Information on external organisations that might be of use to parents:
Contact a Family provides support, advice and information for families with disabled children, no matter what their condition or disability.
Select the following links to view recent newsletters and bulletins from Contact a Family:
Northeast Special Needs Network supports families with disabled children/young people from birth to 25 years.
Select the following links to view recent information and newsletters from Northeast Special Needs Network:
Autism Northumberland are a family run charity based in Cramlington that support families from the whole of Northumberland who are living with Autism. Autism Northumberland offer parent/carer support groups, sibling support groups, exclusive activities for autistic families and so much more.
Select the following links to view recent newsletters from Autism Northumberland.
National Autistic Society Parent to Parent Service (P2P) is the NAS’ UK-wide confidential telephone support service providing emotional support to parents and carers of a child or adult with autism. The service is provided by trained parent volunteers, who all have at least one son or daughter with autism. The Parent to Parent volunteers are based across the whole of the UK, this means that there is increased anonymity for parents who may not want to share information with someone in their local area.
The volunteers have a wealth of experience, knowledge and insight and can talk through any issues, problems or feelings parents are experiencing. They all know what life can be like for families affected by autism and want to do something to support others in similar situations. They can also direct callers to other sources of information and support.
Parents and carers can contact the service via phone or online. They can either call 0808 800 4106 at any time day and night and leave a message. It is not a manned line, but if they leave a message, a volunteer will call them back as soon as possible, at a time which suits them. Alternatively they can fill in the online enquiry form by visiting the Parent to Parent pages of the NAS website http://www.autism.org.uk/Our-services/Advice-and-information-services/Parent-to-Parent-Service.aspx