Help for disabled people in Northumberland, Newcastle and North Tyneside

Sep 8, 2014   //   News, Uncategorized

LIVINGeasy a free, annual handbook for people with long term health conditions has been published again and this year covers not just Northumberland but Newcastle and North Tyneside as well.

LIVINGeasy is for people with disabilities, long term physical or mental health conditions and their families, friends and carers. It’s full of local details of leisure activities, sports, holidays, and a long list of health support groups, specialist facilities and services. There’s information on employment, benefits and consumer issues and a whole section on support for remaining independent in your home.

First published in Northumberland it proved so popular that it has now been extended.

Editor Heather Alabaster says: ‘We found that many people with particular health conditions have to travel widely around the region to find the support they need. We wanted to help by highlighting many more services —in all three areas. There’s so much more going on than we thought, fantastic sports and activity programmes being developed and inspiring health and wellbeing projects to support people with long term health issues ’

LIVINGeasy is supported by its partners Northumberland County Council, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups for Northumberland, Newcastle North & East, Newcastle West  and North Tyneside, along with other generous sponsors.

Daljit Lally, Northumberland’s Executive Director for Wellbeing and Community Health Services, adds ‘It’s so important that people can find the information they need—and with big changes coming in health and social care LIVINGeasy is a great way to find the best contacts for up to date information and advice.

NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups across the area also came on board – feeling that good local services are the key to helping people achieve a full and active life whatever their circumstances. And because LIVINGeasy puts people in touch with all kinds of resources whether medical, social or practical – they were delighted to support it.

So for anyone living with a long term condition, recovering from a hospital stay, or who would just like to find out more – look out for LIVINGeasy 2014-15 out now.


By post: for a copy sent to you at home ring

Healthwatch Northumberland, 03332 408 468 or

Healthwatch Newcastle, 0808 178 9282 or

Healthwatch North Tyneside, 0191 263 5321

Copies also from: Adult Social Care teams, Hospital community teams, GP surgeries, Boots pharmacies, Carers’ groups and a range of disability organisations.

Audio: audio CDs are available from relevant charities or direct from Alabaster Publishing.

Online: visit

For any enquiries, please contact:

Heather Alabaster, Editor, The Laurels, Sherburn Road, Durham DH1 2JR, 0191 386 5918