Will your nursery/toddler group help us?

This year as part of our Autism Awareness Week activities we are offering toddler groups/nurseries across the North-east an opportunity to win a visit from our giant blue mascot, Pawsum the Panda.

The idea is that as many people as possible across the region will join us for just one day across Autism Awareness Week, to raise funds and awareness of autism spectrum conditions. In the past nurseries have usually opted for a sponsored toddle in their park or playground.

The winning group chosen to host Pawsum will have the chance to meet and greet our giant blue bear, organise a photo opportunity handing over money raised, take part in interactive awareness sessions and be featured in the North East Autism Society website / local press.
To be eligible to be included in the draw to host Pawsum on Tour all you need to do is register your nursery to take part in Autism Awareness Week. Everyone participating will receive an education and fundraising pack.  

How you will help

The Problem

There is currently no autism specific support for pre-school age children newly diagnosed or awaiting diagnosis and mainstream nursery will not be an option for these children. This is a particularly difficult time for parents struggling to come to terms with a life changing condition and a disability that is difficult to understand.

What we can provide

Our primary objective is to provide autism specific nursery provisions across the whole of the North East, as research shows it is critical at an early age to get the right support for children with autism. Very young children with autism can benefit from targeted intervention that focuses on developing communications, language, interaction and play.

When is the Toddle for Autism?

April is officially Autism Awareness Month, however you can decide when you would like to stage your ‘Toddle for Autism' (there is space on the posters we will send you for you to add your own date). However we are encouraging as many people to get involved during World Autism Awareness Week, which is the 26th-29th March this year.

What to do now

If you are willing to ‘Toddle for Autism' in aid of us please register below

Once you register, we will send you a resource pack with all you need to help make your ‘Toddle for Autism' a success including:

  • Pawsum paw prints – for rice paper cupcake toppers
  • A Toddle for autism poster 
  • Flyers and discounts for family challenge events

If you have any other queries please contact:

Fundraising Team on 0191 410 9974 or send us an email

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