Services for Parents and Carers

If we have accepted your child to one of our services, this opens up some additional support you can access for yourself, if you feel this would be useful.


Family Support Service

Our workers can offer emotional support, providing a safe space for you to share your thoughts and experiences and to help you explore how domestic abuse has impacted on you and your family.

We can also provide practical support in many areas, for example:

  • Housing advice including help with applications and supporting letters
  • Debt advice
  • Support to attend family court or legal appointments
  • Benefits advice including applications and appeals
  • Regular support events, including coffee mornings, family craft events, and wellbeing sessions. Check our Events Page for more details and to book your place.

Support is provided on a one-to-one basis and sessions can be held either at our premises, in the local community, or remotely.


Therapy for Parents and Carers

We offer one to one personalised therapy drawing from a wide range of techniques including EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and Counselling, at our dedicated therapy space in North Shields, and remotely where appropriate. Within the safety of a trusting relationship, therapy can help support and empower you to process your experiences of domestic abuse and facilitate your own healing.

We offer an initial assessment and then up to nine 50-minute therapy sessions, and sometimes more if needed. We may also be able to offer some family therapy if appropriate.

Some of our services for parents and carers may not be available or may be offered remotely, depending on where you live, but we can give you up to date information when we speak to you.


Peer Support

Freedom of expression forms a big part of what we do at Acorns. We run many additional peer support sessions for our young people and families, including introductory meet-ups, coffee mornings and craft sessions. In Autumn 2023, we ran the Freedom of Light project, where families created bamboo lanterns, with the theme ‘We come together to bring light to dark times’. On Weds 29th November, we exhibited the completed works of art in a Lantern Trail in Wallsend Park, to celebrate this expression of personal experiences, shine a light on the need for the 16 Days Campaign, and champion stories of survival. #16Days #16DaysOfActivism #WhiteRibbonDay #VAWG #EndVAWG #ChangeTheStory #NoExcuse