Working for the common good by enabling people to develop to their personal potential.


The Alan Shearer Centre is a highly specialist, respite, residential and social facility for people with complex disabilities and acute sensory impairments. Situated in its own grounds on the outskirts of Newcastle the Alan Shearer Centre comprises three specialist facilities on the same site:

  • our short break provision, offering respite care tailored specifically to the needs of our disabled guests
  • our new specialist residential home for disabled adults with multiple needs
  • our activity centre, open daily to disabled children and adults offering a wide range of therapeutic and sensory activities

The Alan Shearer Short Break Centre provides highly specialised respite breaks in a safe and specially adapted environment for people with a range of disabilities and behavioural issues, allowing parents and carers a well-earned rest. It is the only short break centre in the North East with its own on-site activity centre, set within several acres of private and beautifully landscaped grounds.

Our Alan Shearer Specialist Residential home, also situated within the Alan Shearer Centre, offers residential accommodation for adults with profound and multiple disabilities. Here we provide longer term, safe and nurturing care and support. In addition, our disabled residents have full access to the on-site Activity Centre.

The Alan Shearer Activity Centre is a specialist recreational, sensory and social resource for disabled people of all ages and catering to a wide spectrum of need. Facilities are completely free to use and include a hydrotherapy suite, sensory rooms and cave, a giant ball pool, a music room, seasonal activities and a café . Overhead tracking and hoists are fitted throughout, enabling full accessibility to all areas for those with limited mobility.

To find out how to access our short break or specialist residential home, or to become a member of our activity centre, please ring Amanda Head, our Alan Shearer Centre Manager, on 0191 267 8128 and she will be delighted to help. The Alan Shearer Centre is a part of St Cuthberts Care.

Events and activities coming up at the Alan Shearer Centre

More free special events, performances and fun activities are in store at the Centre. For details of our upcoming entertainment for all ages and abilities please see our leaflet or call the Activity Centre on 0191 267 8118 to book your space.

We are so proud of our superstar, Carolyn!

Volunteer Carolyn has been presented with a special award by Alan Shearer, in recognition of her dedication to his Foundation and to the Alan Shearer Centre.


Short Break guests go al fresco

18 May 2016

The first glimpse of summer has been too much to resist for guests at the Alan Shearer Short Break Centre this week.

Read how our Short Break guests made the most of the sunny weather


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