Short Breaks have made a world of difference

Despite all his problems and challenging behaviour, Melanie Curtis believes that her son Jenson, 15, is one of the lucky ones, because he has access to the short breaks respite care at NEAS Newton Aycliffe.Read more

Now ready to move on to an internship

Carer, Julie McGonigal, bursts with pride as she tells us about her foster son, James Pittilla, and his new internship at the NHS after graduating from Thornhill Park School.Read more

I can’t believe the change in my son in just three years!

Mum, Sharon Davison, talks to us about her son James, 19. She tells us about the transformation in James since attending Aycliffe School.Read more

School makes Daniel a much happier person

Mum, Paula Rice, talks to about the progress her son Daniel has made since attending Aycliffe School.Read more

Mum now knows what life is like for her autistic son

Mum Pat Bathgate, tells her story about how NEAS services have been a lifeline to her family after she had to go into hospital for emergency care.Read more

“Wanted – someone to stay and help me”.

These are the words that mum Emma Thomas, witnessed her son Ed (aged 10), draw on a poster as a plea for help.Read more

Short Breaks has given us our marriage back

Parents Victoria and Simon Head explain how their daughter Annabel, aged 10, loves going to Aycliffe Short Breaks and calls it 'Annabel's Hotel'.Read more

Time to recharge our batteries

Mum, Lisa Warren was thrilled to find out respite didn’t need to end when her daughter, Stephanie transitioned into Adult Services and that NEAS could help.Read more

Learning life skills

Mum Mandy didn't know what the future would hold for her daughter Charlotte, who was diagnosed with autism as a toddler. Charlotte now aged 18, is on a work experience programme.Read more

She called me ‘mum’

After many years struggling to find the right help and environment for Alicia, her life began to transform when she started at Thornhill Park School and moved into a residential home for children.Read more

Moving on to college

Lauren Stephens, aged 20 from Stanley has achieved so much during her time at NEAS. She has gained GCSE results and is now studying Hospitality and Catering.Read more

Mum is overjoyed

Knowing residential care was the best option for her nine-year-old son was a hard move for mum Kathleen. But it was a move that paid off in seeing Liam reach a fulfilling life.Read more