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SEND Resources & Helpful Links

SEND Resources and Helpful Links 


Below are some helpful resources, websites and support groups which could be useful for parents and children.


Agency What they do How to contact
Little Treasures Volunteer run charity who support autistic adults and children right across the North East. 

Join their Facebook page or Contact Laura

or Michelle - 07749 681130,

North East Autism Society Wide range of services across the North East, supporting families living with Autism, learning difficulties and disabilities. 

Call 0191 4109974


SENDIASS SENDIASS provides free, confidential and accurate information, advice and support about education, health and social care for children, young people and their parents on matters relating to special educational needs and disability.

Call: 0191 5873541


Parents, carers and young people can access information relating to SEND via the SENDIASS website :  

KOOTH Kooth offers online mental health services for children, young people and adults. Kooth is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people. Visit:  
National Autistic Society This unprecedented period of change is difficult for many autistic people and families. The National Autistic Society have put together some handy tips to help support families. Visit: 
The Autism Educator An autism friendly social story for children which explains the corona virus and helps alleviate any fears and anxieties many children may be experiencing. Visit:
Corona Virus Easy Read A variety of online resources for children of all ages, including SEND, to help further understand the COVID-19 pandemic.


Sunshine Support Independent information, advice and support to parents/carers of children with special educational needs.  Visit :
Daisy Chain Project Service supporting families affected by Autism. Visit :  
Durham Area Disability Leisure Group Virtual newsletter is now out including downloadable activities and resources. Visit :

Social Stories & Resources To Support SEND Children 


Meeting Sensory Needs Booklet - The Autism Spectrum Teacher

Seeing Other People Wearing Masks - Autism Little Learners

SENDIASS Weekly Coffee Mornings/Afternoons


 Twice weekly virtual Zoom coffee mornings/ evenings until the middle of June for Parents & Carers of children with a disability or additional need.


Please follow relevant date link below to register.


Click To Register For Coffee Morning (10 am) 


Click To Register For Coffee Evening (6 pm)


Email: for further information. 


Emotional Health & Resilience Nurses - Weekly Drop In Sessions


Free drop in sessions with the Emotional Resilience nurses. Confidential advice and guidance to support young people aged 5 - 19. Parents can discuss any worries or issues they may have. See below for more info. 

Every Tuesday @ 9:30 - 11:30 am. 


Facebook : Emotional Health and Resilience Nurses - County Durham 


Click To Join Weekly Drop In Session With Emotional Resilience Team


Making Changes Together | Support For Carers  


Zoom coffee mornings / evenings for Parents & Carers of young people ages 0-25 with an additional need. Hosted by Making Changes Together and SENDIASS. From 25th June Gillian Fortune from Feel Good CIC will be joining all coffee events. She will be giving great tips on how carers can cope.


Thursday 25th June @ 11 am - 12.30 pm

Tuesday 30th June @ 6 pm - 7.30 pm


Click To Register For Zoom Coffee Mornings / Evenings



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