MAIN‘s Durham branch is the home of its post-diagnostic support service for adults aged 16+.
This is available to individuals with an autism diagnosis who do not meet social care criteria. And their service provides 1:1 support sessions, which cover a range of topics in these 5 key areas:
- Understanding your diagnosis
- Health and wellbeing
- Independent living
- Accessing the community and socialising
- Employment and volunteering
MAIN are also able to assist in advocating for autistic individuals, and providing evidence letters where necessary. For example:
- PIP applications
- Bus pass applications
- Letters to potential or current employers regarding reasonable adjustments for interviews or workplace environments
You will meet with a resource worker and a resource co-ordinator as part of MAIN’s post-diagnostic support service. While your primary point of contact is the resource co-ordinator, they’ll conduct an initial assessment, create a care plan, and follow up with you as needed. Besides, the resource worker is the person you meet with for one-on-one help with specific topics.
You’ll need to speak to someone through a buzzer at the door to get in. If this is anxiety provoking, we recommend taking someone with you.
MAIN Durham is located at the top of a relatively narrow flight of stairs. Unfortunately no lifts or stairlifts are available.
Free parking is available in a small car park behind MAIN’s office, as well as in parallel parking bays along Front Street. Both parking options are often full so allow plenty of time to find a space.
For Eric’s page about all of the services MAIN provides, click here. And MAIN’s other branches can be found here: Middlesbrough, Redcar, Stockton.