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Who we are

We are a community based organisation in Hexham, serving the South West Northumberland area supporting children and young people with additional needs to access community leisure activities and local events. We currently provide a term time Saturday Club and a five week summer holiday scheme with further occasional activity days. We also provide a high quality enabling service where our experienced staff support children and young people with additional needs on a one-to-one basis in the community.  We currently support 50 children with additional needs, but there are still many families who need our support. As a small local charity with many volunteers, fundraising plays a vital part in order to continue our service.

We deliver a unique service promoting inclusion, independence, friendship and lots of fun, enriching the lives of our users and providing vital support for their families.

WECAN allows time for the children to develop socially enjoying activities with friends whilst providing respite for their parents and siblings.

WECAN will continue to support children with additional needs in the community, enabling them to take part in and enjoy social activities of their choice, to form friendships and to increase their confidence and independence.

Our Staff and Trustees


 Hayley M Armstrong


Kirsty Jackson


 Rachel Bettney

We have over 20 qualified part time support workers.

We also have a group of dedicated volunteers.

All our staff and volunteers are DBS checked following our Safeguarding Policy. 



Chair of Trustees: Jill Wilkinson

Trustees: Steena Steward, Lynne McKie, Liz Holmes, Gill Brown, Liam Watters, Alison Lowes, Alan Nelson

 If you would like to become involved in WECAN and think you could make a difference, please contact us.

Grants and donations

 We have the continued support of Northumberland County Council Family Placement Team. We are extremely grateful for their funding and their recognition of the hard work we have done and progress we have made to ensure the future of our project.

We rely entirely on funding and donations to support our project. We receive generous individual and company support. We have also held a variety of fundraising events including a our Annual Golf Day, Kielder Cycle Challenge & Afternoon Tea

We would like to thank our generous funders and supporters

We are currently funded through: Northumberland County Council Family Placement Team, Egger UK, The Rington's Fund, The Three Guineas Trust, The Joicey Trust, Northumberland Community Foundation,The Hadrian Trust Fund, Tynedale Lions and Sir James Knott Foundation.

And supported by; parents and families of the children and young people whom we support, Active Northumberland, Minsteracres Retreat Centre, Homebase, Hexham and all those that have run, walked, baked and more, to help raise vital funds.