Families on Wearside will be able to access our services more easily as Children North East opens new premises right in the heart of Sunderland.

Part of our charity’s Families and Parenting Service, which was formerly based in one room at Grace House Hospice has moved into three storey offices in Bridge House, Bridge Street and held an open day on Thursday May 23 for other organisations to find out more about what’s on offer.   

Family Support Services

Amongst the projects that will benefit families is an intensive intervention service commissioned by Together For Children Sunderland which helps parents who have local authority involvement with their children.

The team, led by Mandy Brown and Mark Thompson, (pictured) will also run a number of other family support services, including Caring Dads, a domestic abuse programme aimed at fathers who wish to learn how to change their behaviour and improve their parenting. There will also be a domestic abuse recovery programme for parents and their children.

"We have so much more space"

Team leader, Mandy Brown, said the move to new premises would enable the team to provide an improved quality service to local families.

Mandy stated “We have so much more space at Bridge House, including a room in which to deliver a variety of parenting/family programmes and another that we will use for training purposes including paediatric first aid sessions and, hopefully in the future, musical activities for babies and toddlers.”

Children North East’s Families and Parenting Service also provides support to families living in Newcastle, the service is located within the Cowgate Community Centre.

How we can help

Maria Baxter from Children North East

When one local mum reached out to the Children North East Crisis Intervention Team this year, things really had hit rock bottom with their twelve-year-old son who has severe behavioural issues. Lindsay told her powerful story to Children North East to help raise awareness. It's just one example of how we work as hard as we can to keep families together.

Read Lindsay's story