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Skills for People in a new charity partnership to support people with a learning disability

VCS organisations join forces to tackle inequalities and improve support for people with learning disabilities across the North of Tyne and Gateshead.

Thanks to NHS Charities Together, Newcastle Hospitals Charity and County Durham Community Foundation for supporting us with funding of £183,000.00 from the Covid-19 Community Partnership Grants Programme (North East and North Cumbria).

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Our Geordie Voices group’s involvement in the House of Lords COVID-19 Committee report

iPad showing House of Lords reportThe Select Committee on COVID-19 was created in June 2020. They have been thinking about the long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economic and social wellbeing of the UK.

Members of our Geordie Voices group contributed to The Committee’s report in December 2020. They gave their views about using the internet and other types of technology during the pandemic,

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COVID-19 Vaccinations for unpaid carers

Do you look after someone?
You may be entitled to a COVID-19 vaccination

If you are over 18 and the primary carer of someone who is clinically vulnerable and haven’t received your vaccination or received an invitation to book your vaccination, you can use the National Booking Service at or call 119

You will need to provide your:

  • name
  • date of birth
  • NHS number (if you know it)

There are a few questions to answer to see if you are eligible.

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Learning Disability Social Prescribing Link Workers

Link WorkerSkills for People are now working with the Outer West Primary Care Network in Newcastle upon Tyne, at six GP practices to support people with learning disabilities to access health services.

This will include supporting people to have their Annual Health Checks and helping them carry out Health Actions Plans.

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Rights Round Table

A new project from Skills for People, for people with learning disabilities and/or autism, and their family carers, who live in Newcastle and North Tyneside.

Right Round Table logoWe will be talking and learning about our rights during the Covid-19 pandemic:

  • Getting the help you need.
  • Your rights when you go to a GP,

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Covid-19 – Changes to council services in Redcar and Middlesbrough

Information for people living in Redcar and in Middlesborough about changes to Council Services due to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation:

Redcar & Cleveland Borough CouncilInformation for anyone living in Redcar:

Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council have set up a phone line and email address offering help and support for vulnerable people and those in need.

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Staying Connected Though Mindfulness

mindfulness for life logoGail and Kathy have been looking into ways we can keep supporting people through Mindfulness.

Take a moment to have a look at our Mindfulness for Life flyer.

Visit our Mindfulness for Life course if you are interested in more information about Mindfulness.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) Situation

We understand how important it is to keep everyone safe.

Key House - Skills for People Office in JesmondDue to coronavirus, there will be no activities at Key House, and we are closed to visitors. We will update you as soon as possible.

Many of our staff will be available, so do get in touch if you are worried or need help.

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Dimensions Leaders List 2019 Winner!

Suzie group photoWe are very happy to announce that Suzie Fothergill has been chosen as one of the winners of the The 2019 Michael Ludlam Award for Advocacy, policy and the media in this year’s Dimensions Learning Disability and Autism Leaders List.

She has also been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award 2019!!

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Carolyn and Barry on Zetland FM – Redcar & Cleveland Safe Places Scheme

Skills for People are managing the Safe Places Scheme in Redcar and Cleveland with help from Independent Voices, a group who speak up for people with a learning disability.

Carolyn and Barry were on Zetland FM discussing the scheme. Carolyn works for Skills for People in Redcar and Barry is part of the Independent Voices Redcar &

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