From our Chief Executive Bruce Howorth

After the slight easing of the lockdown I want to give you another update on how we’re doing.

The position remains broadly the same with most of our services are suspended for the time being, including: the Tans Café; Greenbox, our packing service; handyperson; and catering.

Our gardening teams remain busy in both Newcastle and Hexham. We are confident this meets the government guidance on social distancing and it has been welcomed by our customers.

We are also continue to operate our warehouse to ensure our customers receive the service they need.

We are taking time to examine the implications of the government’s recent announcements and will then update on how and when we will be reopening our services to volunteers. We will not be inviting our volunteers back until we know it is as safe as it can reasonably be for them to join us again.

It is great that we have had contact from a number of our volunteers and we are pleased that everyone seems to be staying safe and well.

However, if you have any concerns for yourself or about any of our volunteers please tell us straight away. We will aim to make contact with them and to either provide or source any support which might be required.

It is heartening that we are receiving support from number of grant making trusts. Their financial backing will be vital to enable us to weather this pandemic and to allow us to rebuild when it is over.

Please continue to observe the rules on social distancing and isolation. It will help to keep not only you but many others safe and gives us the best chance of beating this virus as quickly as possible.

Stay safe – we’re missing you

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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