Family support

Links to organisations providing family support - emotonal and practical

Emotional and practical Family support

Rainbow Trust Children's Charity

Rainbow Trust Children's Charity supports families where there is a seriously ill child. This can include support for the sick child, siblings or parents and can be at home, in the hospital or in the community. Each family will be allocated a Family Support Worker who can be somebody to chat to or do fun activities with. 

Rainbow Trust Children's Charity
Suite 2F 
North Sands Business Centre
Liberty Way



Humankind, Darlington Young Carers

Supporting Young Carers and Young Adult Carers (aged 5-25 years) and their families.

At Darlington Young Carers we work with many Young Carers. We cannot always stop a child or young person having to provide care altogether (unless they say they no longer want to) but we can:

  • Offer activities in the holidays to give a break
  • Offer one to one time to talk to someone
  • Talk with families about what other help could be given 
  • Talk to others working with the child / young person or family
  • Offer access to the C-card condom distribution service
  • Offer a Carers Break to give an opportunity to do something they 
  • Would like to do 
  • Offer a chance to help us make the service better for Young 
  • Carers (known as Working Together

Humankind, Darlington Young Carers,
Unit 2B Enterprise House, Valley Street North, 
Darlington DL 1 1 GY

T. 01325 483 038
FB: @darlingtonyoungcarers
Instagram: @darlingtonyoungcarers


Opening hours:  8:45am - 17:15pm

Diabetes management 

Diabetes UK

Life with type 1 diabetes is relentless, so we're working with young people aged 11-25 years old to create strong networks that help all young people feel less isolated and alone. This programme is called Our Lives, Our Choices, Our Voices.

Funded by the Steve Morgan Foundation, Our Lives, Our Choices, Our Voices will:

  1. support young people to understand and feel more confident about managing type 1
  2. support young people to develop strong peer support networks, reducing the feelings of isolation and loneliness that living with type 1 diabetes can create
  3. support young people to better communicate with healthcare teams and create change in their local health systems.

Want to get involved in Our Lives, Our Choices, Our Voices?
Young people from all over the UK are getting involved in this exciting new programme - come and join them! We're recruiting Young Leaders to volunteer with us and help shape the programme to best support other young people living with type 1 diabetes. 

Disabilities, Special Educational Needs, Chronic and Terminal Illness

The Chronicle Sunshine Fund

The Sunshine Fund is a local charity. If you are aged 0-19 years old and have a disability, additional needs, special educational needs, or a chronic or terminal illness, you can apply to us for equipment to help. This equipment could be to help with playing and leisure opportunities, for supporting your education and learning or meeting a therapy need. We also offer free family events and experiences such as trips, sensory play, baking and crafting and parent support sessions.

The Chronicle Sunshine Fund,

NCJ Media Offices, 2nd Floor, Eldon Court, Percy Street, Newcastle, NE1 7JB.

We are on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok and YouTube as The Sunshine Fund/The Chronicle Sunshine Fund.


Opening times: 9am-5pm Monday-Friday

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