Berwick Northstar show

The Northstar centre

The Northstar centre is situated in the north of Berwick in Castlegate and is located near shops and local facilities that are easily accessed on foot. The building is on one level and is easily accessible. The rooms consist of:
  • kitchen
  • computer suite
  • large dining room
  • sensory room
  • sessional room
  • offices
  • accessible bathroom
There is also an extra room outside in which the two businesses that Northstar have are situated. There is also a large area outside that we hope to develop as a sensory garden, as well as an area where clients can meet and work outside.

Clients who access Northstar need to be referred by Northumbria Health Care Trust’s care management team. Our clients are adults with learning disabilities, including clients with sensory and physical disabilities.

There is a keyworker system at Northstar, where each person has a named member of staff to who they can approach in confidence, and who will assist the clients on a day-to-day basis, helping to ensure each person is represented properly within the service, assisting with individual choices, such as their timetables and the activities that they would like to be involved in.

All clients have an individual care plan that reflects their own particular needs and have two reviews per year in conjunction with care management, other professionals, carers and parents.

We have a policy to hire out our rooms to different groups within the local community. Lady making jewellery

Northstar jewellery

At Northstar, we have developed a very successful jewellery business that is consistently building up a growing client base. Our jewellery is sold via various outlets, including:
  • The Maltings
  • Aln Valley Railway shop
  • Hepscott Park café
The jewellery created is catered towards all ages and tastes, and the group are constantly looking at how to expand their range.

Northstar Print

Another successful venture Northstar has developed is a printing and photography business. Clients are encouraged to take photographs of local views and places, and then develop the photographs which are mounted or reduced in size and put into keyrings and fridge magnets.

The business can be bespoke, and the group have received a number of orders from local organisations. You can find these items in local outlets that include:
  • The Maltings
  • Aln Valley Railway shop
  • Hepscott Park café
Northstar Print is becoming more popular and building up an extremely good customer base.

Way up North

Way up North is a well-established group of performers who produce an annual production that is performed to an audience.

They have produced a number of productions including ‘songs from the movies’ and ‘Grease’.

This is an extremely popular performing arts group, showing great dedication, commitment and professionalism.

All Northstar activities on offer

  • sensory sessions
  • physiotherapy and exercises
  • newsletter
  • Way up North
  • Northstar Jewellery
  • Northstar Print
  • recycling with the Salvation Army
  • The Shindiggers drumming group
  • therapeutic music
  • pamper sessions
  • computer sessions
  • Northumberland Echo and the leading group


The Northstar team consists of:
  • clerk
  • care workers
  • care supervisors
  • drivers
  • passenger assistants
  • assistant manager
  • service manager
All staff are trained in statutory/mandatory courses, as required by the policies of Northumberland County Council. Each role has specific training in NVQ/QCF or the equivalent.

At the Northstar Centre, we aim to facilitate a variety of social, educational, therapeutic and employment opportunities for each individual. Our aim is to enable clients to broaden their life experiences and individual choices, as well as encouraging them to be a part of the community that they live in, through using local facilities that are available.

The Northstar Centre incorporates the service principles of privacy, dignity, respect, choice, independence and fulfilment. These are the basis in which we develop and implement our aims and objectives.

Contact information

Stephanie Stafford - service manager
Telephone: 01289 305105

Jean Brooke - assistant unit manager
Telephone: 01289 305105

Opening times

  • Monday – Thursday (9am – 4.30pm)
  • Friday – (9am - 4pm)
  • Places available – 35


  • transport - £1 per journey
  • meals – £2.50 per meal