Parent carer support groups

One of the ways you can be supported in your role as a carer is by attending parent support groups. Your child does not need a diagnosis to attend a support group.

"When I attended my first support group meeting I was a little bit nervous, but once we all got chatting and telling our stories of our little ones, I felt at ease and it was nice to hear that you are not alone with it all. We laugh, have a cup of tea, exchange ideas, and yes there has been tears, but the support and information you leave with helps you through the difficulties that we and our children face."

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Market Weighton Autism Parent Carer Support Group

We support parents and guardians before, during and after diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Condition and related conditions. Our mission as a support group is to provide a friendly environment for us as parents to talk, share ideas, stories, laughs, tears and celebrate our children with people going through similar life experiences.

Morning meetings

Dates: First Friday of the month

Times: 9am - 12 noon

Cost: Free

Evening meetings

Dates: The 3rd Monday of the month

Times: 6.30pm – 8.00pm

Cost: Free

Venue: Market Weighton Children’s Centre, Princess Road, Market Weighton YO43 3BY

Tel: 07952 269817  

Email: mwareaautismsg@gmail.com

Bridlington Autism Parent Carer Support Group

Meetings are for parents carers of children/young people with Autistic Spectrum Condition. Your child does not need a diagnosis for you to attend.

Dates:  Meetings held every Monday (term time only)

Times: 10am - 12noon

Cost: Free

Venue: Christ Church Community Hub, 29 Prospect Street, Bridlington, YO15 2AE

Contact: John Dixon

Tel: (01262) 404100

Tel: (01262) 404105

Email: jdixon@christchurchbridlington.co.uk 

Aim Higher

Empowering families facing Autism, Mental Health and Educational Barriers for children and young people 0-25.  We provide; advocacy service, workshops, guidance, activities, support groups and campaign to raise awareness and acceptance of autism and mental health issues. 

Dates:  Meetings held on the 1st Wednesday of the month

Times: 10.30am – 12.30pm

Cost: Free

Venue: Ready4work, Shirethorn House, Suite G, Hull, HU2 8PX

Web: Aim Higher (external website)

Hull & East Riding National Autistic Society (HERNAS)

Meetings are for parent carers of children on the autistic spectrum, giving everyone a very friendly, informal chance to meet and talk with other parent carers.

HEY NAS Beverley support group
Dates: First Wednesday of the month
Times: 12.30-2.30pm
Venue: Norwood Methodist Church Hall, Beverley, HU17 9HN

HEY NAS Morning meetings
Date: The 3rd Monday of every month
Times: 10am-12noon
Venue: Kids, 182 Chanterlands Avenue, Hull HU5 4DJ

HEY NAS Evening meetings

Date: The 2nd Tuesday of every month
Times: 7-9pm
Venue: Old English Gentleman, Mason St, Hull HU2 8BG

Teen social group
for young people aged 11-20+ years with Autism and Aspergers 
Date: Every Wednesday
Times: 6-8pm
Cost: £1.00 per young person (parent/carer has to stay in building).
Venue: Lonsdale Community Centre, Lonsdale Street, (off Anlaby Road) Hull HU3 6PA. 

Thursday Play Group
Date: Thursdays (term time only)
Times: 9.30-11.30am
Venue: Lonsdale Community Centre, Lonsdale Street, (off Anlaby Road) Hull HU3 6PA.

Family Fun Group
Date: The last Saturday of every month
Times: 10.30am-12.30pm
Cost: £1.00 per child
Venue: Lonsdale Community Centre, Lonsdale Street, (off Anlaby Road) Hull HU3 6PA.

HERNAS website (external website)

Contact: Jackie

Tel: 07917 040380

Email: hulleastriding@nas.org.uk

OCD support

Support for people who are affected directly or indirectly (family and friends) by Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), BDD and hoarding symptoms.  We welcome anyone aged 16 years + (under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult).

Dates: The 1st Monday of the month (not bankholidays)

Times: 7pm – 8.45pm

Cost: Free

Venue: Quaker Meeting House, Bean Street, Anlaby Road, Hull, HU3 2PR

Tel: 07505823504 (call/text) 

Email: OCDsupport@hotmail.co.uk

ODC Support (external website)

Driffield parent carer support group

For parent carers of children with additional needs aged 0 – 19 years.

Dates: Meetings held on the Second Thursday of the month (term time only)

Times: 11am – 12.30pm

Cost: Free

Venue: Driffield Children’s Centre, Beckside, Driffield YO25 6QN

Contact: Driffield Children’s Centre

Tel: (01377) 240782

Beverley SEND support group

A drop in session for parents and carers with children with additional needs to discuss thoughts and share ideas to support you with your child’s needs. The session will be an opportunity to make new friends, be parent led with opportunities to invite outside agencies and professionals to share their knowledge and information of what’s on in the community to support families. Children of all ages are welcome at the sessions there is no age limit. We hope you are able to join us and look forward to seeing you.

Date: Every 4th Thursday of the month (please look at the centre "What's On" programme)

Time:  9.30-11.30am

Cost: FREE

Venue: Beverley Children’s Centre, Coltman Avenue, Beverley HU17 9LP

Contact: (01482) 880066

Special Mum's/Dad's/Carer's Social Club

A group of parents of children with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND) who meet socially on a regular basis to chat, laugh and swap ideas and experiences. The events are advertised via a closed Facebook page.

Cost: Free

Contact: For more information and to join the group ring Sue

Tel: 07787 556583

or Mary

Tel: 07507 683522

Facebook  SMSC (closed group)

Together group

Activities and support for all families of children with hearing loss. 

Dates: Various Saturdays

Venue: Various locations depending on the activity,

Contact: Natalie Battle

Tel: 07723928536

or Sarah Jackson

Tel: 07876 781629

Or find us on Facebook (HDDCS) Hull and District Deaf Children’s Society.

Hull & District Deaf Children's Society

We provide voluntary support for deaf children and their families who live in the Hull and District area. We are able to offer advice from parents of deaf children who have themselves been through the experience of bringing up a deaf child.


Hull & District Deaf Children's Society website (external website)

HERIB – Hull and East Riding Institute for the Blind

Contact: HERIB

Tel: (01482) 342297 

HERIB website (external website)

The Royal Society for Blind Children

We support children and young people aged 0 to 25yrs who have been diagnosed with any form of visual impairment. To contact the family support worker covering Hull and East Riding

Email: david@david644.orangehome.co.uk


Support will be offered but via social media to parents and young people with ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Email: stuartjktaylor@btinternet.com

Down Right Special   

Dates: Fridays

Times: 10 am – 12 noon 

Cost: Free

Venue: Bodmin Road Church, Roebank Arcade, Bransholme, Hull, HU7 4HE

Tel: (01482) 420160   

View more information on Down Right Special in the Local Offer service directory

York Down Syndrome Support Group

3:21 Saturday Club - everyone welcome for a coffee, chat, snack and play.

Dates: 3rd Saturday of the month (except August and December)

Time: 10am - 12 noon

Venue: The Avenues Children's Centre, York, YO31 0UT

Tel: 07989 226990

Email: contact@ydssg.org

Web: www.ydssg.org (external website)

Hull Epilepsy parent carer support group        

Meet other people with epilepsy at our monthly coffee and chat group.

Date: 3rd Thursday of every month

Time: 11am to 12.30pm

Venue: Hull Truck Theatre, 50 Ferensway, Hull, HU2 8LB

Contact: Cliff: 01274 640 064

Email: cchallenger@epilepsy.org.uk

Hull & East Riding parent and child Diabetes UK group

Support group for people with diabetes in the family

Email: contact@heykids.org.uk

Hull and District Diabetes Support Group

Guest speakers each month, just come along.

Date: 1st Tuesday of the month February to November,

Time: 7:00 to 9:00pm

Venue: Mercure Royal Hotel, 170 Ferensway, (Hull Interchange/Paragon Station) Hull

Contact: Lionel (01482) 844933, Pauline (01482) 805854, Ron (01482) 708062.

Email: hull_district_diabetes_support@hotmail.co.uk

York Parents

There are two groups:
Adults who have either Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes, is a parent/carer or just has an interest in diabetes.
Date: first Wednesday of the month (except January and August)
Venue: Diabetes Centre, York Hospital, Wigginton Road, York, YO31 8HE.

YPSG (York Parents Support Group for children and young adults with diabetes).
No regular meetings do organise events for children with diabetes who attend York Hospital.

Email: yorkdiabetes@hotmail.co.uk

Tourettes Action  

Unfortunately there is no longer a support group in Hull

Email: emma@tourettes-action.org.uk

Tourettes-action (external website)

CCUK Hull and East Yorkshire Group

Email: hey@groups.crohnsandcolitis.org.uk

Web: Crohns and Colitis (external website) 

facebook: Crohn's and Colitis UK Hull and East Yorkshire Group

Hull Anaphylaxis Support Group

Date: Various throughout the year

Time:  Afternoon

Cost: free

Venue: Holiday Inn, Hull Marina, Castle Street, Hull HU1 2BX

Contact: Support Group host Caroline Souyad

Email: c_souyad@yahoo.co.uk

Email: Debbie at Anaphylaxis Campaign debbie@anaphylaxis.org.uk

tel: (01252) 546100

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