If your disability, illness or age prevents you from leaving your home to socialise and you have been assessed as needing support from Adult Social Care, you can use your personal budget to overcome obstacles which prevent you from pursuing your own interests and make use of existing leisure and social facilities which provide day time activities where you live. You may also be entitled to support to participate in day time activities to give the person who looks after you a break.
Website www.northumberlandlife.org is a local directory of groups and services in and around Northumberland. It is a valuable reference for anyone who wants to know what Northumberland’s communities can offer, from parents looking for activities for young children to older people looking for like-minded groups; from people who want to take up new activities to people who want to make contact with others affected by the same disability or illness.
Day services for older people are also available in day centres managed by a number of voluntary sector organisations. Northumberland County Council manages specialist day centres for older people with dementia at Essendene Day Service in Bedlington and Tynedale House Day Care Centre in Blyth and there are specialist dementia day services in other areas run by voluntary organisations. Access to any of these services can be arranged for people who need it through Adult Social Care.
Day services for people with a learning disability are also provided within Northumberland for those people who are assessed as requiring this service. These offer a range of activities depending upon the needs of the individual. They provide care and respite for people who have more complex needs but also work experience and voluntary activities in most Northumberland County Council day services. There are also opportunities for people to explore alternative activities such as supported work and college places in various community settings across Northumberland.