This is a FREE service for parents/carers of children aged 0-5 years old with special needs.

This group is intended to bring support advice and information on other services available at a time of great need. Trained autism practitioners will deliver sessions that aim to:

  • Provide a safe place where parents can spend time with other parents who are in similar situation. 
  • Provide information, advice and signposting in relation to parents and their child’s needs.
  • Provide a space where children are able to have fun, engaging in activities which are meaningfull and positive.

Newton Aycliffe Group

  • The group meet every Tuesday, from 10.00 – 12.00 and Thursday, from 11.30 - 1.00pm
  • Neville community centre, Nevilles Parade, Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, DL5 5DH

For more details please contact:

Theresa Arrowsmith on 01325 328 092 or email 


Stanley Group

  • The group meet every Friday, from 1.00 - 2.30pm
  • Stanley, Clifford Rd, Stanley, County Durham, DH9 0AB

Sunderland Group

  • The group meet every Thursday, from 9.30 - 11.00am 
  • Rainbow Family Centre, 34 Elliott Terrace, Washington, NE37 3AE

East Durham

  • The group meet every Friday, from 10.00-11.30am 
  • Greenhills Community Centre, Wheetley hill,  DH6 3JS

Durham City Centre

  • The group meet every Thursday, from 1.00-2.10pm  
  • Laurel Avenue Children’s Centre, The Woodlands, Gilesgate, DH1 2EY

Stockton Groups

We currently have three groups in the Stockton area:

Thornaby

  • The group meet every Tuesday, from 10.00-11.30am
  • Early support nursery Tedder Ave, Thornaby, TS179JP

Billingham 

  • The group meet every Tuesday, 1.30-3.00pm 
  • Billingham Family Hub, Ochil Terrace Stockton TS232QL

Hartburn 

  • The group meet every Wednesday 1.00-2.30pm
  • Family hub, Yarm Road, TS18-3PJ

For more details please contact:

Kerrie Highcock on 0191 410 9974 or email