About Us

Tees Valley Buddies is a neurodiverse self-advocacy and peer support charity network.

The term neurodiversity usually refers to a range of specific learning differences including:

 

  • Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC)
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD) also referred to as Dyspraxia.
  • Developmental Language Disorder (DLD)
  • Epilepsy
  • Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Tourette’s and Tic Disorders
  • Specific Learning Disorder/ Differences e.g Dyslexia, Dyscalculia
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We are Tees Valley Buddies, and we think differently!

We choose to work with our brains instead of against them.

We want to empower and help give every neurodiverse person a voice to celebrate and normalise our differences and create equality and inclusion for all!

We hope to give everyone who is neurodiverse the strength and the belief that just because your brain thinks and learns differently does not mean you can’t achieve your goals and ambitions in life.

“We are working together to create a community where everyone belongs, and where everyone can a make difference”.

We offer the “buddy program” a mentoring and support service to help empower people with neurological and cognitive differences. So that they can learn to celebrate their neurodiverse talents, find friends, socialize, establish their place in society, connect with their local communities and live happy fulfilling lives.

The “buddy programme” also offers a support and guidance service for parents and carers to help empower them, to navigate their way through the SEND, health, and social care system, and to become effective advocates for all their child’s needs from birth into adulthood.

Tees Valley Buddies also spreads neurodiversity acceptance in communities, workplaces, and education setting throughout the Tees Valley area.

Our vision

“All neurodiverse people and their families living in Tees Valley are fully embraced and treated as equal members of the community”.

“That there is greater awareness and understanding of neurodiversity by people that live and work in Tees Valley”.

“That this recognition and understanding will enable neurodiverse people to feel part of society, connect with their local communities and achieve their lives ambitions and live happy fulfilling lives”.

Our Mission

We feel there needs to be more neurodiversity awareness, more equal treatment, and more widespread acceptance for those with autism and other neurological and cognitive developmental differences.

We want to create a society that can bend a little to allow for differences in behaviour and learning needs in the hope of creating more opportunities for inclusion in schools, workplaces and in the wider community.

Our goals are based on the seven keys to citizenship

LOVE

Having friendship and family, loving, and being loved

LIFE

Living fully and making a difference

HOME

Having a place where we belong

FREEDOM

Taking charge of our own lives

COMMUNITY

Being active and valued in our community

PURPOSE

Setting our own direction

MONEY

Having enough money to live well

Our network is made up of neurodiverse volunteers (peer support buddies) who have different neurological and cognitive differences. This means our volunteers can help other neurodiverse people feel empowered and learn to celebrate their differences, feel valued, respected, and reach their full potential by achieving their lives goals and ambitions in order to live a happy, fulfilled life.

Tees Valley is all about preventing isolation and loneliness and giving neurodiverse people a sense of belonging.  We offer a range of person-centred community opportunity activities to help neurodiverse people choose the life they want to live, feel connected to their local communities and break barriers and misconceptions.

Tees Valley Buddies also spread neurodiversity acceptance in communities, workplaces, and education settings.