Support for neurodiverse families, young people and adults

Peer Support Buddies

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Peer Support Buddies have personal experience of having a neurological and cognitive difference such as:

  • ADHD/ADD
  • Autistic Spectrum Condition
  • Dyslexia
  • Dysgraphia
  • Dyscalculia
  • Dyspraxia
  • Speech and Language Disorders and Difficulties
  • Tourette’s Syndrome
  • Developmental Coordination Differences
  • Sensory Processing Disorder
  • Auditory Processing
  • OCD
  • Anxiety
  • Specific Learning Difficulties
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • ODD
  • Schizophrenia
  • Any other neurological difference/conditions

Peer Support Buddies help others who are struggling to deal with their own neurological and cognitive differences, supporting them to find their place in the world instead of trying to fit into society's ideas of 'normal', in the hope that one day they can see the beauty and value in their brain difference and learn to love the person they were born to be.

Peer Support Buddies also help people with neurological and cognitive differences who are feeling lonely, isolated, and lost to get out and about in their local communities, find purpose and a sense of belonging.

Upcoming Peer Support Training dates are available on Latest News Page via Category- Training Dates

Community Opportunities Programme

Tees Valley Buddies goals are based on the 7 keys to citizenship Model (developed by Simon Duffy and Wendy Perez at the Uk-based Centre for Welfare Reform).

We focus on the 7 key themes below:

Purpose – having dreams, goals, and hopes and a structure for life and a plan to achieve this. Having our own direction.

Freedom – control and the ability to speak up and be heard and to be legally visible in society. Taking charge of our own life.

Money – to have money for what people need, and control over how that money is spent, especially if it is money to help you get a life. Having enough to live a good life.

Home – a place that belongs to a person, where they have control over everything that happens there. A place that can be the base for a person’s life.

‍‍‍Help – good quality help that enhances their gifts, talents and skills, and ensures their social standing, freedoms, rights and responsibilities in society.

Life – that people play an active part in their community including contribution through their love, gifts, and talents. Getting stuck in and making a difference. Learning from others and them learning from us.

Love - that peoples' rights to a range of loving relationships and with it the responsibilities for others are upheld. Also, that the differences in society are revered and respected. Friendship, love, and family.

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The Community Opportunities Programme includes opportunities such as:

  • learning new skills and working as a team
  • getting out about in community
  • partnering up with other organisations, charities, and groups
  • contributing and making a difference
  • volunteering and helping others
  • enterprise workshops
  • work opportunities and gaining qualifications
  • socialising and making new friends

Self-advocacy

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Our self-advocacy group brings neurodiverse people together who want to improve their lives or communities by coming together to speak with one voice.

Do you have a neurological and cognitive difference such as:

  • ADHD/ADD
  • Autistic Spectrum Condition
  • Dyslexia
  • Dysgraphia
  • Dyscalculia
  • Dyspraxia
  • Speech and Language Disorders and Difficulties
  • Tourette’s Syndrome
  • Developmental Coordination Differences
  • Sensory Processing Disorder
  • Auditory Processing
  • OCD
  • Anxiety
  • Specific Learning difficulties
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • ODD
  • Any other neurological difference/condition

Would you like to speak out about the services you use?

We talk about health, housing, social care, education, living in the community and lots of other things.

Do you want people to listen to your views?

We believe our voice matters and those people who oversee services should listen to us.

Do you want to make things better for neurodiverse people?

Then join our self advocacy support group.

Support for Carers and Families

Many parents and carers of autistic children and those with learning disabilities or other neurological differences often report that they feel lonely and isolated for many leading to depression.

Having a child with a neurological or cognitive condition often means that people unintentionally push you away as they struggle to understand and relate to your situation or cope with your child’s challenging behaviour. All that people see is a child causing a problem- they do not understand that this problematic or inappropriate behaviour is often sign that your child is struggling to cope.

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"Some days I would feel like the strongest mum ever and ready to take on the world, other days I would feel so defeated and emotionally burned out, as I struggle to deal with my sons’ constant violent meltdowns and the never-ending battles of trying to be heard by services to get the right support and care for my son." (Annemarie founder of Tees Valley Buddies)

"Parenting isn’t easy it’s a lifelong commitment that changes perspectives and teaches us patience and endurance past our limits. There seems to be plenty of parental support from a variety of resources and agencies, however this support is usually tailored to the typical parent. Most support for autism and other neurodiversities are aimed at children or those with complex needs but everyone deserves support, especially during high stressful times in life like becoming a parent or going through the process of your child getting a diagnoses and support. (Chelle- Parent and Carer Co-ordinator, autistic mum to an autistic son)

Tees Valley Buddies want all neurotypical and neurodivergent parents and carers who are struggling to know that you are not alone and that we are here to support you.

Our neurodiversity friendly parent and carer support group is a great way to meet other parents who you can relate to and share similar experiences with and meet new friends. We are here to support you through your challenges as well as celebrating your joys.

Parent and Carer Support Buddies

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For parents and carers who are struggling to cope, who feel like they have nowhere to turn, who need advice, guidance, or simply need someone to actively listen. We can offer one to one emotional and practical support from one of our parent and carer support buddies.

Stay and Play Sessions

“As a neurodivergent mother with children that also have differences I often felt out of place and sometimes uncomfortable in children's group environments or social settings. New situations, a lot of people you may not relate to or that understand your or your child's differences can be daunting and off putting.

I became a part of Tees Valley Buddies and a parent carer coordinator to help towards creating a more inclusive and accepting community that everyone can be a part of, introducing parents and carers to sensory friendly and inclusive groups for parents and their children to socialise and ultimately be themselves without social pressure”. (Chelle- Parent and Carer Co-ordinator)

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If you are a neurodivergent parent who finds typical childrens' groups overwhelming, we have created a space specifically for individuals to come along unmasked and comfortable to socialise with like-minded individuals while your children play.

We also have a group for neurodivergent children to play freely in a sensory friendly environment. The perfect chance to socialise in a neurodiverse setting.