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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Aim Higher  

Empowering families facing autism, mental health and educational barriers.

We provide workshops, guidance, activities, support groups and campaign to raise awareness and acceptance of autism and mental health issues. 

Special Stars Foundation

Daytime Support Meeting

171 High Street, Hull, HU1 1NE.

From September 2021.

10:00am till 12:00pm  (2nd Wednesday in every month).


Evening Support Meeting

Harpings Road, National Ave, Hull, HU5 4JF.

From July 20th 2021.

7:00pm till 9:00pm (3rd Tuesday in every month).

We look forward to meeting you all!

Email: info@aimhigher.online

  Aim Higher (external website) 

Registered Charity: 1169327.

Hull & East Riding National Autistic Society 

Helping support families with children and adults on the autistic spectrum.

Email: hulleastriding.branch@nas.org.uk
Tel: 07920 213348
facebook: hullandeastridingnationalautisticsociety

Ings Plus

Part of Autism Plus charity, Ings Plus is for people with autism and their families.

Tel: (01482) 795700
Email: ingsplus@autismplus.co.uk

Autism Plus (external website)

Ings Plus East Hull Teen Group

For young people aged 11+ who have autism or any other special need. 

The group offers the chance to learn new social skills, and create new friendships whilst having fun – all within in a safe environment. Children must be accompanied by their parent/carer. Siblings are welcome to join in as they are also part of the family and support can be given. Parents are always willing to listen to any problem, give advice, help with paperwork and direct to relevant organisations.

Dates: Wednesday evenings (fortnightly)
Times: 6.30 – 8.30pm
Cost: £2 per child, parent/carer free
Venue: Ings Plus, Ings Resource Centre, Savoy Road, HULL HU8 0TX
Contact: Debbie Bateman (01482) 795700  or  07880035294

SENsational Life 

Supporting and empowering neurodiverse families.

Autism Parent/Carer Support Group

This group is a (closed) Facebook support group for parent carers and family members of autistic children/adults

Join our Facebook support group, full of tips, regular expert speakers, actual autistic advice and extremely friendly and understanding parents who, quite simply, ‘get it’! 

The group is run by Kelly-anne Smith who has over 20 years experience in Special Educational Needs (both personal and professional).

Contact: Kelly-Anne Smith
Tel: 07446 127126
Email: info@sensational-life.com

Facebook Page: SENsational Life (external website)

OCD support

COVID UPDATE - We ask due to government guidelines restricting the number of attendees that people book a space.

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 18s must be accompanied by an adult).

Dates: The first Monday of the month (except bank holidays: then it's the second Monday)

Times: 7pm – 9pm

Cost: Free

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

Tel: 07505 823504 (call/text) 

Email: OCDsupport@hotmail.co.uk

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: Amanda for more information and to join the group.

Tel: 07713 156232

Facebook:  SMSC (closed group)

Empowerment for Parent/Carers in the East Riding

A group for families with young people with disabilities. Angela would like to welcome you to join them and try to help you to navigate the system and meet with other parents and carers. You are not alone on your journey.

Facebook: facebook.com/groups/631992437313544 (closed group)

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)

Sight Support Hull & East Yorkshire

Contact Sight Support:

Tel: (01482) 342297 

Sight Support Hull & East Yorkshire (external website)

The Royal Society for Blind Children

We support children and young people aged 0 to 25 yrs who have been diagnosed with any form of visual impairment.

To contact the family support worker covering Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire please:

Email: connections@rsbc.org.uk

Downright Special   

Dates: Fridays (term time only)

Times: 10 am – 12 noon 

Cost: Free

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

Tel: (01482) 420160   

View more information on Downright Special in the Local Offer service directory

York Down's Syndrome Support Group

Due to Covid-19 we are currently running sessions via Zoom. For more information please visit our website (link below).

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

Dates: Third Saturday of the month (except for August and December)

Time: 10am - 12 noon

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

Tel: (01904) 658255

Email: contact@ydssg.org

York Down's Syndrome Support Group (external website)

Hey Kids Type 1 Diabetes Children and Family Support 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: First Tuesday of the month February to November.

Time: 7:00 to 9:00pm

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


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.

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

Dyslexia Sparks

Dyslexia Sparks is Hull and East Yorkshire’s only registered charity for dyslexia. We support dyslexic individuals of ages to fulfil their potential by providing dyslexia assessments and specialist tuition. We also offer training to schools, colleges and organisations. We extend our support to the families of dyslexic individuals and offer free advice and guidance, plus parent support groups and workshops.

Our parent support group is free to attend and run the second Thursday of every month during term time. Come along for an opportunity to meet other parents of dyslexic children and gain advice from our specialist team. We often feature guest speakers and particular topics too.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Eventbrite to be kept up to date on our latest news and events. Or contact or office for further information on 01482 234856 and office@dyslexia-sparks.org.uk


Can't see the support group you need?

If your child's disability isn't listed, please contact the FISH team and we will work to find a support group that meets your needs.