Durham City Gold partners with NEAS

DURHAM City Golf Club has welcomed three young men with autism into golf as part of its pledge to be an inclusive club.

The club is working with the North-East Autism Society, based at Chester-Le-Street, County Durham, and three new players – Steve, Lewis and Mark – have been taking golf lessons over the last few weeks.

The successful venture has been part-funded by England Golf after Durham City signed up to its Inclusive Club Pledge. As a result, the club will receive support to improve the experience of autistic people, bring inclusive thinking into the planning of further activities and build further links within their community.

Steve, Lewis and Mark have all been encouraged by Head Professional Tom Cranfield to develop their skills on the practice area, putting green and out on the course.

Tom, who is coaching autistic adults for the first time, said: “These sessions have been not only enjoyable but very rewarding personally and as a coach I have also learned such a lot.”

There’s a clear rapport between coach and students with lots of “high fives” exchanged during the sessions and some wonderful moments, such as Steve’s huge hug for Tom to show how much he enjoyed playing on the course.

Clubs which would like to sign up to the pledge, and show their commitment to including disabled people and making golf a game for all, should contact [email protected]

Handmade products for sale

Fundraising Event

Based on feedback, our Fundraising Team here at NEAS have created a relaxed version of their popular 5k obstacle run so that our own families and service users can join in the fun.

Join Rising Sun Scramble, our NEW fun-filled 5k obstacle course on Sunday, 15th July, at Rising Sun Country Park. Not only do KIDS GO FREE but we also have RELAXED* waves making this the only challenge event in the North-east to be autism friendly! We would love to see some of our own families there on the day and so we have created your very own special discount code! When purchasing an adult or adult & child ticket, enter NEAS15 at the checkout to get your adult tickets for £15 instead of the normal price of £25!

Kustom Krumbs

New Enterprise at Emsworth 

Hanging Baskets

Service users at New Warlands Farm Training Centre have been growing a range of beautiful flowers within the Horticulture session. We now have a range of hanging baskets available to purchase and plants and flowers available for any customers who would like to have old hanging baskets or containers refilled. The prices are as follows:

  • New Hanging Baskets 14 inch diameter £14
  • Refilled Hanging Baskets £10
  • Refilled containers- dependent on size of container, please contact New Warlands Farm Training Centre for a quote.

General Election 2017

Please see below link to an easy read version of a guide to the General Election 2017:

Healthy Living week @ NWF Training Centre

Service Users at New Warlands Farm took part in Healthy Living Week (6th Feb-12th Feb) by taking an active part in a number of sessions and activities. This included researching recipes and making a range of healthy meals, looking at various foods and placing them into healthy and unhealthy categories, taking part in activities to promote personal fitness and researching ways to have a more healthy lifestyle.

Varc (Visual Arts in Rural Communities  based at Highgreen, Tarset, Northumberland)

The project at New Warlands Farm was to further improve our rural sensory environment by working with our service users to provide this fantastic area:

Varc Website: http://varc.org.uk/ 

Anti-Bullying Week

Summer Fete is a huge success

Thank you to everyone who supported our Summer Fete on Saturday 16th July at our New warlands Farm site, we had a fantastic turn out and raised £2,745.05 

There was a wide range of bespoke products on sale, all handmade by our service users from across the Society. Products included: wood work, textiles, cards, floristry and homemade cakes.

Summer Fete Products

Water Load of Fun...

More than 600 people took part in NEAS’s new event Aqua Dash on Saturday 9th July. Adam Gluck, aged 28 from Chester-le-Street attends our New Warlands Farm training centre took part in the event with Operations Manager, Grainger Simpson.

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Taking place in Darlington’s South Park, the wet and wild family fun run measured just under 5km. Participants had to tackle a range of water stations and slides throughout the route.

Adam has taken part in a wide range of NEAS fundraising challenges over the years and so far this year has raised over £200 for the Society. Well done Adam!

Equality and Diversity week at New Warlands Farm

Over the week we took part in various activities designed to raise awareness and celebrate our differences. In our music session we looked at the Mardi-Gras festival in Australia and the Rio Carnival, learning about LGBT celebrations. Our Floristry session looked at different types of flowers for weddings and civil partnership ceremonies  including different countries national flowers. In woodwork the Service users made African tribal masks and the craft groups made Chinese opera masks. The business admin group created self-portrait templates and each Service user at the farm and many of the staff produced a self-portrait to be displayed in the reception area. Our Gym group looked at Paralympic sports and did a Bollywood work-out session. In Textiles the group  looked at national dress in different countries and got to try on a Ghanaian outfit. Our card making group discussed birthday traditions in different countries and created a board display illustrating this. On Wednesday we had a Mexican themed lunch. On the Friday some of our Service users from the group work session visited Durham Cathedral and were given a guided tour, learning about their local history.

Hanging Baskets & Containers for sale @ New Warlands Farm

Please click HERE to download the order form

New Warlands Farm Recieves Grade 5 Food Hygiene Rating 

New Warlands Farm training centre received an unannounced visit from Environmental Health on 06/01/16 to complete a food hygiene/food standards inspection. We received an FHRS rating of a 5 which is the highest grading. The inspection officer commented on the very high standards of hygiene and cleanliness with very few recommendations. All paperwork was inspected during the visit including food temperature records, cleaning records, etc and all information was up to date and of a high standard. 



Anti-Bullying Week

New Warlands Farm:

The Service Users at New Warlands Farm Training Centre took part in various activities during Anti-bullying Week. Service Users in the music session created a rap to describe what bullying meant to them. This involved writing the lyrics and creating the music in to coincide with the rap. During the Performing Arts session the service users created a play to demonstrate what bullying could be and the effects that this may have on another individual. Other service users were involved in creating various posters and taking part in discussions to increase their knowledge and share their understanding of what bullying means to them.

Hendon Workshop:

Service users from Hendon Workshop worked together to create a poster, the theme ‘it’s time to say no’, ‘stamp out bullying’, each individual took a photo of their own feet to represent stamping out bullying. During enrichment fun activities were set up each day to aid understanding around bullying, staff and service users designed social stories on situations and events that be relevant to their own lives.

Christmas Market Preparations 2015

Our Service Users from across our sites are currently busy preparing for our annual Christmas market event, held at New Warlands Farm.