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Breathing Space

Breathing Space is an innovative whole family project that provides valuable space, time and support for young people with additional needs and their parents and carers.

The project has a preventative focus on reducing the risk of education placement breakdowns and escalation, offering positive opportunities for children and joined-up support for families.

What's on offer:

  • Fun after school, weekend and holiday activities.
  • Activity days for the whole family, from trampoline sessions, visits to Derwent Hill and family passes for Beamish Museum.
  • We work with young people to develop Positive Behaviour Support Plans
  • Parent carers can spend time together exploring their own health and wellbeing through the Healthy Parent Carer program. The group meets at St Mary & St Peter's Community Project for 6 weeks, food and travel can be included.  Visit the website Home - Healthy Parent Carers or email spcfoffice@sunderlandpcf.co.uk for more information. 

Who is eligible:

Children and young people who:

  • Are in Year 3 to Year 11
  • Have a special educational need of Autism or Social Emotional Mental Health (SEMH) and have either an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), SEND Support or are awaiting a diagnosis e.g. referral to the neuro-developmental pathway
  • Are at risk of, or have been suspended/excluded from school


If you are a parent carer please contact us using this form and a member of the team will be in touch.

If you are a professional in early help, education or social care please use this form to refer a young person and a member of the team will be in touch.

If you have any questions about Breathing Space, please email us at breathing.space@togetherforchildren.org.uk.

See what our Young Comissioners and families have to say about our Breathing Space programme

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