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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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Well Minds Newcastle

We have a timetable of Health and Wellbeing sessions for people in Newcastle with a learning disability (supporters and family members too)

Through Zoom, social media; and phone.

Friday Windown – zoom relaxation

Breathe Easy – learn how to deal with stress and anxiety

Being Together – get together with other people to chat and learn about keeping well

One to One sessions – Coping with anxiety

Is Mindfulness for me – a short course,

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Get Well for Winter

This week is the launch of the Get Well for Winter campaign developed by the North East and Cumbria Learning Disability Network and Skills for People. Get Well for Winter is a programme running from 7th September until Christmas to support and empower people with a learning disability and their supporters in the North East and Cumbria to Get Well this Winter.

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Join our board?


Skills for People is recruiting new trustees since some of our board members have moved on, or plan to do so shortly.

We are particularly looking for trustees with the following interests/skills

  • Personal lived experience as a disabled person or family carer
  • Financial management/accountancy: we are hoping to recruit a treasurer for the board
  • Business or entrepreneurial skills – to help us shape and deliver a sustainable business
  • Marketing /PR to raise the profile of the organisation
  • HR/legal to help with the day to day running of the organisation
  • Health and social care
  • We are keen to diversify our board and welcome applications from all communities

Find out more here Trustee Information and Treasurer Information

If you would like to join us email,

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Stay Connected

Stay Connected
Online and by phone

We have a timetable of activities for people with a learning disability and autistic people, to learn, have fun and stay connected – 7 days a week.

Through Zoom, social media; and phone.

You can watch a session,

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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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Important Information

Due to recent events, we are moving our phones and computer systems to our new building. This might mean it is harder to get a hold of us for the next couple of days but please keep trying and we will get in contact with you as soon as possible.

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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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