Our drop-in sessions are for parents and carers of children who display traits associated with, or have a diagnosis of, a neurodevelopmental condition including: autism, sensory processing, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or Foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). A diagnosis is not needed.

These sessions will provide a safe space for parents and carers to meet others in a similar situation and provide the opportunity for peer support, enabling parents to support each other, share experiences and ideas. These groups are facilitated by a Family Support Team Leader. The aim is to provide a supportive and empowering environment for our parents and carers.

There will be multi-agency drop-ins and peer-support drop ins available. Details on these can be found within the documents you can download below. Multi-agency drop ins are designed so parents/carers can meet a representative from other services and agencies who may be able to support their family, child or young person. For details of upcoming multi-agency drop-ins in your area, and who will be attending please visit our Facebook Group.

Peer support drop ins are designed to be relaxed and informal, providing you with the opportunity to meet other parents/carers in similar situations and discuss any topics or situations that you might be finding  challenging, as well as sharing positive stories, top tips, strategies and information. A member of the Family Support Team will always be present at these drop-ins to provide support and facilitate the group.

The drop-in sessions and format will vary slightly depending on each area. For further details of all upcoming sessions please click on the links under the Local Authority headings below to see up to date flyers containing details of the drop-in’s available. If you have any questions before attending a drop-in, please email family.support@daisychainproject.co.uk

Drop-ins are during term time only.

Stockton

2024

Redcar & Cleveland

2024

Middlesbrough

2024

Hartlepool

2024

Darlington

2024

Independent, impartial advice on all matters SEND is freely available to children, young people and their parents and carers from SENDIASS and also from the Darlington Parent Carer Forum. The staff in these organisations have had relevant training regarding the SEND Code of Practice and the Equalities Act, as well as appropriate personal checks carried out on their suitability to carry out their roles. Both organisations comply with data protection legislation to keep you and your information safe and secure and both are covered by public liability insurance. When seeking advice and support on SEND matters please ensure you are doing so safely – the easiest way to do this is through the appropriate and recognised channels.

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