Who We Are
New Hope North East is a grass roots community voluntary organization whose aim is to break down barriers which prevent disabled children, young people and their families from accessing available social, educational, economical, health and well-being provisions. Our initial step and focus under the current project, "Breaking Barriers - Opening Doors" is to reach out to disabled children/young people and their families from BME community, effectively engaging them and provide them with support in order to increases their participation and involvement with service providers and the wider community, have their voices heard and their needs met. While research shows that 7 out of 10 families caring for a child with profound disabilities have come close to breaking point, for BME community the challenge is even greater.
We take a holistic approach embedded in the "Social Model" of disability which sees disability as caused by the way society is organized rather than by the person's impairment or difference. We are dedicated to promoting the advancement of Inclusion, Equality, Care and Safeguarding of BME disabled children/young people and their families including families from disadvantaged background living in the North East of England and elsewhere.
“Is to create an inclusive world where all children are equal, loved, valued and treated with dignity despite their disability, race, ethnicity, and are given the opportunity to thrive in a world free from segregation, marginalization, deprivation, exclusion and inequality so that all live in an inclusive environment, enjoy the joy of life and fulfill their potential”.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
According to numerous research carried out, it has been well documented that Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a condition that affects social interaction, communication, interests, learning and behaviour of an individual. It is a complex developmental disability that normally appears during the first three years of life and affects a person's ability to communicate and interact with others. The condition affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause for (ASD), nor is there known single cure of the condition, but early intervention, increased awareness, support and funding can help individuals live normal lives.
When a parent discovers that their child has a developmental difference such as ASD, they are often faced with denial, fears and concerns that can be overwhelming. Sadly, parents may not be dealing with the losses, hurdles and additional financial battles, but also the judgmental attitudes from society. Like many living with invisible disabilities, society often assume the disability is a behavioural or personality issue. For families from BME community, the situation is worse because it is regarded as a taboo or some sort of punishment for sins committed by either parent hence being one of the reasons for shadowing the child from public. On the other hand, discrimination plays a role when it comes to the provision of services
A first recommendation to parents of a child with a disability is to try to find another parent of a child with a disability, preferably one who has chosen to be a parent helper, and seek his or her assistance. This is what inspired Elizabeth Sunduzwayo, founder of New Hope North East in order to help other parents in the same situation as hers because it is incredibly a huge challenge to raise up a child with disability. In many cases, it is a 24/7 job which leaves parents/carers with no time to educate themselves, work or socialise with friends even within their own community. Many parents become isolated, depressed and impoverished due to various barriers emanating from different angles. New Hope North East, is passionate to facilitate a platform where disabled children/young people and their parents/carers can have their voices heard and their needs met.