at the issue of hearing voices and how it affects people. They also have information on their website about finding support and local support groups.
  • Bipolar UK‘s local support group meets the first Saturday of the month in Gosforth

Read our InformationNOW article 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.

Food Nation run a men’s pie club to tackle social isolation – visit their Facebook page.

Men’s Sheds also offer a more practical approach with an opportunity to share, learn and develop new skills and experiences, Search their site for sheds Scotswood and Ryton

Andy’s Man Club is a peer to peer support group for men who are struggling with their mental health.  They have clubs all over the north east and meet in the centre of Newcastle every Monday.


Sexual Health

  • Blue Sky Trust offer 1:2:1 and peer support and run other workshops for people living with HIV.

Social Isolation

Read our article on Information NOW about Feeling Lonely.

Sight loss and visual impairment

  • Guide Dogs Newcastle runs the My Guide services which helps you to access community activities and support groups.
  • The VIP Lounge run LocalEyes across the UK.  You can contact 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
  • RNIB run Connect with regional Facebook support forums
  • The International Glaucoma Association‘s regional development manager is available to give awareness talks at groups and events and is working to develop patient forums with the local eye clinics. There are various support group meetings held across the north east which RVI patients are welcome to attend.
  • Views supports people through Positive Views, including peer support and confidence building.

Read our article on visual impairment on Information NOW.

Stopping Smoking

Stoptober is a 28-day stop smoking challenge. Free quitting tools and support are available. It includes:

  • Facebook group an online community for support and advice
  • daily emails and text messages
  • an online Personal Quit Plan to help you find a combination of support that’s right for you, including expert support from local Stop Smoking Services and stop smoking aids
  • the NHS Quit Smoking app

Victims of crime

  • Victim Support help victims of crime including unlawful break-ins to property.

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.


Last updated: July 15, 2022

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