What we do
Support and advice:
Our staff work across Northumberland, and can provide one-to-one emotional and practical support which can be by phone, email or face-to-face. Our practitioners cover the whole county and are continually reviewing our ways of working to ensure we can provide an outreach service for rural and outlying areas. We also run support groups, Freedom Programme, Freedom Forever and Recovery Toolkit.
At present we are unable to accept referrals for people under the age of 16 unless they are the child of someone currently accessing our services.
We are an inclusive organisation and provide support, advice and information for LGBTQI+ - lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer people.
Campaigning and collaboration:
An important part of the work we do is to raise awareness within communities and in wider society, to challenge abusive behaviours, tackle stigma and shift norms around violence and abuse.
At NDAS we want to end domestic violence and abuse, not just treat the problem. To achieve this we work closely with statutory and voluntary services to raise awareness, provide training and remove the stigma associated with domestic violence and abuse. We provide training to professionals from a range of sectors, and community organisations so that they are up-skilled, able to recognise signs of abuse, and are aware of the support and services available.
Children and Young People
We have specialist Children's Practitioners and counsellors who provide support to children affected by domestic abuse. Through 1:1 counselling and family sessions, our practitioners aim to help young people to navigate their situation, to understand emotions and concerns with a view to supporting healthy and positive child development. At present we are only able to work with the children of those who are working with our service.
We run children and young people’s projects which empower young people to make positive decisions surrounding their emotional and personal relationships. Through participating in skill and survival programmes and creative workshops young people can gain the skills and understanding that will support them to navigate future relationships in a healthy way.
Our Children and Young Persons Prevention Worker delivers sessions to groups in schools and in community settings. These sessions are workshop-style and interactive, and are a chance for young people to discuss ideas around healthy relationships, recognising abusive behaviours and developing tools for self-confidence, building resilience and self-esteem.
To speak to someone from our team, call us 01434 608030, or contact us by email.