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What is Families First North East?

Families First North East (FFNE) is a service that offers a range of support for those with diverse needs. FFNE was originally founded in 1988 as the ‘Hartlepool Toy Library’. Since then it has worked hard across the years to support families in the North East. All 17 of its services have fully trained, understanding and devoted staff. FFNE also has like-minded volunteers who work with their staff to ensure that all those involved receive the best support that they can.

Their services include:

  • SNIP;

    The Special Needs Inclusion Project provides the opportunity to play for those with multiple disabilities/ diverse needs. The project runs an afterschool club and holiday play scheme. SNIP also ensures that those attending their afterschool clubs get a teatime snack. They like to be sure that there are no hungry tums!

  • SocialEyes;

    SocialEyes was developed by leading professionals and was launched by the National Autistic Society in 2010. They offer the opportunity for autistic people to develop and understand social skills. They focus on the main 8 things autistic people often struggle with socially. It does not ask  autistic people to ‘change’ their behaviours. Nor does it expect autistic people to copy or adopt socially ‘typical’ behaviours.

  • Families Connect;

    Families Connect is a weekly family drop-in service for those during or post their ASD diagnosis.

The services listed are examples of the types of support available. Details about their services can be found here. Follow this link to book sessions, make referrals, etc!

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