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  • Sweet treats for Volunteer Week
    We surprised Peter – one of our longest serving volunteers – with a box of chocolates and a card to say thank you for his many years as one of our fantastic volunteers. Peter began volunteering in the gardens at our Alan Shearer Centre when it opened in 2007 and …Read More »
  • Dan cooks up some tasty moves for Mental Health Awareness Week
    Dan, who lives in our Alan Shearer Specialist Residential home, has been showing his support for Mental Health Awareness Week by keeping active with his incredible baking skills. Supported by our staff, Dan had a great time in the kitchen whipping up a delicious and perfect Victoria sponge. There was …Read More »
  • Farm fun comes to our Activity Centre
    The animals came in two by two when they arrived at our Alan Shearer Activity Centre to meet some of our members and guests. On a perfect, sunny day, ponies and goats from Humbles Wood Farm brought smiles and laughter as they strutted through the Centre’s play area for our …Read More »
  • World Autism Awareness Day
    To mark World Autism Awareness Day, we speak to our Alan Shearer Activity Centre Manager, Jackie Dunn, to find out how our centre supports people living with Autism – and helps them to have fun, too!  Click on the image to the right to watch the film. More »
  • Luca loves exploring our Activity Centre
    Luca has Down Syndrome and has been coming to our specialist Centre since he was just four months old. In that time, the variety of sensory and interactive equipment available has helped him to develop many skills – and have fun, too. “Luca loves the Green Room with its colourful …Read More »
  • #EndTheStereotypes
    On World Down Syndrome Day 2024, we want to share some of Carolyn’s achievements. Carolyn is supported by our Outstanding Independent Supported Living service and she is the embodiment of this year’s message: End The Stereotypes. Carolyn is always up for a challenge – whether that’s racing cars, helping to …Read More »
  • Music is the best therapy!
    Rachel, who lives at our Alan Shearer Specialist Residential Home, never ceases to amaze us. Here she is showing off her music and singing talents with musician Hannah from the music therapy charity, Nordoff and Robbins. “It’s an absolute privilege to meet and work with the people at the Alan Shearer …Read More »
  • Year-round appreciation of our staff
    Employee Appreciation Day is the perfect opportunity to recognise our staff as being our charity’s greatest asset and this year, as part of an extensive benefits package, we are rewarding their invaluable contribution to our work with an extra day’s annual leave. As we start our eighth year as a …Read More »
  • A night to remember
    Local hero, Alan Shearer and adopted Geordie, James Bay, came together to create a night to remember and raise a staggering £210k for the Alan Shearer Foundation to fund our Alan Shearer Centre a specialist sensory and recreation centre in Newcastle for people of all ages living with disabilities. Guests …Read More »
  • Cup cakes vs Blue Monday
    Jackie, manager at the Alan Shearer Centre wanted to help ward off any Blue Monday vibes with some lush cup cakes for staff to enjoy.  Visitors to our centre will recognise Dawn and Pauline sharing some laughter over a brew and cupcakes! Read More »
  • Take a peek inside our charity this Advent – Volunteering
    Volunteers Linda and Janet are two of our invaluable volunteers. As well as their warm conversation and company, they bring a touch of glamour and luxury to our residents with their spa experience, including manicures, makeovers and more. You don’t have to have any special skills to volunteer with our charity, …Read More »
  • Take a peek inside our Charity this Advent – Santas visit
    We had some extra special guests at our Alan Shearer Centre children’s Christmas party. Alan Shearer dropped in to say hello and join in the fun with Santa! Watch the Christmas party hereRead More »
  • Game on with our new video gaming room
    There’s even more fun to be enjoyed by members and guests at our Alan Shearer Activity Centre with the opening of our exciting new video gaming room. Come along and play some of the best video games around on our clever XBox console which has a selection of specialist adaptations …Read More »
  • Thanks for sharing your time and talents
    Our grounds and gardens at the Alan Shearer Centre have enjoyed a winter makeover thanks to a team of volunteers from the Newcastle United Foundation. The volunteers are taking part in the Prince’s Trust initiative and have shared their time and talents to build a special run for our resident …Read More »
  • Today is world kindness day
    As a small act of kindness, we’ve served our members a free delicious bowl of soup and a bun.  It’s been such a hit; we’ve decided to extend the offer right through the winter months!Read More »
  • The animals went in two by two
    Guests at our Alan Shearer Activity Centre enjoyed a wealth of sensory experiences when Angela’s Ark popped along with an assortment of animals to hold. The warm fur of the rabbits and guinea pigs was made for stroking and cuddling, but there were a few other species that needed a …Read More »
  • Fang-tastic fun for all
    Ghouls and ghosts, witches and pumpkins were on the prowl at our Alan Shearer Activity Centre when our Halloween party got underway. “We all had a spook-tacular time,” laughed Manager, Jackie. “We really entered into the spirit of the occasion, of course – and who could resist our Monster Mash.” …Read More »
  • Always a win for Daniel
    Newcastle United may not have won their match against Borussia Dortmund, but it was still the highlight of the day for Daniel who lives in our Alan Shearer Specialist Residential home. Daniel, supported by our Senior Residential Care Officer, Claire, joined hopeful fans at the match where even the rain …Read More »
  • Swinging into Action
    A massive thank you to everyone who joined Alan Shearer, Lee Westwood and our patron, Mike Browne, at the Alan Shearer Foundation annual fundraising golf event. More than 100 golfers teed off at Close House and raised almost £36,000. Every penny ensures the therapeutic facilities at the Alan Shearer Activity …Read More »
  • New storytelling chair off to a great start
    Our brand new, bespoke storytelling chair in the Woodland Walk at the Alan Shearer Centre couldn’t have got off to a better start when it took pride of place for a Roald Dahl storytelling session. Our Recreation Assistant, Pauline, took on the role of magical storyteller as our young guests …Read More »
  • Alan Shearer declares our new play area open
    Members of our Alan Shearer Activity Centre were delighted when Alan Shearer himself took time out of his busy schedule to officially open their play area – which is bigger and better than ever. Alan cut a ceremonial ribbon to declare the play area open at a celebration event at …Read More »
  • Summer freshness is served
    Our popular Browne’s café at the Alan Shearer Activity Centre is serving some of the freshest summer food around – thanks to the green fingered talents of our gardeners and volunteers. Crops of lettuce, sage, parsley and chives grown in the Centre’s gardens and raised beds are being picked, washed, …Read More »
  • We’re busting the myths for Learning Disability Week
  • Sweet treats to say thanks
    As Volunteers’ Week draws to a close for another year, we presented each of our wonderful volunteers with chocolates and a ‘thank you’ card as a token of our grateful thanks. Even though it’s the end of Volunteers’ Week, our brilliant team of volunteers are there all year round, giving …Read More »
  • Summer fun at our specialist activity centre
    Our extended specialist play area now has even more ways to have fun for members and guests visiting our Alan Shearer Activity Centre. As well as a variety of swings for people with a wider range of disabilities and a new adventure frame with slide, you’ll find raised bed planters …Read More »
  • Happy birthday, Matthew
    We love making birthdays extra special, so when Matthew from our Alan Shearer Specialist Residential home kicked off his 30th birthday celebrations, we set up a surprise call with his mam. Mam, Denise, is currently on holiday and couldn’t believe it when she received a Facetime call from Matthew and …Read More »
  • Swinging into action
    Thank you to Steven Harrison, Secretary of NENW PGA for presenting Jackie with the kind donation of £4150 from the NENW PGA. They staged an event at Turnberry golf club in Scotland in March with 144 players. Alan Shearer also entered the event and kindly offered to entertain guests on …Read More »
  • We celebrate our own canine heroes
    Crufts may be the world’s greatest dog show, but, arguably, we have some of the greatest dogs visiting our services. Many of our staff kindly share their perfect pooches by bringing them into work for everyone to enjoy – and our service users love the experience. Amanda, our Director of …Read More »
  • Our bookworms delve into World Book Day
    Andrea and Rachel, who live in our Alan Shearer Specialist Residential home, had a great time dressing up to mark World Book Day. The Gangsta Granny books are a real hit with Andrea and Rachel, so trademark headscarves and masks were the order of the day as they delved into …Read More »
  • Mini explorers join our bug hunt
    Our Alan Shearer Centre Woodland Walk was under close scrutiny when some of our young members set off on a bug hunt adventure. Supported by our friendly recreation assistants and armed with magnifying glasses, binoculars and a list of tiny creatures to find and identify, our intrepid explorers left no …Read More »
  • Friends show the love on Valentine’s Day
    Friendship has been the focus of Valentine’s Day across our services as people have come together to enjoy the most popular celebration of love in the world. Residents living in our Alan Shearer Residential home joined tenants from our Independent Supported Living Services at a fabulous hearts and flowers disco …Read More »
  • A trip worth making!
  • Let’s have a trip out
    After all the excitement of the festivities has died down, January can sometimes feel a bit boring by comparison – unless you live in one of our services. Getting out and about and enjoying a change of scene this week are some of our Independent Supported Living residents who simply …Read More »
  • Fun in the … snow!
    The recent snow may have been fleeting, but for Andrea and Daniel who both benefit from our services at the Alan Shearer Centre, the fun they shared will make lasting memories. “There’s something about snow that brings out everyone’s fun side,” said our Centre Manager, Gareth, “and there was no …Read More »
  • Welcome card brings tears of joy
    We think we have some of the best staff working for us and right from the word ‘go’ we want to show how much they mean to us. One of our newest recruits, Elaine, has just joined our Independent Supported Living (ISL) service and found the welcome she received incredibly …Read More »
  • Marking World Braille Day
    Our Alan Shearer Activity Centre is marking World Braille Day today with a series of fun, interactive activities. Come along to learn the Braille alphabet, write your name in Braille or try your hand at our Braille matching game and interactive word search. As always, our friendly recreation assistants will …Read More »
  • Friends come together to help make Christmas bright
    How much work was involved in putting up your Christmas tree this year? See if you can match this Herculean task at our Alan Shearer Centre. When Newcastle United fan, David Hillcox, found out his friend and neighbour was about to remove a 16 feet Christmas tree growing in his …Read More »
  • Santa’s post box open for business
    Our Alan Shearer Activity Centre has been declared an official posting station for letters to Santa Claus. Our friendly recreation assistants have joined forces with Santa’s elves and will be helping our members and their guests write their letters to Father Christmas and pop them into the special post box …Read More »
  • Fishy tale
    There’s something fishy going on for our Matthew who lives in our Alan Shearer Specialist Residential home. Matthew fell hook, line and sinker for everything he saw on his trip to Blue Reef Aquarium in Tynemouth and found the whole experience really soothing and relaxing. “There’s no doubt this is …Read More »
  • A special return for a special princess
    Our Alan Shearer Activity Centre is a truly special place and one of our members was so excited to be back at the place where she once became almost as famous as the Centre’s footballing namesake. Jessica had a brilliant time at our Princess and Pirates fun day and surprised …Read More »
  • May she rest in Eternal peace
    Today, residents and staff from across our charity come together to mark the wonderful life of our Queen. Queen Elizabeth II 1926-2022 May she rest in eternal peace.Read More »
  • Celebrating with our foster carers is magic
    A massive thank you to staff at our Alan Shearer Centre for hosting our brilliant foster carer celebration event. A fantastic time was had by all when our carers and YoungStars joined our Fostering North East team at our fun, pirate-themed event held to mark our charity’s 70th year of …Read More »
  • The animals are taking over
    The animals were let loose at our Alan Shearer Activity Centre! With help from the lovely animals (and humans!) from Animals About Town. It looks like everyone had a fab time with our furry friends. We are huge fans of animal therapy at St Cuthbert’s Care, we understand how great …Read More »
  • Aloha from the Alan Shearer Centre
    It’s a big Aloha from our Alan Shearer Activity Centre this afternoon.  As friends from across our services came together for a little less conversation and a little more fun in the sun! “The focus of this years Learning Disability week is reconnecting with friends, “said Jackie Dunn, our Disability …Read More »
  • Our volunteers are back!
    Staff, members and guests alike are delighted to see the return of our much-loved volunteers at the Alan Shearer Activity Centre. The small group lend invaluable helping hands to keep everything at the Centre running smoothly and looking its best. A huge shout out to Barbara in Browne’s Café; Peter …Read More »
  • Adrian’s working his gardening magic
    Welcome to Adrian, our new gardener at the Alan Shearer Centre, who is already busy weaving lots of plant magic around our gardens and grounds. With almost an acre of space to nurture – from our sensory garden to our woodland walk – Adrian has some exciting plans to make …Read More »
  • Toon trip joy for Daniel
    For one resident living at our Alan Shearer Specialist Residential home, nothing beats the excitement of going to see the Toon play at home. Season ticket holder, Daniel, who has profound disabilities, has a seat next to the halfway line and can often be seen waving his arms whenever the …Read More »
  • Easter fun for all ages
    From tots to seniors, age is no barrier when it comes to making the most of Easter fun. Residents in our St Catherine’s nursing home in Newcastle love getting together for craft sessions and when they’re combined with Easter treats and seasonal decorations to colour, it definitely marks the start …Read More »
  • National Day of Reflection
    On today’s National Day of Reflection, staff and service users across our charity have chosen their own way to remember the pandemic and all the people who lost their lives. At our independent supported living service in Kenton, everyone came together to lovingly create a stunning, landmark window made up …Read More »
  • Cheers to our coffee mornings
    Residents from some of our independent supported living services were over-the-moon to meet up for coffee again at our Alan Shearer Activity Centre café, Browne’s. Tempting slabs of chocolate cake and delicious cream scones were perfect partners to refreshing soft drinks or steaming cups of coffee as the friends got …Read More »
  • Daniel meets his Hero
    Daniel, football expert and resident at our Alan Shearer specialist residential home, had the time of his life today when he met his all-time hero – Alan Shearer. The pair spent a good while discussing Newcastle United, Match of the Day and all things football.  Alan was also keen to …Read More »
  • Raising the Roof and Raising Funds
    A huge thank you to everyone who attended the Alan Shearer Foundation Ball and dug deep to help raise funds for our Alan Shearer Activity Centre, making sure this incredible service remains free for people with disabilities. Held at the Newcastle Gateshead Hilton and hosted by our Patron, local hero …Read More »
  • Dignity Action Day 2022
    Today, as we mark Dignity Action Day across St Cuthbert’s Care, our staff, residents and guests have come together, following social distancing measures, of course, to promote dignity in care. People across our services chose their own way to celebrate the day and, as always, our day was filled with …Read More »
  • ‘Tis the season to thank you all
    Throughout another difficult year we’ve been amazed at the incredible support we’ve received to help us to keep our vital services running. We would like to thank you all: * Our dedicated staff team, for their hard work and always going that extra mile * Our volunteers, for their invaluable …Read More »
  • What a welcome!
    Staff at our Alan Shearer Specialist Residential home always make sure there’s a warm welcome waiting when anyone moves in but, for our newest resident, Daniel, there was an extra special surprise waiting to greet him. An avid Newcastle United supporter, Daniel, couldn’t believe his eyes when our staff played …Read More »
  • Tea leaves and autumn leaves
    When the beautiful autumn leaves begin to fade and drop, they can make a bit of a mess, but, for one of our volunteers, clearing them up is simply a challenge to be overcome. Julie, who lives in our independent supported living service, likes nothing better than lending a helping …Read More »
  • Barbara joins the school run
    Barbara, who lives in one of our independent supported living houses, was as excited as any pupil returning to school this week when she set off for her first day back at work. Bag packed, packed lunch prepared and uniform pressed, Barbara was delighted to return to working as a …Read More »
  • What a GRRRRReat piece of work
    Rachel, resident at our Alan Shearer Residential Home enjoys nothing more than spending time at the Alan Shearer Activity Centre with her favourite recreation assistant, Heather. The pair have enjoyed so many art and craft sessions over the last few months – with projects such as upcycling furniture and creating …Read More »
  • Welcoming back old friends
    It’s been amazing to see some of our old friends as we continue with the phased re-opening of our Alan Shearer Centre. There was smile all round when David returned for the first time yesterday. After a dip in our fantastic hydrotherapy pool David enjoyed his pack lunch in our …Read More »
  • News flash
    As part of our gradual reopening plan, we are delighted to announce – from Tuesday 20 July we will be taking a limited number of bookings for the lilac sensory room. If you would like to book your slot please give our friendly team a call on: 0191 267 8118 …Read More »
  • St George’s Day Celebrations
    Our services are celebrating St George’s day in very English style with afternoon tea, quizzes and good old arts and crafts. We have been surprised with some of the interesting facts we have learnt about St George did you know St George: Wasn’t English – he was actually born in …Read More »
  • A right royal tea party
    Although the Queen is still in mourning, people living in our specialist residential home at the Alan Shearer Centre wanted to hold a special tea party in honour of Her Majesty’s 95th birthday. The royal tea party began with a baking session which produced delicious home-made cheese and fruit scones …Read More »
  • Grounds and gardens open for visits
    What better way to celebrate the arrival of some spring sunshine than by knowing how much joy our Alan Shearer Centre grounds and gardens are bringing once more. Rachel and Thomas, pictured, who live in our specialist residential home in the grounds, were happy to check everything was ship shape …Read More »
  • Spring has sprung!
    Residents at our Alan Shearer Specialist Home have been making the most of the good weather and our beautiful grounds. They started the afternoon off making Easter bonnets, for their parade during the Easter weekend, and rounded it off with a lovely picnic in the sunshine. Our grounds open to …Read More »
  • Spring makeover for Rachel’s room
    Rachel, who lives in our specialist residential home at the Alan Shearer Centre, is celebrating the arrival of spring with her blossoming crafting talents. Supported by Heather – one of our Centre’s talented recreation assistants – Rachel has transformed a forgotten chair into a stunning floral masterpiece for her room. …Read More »
  • World Book Day – Rachel’s book nook
    What better way to enjoy World Book Day than to snuggle up with a good book in our book nook at our Alan Shearer Centre. That’s exactly how Rachel, who lives in our adjacent specialist residential home, chose to spend some time. Not only has Rachel enjoyed dipping into her …Read More »
  • Green room is perfect mix for Emily
    Residents at our Alan Shearer Specialist Residential home are making the most of their exclusive time in our Activity Centre. Emily has grown to love our green sensory room with its mix of calming colours, bubble tubes and interactive light box. While she’s waiting to enjoy the Centre’s gorgeous grounds …Read More »
  • Sharing and caring
    Our services often exchange thoughtful little gifts, so, when craft and cookery sessions at our Alan Shearer Centre produced some goodies to spare, they were quickly dispatched to our nursing home in Sunderland. Cheery bird sculptures, made during a focus on bird watching at the Alan Shearer Centre, were soon …Read More »
  • A feast of treats for Pancake Day
    Pancakes are definitely the order of the day today with lots of flipping and filling going on around our services. Residents at our nursing homes in Newcastle and Sunderland have been remembering times when their families were young and the excitement of making pancakes together. “It’s been lovely,” said St …Read More »
  • Vaccine is landmark moment for Jordan
    Staff set up a mini vaccination centre in our Alan Shearer Centre to make it is as easy as possible for people living in our adjoining specialist residential home to receive their first Covid vaccine. Each resident has profound disabilities which makes it difficult for them to understand the vaccination …Read More »
  • Not just for Dignity Day
    Today’s Dignity Action Day offers an opportunity to focus on the importance of dignity in care and gives us the chance to highlight the work of our dignity champions. Each of our services, has its own dignity champion, ensuring the dignity and respect of each individual in our care is …Read More »
  • Pizza perfect
    Rachel, who lives in our Alan Shearer Specialist Residential home, loves a good stint in the kitchen making delicious food to share. Her dedication to making the perfect pizza starts with hand-stretched dough, of course, and a variety of toppings that would be the envy of any pizza parlour worth …Read More »
  • Music and sparkle make fitting tribute
    Photos are just in of some of our service users enjoying a day of celebration to mark Elvis Presley’s birthday. Rachel from our Alan Shearer Specialist Residential home chose to give her tribute by making a guitar from all the pre-loved materials she could find, making sure to finish off …Read More »
  • Lunchtime menu to beat the chills
    As frost, snow and plummeting temperatures continue across the region, one of our residents at our Alan Shearer Specialist Residential home has been preparing the perfect comfort food. When resident, Rachel, and recreation assistant, Heather, headed to the kitchen for their regular cookery session, they couldn’t wait to surprise everyone …Read More »
  • It’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas
    There’s nothing quite like home-made treats at Christmas and Rachel, who lives in our Alan Shearer Specialist residential home, couldn’t wait to whip up some of her festive favourites. With the support of our recreation assistant, Heather, the kitchen was soon smelling of ginger and spice as a tasty dough …Read More »
  • International Day for People with Disabilities
    To mark International Day for People with Disabilities, we’d like to showcase the work of two of our amazing young adults. Rachel and Matthew, who live in our Alan Shearer Specialist Residential home in Newcastle, love this time of year – especially when it comes to showing off their crafting …Read More »
  • Heartfelt displays to commemorate Remembrance Day
    Residents across St Cuthbert’s Care have been creating beautiful displays to commemorate Remembrance Day. Each display has been hand-made with so much love and thought. From painted poppies, that drape beautifully in St Catherine’s Nursing Home’s chapel, to stunning silhouette artwork that is displayed at The Alan Shearer Centre’s window. …Read More »
  • Hedgehog buns are a hit at Alan Shearer Residential
    Rachel, who lives in our Alan Shearer Specialist Residential home, has been enjoying autumn so much that it’s even providing inspiration for her cookery. As well as being a talented artist, Rachel enjoys cooking and baking, too, and, with the support of our staff, turned her hand to creating some …Read More »
  • Five star staycation for bugs
    It’s great to get cosy during the autumn and winter months and Rachel, who lives in our Specialist Residential Home, has even been sparing a thought for the smallest of creatures. With the support of our staff, Rachel has made one of the fanciest bug hotels any discerning guest could …Read More »
  • Virtual Halloween still oozes with fun
    Guys and ghouls are out in force around our services as everyone finalises their preparations for this year’s very different take on Halloween. Although the current restrictions mean our service users are unable to mingle to mark the spookiest event in the calendar, it certainly hasn’t cramped their style. Many …Read More »
  • Sensory display inspired by nature
    Adults living in our Alan Shearer Specialist Residential home in Newcastle have been busy capturing all the colours of autumn in their craft activities. Matthew and Rachel love the vibrant colours of the season and, with the support of our staff, have made use of everything from pumpkins, seeds and …Read More »