Fifth Sense has a support hub in Newcastle which is run by volunteer member Joanne Dixon.  Joanne organises informal meet-ups for members of the group in the Newcastle area.

If you are based in Newcastle or surrounding areas and would like to join the group then you can email Joanne at

Hub Activity

November 2018

Following the success of the first Patient Information Day this lead to a further event which was held on 24th November 2018 where Fifth Sense members came together with clinicians from Freeman Hospital/Newcastle University, sensory mapmaker Kate McLean and her colleague Rachel Hancock to discuss A Patient’s Journey Through The Healthcare System – further details to follow soon.

January – August 2018

Following the event and at the request of our local members, the Newcastle hub arranged regular ‘Meet ups’ which took place throughout the year. Members got together for a coffee and a catch up where they could talk to others who understand what it’s like to live with Anosmia.

September 2018

In September 2018 Joanne and fellow Fifth Sense member, Chris Harrison, attended a Headway Tyneside meeting and talked to group members about the impact of olfactory loss. Click here to read their report on the experience.

September 2017

Fifth Sense Newcastle held their first Patient Information Day in conjunction with clinicians from the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle and researchers from Newcastle University on 30th September 2017. Click here to read more on what was a positive and useful meeting for clinicians and Fifth Sense members alike.

About Joanne

Joanne lives in Newcastle and has worked in various coordinating and training roles throughout her career. She has experience working with young talent and in adult education and has worked closely with schools and other educational providers.

Joanne has suffered from Parosmia as a result of a bad cold which happened in July 2015. Whilst researching the condition she came across Fifth Sense and also learned about local ENT Consultant Mr Sean Carrie at Newcastle Freeman Hospital, who has been involved with local information days and events.

She is passionate about supporting people, grateful to be part of the Fifth Sense community and proud to be a Fifth Sense volunteer.