Family & Relationships

As we grow our relationships evolve. Major life changes such as starting a family, separation, bereavement, retirement, or becoming a grandparent, can have a huge impact upon your life. Support is available to help guide you through these changes, to maintain your relationships and find new friendships.

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helping you to plan your visit to Newcastle so you know where public and accessible toilets are available

Addiction is when you are unable to stop yourself from, taking a chemical, drug, substance or carrying out an activity. Even if it causes you or others mental and physical harm. Common addictions are alcohol, drugs, gambling or sex.

Please report any abuse in Newcastle. Abuse can be emotional, physical, sexual, financial, discriminatory, exploitation, psychological, organisational, domestic, neglect, self neglect or modern slavery.

Two in three people experience anxiety or depression at some point in their life. It can be mild and last only a few weeks or it can be a lot more severe.

is a life-long condition which affects a person’s ability to communicate or to do everyday things. This page has more information about local support organisations and groups in Newcastle.

There are several benefits for maternity, paternity, adoption and similar parental responsibilities


The death of someone close to you, whether it was expected or sudden, can be an extremely difficult time, and you will experience many different emotions. Help is available.

Getting help at the right time can help improve your quality of life and allow you to continue enjoying life, plan ahead and make choices that are right for you.

Carer’s allowance is a state benefit, for people over 16, who spend at least 35 hours a week caring for someone and the person you care for receives certain benefits.

As a carer you may be entitled to a Carers assessment from the council to find out what support is available to you in your caring role.

carers can apply for funding to help improve their health and wellbeing. It can be used to take breaks and opportunities that give them choice, independence and control.

There’s so much going on in Newcastle for babies, children and young people. Find out what’s going on near you.

This article signposts you to children’s health information from the Little Orange Book and on the NHS website.

Same-sex couples in the United Kingdom can have their relationships legally recognised and have the same rights as a married couple.

These are a great way to get involved in local activities. Here’s a handy list of community centres and hubs in Newcastle, so you can find out what’s happening near you.

support available if you’re having problems paying energy and household bills

can happen to anyone. It’s described as any incident or pattern of incidents that are: controlling, coercive, threatening, violent.

English as a second language or other language (ESOL) classes can help you to learn English. There are a range of classes and sessions available in Newcastle.

The European Union Settlement Scheme requires all non-UK and non-Irish European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals to apply to stay in the UK.

Lives and families change all the time. This can raise issues with your family and relationships. Support is available to help you through these challenging times.

It can be useful to think of positive ways to overcome any feelings of loneliness that you may be experiencing.

If you are single and want to meet a new partner, there are several ways of meeting new people.

Looking to connect and make new friends? There are many places to meet up with people in Newcastle.

There are lots of venues and lunch clubs in Newcastle. Some offer discounts for older people or a tailored service such as lunch clubs where you can socialise with other like minded people.

Looking for a hot meal or low cost food in Newcastle? Find voluntary groups and charities that cook meals for the community across Newcastle.

It’s a good idea to think about how you will manage your new financial and legal arrangements when marrying or starting a new civil partnership in later life.

Information and advice for grandparents.

A hate crime or incident are acts of violence, aggression, prejudice or hostility directed at someone because of their, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, transgender identity, sexual orientation, disability or age.

Read more about NHS services and how to use them, including translators

Other useful and reliable online information services in Newcastle

There are many ways that you can keep in touch with friends and family online. Email and Video Chat are very popular (and free) ways to communicate with others.

Information about looking after a young relative.

A learning disability is a life-long condition. It affects a person’s ability to communicate or to do everyday things. People with a learning disability find it harder than others to learn, understand and communicate.

There are a number of support services and groups for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender, Queer/Questioning and other identifying (LGBTQ+) people in Newcastle.

Loan sharks are unlicensed money lenders who often charge very high interest rates. They sometimes use threats and violence to frighten people who can’t pay back their loan. You can get help if you have borrowed money from a loan shark or suspect one is working in your area.

Unpaid carers can get information, support and apply for financial assistance from local organisations such as the Newcastle City Council, health services and voluntary organisations. Find out what’s available to carers in Newcastle

Plan ahead to manage your affairs.  There may be a point in your life where you are unable to manage your finances and need someone to do this for you. Or if you care for a family member or friend, you may need to step in to manage their finances and other affairs, if they are unable to do so themselves.

Mental health is about how we think, feel and behave. 1 in 4 people in the UK have a mental health problem which affects their daily life, relationships or physical health.

Ways to save money at Christmas, help the environment or a good cause.

When you reach the age of 18, Social Care services are usually provided by Adult services. You will start the move to Adult Social Care between the age of 16 and 18. This is known as the transition from Children’s to Adult Services. There is not a set age to move to Adults Social Care. Everybody is different. It will happen at the time that is right for you.

You need to take time to decide whether to move in with relatives, as the relationship you have with your family and your own individual circumstances will naturally affect how suitable this option would be for you.

End of life care, is support for people who are close to the end of their life. This could be the last few months, or years of their lives. The care you are given helps you to live as well as possible and to die with dignity. It also includes support for family members.

Whatever stage of adult life you have reached, it is important to think about planning ahead for your future care, later life, end of life and your estate after death.

Self-care and self-management for people with a disability are terms that are used regularly in today’s society, particularly by the NHS and associated health and social care organisations. There are services and benefits that can help too.

Information and advice on relationship counselling, separation and divorce.

Information about sexual health, protection from sexual transmitted infections, contraception and details of organisations that can provide you with expert advice and guidance.

Find out more about your body, protection, screening, check ups, relationships and services available.

connecting with others online is a great way to keep in touch with friends and family and discover others who have shared interests. There are many ways to do this for free.

Social Prescribing is where you are prescribed activity or exercise to improve your physical and mental health. It may be used in place of medication or alongside treatment.

If you are seeking asylum in Newcastle there are a number of local services that can help with support and advice.

Identifying as a LGBTQ+ person can sometimes lead to harassment, bullying, hate crime or discrimination (treated less by others because of who you are). You have rights and support is available if you are experiencing problems.

There are a range of support groups in Newcastle that help, advise and support people through difficulties including offering emotional support to those people dealing with illness, social isolation, end of life or a long term condition.


This article explains the housing and support services that are available for people with a learning disability or autism.

Vision impairment means that your eyesight cannot be corrected by glasses or lenses.  Conditions include: cataract, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, retinitis pigmentosa and a condition related to stroke, hemianopia.

Find out more about places where you can receive legal advice in Newcastle.

When you have problems managing day to day tasks, you may have care and support needs. You can get a Needs Assessment to find out if you can get support from Adult Social Care