MAIN helps people with a range of disabilities, including autism and cerebral palsy, by giving them the skills they need to live an independent life, while having fun and making friends. The charity runs clubs and services for children from Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, Stockton and County Durham, which in turn gives their parents and carers a break from their caring roles. A loan from Triodos Bank UK and a generous donation from the Finlay Cooper Fund facilitated the charity to purchase a former community nurse’s station in the town as its new home.