With branches in Durham, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Stockton, MAIN’s primary focus is to provide safe social spaces for autistic children, tweens, teens and young adults to develop confidence, make friends and feel included. They achieve this through regular social groups, residential trips and individually tailored learning opportunities.
Additionally, MAIN runs a personal support assistant (PA) service for children and adults, which enables the individual to access a range of opportunities not limited to participating in social opportunities, learning to use public transport, and practicing other independent living skills.
A post-diagnostic support service for adults aged 16+ runs from MAIN’s Durham branch. 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, and employment and volunteering.
MAIN are also able to assist in advocating for autistic individuals and providing evidence letters where necessary, for example for PIP applications, bus pass applications, letters to potential or current employers regarding reasonable adjustments for interviews or workplace environments, etc.
MAIN also deliver accredited and non-accredited training courses in autism and co-occurent conditions.