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Northern Inclusion Consortium

Who we are

Our vision

We want to see a world where no one is left behind; where those facing barriers to inclusion are empowered and supported to be meaningfully engaged in their community and to be better placed to achieve sustained health, economic, and social wellbeing.

We seek to achieve this shared vision through transforming and developing current and future service delivery, developing delivery partnerships and networks, shaping the commissioning and funding landscape, and ensuring the voices of our organisations and those we work with are adequately heard within decision- and policy-making.

Our partners

Formed in 2013, the NIC is a group of four leading North East charities, Changing Lives, Groundwork NE & Cumbria, Humankind, and Mental Health Concern, each with a well-established commitment to delivering community-based services for people with complex needs. These founding organisations have built an effective partnership, based on shared values, ethics, and culture.

Together, we provide innovative, person-centred services to address issues including homelessness, poor mental health, joblessness, offending backgrounds and substance misuse.

We deliver services to 100,000 people across the North. We have consistently and effectively delivered services for many years; we know what works, and why.



Our people

Paul Hayes, Chair of the NIC
Paul was CEO of the National Treatment Agency for Substance Use from 2001-13 and recently stepped down as Director of Collective Voice, a group that advocates for and on behalf of those within the drug and alcohol treatment sector.

Jessie Joe Jacobs, Director of the NIC
Jessie is the founder and former Chief Executive of the award-winning A Way Out, a women and young people’s charity in Teesside, and has had an extensive and successful career in both the charity sector and political field.

Get in touch


  • Northern Inclusion Consortium
  • 36 Brenkley Way
  • Seaton Burn
  • Newcastle upon Tyne
  • NE13 6DS
  • 01325 529 210
  • info@niconsortium.org

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