Who we are


'Warm hearted people who are clearly passionate about creating a healing space for all cancer patients here at the Freeman. Their presence hits you from the moment you enter with colourful co-created artwork that feels like a gentle embrace and a shot of energy! A service with a big heart!'

Patient, March 2017

The Room for You project started in 2001 as a pilot set up by two former cancer patients, Ali Rhind and Mary Jennings. They combined their talents, Ali as an artist and Mary as a counsellor, to set up an innovative project where artist and counsellor work together in the out-patient waiting areas. As well as offering a distraction for those awaiting treatment, the project aimed to transform the dispiriting atmosphere of the waiting room, both by the presence of art activity and also through the artworks produced.
Artist and counsellor/facilitators now co-work each week at the Northern Centre for Cancer Care, Newcastle; the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead and City Hospital Sunderland and in a growing number of community healthcare settings and Hospices in the North East. 
In 2012, Room for You became a charitable company limited by guarantee.
Room for You, registered charity in England and Wales [1150142]. A company limited by guarantee. Registered company in England and Wales [08127856]. Registered office: Room 15, Level 2, Commercial Union House, 39 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE1 6QE.