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:
- Al Anon
- PROPS North East
- FRANK also runs live chats every day
- Changing Lives run programmes and workshops as well a support groups for all forms of addiction
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.
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.
- Beating Bowel Cancer offer support and the opportunity to share personal stories.
- Coping with Cancer North East offer breast cancer support groups.
- Macmillan Support Services offer a range of support groups both social and therapeutic. Register on their site and find out what is available locally.
- Maggies Centre, based at Freeman Hospital, offer support to people with any type of cancer and those who are bereaved as a result of cancer. This includes the Brain Tumour support group.
- Durham and District Women’s Cancer Support Group support people diagnosed with ovarian cancer
- North East Laryngectomee Club (TALK) offers support for all forms of mouth cancer including:mouth, throat, tongue, oral, head and neck, HPV, sore throat.
- Prostate Cancer UK offer a North East Support Group held at Maggie’s centre, Freeman Hospital.
- Teesside Lymphoma Association Support Group run support groups for those affected by Hodgkin or non-Hodgkin lymphoma; they can also put you in touch with a buddy service.
- The Oesophageal Patient Association hopes to establish support groups nationwide for those with oesophageal or gastric cancer.
- The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation offers support groups in the Durham area.
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.
- Alzheimer’s Society Newcastle run support groups for carers
- National Autistic Society runs parent/carer groups at Thomas Bewick School. Tel: 0191 229 6020
- 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.
- Macmillan Support services are available to all carers, friends and family affected by cancer
- Stroke Association offer family and carer support
- Food nation run food clubs for carers including carers for someone with dementia
- Silverline Memories hold a regular support group. Search in our Events and Activities section – type ‘Silverline’ in the ‘Browse by organiser’ box.
Read the Looking after someone article on Information NOW.
Communication and Speech
There are several organisation to support people with communication and speech problems.
- The Stroke Association runs a number of local speech after stroke clubs.
- You can also contact the North East Trust for Aphasia to find out about local groups.
- The British Stammering Association offer a local group at the RVI for people from Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland.
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.
- Stand alone – support those people who are estranged from their famlies or a family member
- 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
- There is also a Gateshead autism group.
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.
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.
- Victim Support help victims of crime including unlawful break-ins to property.
- Newcastle Tenants and Residents Association support tenants and residents to develop groups and have their say about housing locally.
Browse the Information NOW category to find articles on housing.
- MESMAC Newcastle hold information about a range of support groups for men only, women only, trans & gender, older people, black and ethnic and married men.
- Switchboard LGBT can provide information on a bisexual social group.
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
- Alzheimer’s Society Newcastle run Dementia cafes.
- Bipolar UK’s local support group meets the first Saturday of the month in Gosforth
- British Lung Foundation support those with respiratory problems and COPD
- British Osteoporosis Society hold a support group at MEA House
- Dystonia Society have a North East group with a Facebook page
- Hearing Voices Network offer support groups to those feeling distressed by the voices that they hear.
- There is a Newcastle branch of the Huntington’s Disease Association
- MND Association have a local Tyne and Wear support branch
- Both Fawdon Community Centre and Lemington Centre hold MS Society support groups
- National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society offer patient support groups
- Parkinson’s UK hold a local support group at Chillingham Road and Church of the Sacred Heart
- Pituitary Foundation run Support Groups in the North East
- Stroke Association support stroke survivors and run /host support groups.
- The UK Sepsis Support Trust now runs a Newcastle support group.
Lifespan supports people with a variety of long term conditions or illnesses including MND, MS, Parkinson’s and those with cancer.
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:
- 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.
- 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
Browse our Information NOW articles on mental health.
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.
- Contact the Elderly organise Sunday afternoon tea parties.
- Cruse Bereavement Care offer support groups in Tyneside
- Equal Arts offer creative engagement support activities across Newcastle and Gateshead.
- Forward Assist support veterans who are becoming civilians and wish to integrate into their new communities.
- Hand in Hand offer lunch and activity clubs in Wallsend and Heaton.
- Royal Voluntary Service run social groups and support groups in Tyne and Wear
- Age UK Newcastle and Chain Reaction also offer support to reduce social isolation.
Read our article on Information NOW about Feeling Lonely.
- 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.
- 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.
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: November 7, 2017