Last updated 8th August 2023

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
Tyne Travelers Short Walks Group Various destinations across Gateshead Age UK Gateshead Mondays, call Age UK Gateshead for more information. 0191 477 3559
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 Gateshead 50+, Deckham Gateshead 50+ Mondays 5:30 - 7:30pm
Over 50s Exercise Classes Across Gateshead Gateshead 50+ A wide range of activities, in-person and online.
Friendship 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
SEND Family Swimming Sessions Dunston, and Heworth Leisure Centres Gateshead Council

Dunston: Saturdays 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Heworth: Sundays 4pm - 6pm

Sensory Room The Baltic The Baltic

Wednesday - Sunday 10am - 6pm.

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

Lots of upcoming autism-friendly cinema screenings.

Activities for all Carers

Activity Where Organised By Notes
Carer Café Gateshead Carers Gateshead Carers

Last Wednesday of the month, 9:30am - 1:30pm.

Come along, chat, and enjoy a cuppa with other carers.

Online Carer Café Online via Zoom Gateshead Carers

Wednesdays, 2pm - 3pm

Chat with other local carers over video call via Zoom.

Dementia Caregivers Group Leam Lane Community Centre Leam Lane Community Centre

Fortnightly on Wednesdays: 1-3pm.

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

Men's Shed Groups Blaydon Library, Boldon Colliery, and Jarrow; plus more across the UK Men's Shed For men over 18. A wide range of things to do and get involved with.
Crafting Projects and Workshops Handcrafted Gateshead; The Shakespeare - Deckham Handcrafted Gateshead 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 36 in Re-Co-Co's Autumn 2023 Prospectus.
Drop-Ins and Groups Across Gateshead and Newcastle Re-Co-Co Lots of mindfulness groups to get involved with. Page 50 in Re-Co-Co's Autumn 2023 Prospectus.

Where to find more activities

There's lots more going on in Gateshead than what's on our lists above. Here are some websites to check out if you're looking for more local activities.