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About ADHD North West

Barbara Worral

Here at ADHD North West, we see the value in everyone. We want to be a catalyst for positive change and, since our beginning in 1995, we’ve been driven by the same ideas we initially founded our Charity upon: support, empowerment and progress.

ADHD North West was formed to provide information, advice, guidance
and support to individuals and families affected by Attention Deficit Disorders and associated conditions throughout the North West.

Barbara Worrall ADHD North West founder

Established in 1995 by Barbara Worral, we became a registered charity in 2000.

From humble beginnings, with only a passionate belief and vision to sustain us, we have worked hard to raise an awareness and acceptance of ADHD. We have pioneered improvement in the availability of good quality services and practices.


In the early days, little was known about ADHD and many people were sceptical as to its validity, despite overwhelming medical evidence and research. These attitudes towards ADHD have changed in recent years.


We started out with just a helpline, an information leaflet and fantastic volunteers, most of whom had a child or children with ADHD. It quickly became clear that there were many families, desperate for information and support. A listening ear and an understanding person, has always been a lifeline for struggling parents.


Our organisation has grown to meet the demand and we have progressively increased our range of services. We are classed as a specialist service which requires us to meet certain NHS legislation and qualification requirements.

What we do:

We provide ADHD telephone support for individuals and families with ADHD across the North West.


However, we are only commissioned in East Lancashire, West Lancashire Blackburn with Darwen and Blackpool Fylde and Wyre to provide the following services:


  • ADHD parenting course for families of children diagnosed or in assessment for ADHD.


  • Outreach support services.


  • Educational Advocacy.


  • Online support group for register families


  • Attend multi-agency meetings.

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