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Description automatically generatedDear Parent/s and/or Carer/s,

I work for Barnardo’s on the Parent Factor in ADHD programme, and I am reaching out to Northumberland schools, to promote our course to your families/carers.


The Parent Factor is run by Barnardo’s, and facilitated by myself and my colleague Mel, via Zoom in a small online group.  We cover several topics,  including, what is ADHD, offering emotional support, behavioural strategies, sleep and the SEN process amongst others.


The course runs for an hour and a half,  once a week for 8 weeks.   It is open to any family who lives in Northumberland, with a child/young person between the ages of 6-16yrs, with a diagnosis of ADHD. 

We run our courses term time only and offer support around any worries or barriers a family/carer may have.  Our course is entirely free of charge, and each family/carer will receive a certificate on completion. 


NICE guidelines suggest completing a course such as ours once a child/young person has been diagnosed.  We are very aware of the issues surrounding medication appointments and obtaining medication at the moment and this course provides some practical support to families.


I have attached a leaflet and a referral form for staff and/or families.  Also, any

one can get in touch for an informal chat about our service.


We look forward to hearing from you.


Kind regards




Liz Atkinson

Project Worker-Parent Factor in ADHD


M: 07566765213


My working week is Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.

Please note I work term time only.

Ability2Play Stay All Day - Alnwick
Ability2Play is an inclusive leisure programme aimed at both juniors and adults with a variety of Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities. Working with partners such as Newcastle United Football Foundation, England Netball and Northumberland Cricket Board this is a great opportunity to play loads of different games/sports all day.
You may or may not have heard of the 'Max' card.  It provides discounts for families of SEND and Looked After children. Below is a link to their website which offers further information. There is also a link for you to apply for a card from Northumberland County Council Directly.

NHS mental health services and autistic children and young people


We have been hearing from local families that some NHS mental health services aren’t working for them. To understand what is happening, we are asking parents to tell us about their family’s experiences of these services (School Health, CYPS and Primary Mental Health). We want to know what is working well and what could be better.


Parents can tell us about their experience online, or by getting in touch in a way that suits them. Children do not need to have a formal autism diagnosis – we also want to hear about those currently being assessed or where there is an indication of autism.


What parents tell us will be included in a report to those who pay for and provide these services, along with recommendations of how services could be improved for children and young people. It will be anonymous and we will ensure families cannot be identified.


Please could you share with parents so that we can hear from as many families in Northumberland as we can? If you have any questions about this project please let me know.


Best wishes


Healthwatch Northumberland /Adapt NE

Burn Lane, Hexham


NE46 3HN

Tel: 03332 408468

Mob: 07413 385275


Claire Jackson

Communication & Marketing Officer

SLCN Parent Information - Speech, Language and Communication Service

We hope that our parents and carers can find more information on how to help their children and young people to develop their spoken language, their speech sounds and understanding and so much more! To find out more click on the link below below:

Parenting Support Padlet
The Parenting Support Padlet through Early Help is useful for parents and covers the support that Early Help can offer in an easy to use format with subheadings. It includes sections on SEND, Mental Health and Bereavement amongst others.
The leaflet has a QR code on that parents can scan on their mobile phone which should take them to the Padlet of support.

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