Adapt (North East)

Burn Lane,  Hexham,  Northumberland,  NE46 3HN.

Tel: 01434 600599   Fax: 01434 605251


About us

We are a community-based organisation providing services to people in North East England.

We aim to improve the quality of life of disabled people who have sensory, physical and learning disabilities, or mental health problems; also people who are disadvantaged in being able to access services because they live in a rural location.

To become more self-reliant, we have developed a range of services, including provision of an enterprise hub and training, whilst still holding on to our primary aims. By using our services, other organisations are assured of quality attention at the same time as helping us in our work.

Adapt (NE) is a registered charity, a company limited by guarantee and a social enterprise which is managed by a Trustee Board of volunteers with a wide range of areas of expertise.


Volunteers have always been an integral part of our organisation, helping us in a variety of ways to deliver community services (though not on contracted work). If you would like to find out more about volunteering with us, please call to have a chat or e-mail us through Contact us.


We began in 1991 as a community group (then known as Action by Differently Abled People in Tynedale or A.D.A.P.T.) aiming to ‘improve the quality of life of disabled people’ by promoting better access to services. The first priorities identified were difficulties in accessing buildings and a lack of accessible transport; therefore the first projects developed were an access group and a community transport project.

In recognition of the access needs of geographically-isolated people, our aim was expanded to include people disadvantaged by lack of public transport in a rural location. In 2007 we widened our area of operation to the North East and changed our name to Adapt (North East) to reflect our region-wide work in developing community transport.

In 2008 we secured the Host role for the Northumberland LINk.

In 2010 we were presented with the Community Transport Association’s Best Rural Community Transport Award.

In 2012 Director Liz Prudhoe won for Best Social Enterprise in the North East Woman of the Year Awards.

In 2013 we secured the contract to host and deliver Healthwatch Northumberland.

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