Working for the common good by enabling people to develop to their personal potential.


The Alan Shearer Centre is a highly specialist, respite, residential and social facility for people with complex disabilities and acute sensory impairments. Situated in its own grounds on the outskirts of Newcastle, the Alan Shearer Centre comprises three specialist facilities on the same site:

The Alan Shearer Activity Centre

A specialist recreational, sensory and social resource for disabled people of all ages, catering to a wide spectrum of need. Facilities are completely free to use and include a hydrotherapy suite, sensory rooms and cave, a giant ball pool, a music room, seasonal activities and a café . Overhead tracking and hoists are fitted throughout, enabling full accessibility to all areas for those with limited mobility.

To find out how to become a member, or to arrange a tour of the Activity Centre, please ring Dawn Hepburn-Jobling, our Centre Co-ordinator on 0191 267 8118, or email, and she will be delighted to help.

The Alan Shearer Short Break Centre

Providing highly specialised respite breaks in a safe and specially adapted environment for people with a range of disabilities and behavioural issues, the centre allows parents and carers a well-earned rest. It is the only short break centre in the North East with its own on-site Activity Centre, set within several acres of private and beautifully landscaped grounds.

If you would like to see our facilities, meet our staff and discuss your individual needs, please call our Manager, Gareth Bainbridge, on 0191 267 8128 or email him at

Our Alan Shearer Specialist Residential Home

Also situated within the Alan Shearer Centre, the home offers residential accommodation for adults with profound and multiple disabilities. Here we provide longer term, safe and nurturing care and support. In addition, our disabled residents have full access to the on-site Activity Centre.

For more information, or to arrange a visit to see our facilities, please call our Registered Manager, Gareth Bainbridge on 0191 264 8925 or email him at

The Alan Shearer Centre is a part of St Cuthbert's Care.


Events and activities coming up
at the Alan Shearer Centre

The World Health Organisation has declared the outbreak of coronavirus as a public emergency of international concern. Whilst we haven’t had an outbreak at the Alan Shearer Activity Centre, taking into account the underlying health vulnerabilities of our members and guests and the possible wide spread person to person transmission, we have taken the precautionary decision to close the Centre until further notice.

We will review our decision weekly and will keep you updated via our website and Facebook page.


From young volunteer to apprentice

31 January 2020

One of our valued volunteers has successfully applied for an apprenticeship in IT following her time supporting our charity.

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