MAIN‘s Durham branch is the home of their post-diagnostic support service for adults aged 16+.
This is available to individuals with an autism diagnosis who do not meet social care criteria. The service provides 1:1 support sessions covering a range of topics within 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
Under MAIN’s post-diagnostic support service you will have a resource co-ordinator and additionally meet with a resource worker. The resource co-ordinator is your main point of contact. They’ll do an initial assessment, write up a care plan and check in with you as often as needed. The resource worker is the person you meet for 1:1 support sessions on specific topics.
You’ll need to speak to someone through a buzzer at the door to be let in. If this is anxiety provoking, we recommend taking someone with you who can help.
MAIN Durham is located at the top of a relatively narrow flight of stairs. Unfortunately there are no lifts or stairlifts available.
Free parking is available in a small car park behind MAIN’s office. Parking is also available in parallel parking bays along Front Street. Both parking options can often be full so allow plenty of time to find a space.
For Eric’s page about all of the services MAIN provides, click here. MAIN’s other branches can be found here: Middlesbrough, Redcar, Stockton.