Overview of the home

Belford Terrace can accommodate up to five young people.

The accommodation can be made up of both male and female service user’s but currently we are accommodating all male.

As well as autism, some of our young people do have other difficulties which we need to support them in. This includes ADHD, attachment disorder, significant sensory processing difficulties and Cornelia de Lange syndrome.

Belford is a large detached home near to the city centre of Sunderland.

Belford has three bathrooms, a large living room, conservatory, spacious kitchen, large entrance hall and a sensory area located upstairs within Belford. Each young person has their own bedroom, with each bedroom designed around their individualised needs. Two bedrooms have an en-suite bathroom, situated on the bottom floor, which supports our most vulnerable and is easy accessible for them, taking into consideration their own needs and abilities. There is also a shared bathroom downstairs and an upstairs shower room, which all young people have access to on a daily basis.

The sensory area is designed with assistance from our Occupational Therapist and containing equipment and materials such as sensory lights, projection tent and providing a unique tool for targeted sensory and therapeutic interventions for each young person here at the home.

Welcome from the Registered Manager

Sharon Robinson

Having commenced employment with North East Autism Society 30 years ago I have worked in a wide range of the homes that the Society offers. I initially began my career with NEAS at Carley Hill, before moving to Thornhill in 2007. With Belford Terrace opening in November 2010 I moved to Belford, taking on the role of Registered Manager in August 2011.


  • Level 3 - Children and Young Peoples Workforce Diploma
  • NVQ 4 – Health and Social Care children and young people.
  • Level 5 - Diploma in Health and Social Care
  • Safe Handling of Medication

What our parents say…

The boy you have with you today is a very different boy that walked through the door when first coming to Belford. We were all in a bad place and, honestly, at that point I could not see a way out. Belford quite simply rescued us!

What our young people say… 

I feel I am listened too and can talk to the management or staff team.

What professionals say...

The care provided by the professional staff team at Belford provides the structure to allow the young people to express themselves safely. The young people are is listened too and their wishes are reflected.

Statement of Purpose 

Belford Statement of Purpose