North East

Map of the North East Region

North East Regional Meeting

The North East regional summit meeting was held on 11th November at Newcastle. Read the rest of this entry »

Plan Resulting from the North East Meeting


The Regional Plan developed from this meeting is available to download:


Notes from the North East Meeting

You can read everything that people talked about at the North East meeting here: Notes from the North East Meeting

Presentation from the North East Meeting

Anita Puri, BME Service Development Officer, Middlesborough, spoke to us at the North East meeting. You can read what she said here: Moving Forward in the North East

Additional Information from the North East Meeting

The North East Regional Summit meeting was held on 11th November in Newcastle.  Delegates shared lots of ‘Good Ideas’ which you can find in the ‘Notes’ section above. In the North East this tool to measure how well services are working for people from ethnic minority communities has been developed:

Traffic Light Ethnicity Self Assessment Tool


Sunderland has a project called ‘Futures.’ This is a Designated Person Centred Transition Planning Team supporting people aged 14-25. They build close links with BME communities and community health is a key area in the process. For more information visit the website at:


Aapna Services Ltd can provide information on becoming a user-led organisation and delivering learning disability services to BME communities. It is based at Breckon Hill Community Centre, Middlesborough, telephone no. 01642 728484.


This link will take you to the North East region page for Valuing People Now:


In County Durham the Learning Disability Service User Parliament aims to help people with Learning Disabilities get their voice heard. Visit their website here:

Use of the Charter

"I will use this to inform our own inclusion strategy which we are developing with the people we support. I will make sure that our self-advocacy groups and ambassadors are aware of the charter so that they can tell others too, and check we are achieving the goals."

"We will be looking to adopt the National Charter for Inclusion as part of our own updated single Equality Scheme, which will in turn recognise the requirements of the Public Sector Equality Duty, which places additional obligations on public authorities and those who provide services through public money."

"We will build the principles of the Charter into project planning and improve our outreach into the community."

"I will ensure that the charter is circulated and enforced by other professionals when working with all members of the community."

"We will provide a copy for our service users, families and staff and plan to refer to the Charter in Induction and Diversity training."