Our networks in Newcastle started long ago in 2001 so we've been around for a long time in the North East!
We have 2 Newcastle networks, situated in East and West of the city; these are traditional networks offering support to vulnerable people to be part of their community and make connections with other KeyRing Members. One of our Community Living Volunteers in Newcastle has been supporting her network since 2006 - a fantastic commitment!
We have a room in a community building in the middle of Newcastle and each week we hold two drop-in sessions for everyone across all of our networks to access. This has been a really positive way of bringing people together and has given people the opportunity to share ideas, learn new things and build friendships. Members do lots of social things together and have stronger relationships since we started the drop-in sessions.
Some of our Members set up a group called Tyneside Active Members Organisation a few years ago. This group is member-led and is about finding opportunities to learn new things and have new experiences. Since starting the group people have been on holiday together twice and work together to plan local trips to places of interest around the North East.
The networks are funded by the local authority of Newcastle. We can also work with people via their personal budget.
For more information or to refer to us, please contact Catriona Hackney on 07917 686658 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.