Last updated 5th August 2022

With any caring role, it is important to take short breaks and to break up constant routines when you can. To give you a little inspiration, we have made a list of local carer-friendly groups, activities, and opportunities between July and September. These include opportunities for people caring for children and the elderly. Please click on the activity name for more information from the event organiser.

If you have a carer-friendly event or opportunity you would like to share, please contact us and let us know!

Tailored Activities for Older People;

Activity Where Organised By Notes
Health Walks Across Gateshead Gateshead 50+ Fridays 11:30am
Lunches and Activities Teams and Bensham Community Care  Teams and Bensham Community Care

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Mid-Morning to Mid-Afternoon with door-to-door minibus transportation available.

Never too Old to Rock Across Gateshead Gateshead 50+ Mondays 5:30 - 7:30pm
Over 50s Exercise Classes Across Gateshead Gateshead 50+ A wide range of activities, in-person and online.
Social Groups for Over 50s Across Gateshead Age UK Gateshead Lots of activities and day trips available.

Disability-Friendly Activities for Children;

Activity Where Organised By Notes
Autism Information Hub - Parent Support Groups The Elgin Centre - Deckham Gateshead Autism Information Hub

First Friday of every month. 9:30am - 11:30am or 6pm - 7:30pm.

The sessions are solely for parent carers, unfortunately children are not accommodated for.

SEND Swimming Sessions Dunston & Blaydon Leisure Centre  Gateshead Council

Dunston: Saturdays 10am-11am

Blaydon: Sundays 3pm-4pm

Sensory Kidz The Elgin Centre - Deckham Gateshead Council

Fridays 1:30 - 3pm.

For children up to 5 years old. Play and sensory activities for the children are delivered by experienced staff.

An introduction to Children's Centres for families with children who have Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

The Super 1s Cricket Gateshead Leisure Centre Lord's Taverners

Mondays 5pm-6pm.

For young people with a disability aged 12 - 25.

Groups for People with Learning Disabilities - The Lawnmowers Lawnmowers Centre - Pelaw The Lawnmowers Independent Theatre Group

Lots of day and evening groups for people with learning difficulties.

Family Activities - The Baltic The Baltic The Baltic

A wide range of activities for all ages, and most groups have free drop-in sessions.

Summer Family Arts Festival The Shipley Art Gallery The Shipley Art Gallery - Saltwell

Range of art sessions, booking essential, £3 + booking fee per person.

National Autism-Friendly Cinema Screenings UK-Wide, including all local cinemas. Dimensions

Lots of upcoming autism-friendly cinema screenings.


Activities for all Carers;

Activity Where Organised By Notes
Dementia Caregivers Group Leam Lane Community Centre Leam Lane Community Centre

Fortnightly on Wednesdays: 1-3pm.

August 10th, 24th

September: 7th, 21st

A group for people who care for someone with Dementia to come together and take a break from their caring role.

Family Day Dunston Activity Centre, Ellison Road Gateshead Parent Carer Forum

Wednesday 10th August, 2pm - 4pm.

A chance to meet local parent carers. Lots of activities including bouncy castle, soft play, and party food.

Men's Shed Groups Blaydon Library, plus more across the UK Men's Shed For men over 18. £1 per session. A wide range of things to do and get involved with.
Crafting Projects and Workshops Handcrafted Gateshead; The Shakespeare - Deckham Handcrafted Crafting, woodwork, and more creative activities and mental health support.
Courses and Workshops Across Gateshead and Newcastle Re-Co-Co Lots of opportunities to learn about your own health and wellbeing. Page 24 in Re-Co-Co's Autumn 2022 Prospectus.
Drop-Ins and Groups Across Gateshead and Newcastle Re-Co-Co Lots of mindfulness groups to get involved with. Page 42 in Re-Co-Co's Autumn 2022 Prospectus.