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How Grace House Supports Families

At Grace House we aim to offer a range of specialist services to support not just children and young people who have complex disabilities, but the whole family.

Short Breaks

Our flagship service is short breaks which we run in partnership with Sunderland Care and Support. This is based in our ‘State of the art’ Grace House facility. This provides:

  • A home from home where children and young people aged 5 to 17 years and 11 months can stay overnight, and enjoy the exciting activities & opportunities and create new friendships
  • Short breaks are currently rate as a good provider by Ofsted

One Place, Your Space Project

In 2016 Grace House was awarded a grant from the Big Lottery reaching communities fund to develop and deliver a project working with the parent carers. The project offers parent carers with children aged 0-25 years who are are living with a complex disability, free:-

•  complimentary holistic therapy, 
•  support groups, 
•  individual counselling,
•  sibling support.

One Place, Your Space is a free service, aimed to help build individual resilience and to encourage carers to engage in activity outside of their caring role. Support groups, counselling sessions and sibling support will provide a space for carers to talk about the physical, mental and practical challenges faced in caring for a child with a disability, as well as looking at how these challenges can be addressed.

Holistic therapy sessions will aim to ease the physical stress of a caring role, whilst providing a relaxing retreat.  Other benefits include the potential relief of muscular-skeletal strains that are associated with the demands of providing physical/personal care.

To find out more about the One Place, Your Space project including the different service and therapies contact 0191 4352088 or email

In order to access One Place, Your Space services you will need to become a member.  Membership is free and registration forms can be requested by contacting Grace House on 0191 435 2088 or email

If you have any queries regarding the One Place, Your Space project please 0191 435 2088 or email

Counselling for Children with Additional Needs

This is a new service funded by the D.M.Thomas trust, enabling us to provide much need counselling services for children and young people living with additional needs. If you are interested in this service and would like to know more details, please contact


Grace House also works with Sunderland Portage Service and nurses from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to provide play, learning and support for families with children under age 5 who have complex disabilities, health needs and life limiting conditions. This group uses our Sensory Room on a Monday morning during term time. If you are interested contact

Sensory Room

Our purpose made multi-sensory room was designed and equipped by Spacekraft and contains a range of light and sound equipment and toys to gently stimulate and relax.  The Grace House sensory room is available for bookings during term time only, Monday to Friday between 10am and 5pm.

Grace House is designed for children with a complex disability and autism.

We currently have a group which meets every Tuesday (term time only) between 9am and 10.15am at a cost of £3 per child. Parents MUST always stay with their child when attending this group.

How we are funded

We fund our services through

  • the generous donations and fundraising efforts of our many hundreds of supporters
  • grants from charitable trusts

The short break service is funded through a per bed per night fee charged to the Local Authority and/or NHS. This is then enhanced through charitable fundraising which enables us to provide all the extras such as an adapted minibus, additional therapies, and an exciting programme of activities for children and young people.

Our aim is to be a Regional Centre of Excellence. To do this, we will provide

  • the most desirable accommodation
  • the best equipment
  • state of the art facilities
  • the best staff training
  • an ambitious programme of play and leisure activities that all children and young people want to do.

This vision is only possible through the generosity of grant making trusts, and the supporters of Grace House, who tirelessly raise funds throughout the year, to ensure that we can offer the very best in specialist support for children with complex disabilities including Autism.

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