Welcome to the Forum




Working with and for disabled people, their peers and representatives in North Tyneside to ensure equal opportunity across all age range and gender.

Who we are?

NTDF work with physically disabled, vulnerable and chronically sick people, deaf and blind people, learning disabled people, carers, families, advocates and disabled and deaf peoples groups and organisations in North Tyneside.

Over 2,500 people per annum use our services. Independent of the Local Authority, we draw funding from charitable trusts and organisations and our own members efforts.

What we do.

Our aim is to improve the quality of life and enhance the opportunities and accessibility of those opportunities for those affected by disadvantage through disability- be it physical access, barriers to communication, hardship and well-being (financial), limited opportunities (working and learning), access to social cultural and environmental pursuits. The intention is to enable disabled people to be active participants in society and not passive recipients of care.

Our Member demographics

North Shields / Shiremoor / Monkseaton Area
Whitley Bay / Cullercoats / Tynemouth Area
Wallsend / Howdon / Percy Main Area
Gosforth / Longbenton / Benton Area
Newcastle Area & Other

Ongoing Projects

Service Users

Years of experience

Service Areas


NTDF run a wide range of activities, support groups, projects and events. With a “something for everyone!” philosophy we’re proud to be able to offer so much. For more information on any of these projects please contact us using the contact section of our website for the most relevant method!

“Our Folk” Music Sessions

A monthly get together of musicians.

NTDF continues to host a monthly get together of musicians, music enthusiasts and observers to come play an instrument, sing, listen, watch and join in “Our Folk”. All age ranges and abilities are encouraged to attend in a relaxed and fun environment.

Good Advice Project

NTDF’s Good Advice Project comprises three workers supporting the information, advice and guidance needs of local people. Independent advice appointments can be booked via telephone on a range of subjects including:

  • Support and information about benefits and entitlements
  • Welfare rights
  • Social care
  • Access issues

Information is available in a range of formats, please contact Elspeth or Bex on 0191 200 8584 for more information or to book an appointment.


Young People’s Project


The young people at North Tyneside Disability Forum work hard to demonstrate that ‘dis’ ability does not mean ‘in’ ability. Across term time and through seasonal holiday period, weekdays and weekends they work together to consult, plan, review and seek support by donations, funding, sponsorships and help in kind to enable individual and collective aspirations to be actioned.

We are pleased to announce the launch of our NTDF Youth Website! Visit it here at http://youth.ntdf.co.uk

Computer Access

As well as the Computer Club run by the Young People’s Project we offer a computer drop-in session throughout the week for users who wish to access the internet or have a quiet place to work.

Deaf, deafened and hard of hearing

NTDF’s 5 years, Big Lottery Funded “Signing In” Project is led by Deaf, deafened and Hard of Hearing people whose focus is to improve the quality of life and broaden the range of opportunities available to deaf people. This project includes a number of meetings, support groups and events such as;

  • “Signing In” Project Steering Group
  • Tinnitus Support Group
  • Lipreading Practise
  • British Sign Language Classes
  • Deaf Awareness
  • Participation across services
  • Speech To Text Project
  • Community Games Sports Day
  • Songs For All
  • Parent and Toddler Cued Speech group
  • Deaf Film Project


Health and Wellbeing Club

NTDF is delighted once again to run it’s Health and Wellbeing Club.

We have many popular sessions continuing, including one to one therapies with Liz Lee, Tai Chi led by Rob Wilson and Relaxation with Sonia Renshaw. Our ever changing list of available therapies means you shouldn’t hesitate to contact us today for more information on what is running and when!

Our Funders

Bauer Radio
Rotary Club Whitley Bay
John Lewis
Sport England
Wakeham Trust
MSE Charity
R.W Mann Trust
Lloyds TSB
Children’s Foundation
Sir James Knott Trust
Metro Radio Cash for Kids
Northumbria Police
Awards for All
Children in Need
Community Foundation
Skipton Building Society
Leeds Building Society
Big Lottery Fund
We are extremely grateful to the opportunities we have had to provide our services and whole heartedly thank everyone who has been involved in funding, from casual donations to large grants – We continue to seek further avenues for funding and hope that our members continue to benefit from the generosity of our benefactors.


You can donate to us by vising our page on Just Giving! Click the logo below to be taken there now!



We are always on the lookout for new volunteers and sometimes full and part time staff positions. If there are no positions listed please check back later or contact us regarding availability.


NTDF is operated by a full time staff time, part time staff, sessional workers and volunteers who are overseen by a management committee.
Sue Adams

Chief Officer

Sue Adams is the Chief Officer of NTDF and acts as general manager over the forums operational capacity and strategic development.

Susan Proctor

Young People's Development Worker

The camera shy Susan is responsible for overseeing our children and young people's projects.

Annie Alexander

Clerical Administration

Annie is responsible for clerical administrative tasks in and around the office.

Rebecca Southern

Welfare Rights Worker

Bex works in the Good Advice Project dealing with a wide range of issues for our service users.

Elspeth Kirkwood

Lead Advice Worker

Elspeth works in the Good Advice Project, arranging appointments, doing visitations and providing advice, information and guidance to our service users.

Derek Craigie

Development Worker for Deaf, deafened and Hard of Hearing

Derek runs the Signing In Project and is responsible for developing services for our Deaf, deafened and hard of hearing service users.

Vicki Fawcett

Clerical Receptionist

Vicki is our Receptionist and is responsible for elements of clerical administration and office related tasks, including preparing for events and meetings.

Liz Turnbull

Community Development Worker

Liz works in Community Development and is responsible for a variety of administrative and clerical tasks. She also runs the Movement and Music exercise class and is involved in the Health and Wellbeing service.

Mathew Hall

Powerful Young Voices Worker

Mathew is our powerful young voices worker and is also known for being our master of ceremonies at the NTDF Variety Show.

Liz Lee

Complementary Health Worker

Liz is responsible for running our Health and Wellbeing sessions such as aromatherapy, reflexology and other complementary health therapies.

Dave Ellison

Sessional Worker

Dave runs the guitar classes, our folk sessions and film/recreational activities for older people.

David Newman

Technical Systems Engineer

David is the resident IT expert and is responsible for overseeing and managing the network, computers and website.


We operate across two sites, our main office in Shiremoor and our Community Outreach project and shop in Whitley Bay. Please use one of the options below to get in touch and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Contact info

NTDF Main Office:

Shiremoor Centre, Earsdon Road, North Tyneside, NE27 0HJ

NTDF Community Outreach Project / Shop:

198 Park View, Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear NE26 3QP


Phone numbers:

Main Office: Tel/Fax: 0191 200 8570

NTDF Shop: Tel/Fax: 0191 253 3933



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Monday – Friday 9 AM – 5 PM

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