Useful Links & Contacts


Below are links that we think you may find helpful. If you are aware of any other companies / organisations that other parents might find helpful please let us know.

The Alan Shearer Activity Centre is part of St Cuthbert’s Care, a charitable organisation with over 60 years’ experience in social care in the North East.  Our purpose is to work for the common good by enabling people to develop to their personal potential.

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for children is a tax-free benefit for disabled children (under 16) and Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is replacing (DLA) for people with a long-term health condition or disability aged 16 to 64.  Find out more about from

Direct payments are local council payments available for anyone who has been assessed as needing help from social services.  You are normally eligible for them if you are a carer aged 16 or over.

The Max Card is a discount card for foster families and families of children with additional needs. Families simply show their Max Card upon entry to a venue in order to obtain free or discounted admission. 

As the parent of a child with learning difficulties you or your child may be entitled to some of the following allowances:

The Cinema Exhibitors’ Association Card. If you are entitled to Disability Living allowance you may be interested in the Cinema Cards that enables the holder to one free ticket for a person accompanying them to the cinema.

Monksfield, Action for Children IN-PACT provides a single point of contact for information, advice and support to parents, carers and families who have children and young people with additional needs and disabilities living in Northumberland. 01434 601594, Corbridge Road, Hexham NE46 1UY.

T. 01434 611499
T. 01670 536400
West, Beaumont Building, Hexham Middle School, Wanless Lane, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 1BU.  T. 01434 610012
CHAD House, Hexham General Hospital, Corbridge Road, Hexham, NE46 1QJ.  T. 01434 656285