It is more important than ever before to be looking after ourselves. But drinking too much alcohol can put our health at risk and make us feel worse during the pandemic. COVID-19 has been a worrying time, but drinking most days can weaken our immune system against infectious diseases like Covid. It can also increase the risk of cancer, heart attack, anxiety and stroke. Balance is launching a new campaign “Alcohol – Not the Answer” to encourage people to cut down and take more drink free days. Figures suggest that nearly 400,000 people in the North East and over 8m people nationally have been drinkingRead More →

SANTA’S REINDEER HAVE RUN AWAY AND WE NEED YOUR HELP TO SAVE CHRISTMAS! (I mean, can you blame them from running away from these two elves?!)   Run/walk/cycle 5k in December and help us get the reindeer back to the North Pole in time for Santa to deliver the presents.   You can complete your 5k any date in December before Christmas Day and it can be done all in one go or over as many days as you like.   £7.50 for adults £5.00 for children £20 for a family of 4   To show his thanks, you will receive a special medal fromRead More →

This Christmas Santa is going virtual for our young carers! He will be making special video calls to all the children from his secret grotto in the North Pole. Not only that, but you will receive a personalised letter and a visit from his cheeky elves! Places are limited and booking is essential. To book, please call the office on 01429 283095.Read More →

In early 2020, 1.5 million people in the UK reported not eating for a whole day because they had no money or access to food, and requests for help from local charities and foodbanks have more than doubled. Lidl, want to support these local groups and help make sure no families have to go hungry in future. Working with Neighbourly, and with the help of their customers, they want to do more to help the communities we serve. They’re aiming to increase the amount of meals they donate to their partner charities to 5 million each and every year. With your valued donations they canRead More →

Alongside 74 other organisations, we have today written to both the Work and Pensions Secretary and the Chancellor, calling on the Government to raise Carer’s Allowance as part of Carers UK’s #FairerForCarers campaign. We originally wrote to both back in July about this issue. We are shocked and very disappointed that, to date, we have received a response to that letter. It is simply not good enough. Despite the huge contribution unpaid carers are making, too many carers and their families face financial hardship. At least 1.2 million carers are living in poverty and – on average – each day, 600 people have to giveRead More →

Did you know that since lockdown began we have had 75 new young carers register with us? That’s 75 young carers who are on this journey and haven’t yet been able to meet the staff in person or have the peer support of our other wonderful young carers. We are trying our best with phone calls and Zoom, but as we all know it’s just not the same! With this in mind, we are looking to start a new branch of our Care for a Call Ambassadors specifically for young carers. We are looking to our experienced young carers of all ages to become penpalRead More →

Having consulted with our friends at Hartlepool Deaf Centre, we are delighted to launch a new ‘text’ service which will enable the Deaf, deaf and hard of hearing to communicate more easily with our team of Information, Advice and Guidance workers to get the support they need. To contact the team via text, the number is: 07415 459534. Standard network rates apply. The  ‘text’ service will be manned during office hours. Hartlepool Deaf Centre promotes the welfare of Deaf, Deafened, and Hearing Impaired people in Hartlepool by providing support, information, advice, advocacy and signposting, as well as social and recreational activities. They are based atRead More →

We are delighted to welcome Tracie Bestford to the team, who has joined us as our Parent Carer Link Worker. In the role of  Parent Carer Link Worker, Tracie will be working with parent carers to ensure they are aware of local services and support available as well as co-ordinating focus groups and activities to engage with families. She will work within the community, engaging with key partners to identify parent carers at the earliest opportunity and work with schools, GPs, employers, and the wider community to raise awareness of families of children with additional needs and/or disabilities. Additionally, Tracie will lead on carer focusRead More →