Our History

Sunderland People First was set up by Sunderland City Council in 1994 as a self-advocacy group for people with learning disabilities.

The group provided the Council with an effective way to find out the views of people with a learning disability, and was part of Learning Disability Services.

Over the last 20 years, the group has, through its dedication and commitment, developed into a group which has campaigned to improve people’s lives and championed the rights of people with learning disabilities.

Originally based in the Quaker House, Roker, Sunderland, we then had offices in Toward Road, Pennywell Business Centre and The Independent Living Centre, Leechmere before moving to our present offices in the 27 Norfolk Street, Sunderland.

In May 2014 we became a Community Interest Company and have expanded our business to provide a wide variety of services to benefit people with learning disabilities and autism, both locally and nationally.