Contact was founded in 1986 by local resident Gena Fleming as a support group meeting in her own home. Gena had suffered a family bereavement and decided to set up a self-support group called Morpeth Schizophrenia Fellowship. The organisation later became a Registered Charity and Contact Morpeth Mental Health Group was formed in 1992. Contact has had several changes of premises over the years and in 2011 we were fortunate to find ideal premises at Grey’s Yard.
Contact is an independent local charity based in Morpeth, however our reach covers the whole of South-East Northumberland, particularly Ashington, Bedlington, Cramlington, and Blyth.
We support people with mental health problems and /or their carers. People come to us mainly on referral from GPs, Social Prescribers and Community Mental Health Teams, As well as self-referrals
The charity’s objectives are:
To provide relief, support, advice and assistance to those affected by Mental Ill Health by way of facilities and activities beneficial to Members and Carers alike. In particular by the provision of Professional Counselling and other support measures aimed at improvement in wellbeing.
To encourage friendship and companionship in a non judgmental environment
We looked carefully at what we were able to provide, taking into consideration the needs of those requiring support for Mental Health problems, together with the needs of their Carers and as a result, developed a Drop-In Centre.
This is the only Drop-In Centre covering South East Northumberland for those specifically affected by Mental Health problems.
The Centre was further developed to provide a range of activities. Professional Counselling was introduced together with a cafe and dining facilities, alongside new and exciting activities supporting the needs of our members.
The Centre provides a high level of support from enthusiastic Staff and Volunteers combined with a skilled team of Trustees who meet monthly.
Our doors are open for those who just need to pop in for a cuppa and chat in a warm-welcoming, non-judgemental environment.