Visiting residents at our care homes

A couple of weeks ago we reviewed our visiting policy for residential services in line with some new government guidance that was published.

We know that the restrictions on visits are really difficult for our residents and their friends and relatives who are dearly missing each other and we have received a lot of enquiries from relatives about the new policy over the last couple of weeks.

We committed to reviewing our visiting policy regularly and following a review this week are please to say that we can change ease our restrictions on the number of constant visitors per resident from 1 person to 2 people from the same household (no children under 16).   Visits must continue to adhere to social distancing guidelines and in a designated visiting area in an outside space.   In the next couple of weeks we’re going to be doing a more detailed review as risk assessment for each of our residential homes and will agree a policy for each home.  We’ll keep you updated with changes as soon we have the information ready.

Residents visiting relatives at home

The government has not yet published guidance that confirms we can start to support visits away from the care home and how to safely manage these visits.  We’re checking daily for the guidance and as soon as it is published we will review and share an update on our plans for managing visits away from the home within the guidance.

We know that it can be confusing with constantly changing information, and frustrating waiting for guidance to be published so thank you bearing with us as we try and find the best way to support our residents to have increased social interaction with their loved ones while continuing to keep them safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update 18.03.20

We’re working to understand what the latest update from the Prime minister means for our schools, college and our staff. We know that all our parents and staff are anxious to know what is happening and we’ll continue to update you all as we know more so please bear with us.

We’re also getting a large amount of enquiries to head teachers, college principal and other key staff which we’ll work through as quickly as possible.

Thanks for your patience

Become a Governor at Hedleys College

Hedleys College is a high quality specialist further education and training provider for young people aged 16-25 with a range of learning difficulties and disabilities who require specialist individual programmes to develop their communication, independence and employability skills to make a successful transition into adulthood within the North East region.

The College is based at Forest Hall in Newcastle and offers a range of programmes and flexible packages of further education and training across Tyne and Wear. The College is part of the wider Percy Hedley Foundation and offers a range of support for students who attend our provision. This includes access to high quality integrated therapy, social enterprises and the Hedley Employability Project.

Our vision is to provide exceptional opportunities for young adults that attend our college and therefore we are looking to recruit one or more governors from the area who would like to get involved with the College and share their expertise and knowledge with the future generation. Whilst we would welcome applications from candidates with any relevant experience or expertise, we are particularly keen to attract those with an interest in educational quality assurance.

The role of a governor is extremely valuable to the life and development of our college and is fundamental in ensuring that our education provision is the best it can be.

Whilst there is no payment for the role of governor, there is an immense satisfaction to be gained by contributing to the education of young people in our community. Here at Hedleys College, we greatly appreciate the time given by governors, and we are sure that you will find the role to be challenging but rewarding.

The commitment would be to attend usually one but up to two meetings per term plus one college visit. Additionally governors also receive invitations to events run by the College.

If this is something that is of interest to you and you would like to know more, please get in touch with Angela Elliott or Sheila Gibbon on 0191 2381315 (Email: or

We are delighted to announce that we have bagged £4,000 from Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme!

Bags of Help is run in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork, and sees grants raised from the sale of carrier bags awarded to thousands of local community projects every year. Since launching in 2015, it’s provided more than £60 million to over 18,000 local community projects.

We would like to say a huge THANK YOU to all of the shoppers who voted for us in Tesco, we are absolutely delighted to have been awarded £4000.

This grant will go towards buying and fitting a specialist wheelchair accessible roundabout for outdoor play.

“The wheelchair accessible roundabout will enable young people with very complex needs to experience being on a roundabout which they will have not been able to access before. This will provide a new sensory experience and will support the development of each child’s individual communication skills. But most importantly it will be fun!”

Claire Ramsey, Deputy Head at Northern Counties School.


Alec Brown, Tesco’s Head of Community, said:

“Bags of Help has been a fantastic success and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers. It’s such a special scheme because it’s local people who decide how the money will be spent in their community. We can’t wait to see the projects come to life.”

Voting ran in stores throughout July and August with customers choosing which local project they would like to get the top award using a token given to them at the checkout.


Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said:

“Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down Britain to improve the local spaces and places that matter to them. The diversity of projects that are being funded shows that local communities have a passion to create something great in their area. We are pleased to be able to be a part of the journey and provide support and encouragement to help local communities thrive.”

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit

Organise your own event!

Why not organise your own event?

Lovely people from across the North East are baking, walking, sitting in silence, head shaving, pub quiz-ing, singing, dancing and everything in between to raise vital funds for Percy Hedley!

Let us know your plans and we’ll do everything we can to help you make the most of your fundraising.  Drop us a line to let us know what you are doing, or if you’d like to chat about an idea you have, please call us on 0191 212 7878 or email, and together we will make a real difference to disabled people in the North East.

You can read more about our work and the wonderful people who support us here and don’t forget to send us photos of your fundraising and we’ll do our best to share them on Facebook and Twitter!

The Percy Hedley Ball 2018

We are delighted to announce our ever popular Percy Hedley Ball is returning on Saturday 17 November with a new theme and a new venue!

The Percy Hedley Ball is one of the region’s most popular and enduring charity balls, attracting hundreds of guests each year.  Since it began over 10 years ago, our ball has raised over £1/2 million to support disabled children, young people and adults across the North East.  Each year our guests look forward to being dazzled by the themes of our ball, which have included Arabian Nights, Black & White and Moulin Rouge.

This year prepare to be Spellbound…

Our ball this year is moving across the Tyne (just!) and the Hilton NewcastleGateshead will be our home for an evening of glamour, first class entertainment, and a sprinkle of magic…

Tables are on sale now at  £1,300 for a table of 10, with a limited number of VIP tables at £1,800.  Individual tickets are also available.  If you would like to book your tickets or find out more about the event, please get in touch with Maria

on 0191 212 7878 or email us

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