Recently I was honoured to be invited to officially open an amazing Occupational Therapy Centre called Future Steps in Thornaby Cleveland. 

Future Steps is a Children’s and Adult organisation and are renowned for changing the lives of children and families, and are now opening their second new clinic in the North East.

This new facility is going to make Future steps the largest occupational therapy clinic in North East England. This incredibly facility, is over 400 square metres, and will increase the organisation’s capacity to provide Sensory Integration treatment.

By doing so, they will continue to change the lives of children with Autism, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder and Dyspraxia, as well as complex difficulties linked to education, social and emotional and attachment disorder.

The new facility will be opened on 15th September 2017 by Anna Kennedy OBE, renowned for her hard work and dedication to increases autism awareness. Future Steps provision is not limited to their clinic, this innovative service provides holistic intervention to schools throughout the region.

Their role within education allows them to disseminate knowledge and increase capacity for inclusion throughout mainstream and specialist provision. Additionally, Future Steps has set up a Community Interest Company as a way to give back. Currently, the CIC provides a high level of support to parents and carers – free of charge.

A 100 people attended the official opening of this much needed resource. Julie Davis the Founder shared her story and her dream has now become a reality.

Anna Kennedy said: I want to congratulate Julie and the team and I am looking forward to watching Future Steps progress.