Children North East is the region’s oldest children’s charity.  Since our charity began in 1891 we have made life changing differences to local children and young people in their families, schools and communities.

In the North East, one in three children lives in poverty.  But poverty isn’t the only factor that can limit positive childhood experiences and over the last ten years we have seen rises in the number of children and young people facing mental health issues, family breakdown, isolation, domestic abuse, sexual exploitation, unemployment and more.

Following the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19) our vital work is needed now more than ever in the region as the virus has amplified these issues, making a huge and detrimental impact on those in need in our region.

We are working hard to adapt our existing services, projects and resources to meet the needs of our beneficiaries in line with government and public health guidance, with digital and phone based systems being introduced to ensure continued access to our essential work.

We are also responding to the growing and emerging needs of our service users and the wider North East demographic in this time of crisis.  From providing food parcels and addressing inequalities in resources available for children unable to attend school due to closures, to providing phone or online counselling to young people who are struggling with isolation and introducing support systems for expectant parents during pregnancy at a time of great worry and anxiety - we are here to provide support where it is needed most.

Our charity is approaching our 130th anniversary and despite the challenging situation that Coronavirus brings for a charity like ours, we are working tirelessly to continue to invest in the lives of babies, children, young people and families in the region to ensure they have healthier and happier childhoods in 2020 and beyond.