New community hubs for neurodiverse children and young people

Four new community neurodiversity drop-in hubs have opened across Derbyshire to support children, young people, their families and their carers.

Local charities and voluntary organisations are providing advice, support and guidance to children and young people – and to their families and carers – as part of a plan to improve services.

Neurodivergence includes conditions such as autism spectrum, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, foetal alcohol syndrome, dyslexia, dyspraxia, and social anxiety.

The aim of the service in the new “neuro hubs” is to help provide early support – without the need for an assessment or diagnosis. This will help to prevent any impact from the condition from getting worse and will support children, young people aged up to 25, their families and carers to manage their condition successfully.

The four new hubs are the result of a new partnership between NHS Derby and Derbyshire Integrated Care Board, Derbyshire Autism Services, Citizens Advice Mid Mercia and a range of other charities who provide face to face contact and support. Parents and carers also helped to shape the service to meet their needs.

Derbyshire Autism Services is acting as lead delivery partner for hubs in Derby (operated by St James Centre), Buxton (operated by Zink), and Chesterfield (operated by Monkey Park) and Ripley (operated by Derbyshire Autism Services). The Ripley and Chesterfield sites operate as two branches of one hub to cover north and mid Derbyshire.

The hubs can be contacted and visited in:

Monday to Friday 3:30pm to 6:30pm, Saturday 10am to 1pm
Unit 3a Unicorn Business Park, Wellington Street, Ripley, DE5 3EH
07510 928349
Booked appointments on Tuesdays 12:30pm to 3pm, Wednesday to Friday 10am to 4pm
Drop ins Wednesday 10am to 3pm, Friday 10am to 1pm
Monkey Park Community Hub, 128a Chester Street, Chesterfield S40 1DN
07874 941890
Monday to Thursday 10am to 1:30pm, Friday 10am to 1pm
St James’ Centre, Malcolm Street, Derby, DE23 8LU
07561 856320
Tuesday 12pm to 7pm, Wednesday to Friday 10am to 4pm
Zink HQ, Clough Street, Buxton, SK17 6LJ
07498 892525
Citizens Advice Mid Mercia, 114 Church St, Church Gresley, Swadlincote, DE11 9NR
01332 228 790
Please call for drop in date times

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