Spotlight falls on health and social care services

HEALTH and social care services will come into focus at an event in Ponteland this month.

Northumberland LINk is a network of local people, community groups and organisations which helps county residents to influence change and bring about improvements in the sector.

It works by asking people for their experiences, opinions and ideas about health and social care, which it then uses to develop recommendations to present to the people responsible for these services.

Northumberland County Council Executive Member for Adult Care and Well-being Ian Lindley said: “The most important element to us as the elected authority is the well-being of Northumberland’s people so the opinions of our service users are crucial to our service planning.”

The latest face-to-face opportunity to have your say is at an open meeting on Wednesday, February 15.

It will take place in St Mary’s Church Hall in Thornhill Road, Ponteland, between 1.30pm and 3.30pm. Lunch will be provided during the registration period from 1pm.

Anyone who would like to go along needs to confirm their attendance by Monday, February 13, including details of any dietary requirements, by calling 01434 600599, or emailing

There are plenty of opportunities to join Northumberland LINk task groups, which look at specific issues, take part in research, or become one of its authorised representatives. For more information, visit

The website is also another way for people to register their views and experiences.