Family Development

Made possible from a wealth of experience gathered over four decades serving the North-east we’ve created a Family Resources website just for you.

Brought together by our Family Development team, members of our Neurodiversity think tank and from families sending us their tips and advice we’ve put together a bank of free resources to help you, as part of our valued community, to navigate the day-to-day challenges of life.

This is a FREE service for parents/carers of children pre, during or post diagnosis of autism.

These groups are intended to bring support advice and information on other services available at a time of great need. Trained autism practitioners will deliver sessions that aim to:

  • provide a safe place where parents can spend time with other parents who are in similar situation. 
  • provide information, advice and signposting in relation to parents and their child’s needs.
  • provide a space where children are able to have fun, engaging in activities which are meaningful and positive.

Sunderland Group


  • The group meet every Thursday, from 9.30 - 11.00am 
  • Rainbow Family Centre, 34 Elliott Terrace, Washington, NE37 3AE

Stockton Group


  • The group meet every Tuesday, from 1.00-2.30pm 
  • Billingham Family Hub, Ochil Terrace Stockton TS232QL


  • The group meet every Tuesday, from 10:00-11.30am 
  • Thornaby Family Hub, 5 Tedder Ave, Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees TS17 9JP

North Tyneside Group


  • The group meet every Friday, from 1.00-2.30pm
  • Minton Lane, North Shields, NE29 6PQ


  • The group meet every Friday, from 10.00-11.30am
  • Howdon Children's Centre, 11A Howdon Lane, Wallsend NE28 0AL

For more details please contact:

Kerrie Highcock, Family Development Manager

By telephone: 0191 410 9974

OR email.

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