Are you involved with people with learning disabilities and want to ensure they have a voice on issues? 

Local forums in the county feed information to and from the Learning Disability Partnership Board.  The learning disability partnership board (LDPB) aims to show the values of inclusiveness, respect, dignity and equal partnership in working together locally with people with learning disabilities, and their families, to support better lives for them. 

  • In the north, Berwick Voices meets once a month in Berwick upon Tweed.  This forum then feeds into the North forum: Northumberland Echo.   Meetings for this group alternate between Berwick and Alnwick.  Members of the forum are made up of council providers, but they also include voluntary and community groups such as Border Links.  For further information contact 07917 553933 or email Joanne at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Have a Say group: Based in Hexham.  Contact is Joanne Elliott: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Central User Forum: Based in Blyth.  Contact is Michelle Stoker: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The forums work direct from the partnership board and help with consultation on key documents and areas of focus for the council, such as housing.  They also raise important local issues with the partnership board.