Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Pounds 1/2m for Children like Conor

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Pounds 1/2m for Children like Conor

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Byline: By Nicola Juncar

When Terry Hastilow realised her son's behaviour was different to other children his age, she felt isolated.

Terry and her partner Paul Bryson did not get the help they had hoped for from seven-year-old Conor's primary school.

With two other children, Eloise, three, and 10-month-old Niamh, to care for, the family, from Heaton, Newcastle, needed help quickly.

And that came in the form of Newcastle Special Needs Network, which has just been awarded nearly half a million pounds from the Big Lottery Fund.

The group, based in Castle Farm Road, Gosforth, is a parent-led group for parents and carers of children and young people with special needs.

The pounds 499,187 grant over the next four years will enable it to support even more people like Conor and his family.

Ms Hastilow said: "As we weren't as well informed then as we are now, we found some health professionals were less than helpful.

"His school was not as helpful as we would have hoped. …

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