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Daybreak is a charity supporting adults with learning disabilities.

Founded in 1982, Daybreak is a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity.

Daybreak provides flexible, progressive and varied supported social activities for adults with learning disabilities and complex needs across the North East region.

We are a social enterprise, a 'not for profit' organisation operating as a business. Our surpluses are invested principally for our social purpose; which is to promote and encourage service user participation in the management of the organisation; the delivery of a range of activities to promote social inclusion, independence and choice; the development of relationships and the promotion of happy and healthy lifestyles, in response to the requests and needs of our service users.

Daybreak provides, varied and wide life skills training, supported work and volunteer experiences, sport, leisure and cultural activities and accredited courses, both in-house and within the adjacent communities.

Our centres include a small commercial bakery, a horticultural market garden, sensory room, music and dance activities, recycling service, two community cafes, craftwork and IT and Media training, which incorporates the production of a service user magazine, written by the service users for service users.

Daybreak provides a volunteer ‘buddy’ programme to encourage volunteering within the health and social sector and support our service users and the service users of other organisation to take advantage of a wide range of supported volunteering and employment opportunities within the community.

With centres at Acomb near Hexham, Minsteracres near Consett, and at our Montagu Centre which is in Cowgate, Newcastle, we support people across a wide area of the north east region.

Our vision is ‘a world where people are valued for their differences’.

Our mission is “to promote, encourage and support adults with disabilities to lead happy, independent, socially inclusive and healthy lives”.

The company intends to achieve the aims of the mission statement by delivering its objectives:

  • Promote the independence of our service users by supporting each person to exercise choice
  • Promote the social inclusion of each person
  • Support the development of relationships
  • Encourage a healthy lifestyle
  • To be socially enterprising and innovative
  • To measure our social impact
  • To be an active member of the civil society

Currently Daybreak provides employment for 29 (22 full time and 7 part time) plus relief staff and volunteers across all three centres.