From our Chief Executive Bruce Howorth

25 June

As the easing of the lockdown continues I am pleased to say we will be opening our services to our volunteers and customers very soon.

We have been operating our warehouse and gardening services throughout the last 3 months and it therefore makes sense for us to open those areas to our volunteers first. We anticipate doing this in the next 2 weeks.

We will follow with the reopening of the Tans in mid July – watch this space for further information on our revised opening hours.

The safety of our staff, volunteers and customers has been our principle concern throughout and this remains the case now. We are therefore putting in place stringent safety measures to protect all those who come into contact with our services. These precautions will be in line with the government’s guidance on mitigating measures for the reduction of social distancing to 1m+. We are confident that with these procedures we will be operating in as COVID secure a way as possible.

We have been very encouraged by all the good wishes and positive messages we have received during lockdown. We now look forward to thanking you in person!

We will be in touch with all our volunteers shortly. Please bear with us – there are a lot of you!

The Foundation exists to provide working opportunities for those with learning disabilities and/or mental health needs and we have not been able to do that during lockdown. Those services are likely to play a significant part in helping our volunteers to get over the effects of the pandemic and we are very keen to get back to doing what we do best just as soon as possible.

If we can help you in any way or you want to enquire about any of our services please contact the office on 01434605253.

In the meantime stay safe – we’ll see you soon

Bruce and everyone at Hextol

We want to transform the lives of disabled or disadvantaged people with working opportunities.

At The Hextol Foundation we believe that work is good and that everyone should feel valued.

We provide working opportunities for people who have a learning disability or mental health condition.  Through these jobs they gain confidence, self-esteem, a sense of purpose and a way to contribute positively to society, as well as job skills and experience.

These are people who have a condition or disability which makes it impossible for them otherwise to get the experience or confidence they need to gain employment; marginalising them, making them dependent, often causing depression or other mental health problems.

The working opportunities we offer are in small businesses that we have set up in Hexham and in Newcastle. We also provide job and employability skills coaching; regular social events and activities; recognition and appreciation; and opportunities to form new friendships.

We do this by running a number of services that provide jobs in catering, packing and distribution, gardening, warehousing, property maintenance, cleaning and office administration.

The numbers benefiting and the working opportunities we offer have grown steadily, year on year. In total, since we started, some 122 people have benefited from more than 52,000 hours work in the jobs we offer; and there are 59 people benefiting from them today.


As a SUPPORTER you can help us by buying our services, sponsoring our skills training or by buying us some of the equipment we need.

Contact us as follows

Tel: 014340605253

Email: [email protected]

Address: 14c Gilesgate, Hexham, NE46 3NJ

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